June 23, 2010

New report offers best practices for evaluating public history scholarship

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

This is a long time coming. Many of us have been talking about co-authored or collaboration publications that simply don't fit into what academia rewards. This discussion will move us toward talking about how to deal with boundary-crossing -- and whether it's a good or bad thing (or problematic in terms of academic structures) to encourage faculty to engage in work that can be done by those outside of history departments in higher-ed institutions (museums, public art, grassroots K-12 outreach and activities).

Posted by: Haven Hawley at June 23, 2010 10:13 PM
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