Resources for Public History Educators at the Graduate and Undergraduate level

NCPH has long been involved in the education of public history graduate students. This page offers a range of resources to guide and inform educators.

Recommended Readings

The NCPH Curriculum and Training Committee is compiling annotated bibliographies of select books and articles for use in public history education.  Please contact the committee at [email protected] with your comments, questions, or suggestions.

Case Studies
Oral History

For a list of the articles that have won the NCPH’s G. Wesley Johnson Award over the years, click here.

Best Practices

The NCPH Curriculum and Training Committee develops “best practice” documents for public history curricula and programs. Recognizing that each graduate or undergraduate institution has its own goals, resources, and needs, we hope these documents will highlight some of the core elements to which every program can aspire. Please contact the committee at [email protected] with your comments.

Establishing and Developing a Public History Program
MA Programs

Undergraduate Programs
Certificate Programs

Guide to Public History Programs

The GUIDE TO PUBLIC HISTORY PROGRAMS is a comprehensive resource for prospective students, faculty, employers, and anyone interested the shape of public history education today. Standardized formatting makes it easier to compare resources and practices, whether at graduate or undergraduate levels. The guide is also designed to be useful to museums and other public history institutions, government agencies, pre-collegiate schools, businesses, and community groups that want to identify potential academic partners in their geographical area. NCPH will continue to add listings as program directors supply their information.

Listserv for Public History Program Educators

Send us an email if you would like to join a discussion listserv for public history educators. Please include your name, email address, and the name of your department and program. Here is a sample discussion thread (about internships) that shows the kind of question one might post as well as the generous, collegial responses of list members.

Academic Program Reviewers

The individuals listed here are available to offer expert advice to university and college departments or programs in public history.

New Directions in Training

Click here for occasional articles written exclusively for the NCPH website to enable public history educators to share ideas and participate directly in shaping best practices.

Promotion and Tenure

NCPH provides a place for public history faculty to share resources, guidelines, and have discussions about promotion and tenure for public historians. To protect the conversations and the privacy of the individuals, the page is password protected. If you are a public history faculty, please contact us at [email protected] with your name and your school and we will send you the password.

You can find the password protected page here. 

“Tenure, Promotion, and the Publicly Engaged Academic Historian,”

This joint report offering best practices for evaluating public history scholarship in history departments, was adopted by the NCPH, the Organization of American Historians, and the American Historical Association in spring 2010. The report provides clear advice for college and university administrators, department chairs, and faculty. It begins with an overview of existing promotion and tenure standards, analyzes the growing interest of college and university administrators in community engagement, and suggests how public history work should be evaluated as scholarship, teaching, and service. The committee that conducted this study hopes it will have ramifications beyond academia, perhaps in organizations, such as federal or state agencies, where the work of public historians is evaluated in promotion decisions.  The report is here. A supporting white paper, also written by the committee, is available.

Other Online Resources for Public History Educators

A number of organizations devoted to history practice and education have gathered resources of use to public history educators. Here are some of the most useful materials available online: