history teachers

Sep 2014
In 1967 Notre Dame history Professor Leon Bernard transformed the bulletin into a national quarterly journal under the current title. He brought in a national advisory board of eminent scholars. It included only one professor based in a school of education and only one from a Catholic school. The circulation climbed to 3000. In 1972 Professor Eugene L. Asher brought it to California State College, Long Beach, and built a large staff and attracted essays from prominent scholars. The emphasis shifted from high school to college teachers. Asher set up the Society for History Education as official publisher outside the university chain of command, and it was the vehicle for applying for major federal grants for conferences. The subscriber base reached 4000. Meanwhile the American Historical Association waxed hot and cold, with many of its leaders hostile to the idea of promoting undergraduate teaching (as opposed to graduate level teaching). It gave no help.
A Minor point to raise Harahara but unlike the USA and associated places of learning, "professors" are called "lecturers" (unless Readers) here and Professors are the Head of their Departments. The term "Dean" is usually only used when Churches/Cathedrals are involved. The Dean is the "Vicar/Rector" of the Cathedral and then we have Rural Deans, Archdeacons, Priest Vicars and so on.
Complicated? Possibly. But it goes back for hundreds of years and I don't believe I'm alone when watching American TV when the term "Professor" is used for a humble lecturer or teacher.
From what I've seen on American TV almost anyone may be named a "professor" a teacher. Thankfully so far this loose term has not yet hit these shores.
Cheers, Minette.

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