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Call for Applications: AHA Tuning Project

  • 1.  Call for Applications: AHA Tuning Project

    Posted 10-10-2014 02:08:00 PM
    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: Teaching and Learning History and Why Study History? .

    American Historical Association

    History Tuning Project:

    Call for Applications

    Deadline: October 24, 2014

    The AHA is seeking post-secondary history educators for a new round of its Tuning project. We seek applicants from a broad range of 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, including those where history is taught outside traditional history departments (e.g. departments of humanities or liberal arts).

    Details and instructions for how to apply are here. The deadline for applications is October 24, 2014.

    Building on earlier AHA projects that explored the role of historical study in liberal arts education, this effort will develop common language that communicates to a broad audience the significance and value of a history degree.  The participants' will begin discussions on their own campuses about how best to make history degrees useful to students as participants in a polity, economy, and civic culture.  The project will involve faculty, students, alumni, and employers of history degree-holders in consultation about the discipline-specific skills and knowledge that students acquire in history.  Understanding how others value the skills and knowledge of history majors and how students have used their degrees over time will provide useful perspectives in explaining the significance of historical study to audiences beyond the profession.

    So, why might you want to be part of the AHA's Tuning Project?

    • Shared Common Language: The Tuning process will help faculty, departments, and institutions to articulate the value of learning history and the ways historical study equips students for their lives beyond the classroom.
    • Demonstrating the Significance of History for Students: Tuning will engage historians to define the terms of assessment. By communicating the significance of history as a fundamental set of tools people need to make sense of the world, project participants will answer the critique of history as an irrelevant luxury.
    • Processes and Skills for Curricular Change: A department, program, or group of faculty who works through the Tuning process will develop important skills to share with any institution about how to make assessment and curricular change collaborative and useful.
    Go to application.
    Julia Brookins
    American Historical Assoc.
    Austin TX