ASA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Community Action Research Initiative (CARI) grant awards. Both recipients are sociologists bringing social science knowledge, methods, and expertise to address community-identified issues and concerns. Each CARI recipient has proposed pro bono work partnering with a community organization or local public interest group. The principal investigators for the two CARI-funded projects are listed below, along with a brief description of their funded proposals.
The 2017 ASA Member-Get-A-Member campaign was a success, with 76 current ASA members sponsoring 82 new members. Sponsors receive a $10 discount on 2018 member dues for each new member and are entered into a drawing to win a $250 Amazon gift certificate and other prizes. Congratulations to this year’s gift certificate winner, Michele Lee Kozimor-King from Elizabethtown College. The ASA extends its gratitude to all of the sponsors who are listed below.
ASA members are encouraged to submit nominations for the following ASA awards. Award selection committees, appointed by ASA Council, review nominations. These awards are presented at the ASA Annual Meeting each August. The deadline for submission of nominations is January 31, 2018. For more information, visit www.asanet.org/news-events/asa-awards.
W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award
The four ASA Status Committees form an important part of the structure of the Association. Last summer, ASA members voted to change the process for establishing membership for the status committees. Committee membership will now be recruited with an open call for volunteers, with appointments made by Council. (For more on this topic, see an earlier Footnotes article about the vote at http://bit.ly/2xOJQm2.)
Council is pleased to announce the formation of a Federal Statistics Working Group. The charge is broad by design. The group is asked to proactively and reactively address issues related to the continued collection and use of federal statistics. This is an advocacy charge. The group may identify relevant issues independently, and issues may be brought to the working group for consideration by the Council or the Executive Office.
Thanks to the ASA members who have generously agreed to serve on this important working group:
The ASA Task Force on Contingent Faculty has prepared an interim report, which can be found at www.asanet.org/about-asa/committees-and-task-forces/task-force-contingent-faculty. It garnered significant attention from the sociologists who attended a related session in Montréal as well as the interest of the press, including The Guardian and Inside Higher Ed.
ASA is pleased to recognize the following generous donors, whose recent contributions to the Association will positively impact our discipline and profession.
ASA knows that sociologists are doing important publicly engaged work, and we want to highlight some of these contributions to raise awareness of the value of sociological expertise. We are collecting profiles of sociology serving organizations. We are seeking people who have been actively engaged in pro bono projects with public sector or non-profit organizations for which sociological expertise has been used. Share your experience with us at www.asanet.org/sociology-serving-organizations.
The submission site for the 2018 program opens November 1, 2017. For the 2018 Annual Meeting, proposals will be accepted for courses, workshops, and preconferences in addition to section and regular sessions. For more information on making a submission, please visit the Call for Submissions information web page (www.asanet.org/annual-meeting-2018/2018-call-submissions-information). The deadline for all submissions is January 11, 2018.