Mary Romero, Professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University, has been elected the 110th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and Grace Kao, Professor of Sociology, Education, and Asian American Studies, has been elected Vice President. Romero and Kao will serve as President-elect and Vice President-elect for one year before succeeding Duke’s Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and University of Minnesota’s Christopher Uggen respectively in August 2018.
Harassment—sexual, racial, and other forms—has been a pervasive issue in higher education and we often hear of such misconduct at professional meetings. Council recently had a discussion about this very serious problem and decided to appoint a Harassment Working Group to identify steps ASA might consider taking to both prevent and respond to misconduct at our Annual Meeting.
The American Philosophical Society (APS), the nation’s oldest learned society, recently named sociologist Robert Mason Hauser as its new executive officer effective June 12, 2017.
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 27, 2017 manuscripts submitted in the 2016 calendar year.
The Carla B Howery Teaching Enhancement Fund is a small grants program of the American Sociological Association. It supports projects that advance the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) within the discipline of sociology. The ASA would like to congratulate the 2017 recipients.
Danielle Lavin-Loucks, Valparaiso University, Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings: The Negotiation of Sensitive Topics in the Classroom.
In February, the National Academy of Education (NAEd), announced the 14 exceptional education scholars elected to membership in the NAEd. The new members, which includes sociologist Chandra Muller, University of Texas-Austin, are leading researchers and educators with wide ranging expertise. The National Academy of Education advances high quality education research and its use in policy and practice. Muller is Alma Cowden Madden Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts in Sociology at the University of Texas-Austin.