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Historians’ Group Issues New Standards for Treatment of Adjuncts

In an attempt to adapt to changes in the working conditions of faculty members, the Organization of American Historians has revised its standards and best practices covering colleges’ employment of historians who are nontenured or off the tenure track. The revisions, approved this month by the group’s executive board at its annual meeting, include a new call for colleges to incorporate non-tenure-track faculty members into their governance systems and pay them adequately for nonteaching duties. Other updates urge colleges to provide adjuncts with access to unemployment compensation, electronic databases, and financial support for creative activities and scholarship, and include language recognizing that, especially at community colleges, not all faculty members who teach history work in history departments.

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