Sunday, May 31, 2015

Administrative Post 36

More additions to Blog CLXXXII.  I discovered additional videos from the University of Cambridge, Durham University, University of Limerick, Millsaps College, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Roanoke College, and University College London.  This brings the number of promotional videos listed in this post to 25.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Administrative Post 35

Made a number of additions to Blog CLXXXII.  I discovered promotional videos for several other history departments and added them to this post.  The new finds were videos for the departments at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of New Brunswick, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Penn State, and TCU.  This brings the number of promotional videos listed in this post to 18.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Blog CLXXXVII (187): "You Got Your PhD...Now What?"

Many schools know that there is a job crisis in history.  Some schools have more resources than others to do something to help their students and alumni.  One of those institutions, is the the New School, and it turned to its alumni.  The problem with this fact is that these efforts get far less visibility than sessions at conferences.  The internet and video allows us to watch the proceedings of this session: "You Got Your PhD...Now What?"

None of these scholars are from history, but they are from fields in the humanities and social sciences: anthropology, economics, and sociology.  They represent some pretty diverse career paths: business, non-profits, consulting, and government service.  The participants are: David Michaelson, President and Chief Research Officer, Echo Research; Rick McGahey, Director of Impact Assessment, Ford Foundation; Charles Clark, professor of economics, St. John's University; and Cheryl Pahaham, chief municipal financial analyst, New York State Comptroller's Office.
Each tells a biographical story about how they ended up doing something non-academic with their Ph.D. and none of them, except Clark, have ended up doing work that seems like a natural fit for their degrees.  These stories are useful and they also list websites that people wanting to follow a similar path might to find job postings. As a result, this session is quite helpful.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Blog CLXXXVI (186): Real Jobs Outside of Academia

A number of people in the history profession are trying to find ways out of the job crisis.  There have been sessions at a number of academic conferences.  I have written about some of those in which I participated (Blog LXVIII), and have posted videos of those sessions on this blog (Blog LXXV). 

Others have been trying to do the same.  Using the powers of the internet and video recording, "In the Service of Clio" presents this session entitled "Real Jobs Outside of Academia for Historians" that took place at the 2013 Organization of American Historians annual meeting in San Francisco, California. The speakers are Peter Sigal of Duke University; Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, a business consultant; Andrew Kinney of Harvard University Press; Susan Ferber of Oxford University Press; and T. J. Stiles, the freelance Pulitzer Prize-winning writer.
These individuals are fairly prominent in their fields and they offer some interesting comments, but the real gold comes in the question and answer session at 33:15.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blog CLXXXV (185): "I Want My History TV Channels!"

In addition to creating promotional videos of their programs, a number of history departments have created YouTube channels.  These channels are specific sites on YouTube where individuals or organizations can upload and organize the videos that they make available to the rest of the websites' viewers.  The creation of departmental channels reflects a trend of many universities creating channels to promote their activities and accomplishment.  Some schools have been quite aggressive in this manner.  For example, it seems that every college at the University of Southern California has a channel of its own.

The quality of history department channels is an altogether different matter.  Some are maintained quite regularly and others have seen little attention since they went up.  It is also clear that some departments are not sure what to do with this type of outlet. It reminds one of what departmental websites looked like in the mid-1990s.

Some departments prefer to hang videos off their own servers, making them part of their own unique website. That seems like a good way to control the copyright, content, and usage, but the downside is that it is probably less likely to get an audience if the purpose of the videos is promotional.  The content is the real key. Video recordings of conferences seems to be a popular feature.  Others include graduation ceremoniesfor those institutions that have those type of events by departmentlecture series, promotional videos of the department and of individual courses, and videos that various professors use as course content. The channels listed below come from universities in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States:


Acadia University
UCI Department of History

University of California, Irvine
University of Delaware History Department

University of Delaware
University of Essex
University of Essex

London School of Economics

Marquette University

Marquette University
University of Maryland
University of Maryland

University of Massachusetts

Middle Tennessee State University

Monmouth University

University of Nebraska

University of New Mexico

University of North Carolina

Northern Illinois University

The Ohio State University

Oregon State University

Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences ( or departmental site)
Pittsburgh State University

University of Sheffield

Stetson University

U.S. Military Academy

University of Wisconsin
University of York