ASA has received notice from several sources that graduate students and faculty have experienced racial and sexual harassment at various conference venues. ASA reminds everyone: Our Annual Meeting is convened for the purposes of professional development and scholarly educational interchange in the spirit of free inquiry and free expression. Harassment of colleagues, students, or other conference participants undermines the principle of equity at the heart of these professional fora and is inconsistent with the principles of free inquiry and free expression.
In the year of "Me Too," with the topic of sexual misconduct continuing to roil society, several workshops, sessions, and events will deal with the topic at the August 2018 ASA Annual Meeting.
Anti-Harassment Workshops at the Annual Meeting
Three workshops have been organized by and with members of the ASA Working Group on Harassment.
#MeTooPhD: Addressing Sexual Violence in and through Sociology
August 11, 10:30 am to 12:10 pm, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Level 100, 104A
The Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Fund (TEF) is a small grants program of the American Sociological Association. It supports projects that advance the scholarship of teaching and learning within the discipline of sociology. The ASA congratulates the 2018 TEF recipients:
Peter Hart-Brinson, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, for Eau Claire Longitudinal Student Survey: Institutionalizing High-Impact Experiential Learning in Sociological Research Methods.
ASA editors provide data on manuscript decisions in order to provide information on the frequency and timing of editorial decisions, as a means of clarifying authors' chances of having their manuscripts accepted and the length of time authors can expect to wait for decisions. The table shown below reports on decisions, as of April 5, 2018, for manuscripts submitted in the 2017 calendar year.
The ASA Opportunities in Retirement Network (ORN) was established in 2014 to provide resources for retired sociologists. All ASA members in the "Retired Member" category are automatically members of ORN, receiving the biannual e-newsletter ORN Notes and voting on advisory board members as part of the annual ASA election. ASA members who are not yet retired but are interested in issues relating to retirement are encouraged to participate by joining ORN's discussion listserv, following ORN on Facebook, or attending ORN sessions at the ASA Annual Meeting.
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS's mission.
In May, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced the election of two sociologists—Dalton Conley and Paula England—from among this year's 84 new members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Members of the Academy, who are considered to hold one of the highest honors in American science, help write reports on key scientific issues to help inform policymakers' decisions.
Deadline: August 31, 2018
The American Sociological Association (ASA) encourages applications for the 2018 Community Action Research Initiative (CARI) grants. CARI grants are for projects that bring social science knowledge and methods to bear in addressing community-based problems. Applicants must be sociologists seeking to work with community organizations or community action initiatives.
Department Chairs Preconference
"Freedom of Speech and Sociology Departments: Responding to Challenges, Fostering Space for Discourse"
August 10, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Chairs Preconference will help department leaders respond to challenges to free speech, establish guiding principles for evaluating controversies, and be prepared to act effectively and appropriately when they arise.
Director of Graduate Studies Preconference
"The Master's Degree in Sociology: New Opportunities and Fresh Approaches"
August 10, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.