Dear History Department Chair,
We would like to invite your history department to participate in a one-day conference, "Teaching History to Undergraduates: A Regional Conversation," with other history departments from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Eastern Pennsylvania. The conference is sponsored by the American Historical Association and will be hosted by St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY, on Tuesday May 20, 2014, from 10am-3pm. American Historical Association Executive Director Jim Grossman will provide a keynote address on the AHA Tuning Project and the resources available to support history departments in our area.
The purpose of the conference will be to build collaborative partnerships among history faculty at two- and four-year schools in the region and discuss some of the pressing concerns facing History departments. Many departments are experiencing declining numbers of history majors, budget constraints, and departmental consolidations. At the same time, an increasing number of students struggle with college expectations in historical research and writing, in spite of the utility of these skills in the current job market. The American Historical Association's Tuning Project has begun to address these concerns by researching, describing, and promoting the skills history majors develop, the value of a history degree, and the applicability of the discipline's methods in a range of career settings.
The conference will also provide an important forum for history faculty from two- and four-year colleges to discuss the relationship between our programs. Many students are choosing to transfer to four-year institutions after finishing their general education credits at two-year schools. These colleges can provide four-year history departments with a steady enrollment of dedicated history majors who are well-prepared for research and writing. Two- and four-year history faculty can help students transfer smoothly by engaging in an ongoing conversation about how to best align the expectations, skills, courses, and goals of our programs. This conference will begin that conversation.
There is no registration fee and colleges may send as many faculty members, graduate students, transfer counselors or administrators and staff as they wish, but we encourage every college to send at least one representative from their history department. Although there is no conference fee, we ask that all interested participants register so that the organizers can arrange for the catered lunch. For more information about the meeting and to register participants from your college, please go to the conference website http://www.sfc.edu/teachinghistory. Please register by April 15, 2014.
The Conference Organizers
St. Johns University
Vice President, AHA Teaching Division
St. Francis College
Raritan Valley Community College
Bergen Community College
Queensborough Community College
Here is the corrected link to conference webpage: http://www.sfc.edu/page.cfm?p=4488