Excerpted from the June 18, 2010 article by Debbie Ann Doyle of the American Historical Association, Public History: Recognition and Reward in Promotion and Tenure:
"Tenure, Promotion, and the Publicly Engaged Academic Historian," a report offering best practices for evaluating public history scholarship in history departments, was adopted by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Executive Board on April 8, the National Council on Public History (NCPH) Board of Directors on June 3, and the American Historical Association (AHA) Council on June 5.
The report argues that public history work is generally overlooked in a "tenure process that emphasizes single-authored monographs and articles at the expense of other types of scholarly productions." [...]
The report provides clear advice for college and university administrators, department chairs, and faculty. It begins with an overview of existing promotion and tenure standards, analyzes the growing interest of college and university administrators in community engagement, and suggests how public history work should be evaluated as scholarship, teaching, and service. The committee that conducted this study hopes it will have ramifications beyond academia, perhaps in organizations, such as federal or state agencies, where the work of public historians is evaluated in promotion decisions.
A subsequent article in In Higher Ed, Tenure Beyond the Monograph, discusses the report and its implications.
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In the June edition of his Open Access Newsletter, Peter Suber takes note of recent legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives:
The American COMPETES Act (HR 5116), passed in the House of Representatives on May 28, 2010. Section 123 creates an Interagency Public Access Committee "to coordinate Federal science agency research and policies related to the dissemination...of the results of unclassified research, including digital data and peer-reviewed scholarly publications, supported wholly, or in part, by funding from the Federal science agencies...."
The purpose of the bill, from the Library of Congress' Thomas web site:
America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 - Establishes, revises, and extends specified science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) programs, as well as engineering, research, and training programs.
Authorizes appropriations for FY2011-FY2015 for: (1) the National Science Foundation (NSF); (2) the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); and (3) the Department of Energy (DOE) for activities of the Office of Science.
The full text of the bill is here (section 123 starts on page 59):
Suber further notes:
The report from the House Science and Technology Committee on the COMPETES Act (above) elaborates on the new Interagency Public Access Committee at pp. 93 and 108-09.