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.
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.
For a list of the articles that have won the NCPH’s G. Wesley Johnson Award over the years, click here.
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.
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.
“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:
- Click here for the 2004 report of the American Historical Association Task Force on Public History.
- See also Phil Katz’s article in the AHA’s Perspectives, “Public History Employers-What Do They Want?” and a wide variety of other articles at the AHA web page for public historians.
- “Top Gun ‘Introduction to Public History’ for general education?” [email protected] post by Amy Tyson.
- See Robert R. Weyeneth and Daniel J. Vivian’s article on Public History Pedagogy: “Charting the Course: Challenges in Public History Education, Guidance for Developing Strong Public History Programs,” The Public Historian, Vol. 38 No.3, August 2016