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At its August 13-14, 2013, meetings in New York City, ASA Council welcomed six new Council members: President-Elect Paula England, Vice President-Elect Cecilia Menjivar, and Council Members-at-large Karyn Lacy, Leslie McCall, Tina Fetner, and Patricia E. White. Pending Council approval and online posting of the minutes, the following is a brief snapshot of key decisions and information.
Minutes. Meeting minutes for January 26, February 21, and July 25, 2013, were approved. All Council minutes are posted online at www.asanet.org/about/Council_Minutes.cfm.
Audit. The final audit for Fiscal Year 2012 was approved and is now available online at www.asanet.org/about/audit.cfm.
Annual Report. The 2012 ASA Annual Report was distributed and is now posted online at www.asanet.org/about/annualreport.cfm and available for free through iTunes.
DOMA Amicus Brief. Council expressed its deep appreciation to Wendy Diane Manning for her outstanding work in preparing and writing the Association’s Amicus Curiae Brief, and to Carmine D. Boccuzzi, Jr. (Counsel of Record), Scott Thompson, and Mark Lightner of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP of New York City for their outstanding work in preparing and submitting the Brief in the cases of Hollingsworth, et al. v. Kristin M. Perry, et al. (California Proposition 8) and the United States v. Edith Schlain Windsor, et al. (Defense of Marriage Act).
Membership. Feedback from members regarding changes in Gender categories on the membership application will be collected for review with ASA Committee on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons in Sociology.
- Approved no increase in Member rates, which remain at 2010 levels.
- Approved institutional subscription rate increases of 5 percent to 9.7 percent for 2014 as negotiated with the publishers.
- Approved no increase in fees for general registration, events, and services for the 2014 Annual Meeting (all rates remain at 2013 levels).
- Directed the Executive Office to proceed with contract negotiations to hold the 2020 Annual Meeting in New York City.
- Approved a one-time allocation of 30 additional pages for Social Psychology Quarterly.
- Approved a one-time allocation of 30 additional pages for Sociology of Education.
- Approved the 2014 honoraria for journal editors and asked the Committee on Publications to review honoraria every five years for possible adjustment.
- Approved a staffing formula for editorial offices, which will be implemented as upcoming editorial transitions occur.
- Requested the Committee on Publications to prepare a memo for the winter Council meeting with the committee’s views of the pros and cons regarding: term limits for the editorships of all journals, shorter maximum lengths of service for the ASR editorship, and a requirement for extension of an editorship to be approved by Council if there is a reduction in the editorial team.
- Confirmed that the Committee on Publications should work with the ASA Research Department on a membership questionnaire to get feedback about requesting future authors and peer reviewers to agree to permanent, embargoed retention of their documents.
- Accepted the report of the Committee on Review Times in Sociology Journals and approved publication of a report summary in Footnotes, with the full version of the report to be posted on the ASA website.
- Approved moving forward with SAGE on plans to launch a premier open access general sociology journal. A detailed proposal is expected for review at the next Council meeting, including the payment model, copyright provisions, candidates for editorship, and journal name.
- Directed the Executive Office to develop potential changes to the ASA Bylaws in order to increase the number of voting members on the Committee on Publications and designate the Past President as the officer to serve on that committee.
Committee and Task Force Appointments.
- Accepted the recommendations of the Committee on Committees, ASA Secretary, and ASA Executive Officer for 2014 appointed Association positions.
- Approved President-Elect Paula England’s selection of the following members for the 2015 Program Committee: Elizabeth Armstrong, David Grusky, Rosalind King, Brian Powell, Vincent Roscigno, Verta Taylor, Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Eliot Weininger, and ex-officio members Cecilia Menjivar (ASA Vice President-Elect), Mary Romero (Secretary), and Sally T. Hillsman (Executive Officer).
Sections. To ensure that all Sections submit their required annual reports in a timely manner, a policy was instated that ASA’s allocation of a section’s funds for the upcoming year will be held until the section turns in a completed annual report.
Nonprofit Incorporation Status. Action was taken on four recommendations from the ASA Committee on the Executive Office and Budget aimed toward maintaining ASA’s nonprofit status in response to recent revisions of nonprofit corporation laws in the District of Columbia.
- Passed a resolution informing the District of Columbia that ASA is electing to remain an “old law corporation.”
- Authorized the ASA Executive Office to file by April 2014 the first of the biennial reports on the corporation as required by law.
- Appointed Michael B. Trister as the ASA “registered agent” under the 2010 law to receive any official communications or legal process from the DC Corporation Council.
- Created a subcommittee of Council, with the Executive Officer and Director of Governance as ex officio members, to work in consultation with Trister to develop a list of changes to the ASA Constitution and Bylaws that would improve ASA governance by incorporating provisions and language from the 2012 DC Non-profit Corporations Act.
Social Media. A report about the first meeting of the Task Force on Using Social Media to Increase the Visibility of Sociological Research led to a debate in Council aboutthe confidentiality parameters that apply to discussion of issues on the Council agenda and revealed differing views about the implicit norms for Council meetings. The development of a policy recommendation was delegated to a Council Subcommittee on Social Media Policy.
- Empowered the Executive Officer to draft a letter in consultation with the President, and authorized the President to send the letter, to protest actions the Russian government has recently directed against Russian colleagues at the Levada Analytic Center.
- Acknowledged that information about the Harvard dissertation accused of scientific racism was brought to Council and the ASA President-Elect, and indicated appreciation that sections with the appropriate expertise have been involved.
- Authorized the ASA Executive Office to collect data on sociology students and faculty regarding who was first in their family to attend college.
Next Council Meeting. The next Council meeting will be held on March 1-2, 2014, in Washington, DC.
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