“What Do Public History Employers Want?” A Report from the National Council on Public History

AHA Session 261
National Council on Public History 2
Sunday, January 7, 2018: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Marriott Ballroom, Salon 2 (Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level)
David Glassberg, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kathleen Franz, Smithsonian Institution
Allison Marsh, University of South Carolina
Stephanie Rowe, National Council on Public History

Session Abstract

“What Do Public History Employers Want?,” a new report based on a survey of 401 employers of public historians, raises important questions about trends in public history employment and education. What pressures are historical organizations and institutions facing, and what skills and knowledge do employers see as increasingly important? This panel will explore these and other questions and survey opportunities in graduate-level public history education. The panel will also report on the ongoing work of the Joint Task Force on Public History Education and Employment, the committee responsible for “What Do Public History Employers Want?” The Joint Task Force is an initiative of the American Historical Association, the American Association for State and Local History, the National Council on Public History, and the Organization of American Historians.
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