Off the Tenure Track but in the Classroom: Are There Short-Term Reforms That Can Make a Difference for Faculty and Students?
Sharlene Sayegh, California State University, Long Beach
Philip C. Suchma, St. John's University
Charles A. Zappia, San Diego Mesa College
Increasing numbers of part-time and full-time contingent faculty now teach in our history classrooms. What do we know and what do we need to learn about the landscape of historians teaching in higher education off the tenure track? While recognizing that the AHA can't determine institutional salary budgets, what implementable policies and practices can we recommend to institutions and departments to create a work environment more amenable to high quality history education and reasonable working conditions? Drawing in part on a recent AHA survey of contingent faculty, history departments and students, this panel will explore the terrain for future AHA advocacy.