New Guidelines on Joint
ASA’s Academic and Professional Affairs Program has issued a new
booklet designed to help joint sociology and anthropology programs.
The 23-page monograph, Models and Best Practices for Joint Sociology–
Anthropology Departments, was written by Edward L. Kain, Southwestern
University, Theodore C. Wagenaar, Miami University, and Carla B.
Howery, ASA. It is now available through the ASA bookstore www.enoah.net/asa/asashop
onlineservice/ for $4.00 or online
/Sociology%20and%20Anthropology%20Joint%20Departments.pdf as one of ASA’s new
Twenty-two percent of sociology departments are conjoined with
anthropology departments, but the ways in which “jointness” operates
in the curriculum and in departmental decisions varies considerably.
“This booklet came about because joint departments often are developed
by accident or as a marriage of administrative convenience,” says
Howery, ASA’s Director of Academic Affairs. “There is no one right way
to have a joint department, but if sociology is paired with anthropology,
it is important to take seriously this intellectual opportunity. These
authors have tried to show departments how to make intentional
decisions and embrace the model of ‘jointness’ they select.”
The monograph is designed for those joint departments or sociology
departments that might either combine with anthropology or separate. The
content includes a “continuum of jointness” to help departments explicitly
see the ways in which they are or are not a joint department. The
booklet shares ideas for how to enrich and make the most of joint
departments through shared curricula, cross-teaching, effective hiring,
student clubs and co-curricular opportunities, and linking with other
units on campus.
“When paired with ASA’s 2004 Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major
Updated,” says Howery, “this book should help departments in their
planning, in their program review, and in asking for appropriate resources.”