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The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History$
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Richard S. Kirkendall

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.001.0001

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(p.357) Afterword
The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

Katherine Mandusic Finley

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents comments from the new executive director, Katherine Finley, on present-day challenges and the Organization of American Historians' responses to them. Among these are the crisis in the teaching of history; a serious reduction in the demand for history graduates; the reduction in tenure-track teaching positions at colleges and universities; the increasing use of and reliance on digital technologies for scholarly communication; the migration from print to online publishing of academic journals; the global economic downturn that has resulted in slashes to state budgets used to support travel funds for professional development; political challenges from state and local school boards influencing how history is taught in schools; and the growing impact of specialty history associations.

Keywords:   Organization of American Historians, Katherine Finley, history teaching, tenure, historians, professional development, history associations

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