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Major Activities for Department Leaders

The Annual Meeting affords a special opportunity for ASA to work with leaders of the profession, especially Department Chairs, Directors of Graduate Study, and Undergraduate Advisers.

ASA Chair Conference
The eighth annual ASA Chair Conference will focus on “The Leadership Role of the Chair.” Designed for new and current chairs at all types of institutions, the conference provides “briefings” on issues of critical importance for departmental leadership. Panels, roundtables, and informal conversation facilitate sharing information and advice. Attendees also meet with chairs from similar institutions to discuss common issues. In addition, the ASA Research Program on the Discipline and Profession presents data on important trends.

The conference begins on Friday, August 17, at noon and concludes at 2:10 p.m. on Saturday, August 18. Preregistration and fee payment are required. Fees are $95 for Chairs from Department Affiliate departments; $125 for Chairs from non-affiliate departments. Fees include all conference materials, coffee breaks, dessert on Friday night, and a breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Special Forum for Directors of Graduate Study
Because Directors of Graduate Study (DGS) are important leaders in shaping department policies and opportunities for effective graduate programs, ASA’s Academic and Professional Affairs Program has planned a series of events for the department’s DGS focused on such issues as data trends in graduate education, effective mentoring, graduate proseminars, and MA programs.

Sessions open only to Directors of Graduate Study require preregistration and fee payment. Fees are $25 for DGS from Department Affiliate departments, $45 for non-affiliate DGS. The registration fee includes continental breakfast and all conference materials.

Undergraduate Advisers and Their Students, Take Note . . .

Poster Session Showcasing Graduate Programs
This session features exhibits on graduate training from approximately 35 PhD programs. It is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate advisors, undergraduate students, and MA-level students to see displays on graduate programs and meet directly with representatives.