For the first time in recent memory, an unaffiliated professor is on the ballot for election for Vice-President of the Professional Division of the American Historical Association. The mission of the Professional Division is to promote "integrity, fairness, and civility in the practice of history." Dr. Emily Rose, a currently unaffiliated professor who has taught at 5 universities, gained her place on the ballot by the unusual step of collecting signatures on an election petition.
The Vice Presidents of the AHAs' three Divisions: Professional, Research and Teaching also serve as officers on the Executive Council of the Associaton: https://www.historians.org/about-aha-and-membership/governance/council
More information on all the candidates including their election statements can be found at https://www.historians.org/about-aha-and-membership/governance/committees/nominating-committee/2019-aha-election-council
Below is a link to an article that appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education last spring about the election.
"A Maverick Candidate’s Message to Scholarly Groups: Elect More Adjuncts" June 29, 2018
"Emily Rose is no wallflower. She has taught at Princeton, Johns Hopkins, and elsewhere. As a journalist before that, she supervised CNN news production in Tokyo, New York, and Atlanta. But approaching strangers at the January conference of the American Historical Association conference in Washington was nonetheless daunting. "I went around with a clipboard," she says. "I had to steel myself to do it."Her goal: to get on the AHA’s ballot. Normally, candidates for the association’s council are picked by a nominating committee. Rose thinks that adjuncts are underrepresented in those nominations.Rose, an award-winning specialist in Medieval history and the history of early capitalism, has for almost two decades been an adjunct herself, teaching at a half dozen institutions and holding research positions at several others. She wanted to throw her hat into the AHA ring to advocate for contingent faculty. She had one way to do so: to get on the ballot by petition. That requires 100 signatures. Rose acquired more than 200. . . . "