Five History Faculty Members to Participate in AHA Diversity Institute

Five History faculty members have been selected to participate in the 2017 Career Diversity for Historians Faculty Institute hosted by the American Historical Association. Participating faculty members include Mark Peterson, Margaret Chowning, James Vernon, Elena Schneider, and Cathryn Carson.

In announcing the participants, the AHA noted the following about the Institute:

One of the most important lessons of the pilot phase of our Career Diversity initiative is that the skills necessary to prepare students for careers outside the professoriate are also essential to the work of faculty in 21st-century higher education. This insight provides the framework for the next phase of Career Diversity, which begins by gathering faculty from 36 departments across the country to foster a discussion on emerging models for integrating Career Diversity into doctoral education and to provide an overview of available resources that can help departments lay the groundwork for changes in graduate curriculum and programming. Faculty participants will emerge from the institutes with tools to begin conversations with their colleagues about the purpose of their department’s history PhD program, the relationship between that purpose and the actual career paths of degree recipients, and the implications of each of these for cultural change and program structure.