Contingent Faculty OAH CPACE Sponsored Sessions and Events at the OAH Annual Meeting, April 15-18, 2021*

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Hello everyone -- I am re-posting this announcement about the upcoming Organization of American Historians (virtual) annual meeting. Several sessions are well worth your attetion.

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Contingent Faculty

OAH CPACE Sponsored Sessions and Events at the OAH Annual Meeting, April 15-18, 2021* 


The Committee on Part-Time, Adjunct and Contingent Employment will host a series of panels, discussions, and gatherings as part of the virtual Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting on issues that are salient to all faculty in the historical profession, but especially to contingent faculty. On Friday, April 16, from 2:00 pm‒ 3:30 pm (ET), we will have a virtual roundtable on “Contingent Academic Labor and Professional Associations.” This panel session will focus on the activities of various professional groups—from the OAH and the AHA to LAWCHA and the AAUP—regarding the status and needs of contingent faculty in higher education. Amidst this long-term employment crisis for historians, exacerbated now by the pandemic, what are the most productive roles for professional organizations? Roundtable participants include Claire Goldstene (LAWCHA), Rachel Buff (AAUP), Emily Swafford (AHA), Elizbeth Hohl (OAH), Dorothee Schneider (OAH), and Eric Fure-Slocum (OAH and LAWCHA). There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion with the audience as part of the round table.


At 5:30 pm (ET) on Friday, April 16, following the roundtable, we invite everyone to join us at the scheduled network gathering “Contingent Connections and Cocktails,” hosted by David Schwartz and other CPACE members.


On Saturday, April 17, CPACE will host two events. The workshop on High Impact Teaching in the Age of the Pandemic will take place, 11:00 am‒1:00 pm (ET), and feature reports from the teaching front from a variety of perspectives by colleagues Lance C. Thurner (Rutgers, Newark), Rosa Squillacote (Hunter College, CUNY), Janine Giordano Drake (Indiana University) Marc Kagan (CUNY) and Eric Schuster (City Colleges of Chicago), launching then into discussion about how contingent faculty have responded and been affected as teachers.


The workshop will be followed by a session, 2:00 pm‒3:30 pm (ET), “Contingent Faculty in a Time of Coronavirus: Views from the Front Lines.” Molly Ball (University of Rochester) and Trevor Griffey (UCLA and UC Irvine) will talk about the work environment and the role of unions for contingent faculty during the COVID-19 crisis. Chaired by Thomas Cox (Sam Houston State University), Naomi R. Williams (Rutgers) will offer comments. There will be opportunity for conversation and virtual networking with and among the audience in connection with this event.



Attendance requires membership and registering for the conference. The Mellon Foundation has provided funding for a limited number of discounted registration fees of $10 for contingent faculty, independent scholars, graduate students, and K-12 teachers. Apply for the discounted registrations by emailing the OAH at by Sunday, January 17, 2021 with your name and category (contingent faculty, independent scholar, grad student, K-12). The OAH will award the sixty-five discounted registrations through a lottery.


 See also the OAH 2021 Annual Meeting site, as well as the Features page more information about the contingent faculty session and other highlights.