Monthly Archives: July 2012

SHA Class of 1982

Want to know the effect SHA can have on you or your career? Look no further than the SHA Class of 1982 whose 30 years of service to the field of history class member Jim Vaughan has documented in the latest issue of History News.

A sample of Jim’s article, which you can access here, is below:

We can expect some common characteristics in the careers of leaders. Leadership is largely about managing change and advancing, not just your career, but your institution and the profession. Leaders are team builders who energize and motivate people in a way that makes work rewarding and exciting.

Leaders exhibit career paths of increasing responsibility. Leaders are engaged in professional organizations, serve on boards, and are frequent presenters at meetings. Leaders author articles and books advancing our knowledge and urging improvements in the way we do our business. Leaders are recognized by their peers by election to office or as recipients of honors or awards. And finally, leaders are eager to share their knowledge as teachers and mentors urging others to develop their leadership skills.

One way to measure the success of SHA is to review the careers of a single class, tally the evidence of leadership, and ask each of them if SHA made a difference in their careers. This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the SHA class of 1982, and three decades should provide a sufficient record to assess leadership. So I have reached out to my fellow 1982 seminarians to compile the career record of a single class. What follows is not a scientific assessment but a collective résumé and a set of personal reflections about our thirty years since SHA.

SHA had a profound impact on Jim and his colleagues in the Class of 1982. As he notes in his conclusion

The record of the SHA Class of 1982 convinces me that SHA does indeed produce leaders for the field. You can judge the evidence of leadership for yourself. You can also see from the quotes above that my classmates and I all consider the SHA experience to be the most critical event in shaping our careers. (emphasis added)

SHA has positively affected hundreds of history professionals throughout its 50-year+ history.

Should you attend, what impact might it have on you?

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