Call for applicants: DHA Mentorship program

The Disability History Association’s Mentorship Program was founded as part of the American Historical Association’s Advisory Committee on Disability, to assist in facilitating network connections between graduate students and established faculty working on disability history. 

Mentoring is a crucial process of academic learning. For graduate students, it offers an opportunity to ask questions about challenges they may face in the duration of their career: doing research, preparing for their exams and defense, learning about effective teaching strategies, dealing with administrative roadblocks, and more. For faculty volunteers, mentoring serves as an extension of teaching skills and presents an opportunity to guide rising scholars in the field. 

The DHA Mentorship Program aims to match volunteer mentors with students who are either pursuing a graduate degree in the same subfield of history or who have the same disability, if that information is disclosed. The mentor is not meant to replace or interfere with the supervisor-student relationship, but rather to serve as a helpful resource in the field for general advice and professional development. 

This informal Program is based on communication through email, phone, or Skype. The frequency and mode of contact will depend on the mentee and mentor, but DHA recommends it must be no less than 1-2 hours every 4-6 weeks for at least a year.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE PROGRAM

Mentees

  • Graduate students doing a MA or PhD in history, disability history, history of science or history of medicine with a specialization in disability history. Students working in related disciplines, such as American studies, historical sociology, historical anthropology, or material culture studies are also welcome. Students working outside the U.S. are welcome to apply.
  • Demonstrated an interest in developing a career as a researcher and teacher/faculty in the history of disability
  • Students with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply

Mentors

  • Scholars worldwide working in the area of disability history or related fields 
  • Faculty with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply

To apply, please send an email to Dr. Jaipreet Virdi, director of the Mentorship Program at jvirdi@udel.edu with a short paragraph outlining:

  • Your name, affiliation, and email
  • Your field of study/program, year of graduation (mentees), and area(s) of specialty.
  • What do you aim to achieve from this program?
  • If so desired, you are welcome to disclose your disability/disabilities 
  • For mentors: how many mentees are you willing to take on if they are a good match? (DHA recommendation is 1-3) 

Applications for the fall semester are due AUGUST 19. Mentee-mentor matches will be set by September 1. The next round of applications will be in December for a January match. 

If you have any questions, please contact the director of the Mentorship Program, Dr. Jaipreet Virdi at jvirdi@udel.edu.

A Word Document of this call is available here.

Disability History Association Seeks Members for Several Positions

The Disability History Association (DHA) is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to the historical study and teaching of disability across all time periods and contexts. The DHA offers its members a community of active and interesting historians building a vibrant field of study. Members also enjoy access to our resources page, which includes our newsletters, conference information, and sample syllabi.

The Disability History Association seeks members for several different positions:

  1. VP for Communications to serve on the DHA Board
  2. Graduate student representative to serve on the DHA Board
  3. Three H-Disability Advisory Board members

VP for Communications

The VP for Communications (rank of faculty) will oversee the communications strategy and will supervise the communications intern. This person will also be a voting member of the DHA Board. Responsibilities include: serving as a liaison between the Board and the intern, making sure our FB page is updated by the intern, ensuring our FB group grows and is active, ensuring our website is up to date and that the intern uploads syllabi and newsletters as well as posts upcoming conferences and other information.

This position has a three-year term, with an option to extend or renew the term.

Graduate Student Representative

The Graduate Student Representative serves on the Board and participates fully in all meetings, discussions and votes. The Graduate Student Representative serves as the liaison between the DHA Board and its graduate student members, offering a student voice to our direction and goals.

This position has a three-year term, with an option to extend or renew the term.

H-Disability Advisory Board members: three

We are seeking three DHA members to serve as advisory board members for H-Disability, the international history of disability listserv. The Advisory Board members will help the H-Disability editors identify any desirable developments and/or additions in content.  According to H-Net (within which H-Disability functions) other responsibilities for advisory board members may include:

  • Assisting in the peer-reviewing process and the development of multimedia content by assisting editors in making policies for the network.
  • Reviewing disputes brought to their attention by the network or review editors.
  • Serving as “ambassadors” for their network by joining discussions, helping to recruit new editors and board members, developing new threads, and serving as liaisons to professional organizations (between H-Disability and DHA).

For further inquiries into these positions, please email Kathleen Brian, kathleen.brian@wwu.edu.

This position has a two-year term, with an option to extend or renew the term.

To apply, please send a brief letter of approximately 200-400 words explaining your interest and skills for the respective position. Please send an email of interest to:

Sandy Sufian, President, DHA at sufians@uic.edu.

 

Disability History Association Communications Internship

The Disability History Association (DHA) seeks a volunteer, part-time communications intern. The intern will assist with updating and making our organization’s website fully accessible as well as creating and monitoring a social media presence. All qualified individuals are welcome to apply, including undergraduate students. Familiarity with disability communities and disability history is a plus. This volunteer internship offers an excellent opportunity to develop web-based communication skills, to learn more about disability history as a field of study, and to connect with our broad community. Mentorship in pursuing disability history work is also available. This internship has flexible hours and scope of work. For example, an intern could work on projects for 2-4 hours a week, or for more hours across a month. Duration of internship negotiable, but we are seeking a minimum of three (3) months commitment, preferably more.

The Disability History Association is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to the historical study and teaching of disability across all time periods and contexts. The DHA offers its members a community of active and interesting historians building a vibrant field of study. Members also enjoy access to our resources page, which includes our newsletters, conference information, and sample syllabi.

Responsibilities:

  • Assistance with updating our website and making it accessible to all types of users
  • Creating, updating and monitoring Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Assistance with a longer-term social media plan
  • Ongoing collection and posting of syllabi on our website
  • Advertising our presence at various conference

Qualifications

  • Previous experience in the areas of journalism, marketing, communications, public relations, or a related field
  • Computer skills to perform website updates, post new material and create graphics and new links
  • Interest in or knowledge of disability studies or disability history
  • Proficient English-language writing skills

To apply, please send a brief letter of approximately 200-400 words explaining your related skills for this internship. Please also include what goals you have for the internship and how this work fits into your career pursuits, personal interests or volunteer service. A resume or list of relevant work/internship/academic experience should be included as well. We encourage you to provide the name and contact information for at least one reference (someone who is familiar with you and your work).

Please send this letter to Sandy Sufian, President, DHA at sufians@uic.edu.

Find DHA on Facebook

Did you know that the DHA is now on Facebook? The Disability History Association recently set up a public Facebook page to provide information about the organization and post updates on scholarships, conferences, lectures and more. Find us here: https://www.facebook.com/DisabilityHistory/