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East Asian History Edit

 I'm on the job market for East Asia Positions this year: 4 (only add for yourself, but add to all categories that apply)

  • Creighton
The committee will meet on Dec. 2
AHA interview (12/14) (*1)
nice rejection letter.
Campus visits scheduled (2/1)
Offer made

  • Eastern Michigan

Phone interviews have been conducted on 1/15 and 1/16. Any further news?

Campus visit scheduled. (1/27)

Offer made and accepted Who accepted?

  • Georgia Gwinnett College.  East Asian history.  The era and country specialties are open, but they would prefer somebody who can teach courses on both China and Japan. 
  1. Link to the ad on their website 
  2. Link to their ad in the Chronicle
  3. Does not appear to be a tenure track position, just 3-5 year contract job

  • Grinnell Assistant Professor; ABD accepted. Chinese history sought with ability to teach Japanese history a plus.
review began on Nov. 3
Additional materials requested (11/23)--Congratulations. May I ask: how did they contact you, via email or phone? Email.
Additional materials requested (12/1)
AHA interview scheduled (12/1) Anyone heard anything after AHA? Be sure to post here so the rest of us know our situation!
On campus interviews complete. Offer made and accepted.

  • Lamar University
  • Loyola University Chicago (non-tenure track; 3-year renewable)
AHA interview scheduled

Campus visits scheduled.

Campus visits complete (2/5)

Offer extended (2/8)

  • Loyola University New Orleans
AHA Interview (12/3) (*1); any news about capus visit? (01/20) campus visit scheduled last week
Campus visits complete. Offer made and accepted.

if you get the call please give the rest of us a heads up

  • Marshall University (due Feb 1)
  • asked for a phone interview Monday Feb. 1
  • On-Campus interview first week of March; no news since then (5/11). Anyone else heard anything?

  • Nebraska Wesleyan
They promise to get in touch for AHA interviews by early December.
AHA interview scheduled (12/2) (*1)
--Any news since the AHA?

--Rejection letter 3/22, search must be complete

  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Has anyone heard anything about this search? Did they do AHA interviews?

Rejection letter arrived-- says they have completed their search.

  • Ohio University (different than Ohio State, below): was this search canceled? I can't find the ad.--I wonder that too... Haven't heard from them about the cancellation. No cancellation-- still active!!
They promise to have a short-list for AHA around Dec. 1 AHA interview scheduled. 1x

  • Reed
      AHA interview scheduled

  • Rochester: did anyone hear from Rochester?
On October 5 they asked for additional materials (10/23) --Thanks and congrats. May I ask: are you a fresh phd, abd or an assistant Prof? -- Detailed rejection letter (dated 11/12) stating that they went straight to campus visits in early Dec. 3 selected: 2 PhD and 1 ABD close to completion. "All of them have published two or more articles in refereed journals or edited volumes." -ouch, too much detail in a rejection letter.


  • Seattle Pacific University
They ask selected candidates to send extra materials, and I think that this will continue until early January, given the Dec. 15 due date.

  • Siena College (East Asia/World) seems to be a re-run of last year's search (and the year before that!)
-- has anyone heard from Siena?
AHA interview scheduled (12/14)

Any post-AHA news? Made their campus interview invitations (2/3)

-- Offer made and accepted (2/27).

  • Skidmore (3 year VAP)
The committee will meet on Nov. 16
Hope everyone thinks it twice. the teaching load is 6!!
Agreed, but this is a buyers' market. I'd take it .
Many TT jobs have a teaching load of 8, 6 is not unreasonable.
May I also add that a smaller teaching load might mean less money since this is an adjunct position?
AHA Meeting Scheduled (Dec. 2) (*1)

Campus visits scheduled.

  • Stonehill
Interview at AHA, invitation extended by e-mail on 11/30. Probably 5-6 other candidates. 

Campus visits scheduled.

offer extended

  • U of Sydney (2-year term position)
has anybody heard from them?
phone interview conducted.


  • Penn State Abington
AHA interviews scheduled (12/5)

Any news on this one?

On campus interviews scheduled. Offer made and accepted.

  • Kalamazoo (Nov. 2 East Asian Social Science, focus on history)
They sent a snail mail promising to make a selection for on-campus interviews during the month of December.
phone interviews conducted

Any news?

Campus interviews appear to be complete as of 2/5. Committee is reportedly in session.

Offer made and accepted.

  • Yonsei University (*Only non-Korean citizens will be considered: see their faculty profile for implicit preferences.) AHA interview scheduled
(1/23) any latest news on this Yonsei U?
their AHA interview list was pretty lengthy

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (US in Asia, area specialists esp. welcome)
back w/promise to make a "speedy decision". (11/5)
So, did the "speedy decision" come through?

Chinese History Edit

I'm on the job market for China  positions this year: 5 (only add for yourself, but add to all categories that apply)

  • U of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
--AHA Interview scheduled (12/08) x 2

Any news? campus visits are being scheduled

Any news? Has an offer been made?

This jobs showed up again on Inside Higher Ed--are they extending their search?

Offer has been made. In discussion.

  • U of Alaska-Anchorage Modern China / World

Phone interviews scheduled, 2/19

  • Brandeis University
AHA Website.

       --- may I ask where is this job posted? ---check AAS website and you have to register to browser jobs. --anyone heard from Brandies? --nope, but I got an AA/Div

Survey from Brandeis.
email request for more materials, 12/4. (x11)
AHA interview requested (12/15) (x5) Through email or phone call? email.
Any word on invites to campus? I've heard they interviewed a bunch of people who already have TT jobs at pretty decent schools...
Four finalists invited to campus -- Any idea of the breakdown, TT vs. ABD?
Berk's ABD star, Harvard Phds with TT elsewhere, Harvard ABD.
offer supposed to be out now, no?
offer made
offer accepted. (2/18)

  • Cal State-San Bernardino
more materials requested October 2.
search canceled (budgetary), October 20.
Thanks. didn't apply for it,but good to know it's closed for an expected reason.
Damn! I just applied yesterday (10/30).

  • Clark University
Any news?
Telephone interview requested (12/19) - Congrats! Did they call you or e-mail you? email
Campus interviews?

  • Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)
Concordia has scheduled interviews-Heard they've made an offer. Offer made and accepted

I received a snail mail last week re: one of my reference letters had not yet arrived (10/30) --Thanks. It probably means they are still reviewing...
I received an email today about missing materials (11/5)---suspect they have tons of applicants...
--anyone's heard from Iowa?
campus interview scheduled (12/17). Offer made.
Offer accepted (3/3).

  • Grinnell College
I was shown the door by mail, but told that "it's not over till it's over" so they might come back to me (x2)
See above.

  • Ithaca College --any news?  
AHA interview scheduled (12/14) (x1)

Any updates?

campus visits being scheduled

any news on offer?

offer made and accepted.

  • Missouri State University
any news?
Rejection letter arrived, saying they have concluded the search.

  • Occidental
email from SC stating that position has become a "one-year full time adjunct for the 2010-11 academic year" rather than a TT Assistant Professorship. (11/11)
thanks! it's frustrating, but speaks to the state financial crisis... Bummer
AHA interview scheduled, for VAP position 12/13

  • Ohio State (different than Ohio, above) Early Modern or Premodern China 
Additional materials requested. Email indicated no AHA interviews planned (11/5)--thanks and congrats! x2
Q: Did anyone get a confirmation of material received? A: Nothing at all, seems strange A2: I also got a request for more materials; they will do video interviews instead of AHA. Most schools do not seem to be confirming receipt of materials this year. I've only heard when there was a problem.
I just got my OSU confirmation today, they addressed it wrong, postmark was mid-November. It seems likely that many were addressed wrong; hope this isn't an indicator of general chaos with the committee.
Video interview scheduled. (12/5) X3
Rejection letter received in the mail dated 12/2--"The search committee has now created a short list and I am sorry to tell you that you were not one of those selected." x2
Received a thanking letter for video conference interview. The letter says, "if you have any further question about OSU, do not hesitate to e-ask me." Does it mean rejection for campus interview?
Don't think so; probably it was a form letter sent to all interviewees. They said during my interview that the decision might not be made until after Christmas as to who makes the next stage.
Campus interview scheduled. (12/22)

Offer made and accepted. Board said 'Ying Zhang' but then some jerk erased it. --Generally speaking, I think posters have tried to avoid naming names on this section of the board. "Inquiring minds" may want to know, but we should respect the wishes of those who wish to keep their personal details off these forums.

Don't censor the board, and don't be so self-righteous. Everyone knows this isn't anonymous. I say this to the above poster without rancor -- I've known you for awhile and congratulate you and wish you luck in the Keystone state.

  • Oklahoma 20th Century China[1]
Invitations for AHA interviews have gone out --Could you let me know when the invitations went out?--Has anyone received the invitation by now? yes
Campus visits being scheduled (1/25)

I just received email acknowledgement of my application (11/17). Committee will begin deliberations "shortly", apparently.
Skype interview will be conducted on 12/16 and 12/17.
What does this mean? Has anybody else heard anything? Preliminary interviews will be conducted on these days. They were scheduled by email last week.
Offer accepted

  • Wisconsin-Madison
confirmation of application materials via snail mail;--a snail mail received too x4
rumor: additional materials requested?--what are those additional materials? Writing samples, syllabi? (They requested hard copies of everything ever published, to be sent by express courier, the day before Thanksgiving x2)
rejection letter (dated 11/25)--"I am sorry to inform you that we will not be considering your application further for this position".x5 (12/3)
has anyone got an AHA interview invite yet? Still waiting (12/13)
sorry I started that digression, it belongs in the venting page--thread removed
Invitation for AHA interview received via email (12/17) Wonder if everyone heard at the same time, or (crossing fingers) if there might be a second round of invites...

anybody who interviewed at aha heard anything? Campus visits scheduled.

Japanese History Edit

  • USC
Anyone have any updates on USC?  Are they planning to interview at the AHA this year?
AHA or video conference interview schedule on December 16
any word on invites for on-campus interviews?

Invitations sent out Jan. 19.

  • Stanford
Any updates? what's going on in this search? Stanford often does only conduct easy phone interviews and then

bring the targeted smallest number of candidates to campus with possibly one already in mind.

  • Washington State University Pullman
has anybody been contacted?
AHA interview scheduled on December 15.

any word on invites for oncampus interviews?

Invitations made at the end of last week

Korean History Edit

  • Stanford

Anyone applied and heard from Stanford yet? Any news to share?

Re: No news. But they already have an assist prof for the job.

-It's for a different position; this is FSI, Moon is in History.

-this is from APARC, join appointment in the school of humanities/social sciences and the freeman spogli institute.

-rejection email (1/29)

-I got neither rejection nor confirmation/request. I wonder what happened with my application. Is there any progress on this?

they've had at least one job talk so far, though i didn't attend.

  • Rutgers

Any news? Campus invites went out weeks ago, don't know of any more progress

- Any word on this one? Did anyone get any status update notifications from the search committee? Any idea about who's hired? (3/13)

- The job went to a phd who's been in the market for many years. Don't know the name. (3/13)

  • University of Iowa

Any news?

Has anyone been asked to submit two writing samples already? (2/8)--Re: So they asked you for the samples? Congrats. Are you phd or abd?

- abd. i thought they asked for sample to everyone. this is a small field and i thought they would want to check out everyone's writing samples. I wanted to know where SC is at in the process. did anyone receive a rejection notice?

-Re: No rejection yet, they are still going over the applications. I doubt that they requested writing samples from everyone. That's going to be a lot of work.

-Re: (to above poster) thanks for the info. you sound pretty sure of things. are you an insider (know of SC members, or anyone in iowa, etc)? or are you a fellow contender?

- I am neither the above OP nor an applicant for the position, but heard last week the SC was still working on selection process for next round (I personally know some of the SC members there). Be patient, and good luck.

- Thanks! Re: Further progress after the request? --nothing (2/18)

- Any on campus interview? Would appreciate an update. (3/2) - I was told they're still processing apps (3/3) - thanks.

- Was anyone contacted for an interview or job talk?

- Is this search still viable? I heard from my friend there he hasn't yet seen any job talk annoucement for the position across the departments involved in the search. Is this the case? (3/24) --Re: I don't really know what is going on. But I haven't got further notice other than asking for my writing samples. Then, that was it. Maybe they have budget problem or possibly some under the water deals (like the university above)? (3/25)

- Finalists selected by each of the units (i.e. anthropology, communication, history, and journalism) will be brought in for campus interviews in next several weeks. (3/30)

- Have they been contacted already? (3/31) -- Yes.

  • USC Korean Studies Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowships (due March 15)
  • U of Wisconsin-Madison Korean Literature and Culture Visiting Assistant Professor (due April 15)

  • Seoul National University <English language/ foreign citizenship required>

South Asian History Edit

Is this a good forum to start a conversation on non-academic careers for PhDs in social sciences and humanities with focus on South Asia? With the way things stand, perhaps it is not a bad idea to at least consider alternative careers....

I want to respond to this post, about the future of South Asian historians. Can we focus on this issue please, instead of chasing “hires.” As a very recent phd on a visiting position, currently visiting folks, the future, indeed, looks very dim. Last year’s job market was pretty bad, with indications of a continuing recession, the next year certainly doesn’t look very promising. SO WHAT ARE OUR OPTIONS. ANY ADVICE:

Focus on non-profit; focus on world history positions; focus on Asian history positions; focus on positions in the library (recently Princeton hired a South Asian librarian).

Are there other examples of successful shift to non-academic careers? Where can we find stories? Let’s talk about this pressing issue :

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Salem State College
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Montclair State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Delaware
  • Trinity College-Dublin
  • Yale University South Asian History position (senior tenured appointment) deadline in Fall 2010

6-6-2010 Read this:

A Grim Year on the Academic Job Market for HistoriansEdit

By Robert B. Townsend

The number of job openings in history plummeted last year, even as the number of new history PhDs soared. As a result, it appears the discipline is entering one of the most difficult academic job markets for historians in more than 15 years.

During 2008–09 job advertisements fell by 23.8 percent—from a record high of 1,053 openings in 2007–08 to 806 openings in the past year. This was the smallest number of positions advertised with the AHA in a decade (Figure 1).1 To make matters worse, a subsequent survey of advertisers indicates that about 15 percent of the openings were cancelled after the positions were advertised.

Even as the number of openings fell sharply, the number of new PhDs reported to the annual Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians increased by more than 17 percent, from 741 in the 2007–08 academic year to 869. This was the largest year-to-year increase since we began tabulating this information in the Directory in 1975. More than half the listing departments reported an increase in the number of PhDs conferred, as compared to less than a third reporting a decline.

It is worth noting that the number of history PhDs that will be reported in a year or two by the federal government (in its annual survey of earned doctorates) is likely to be significantly larger than 869. The government data includes students from departments in related fields, such as American Studies, who can select history as their field of study. As a result, the federal report more accurately reflects the real number of students entering the history job market each year. Our experience indicates that the Directory data provides a good estimate of the final figures. So if we follow past practice and extrapolate from the trend indicated by the Directory statistics, we can safely assume that about 1,100 new PhDs entered the history job market in the past year.

Taken together, these diverging trends mark the largest gap between new jobs and new PhDs since the job crisis of the mid-1990s. This situation is unlikely to improve in the current year, as job ads have continued to decline and the number of students in PhD programs remains relatively high.

Trends in Job AdvertisementsEdit

Some interesting trends in hiring patterns are revealed when we differentiate the general decline in the number of openings into the particular subject specialties. Openings for historians working on the United States, for instance, fell by 30.3 percent, while openings for specialists in the history the Middle East and the Islamic World fell by a slightly larger 34.5 percent.

Most of the other broad fields suffered declines of around 20 percent, including world and transnational history (down 20.9 percent), European history (down 19.7 percent), and Latin American history (off 18.8 percent). Only two fields saw declines of less than five percent—African history (down 4.4 percent) and Asian history (off 3.1 percent).

Although it will be small comfort to new PhDs, the decline in the number of positions open to junior faculty was slightly less drastic, as the number of openings for faculty at the instructor or assistant professor level fell by a relatively smaller 20 percent—from 808 to 650 positions.

In terms of field specializations, the trends among the openings for junior faculty differed only modestly from the general developments indicated by the ads. Openings for specialists in Asian, European, Latin American, and world history, for instance, fell faster than the corresponding declines among all positions advertised. For instance, entry-level openings for Asian history specialists fell 7.7 percent—twice as fast as their decline among all open Asian history positions.

Openings for junior European historians fell 23.6 percent, for Latin Americanists 23.4 percent, and for world historians, 31.7 percent. In comparison, the number of openings for early career historians in U.S. history fell 22.9 percent.

The long-term trends among the geographic fields suggests more troubling news for the discipline—at least in relationship to the trends among new PhDs. Over the past 10 years, the proportion of new PhDs identifying themselves as U.S. history specialists has hovered around 40 percent (see article on recent trends). However, the proportion of junior faculty openings targeted to specialists in U.S. history has declined gradually over the past 18 years—from slightly over 35 percent in the 1990s, to just below 30 percent this past year (Figure 2).

Likewise, jobs advertised in European history have declined from around 27 percent of the openings in the 1990s, to just a little above 20 percent this past year. The proportion of new PhDs in European history has been fairly steady through the same period, averaging slightly more than 21 percent of the new PhDs conferred from 2004 to 2008 (the most recent year for which we have data).

The proportion of new PhDs in other fields has consistently lagged behind their representation in the jobs advertised for entry-level faculty. In the past five years, Asian history openings averaged 12 percent of the new jobs, as compared to 7.4 percent of the history PhDs conferred from 2004 to 2008. Similarly, Latin American history comprised 7.1 percent of the positions advertised and 5.2 percent of the PhDs, while African history accounted for 5.3 percent of the jobs and just 2.3 percent of the PhDs.

Indicators from the Job AdvertisersEdit

The divergence between jobs and PhDs in particular fields can be clearly seen in the average number of applications per job. Last year’s advertisers reported an average of almost 84 applications per position—up from an average of 57 applications per opening the year before.

The average number of applications had been falling steadily in the 14 years we conducted the survey, despite occasional fluctuations in particular fields. The latest figures show, however, an increase in the average number of applications to all positions. The current data also reveal what was also the largest number of applicants in more than a decade, surpassing the average in the 1999–2000 academic year (when advertisers reported an average of 79 applicants), though still well below the average reported in 1995–96 (102 applications).

Advertisers in most geographic fields reported an increase in the number of applicants, with only African and Middle Eastern history searches reporting slight declines (Figure 3). The field showing the largest proportional increase was Latin American history, in which the average number of applications grew from 38 applications to 55. It should be noted, however, that this sudden and steep increase followed a sharp decline in the number of applicants the year before. With the exception of that previous year, the number of applicants in Latin American history still remained well below those shown in all previous surveys.

The fields that already had the largest numbers of applicants—European and U.S. history—saw significant increases. The number of applications for European history positions was already on the rise, and increased further in 2008–09, to an average of 80 applicants per opening.

In contrast, the average number of applications for U.S. history jobs had been declining until 2007–08, though the rate of that decline had slowed in recent years. But this past year marked the first real increase in the number of applications to U.S. history openings over the past 15 years, as the average applicant pool grew from 76 to 94 per position.

Unfortunately, the growing number of applications for each available job was not the only problem this past year, as an unusually large number of positions were cancelled after the job was advertised—and in many cases, even after applications had been received. Of the 338 advertisers that responded to the survey, 22 percent (representing 75 positions) reported that the search had not resulted in a hire by fall 2009. Of that number, 51 indicated that the budget line had been cancelled, 9 indicated that they were still trying to complete the hire, and the rest reported that they either could not find a worthy candidate or their choice(s) had taken another offer.

The differences in the average number of applicants in particular fields were also reflected in the satisfaction of the job advertisers and their success in completing the search. While close to 90 percent of the advertisers for U.S. and European history jobs expressed satisfaction with the applications received, less than 80 percent of the advertisers in the fields of African, Asian, and Latin American history expressed similar satisfaction with their pool of candidates. Openings in fields outside U.S. and European history were also less likely to have successfully resulted in a hire—either because negotiations were still ongoing or the candidate had accepted another position.

Looking Ahead: A Growing Student PopulationEdit

Even as the number of job advertisements seems likely to be depressed for the foreseeable future, the number of new PhDs in the pipeline remains quite elevated. The number (as listed in the AHA Directory) of graduate students in history departments that confer the PhD degree has been fairly steady over the past five years, at a bit fewer than 12,000 students in all.

All these graduate students are not in the doctoral program (since many of these departments also confer terminal MAs), but this number has proved to be a good barometer of student trends in these programs. After declining from their unsustainable heights during the job crisis of the 1990s, the numbers of students in doctoral programs have been relatively consistent over the past decade, across a number of variable types. For instance, programs in all levels of the National Research Council rankings have maintained around the same numbers of students in their programs over the past five years (Figure 4).

Our annual surveys of doctoral programs indicate some of the conflicting pressures on these programs. While an obvious long-term solution to the job crisis would be to cut the number of students in these programs, graduate programs have been a traditional refuge from hard economic times and this period appears no different. Over the past two years, the average number of applicants to history doctoral programs in the United States has increased rapidly—from an average of 80.9 per department for the academic year 2007–08, to 105.6 for the fall 2009 term.2

As a result, departments have been able to be more selective while also increasing the number of students admitted to the PhD program. For the current academic year, departments reported that they planned to matriculate an average of one more student than the year before—up from an average of 9.4 per department last year to 10.4 per department for the current term.

The growth in graduate student enrollment has been driven as much by the larger programs as the smaller ones. The largest programs (those that conferred an average of seven or more PhDs over the past five years) estimated that they would be adding an average of 20.2 new doctoral students this year; up from an average of 15.7 students a decade earlier. Medium-sized schools planned to admit an average of 6.8 students (up from 5.6), and smaller schools intended to add an average of 5.6 new doctoral students (up from 3.3).

Finding BalanceEdit

While it is small comfort to candidates on the current job market, it is worth noting that the near perpetual sense of crisis in history employment over the past 20 years had very little to do with a diminishing number of jobs, or even the growing use of part-time and contingent faculty.

More than half of the full-time history faculty in U.S. colleges and universities have retired and been replaced over the past 20 years, while the number of full-time faculty employed in history has grown steadily.

Among the 604 departments that were listed in the Directory in 2000 as well as in 2009, the number of full-time history faculty (at the assistant, associate, or full professor level) grew by 7.6 percent—from 8,772 to 9,436 over the decade. Other federal surveys conducted over the past two decades have shown similar growth in the number of full-time jobs for historians in academia as a whole, at both two- and four-year colleges and universities.

This hiring has been buoyed by significant growth in the number of undergraduate students taking history classes. According to the most recent figures from the federal government, the number of new bachelor’s degrees in the discipline recently reached the highest point in 35 years.3

The use of part-time and adjunct faculty in the discipline undoubtedly siphoned off some potential full-time job lines for historians, but that does not appear to be the most important causative factor for the problems of the history job market. The primary problem today, as it was a decade ago, seems to lie on the supply side of the market—in the number of doctoral students being trained, and in the skills and expectations those students develop in the course of their training.

But this supply-side problem cannot be solved easily. Keeping in mind that the average student spends eight years finishing a history PhD, it will take quite a while to change the actual number of students receiving PhDs.

The annual number of new history PhDs conferred peaked in 2000, seven years after we had warned about the impending job crisis of the 1990s. And even after that experience, the annual number of new history PhDs has declined only slightly, leveling out at between 900 and 1,000 since 2002. The number of students entering and still remaining in PhD programs indicates that the number of new doctoral degrees will remain at these levels for the foreseeable future.

So the future remains very unclear, as the trend in job advertisements and our earlier report on the state of the economy and history departments indicates.4 With hiring freezes, and many colleges and universities apparently willing to address their own budget shortfalls by using fewer teachers in larger class sizes, there is little reason for optimism about a significant upsurge in the number of job advertisements any time soon. Already the job advertisements for this year are running about one third below where they were this time last year.

One real alternative now for many history PhDs seems to lie in employment outside of academia. As our recent study of public history professionals demonstrates, history PhDs employed outside of higher education are generally quite satisfied with their jobs and earning salaries comparable to, if not better than, the salaries in academia.5

Unfortunately, very few programs prepare their students for jobs outside of academia, placing most of their emphases and expectations on preparing their students for the relatively small—and at least for the present, diminishing—number of jobs at research universities. Until programs reduce the number of students in their programs and revise the culture of history doctoral training, the sense of crisis in the job market for history PhDs seems only likely to grow worse for the foreseeable future.

—Robert B. Townsend, the AHA’s assistant director for research and publications, received his PhD from George Mason University in May 2009. Directory Editor Liz Townsend and Staff Assistant Maddalena Marinari assisted with the data gathering for this report.


1. For the purposes of this tabulation, we only count full-time positions and fellowships paying $30,000 or more per year. Note that the tabulation for 2007-08 is slightly lower than previously reported, as we discovered on further review that six positions included in last year’s count were not valid under this rubric.

2. This data is based on a survey of departments distributed each year with the updates for the Directory of History Departments and Organizations. This past year we received information from 90 of the 159 PhD-granting history departments in the History Doctoral Programs database (available online at

3. For more on this trend, see Robert B. Townsend, “Feds Report Rising Undergraduates and Declining PhDs in History,” Perspectives on History (May 2009), 8–9.

4. Robert B. Townsend, “History in These Hard Times: Departments Struggle in a Depressing Economy,” Perspectives on History (September 2009), 6–9.

5. John Dichtl and Robert B. Townsend, “A Picture of Public History: Preliminary Results from the 2008 Survey of Public History Professionals,” Perspectives on History (September 2009), 24–26. © American Historical Association

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