The People—In addition to catching up with colleagues, peers, and mentors, see some great speakers such as Ta’Nehisi Coates, correspondent for The Atlantic; Nancy Fraser, Professor of political science and philosophy at The New School; and more.
The American Sociological Association (ASA) is pleased to announce four awards from the December 2016 round of proposals to the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD), a small-grants program. The FAD program is jointly funded by ASA and the Sociology Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Applications are reviewed by an advisory panel composed of ASA Council members.
ASA is excited to announce an updated model and format for job seekers and employers to meet at the Annual Meeting. After careful review of the current service, examination of programs from similar organizations, and input from past Annual Meeting Employment Service users, we have developed a lower-cost, more inclusive service, while maintaining the option for scheduled one-on-one interviews. By reducing the participation cost for attendees as well as employers, we hope to grow participation and expand the scope of the audience we can serve.
Credit: Census Bure
On Saturday, April 22, hundreds of thousands took to the streets in Washington, DC, and in hundreds of satellite marches around the world in a show of unity and support for scientific research funding and evidence-based policymaking. Sociologists were at the March for Science en masse. Many flew into Washington from around the country to participate in Washington’s march. Many others made their voices heard in their own localities, letting ASA know their presence online via social media using the hashtag #march4sociology.
While important to the discipline, high school teachers have been minimally represented in ASA’s membership. At its March meeting, ASA Council was asked to recommend a new membership category designed for this population, which it supported. High school teachers are important to ASA as we seek to strengthen the pipeline to the sociology major. If we can support robust sociology high school programs, students will become familiar with and, hopefully, excited about sociology before arriving at college.
This year’s ballot includes a proposal to change the process for establishing membership for the four ASA status committees. Currently members of status committees are nominated by the Committee on Committees and approved by Council. If the ballot initiative passes, membership on status committees will be established through a process similar to that used for task forces, which begins with an open call for volunteers, followed by formal appointment by Council.