Debra Reid, The Henry Ford
Stephanie Rowe, National Council on Public History
The Joint Task Force on Public History Education and Employment is an initiative of the American Association of State and Local History, the American Historical Association, the National Council on Public History, and the Organization of American Historians. A similar session on the first report produced by the task force, "What Do Public History Employers Want?," was held at the 2018 AHA meeting in Washington, DC. It attracted about fifty attendees and stimulated vigorous discussion, in the session and on social media. The proposed panel will share new information compiled by the task force and continue conversations initiated last year. The panelists have been selected to provide informed perspectives on the report and the major questions raised. Stephanie Rowe is the executive director of the National Council on Public History, the leading professional organization for public historians. Ted Karaminski (Loyola University of Chicago) and Debra Reid (formerly of Eastern Illinois University) are experienced public history educators and program directors. Reid is now Curator of Agriculture and the Environment at The Henry Ford and thus represents a public history employer and can speak about the hiring market from that perspective. The session will be chaired by Daniel Vivian, a public history educator and practitioner who has co-chaired the joint task force (with Philip Scarpino of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis) since 2014.