Management? But I’m an Historian

Below are some resources to accompany my project management workshops for the “How to Get Started in Digital History” pre-conference session at AHA2014.

Workshop Documents:

Project Management Software:

Further Reading:

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Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Digital History @ GMU

The George Mason University, Department of History and Art History, home of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Digital History at the rank of Assistant Professor. The teaching load is 2-2.


While the historical field is open, candidates must have the ability to teach digital theory and methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels including a graduate course in programming (e.g., PHP, Python, Perl, JavaScript, XML). Ph.D. must be in-hand by August 2014.

George Mason University is a public research university located approximately 14 miles from Washington, D.C., with over 30,000 students. The Department of History and Art History has a strong record of scholarly research and is home to the award-winning Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. The department also has the largest M.A. program in the country and a nationally ranked Ph.D. program.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F5343z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a letter of interest, CV, and a writing sample and/or a link to a digital project. Letters of reference should be sent separately to Professor Paula Petrik, Chair, Digital History Search, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University, MSN 3G1, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.

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Always Looking Backward? (In a bad way)

Today the American Historical Association posted a statement on embargoing completed dissertations that was drafted by the AHA Council and approved on July 19.

This statement cites no concrete evidence for its conclusions and flies in the face of what many of us who are involved in the mission to transform scholarly publishing see happening in the field. The statement has definitely made me question the direction of the AHA, its ability to represent historians, and its commitment to my students.

I have about seven thousand things to do right now, but there is a timely article coming out in the July issue of College and Research Libraries that directly undercuts this line of argument and thinking. Since the article is CC-BY-NC, I’m reposting it here so you can read it:

Marisa L. Ramirez, Joan T. Dalton, Gail McMillan, Max Read and Nancy H. Seamans, Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Social Sciences and Humanities? Findings from a 2011 Survey of Academic Publishers College & Research Libraries vol. 74 no. 4, 368-380.

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