Historians based at community colleges participate in AHA work in all areas, informing our strategy regarding professional issues, teaching and learning, and research. The AHA strives to support two-year college history faculty and students through relevant online and in-person programming, publications, advocacy, and member benefits. Two-year college faculty are integral to AHA events and governance.

AHA efforts that have built substantially on insights from and the needs of community college historians include initiatives to define core learning objectives in the discipline, to articulate the workforce skills learned in history, to redesign introductory college courses for more student success, to better understand students’ transition from high school to college learning, to connect US history curricula with global developments, and to improve publications access for researchers who are not affiliated with a major institutional library.

Report of the Two-Year College Faculty Task Force (2016)

The AHA’s Two-Year College Faculty Task Force was established by Council in 2009 to determine and better serve the professional needs of historians who teach at those colleges—and, through them, the substantial percentage of American students whose primary contact with college-level history will take place there.

The AHA hosted a professional development program in 2012-2016 to promote a global perspective on US history at the country's increasingly diverse two-year institutions. "American History, Atlantic and Pacific" drew on a generation of innovative scholarship that reframed the origins of the United States within a broad geographical and chronological context.

The AHA leads or participates in several initiatives to support history educators facing intensifying controversies about what we teach and how we teach it. Historians play a crucial role in public deliberations about how to engage students in truthful and rigorous inquiry in history classrooms.

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