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.Posted by stemp003 at June 23, 2010 3:17 PM