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ASA Council held its mid-year meeting on February 12-13, 2010, via conference call as a result of record-breaking snowstorms interrupting travel on the East Coast. Pending Council approval and online posting of the minutes, the following is a brief snapshot of key decisions and information.
Agenda and Minutes. The original agenda was limited to those major items that could be dealt with effectively in the three conference call sessions. The minutes for the Council meeting on August 11, 2009, were approved.
- Approved the operating budget for 2010.
- Approved a one-time 50-page increase for the journal Sociological Theory.
- Revised the 2009 Spivack budget to provide $23,000 to support Contexts and approved the 2010 Spivack budget which includes $35,000 for Contexts.
Donations. By acclamation, sent a letter of thanks to SWS for its $100,000 contribution to the ASA Minority Fellowship Program.
Publications. Accepted recommendations from the Committee on Publications for the editorships of Social Psychology Quarterly and the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
Task Force on Sociology and Criminology Programs. Accepted the final report, thanked the task force for its stellar work, and directed that the report be made available to ASA members, the American Society of Criminology, and the Academy of Criminal Justice.
Committee on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Persons in Sociology:
- Extended the term of the standing committee for another five years and asked the Committee on Committees to recommend new members with three-year terms beginning January 2011, renewable for up to two years.
- Added assessment of legal restrictions on rights afforded recognized same-sex unions and partnerships to the criteria for Annual Meeting site selection.
- Updated the Association’s diversity statement and directed that an article about the diversity statement appear in Footnotes (see the March 2010 issue).
Committee on the Status of Women in Sociology (CSWS):
- Extended the term of the standing committee for another five years and asked the Committee on Committees to recommend members for a new cohort with three-year terms beginning January 2011, renewable for up to two years.
- Supported, in principle, Executive Office efforts to assist CSWS to collect data on women’s career trajectories over time.
- Established a Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, accepted suggestions for the appointments of the Task Force Chair and Council Liaison, and directed that usual processes be used to constitute the task force.
- Approved sending Council’s previous statement calling for discontinuing the use of Native American nicknames, logos, and mascots in sport to parties involved in the case Blackhorse et al. v. Pro Football Inc.
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