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At its August 23-24, 2011, meetings in Las Vegas, ASA Council welcomed six new members: President-Elect Cecilia Ridgeway, Vice President-Elect Jennifer Glass, and Council Members-at-large David Brunsma, Amanda Lewis, Monica Prasad, and Laurel Smith-Doerr. Pending Council approval and online posting of the minutes, the following is a brief snapshot of key decisions and information.
Minutes. Approved the meeting minutes for February 12-13, 2011, February 21-22, 2011, and April 26, 2011. Minutes of all Council meetings are available online at http://www.asanet.org/about/Council_Minutes.cfm.
2010 Audit. Approved the final audit which is available online at http://www.asanet.org/about/audit.cfm.
2012 Membership. Approved a 3.6% cost of living increase (excluding the student category) in dues and authorized free online access to all ASA journals as a benefit of Emeritus membership.
Footnotes. Approved returning to a print edition of ASA’s newsletter Footnotes in 2012, which will be mailed to all members who do not use the new Opt-Out provision.
2012 Subscription Rates.
- Approved no increase in Member rates, which remain at 2010 levels.
- Approved institutional subscription rate increases of 8% as negotiated with the publishers.
2012 Annual Meeting.
Approved no increases in fees for general registration, events, and services.
Future Annual Meeting Sites. Approved proceeding to final negotiations with Los Angeles as the site for the 2022 Annual Meeting and Philadelphia as the site for the 2018 and 2023 Annual Meetings.
- Approved additional page allocations for JHSB as part of the editorial transition.
- Approved a waiver of ASA policy to permit paying for release time in 2012-13 for the current Contexts co-editor at Rutgers.
- Supported outreach to invite managing editors of all sociology journals to the meeting of ASA managing editors hosted by ASA.
- Declined a proposal for a survey about manuscript review times.
- Approved an Ad Hoc Committee of Council chaired by Monica Prasad to work in consultation with the Publications Committee to look into manuscript review turnaround times for sociology journals.
- Accepted the recommendations of candidates of the Committee on Nominations, Committee on Committees, ASA Secretary, and ASA Executive Officer for 2012 elected and appointed Association positions. Invitations to members are now in progress.
- Requested that the Committee on Committees be provided with a list of Emeritus members for consideration when developing recommendations for 2013.
- Concurred with the Committee on Award’s consensus to take no action on changing the name of the dissertation award.
- Recommended that award certificates be smaller sized, given the limited wall space in many faculty offices
- Approved President-Elect Cecilia Ridgeway’s selection of the following members for the 2013 Program Committee: Roberto Fernandez, David Harris, Ross Matsueda, Jane McLeod, Devah Pager, Barbara Risman, Sandra S. Smith, Robin Stryker, Kjersten Whittington; and ex-officio members Jennifer Glass (ASA Vice President-Elect), Catherine White Berheide (Secretary), and Sally T. Hillsman (Executive Officer).
- Confirmed a five-year continuation of the Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Sociology (CSREMS) and deferred discussion of the CSREMS recommendations to the February 2012 Council meeting.
- Accepted in principle the recommendations from the Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities in Sociology, except for items 7 and 10 which were deferred to the next Council meeting pending specific information on cost implications.
- Approved the Committee on the Status of Women in Sociology’s recommendation to include a statement about unethical conduct in the Annual Meeting program, with the final wording of the statement to be provided by the Executive Officer at Council’s February 2012 meeting based on input from the Committee on Professional Ethics.
Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Panel:
- Confirmed support for the programmatic directions of having competitively selected Stipendiary and Non-Stipendiary Minority Fellows and developing an early Career Program for MFP Fellows who complete the PhD.
- Approved the proposed seven-year budget, to be reviewed and approved annually by Council.
- Encouraged the MFP Advisory Panel and the Executive Office to seek additional long-term support from appropriate not-for-profit, for-profit, and federal organizations.
- Approved the proposed bylaws for the Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity; the Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility; and the Section on Sociology of Development.
- Approved the proposal for a new section-in-formation on Consumers and Consumption.
- Approved the bylaws amendments proposed by the Section on Sociology of the Family.
Wikipedia Project. Affirmed efforts to place a Wikipedia portal on ASA website, which will have two primary objectives: (1) to make it easy for sociologists to upgrade sociology entries in Wikipedia, and add missing areas/topics; and (2) to offer an effectively designed way for professors to learn how to give Wikipedia assignments as coursework.
Development. Supported a two-year member-giving effort focused on the ASA three small grants programs (FAD, Howery, CARI) beginning January 2012, as recommended by the Council Member Giving Subcommittee.
Business Meeting Resolutions
- Declined to adopt a Human Rights of Children resolution (presented at the 2010 Business Meeting).
- Approved immediate formation of an ad hoc committee to help develop responses to the proposed directions for change to the HHS Common Rule by the September 26, 2011, deadline (subsequently extended by HHS to October 26, 2011).
Next Council Meeting. Dates of the next Council meeting are February 10-12, 2012, in
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