“Until you are somebody, you need to wear a name tag.” That’s how I remember his first words to me at the 2006 conference, one year after I was awarded my PhD and started my tenure-track job. He proceeded to tell me that he didn’t need a name tag because everyone knew who he was. He turned his back to the crowded room, stepped in closer, and then discreetly fingered my chest and said something to the effect, “Just in case you didn’t know, the name tag goes here.” This occurred before I had even spoken a single word.
Beginning in the 2018 membership year, high school teachers of sociology can join the ASA through a membership category tailored to their needs. ASA Council voted to place a proposal to establish the new category on the ASA ballot during their March 2017 meeting, and the proposal was approved by a vote of the full membership in June 2017.
ASA’s online Publishing Options database includes listings for more than 200 journals accepting manuscripts in sociology or closely related fields.
The ASA challenges its members to encourage their colleagues, students, and others interested in the discipline of sociology to join ASA for 2018. Each current member who sponsors new members between May 1 and July 15, 2018, will receive a $10 discount on their 2019 membership for each 2018 sponsored new member. Sponsors will also be entered into drawings for a $250 Amazon gift certificate and ASA merchandise gift packs. All current members who participate in this campaign will be thanked in a future issue of Footnotes, and prize winners will be notified by August 1, 2018.
The Trump Administration has decided to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, which will fundamentally compromise the integrity of the census. With little time left before the 2020 launch, a new question can no longer be subject to standard rigorous testing. In fact, field testing for Census 2020 is already underway. In addition, including a citizenship question is likely to keep some people from responding to the questionnaire and others from responding truthfully. Congress has the power to stop this.
Social Psychology Quarterly invites papers for a special issue on the social psychology of creativity, to be edited by John Parker, Ugo Corte, and Gary Alan Fine. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2018.
ASA members are invited to suggest names for nominations for the following elected offices:
- Vice President-Elect
- Council Members-at-Large
- Members of the Committee on Committees
- Members of the Committee on Nominations
- Members of the Committee on Publications
Suggestions for elected positions will be sent to the relevant body that determines a ballot for each of these positions—either the Committee on Committees, Committee on Nominations or Council.