(under “publications”). Direct editorial queries and proposals (and requests for print catalogues) to: Harry Keyishian, Director (M-GH2-01), Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, NJ 07940; e-mail fdupress@ fdu.edu.
Globalization, Societies, and Education , a new journal from Taylor & Francis, solicits book reviews for their inaugural issue, March 2003. See tandf.co.uk/jorunals/titles/14767724.html.
Irish Journal of Sociology , the journal of the Sociological Association of Ireland, solicits manuscripts for Volume 12, 2003. Contact: Editors, Irish Journal of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland; ucd.ie/~sai/ijs.htm.
Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies . Call for papers, Volume 15, No. 1/2, 2003. Theme: “Toward a Culture of Life: Restoring Human Felicity.” Manuscript deadline, January 1, 2003. Contact Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 1065 Pine Bluff Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107-1751; (626) 351-0419; JIS3.org.
Research in Political Sociology . Call for papers, Volume 13, 2004. Theme: “Politics of Change: Sexuality, Gender, and Aging.” Proposal deadline, December 1, 2002. Contact the editors, Lisa K. Walkner, email@example.com; Betty A. Dobratz, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Timothy Buzzell, email@example.com.
Social Justice , A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order plans a late 2003 issue on “Applied Research and Social Justice.” Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2003. Contact the editors: Laurie Joyner firstname.lastname@example.org; (504) 865-2571, and Edward J. McCaughan email@example.com; (504) 865-2573.
Social Insight is a unique magazine that shows a broad range of individuals and organizations how to apply sociological tools and perspectives to their real-life social concerns. Address submissions and other correspondence to: Mark Iutcovich, Editor, c/o Keystone University Research Corporation, 3823 West 12th Street, Erie, PA 16505-3301; (814) 836-9295; fax (814) 836-9615; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space and Culture, published quarterly by Sage Publications USA, seeks new contributions. Contact: Jane Hampson, Managing Editor, Space and Culture, 304 Social Sciences Research Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6 Canada; email@example.com.
October 18-19, 2002. California Sociological Association 13th Annual Conference, The Mission Inn, Riverside, CA. Theme: “The Challenges of Social Justice and Diversity in a Changing World.” Contact Valerie Callanan, California State University-San Marcos, Department of Sociology, San Marcos, CA 92096-001; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; california sociologists.com.
October 26, 2002. The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean of Columbia University will hold a seminar in honor of John H. D’Arms. For more information see: columbia.edu/cu/cam/events/events.htm.
October 23-27, 2002. Oral History Association, 36th Annual Meeting, DoubleTree Hotel San Diego Mission Valley, San Diego, CA. See dickinson.edu/oha to register.
October 30-November 2, 2002. The American Society for Aesthetics, 60th Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Coral Gables, FL. Contact: Curtis L. Carter, Secretary/Treasurer, The American Society for Aesthetics, Marquette University, Cudahy Hall, Room 404, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881; (414) 288-7831; email@example.com; aesthetics-online.or.
November 6-9, 2002. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Crowne Plaza Hotel at Union Station, Indianapolis, IN 46225. Contact: President-Elect and Program Chair, Wib Leonard, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Site Coordinator and Treasurer Dean Purdy, e-mail email@example.com.
November 16-18, 2002. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) 2nd Research Conference, William F. Bolger Center for Leadership Development, Potomac, MD. Contact the conference co-chairs Mary D. Scheets and Nicholas H. Steneck by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com; ori.dhhs.gov/html/programs/RCRICConf2002.asp.
March 27-30, 2003. North Central Sociological Association, Omni Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, OH, 45202. Contact: Vice President and Program Chair, Kathryn Feltey, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Executive Officer, Dean Purdy e-mail email@example.com.
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation announces the TransCoop Program for Transatlantic Research Collaboration to support collaborative research among American, Canadian, and German scholars. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2002. Contact: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, U.S. Liaison Office 1012 14th Street NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 783-1907; fax (202) 783-1908; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; humboldt-foundation.de.
American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation announce their joint Science and Engineering Fellowship Program. Application deadline, January 10, 2003. See fellowships.aaas.org/research.
American Council of Learned Societies announces its 2002/2003 fellowship and grant program. Contact: Ruth Waters, Fellowships and Grants, American Council of Learned Societies, 633 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10017-6795; (212) 697-1505, ext. 136; fax (212) 949-8058; e-mail email@example.com; acls.org.
Boston College. The Center for Retirement Research solicits proposals for the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for Junior Scholars in Retirement Research. The deadline for proposals is November 15, 2002. Contact: Kevin Cahill (617) 552-1459 or Amy Chasse (617) 552-1677; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; bc.edu/crr.
Brown University. The Pembroke Center has postdoctoral fellowships for 2002-03. Theme: “Shame.” Contact: Elizabeth Barboza (401) 863-2643; e-mail Elizabeth_Barboza@Brown.edu.
Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning has posted guidelines for application to the 2003-2004 Carnegie Scholars Program. See carnegiefoundaton.org/CASTL/guidelines. Deadline is November 1, 2002.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy seeks applicants for the second cycle of the NCHS/Academy Health Policy Fellowship. The application deadline is January 10, 2003. Visit academyhealth.org/nchs or e-mail email@example.com.
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) announces its Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in the Humanities in Original Sources. Application deadline is December 1, 2002. For more information contact: Mellon Fellowships, Council on Library and Information Resources, 1755 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 939-4750; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; clir.org.
Freie Universität Berlin and SSRC Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies promotes a new generation of young North American scholars with specialized knowledge of modern and contemporary German and European affairs. For complete information, see ssrc.org/fellowships/berlin/. The deadline is December 1, 2002.
Grants Management Associates. Sociological Initiatives Foundation has funds available for research and social action projects. See grantsmanagement.com/sifguide.html for more information.
Kennan Institute offers research scholarships for research in the social sciences or humanities on the former Soviet Union. To download an application see: wwics.si.edu/kennan/grants/htm.
National Institutes of Health. The Fogarty International Center announces a new research program to support international collaborations to study stigma and global health. Application deadline is November 14, 2002. See grants1/nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TW-03-001.
Princeton University announces the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellowships 2003-04. The application deadline is December 4, 2002. Contact: University Center for Human Values; (609) 258-4798; e-mail email@example.com; princeton.edu/values.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Health Policy Fellowships Program seeks applicants for the 2003-2006 program. Fellowships are available to outstanding, mid-career health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health who wish to actively participate in the formulation of federal health policy and accelerate their careers in health policy. Deadline: November 15, 2002. See: nas.edu/rwj or contact the program office at (202) 334-1506.
Social Science Research Council. Program on Global Security and Cooperation (GSC) announces fellowships for research and training. Deadline is December 2, 2002. Contact: Social Science Research Council, Program on Global Security and Cooperation, 2040 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 332-5572; fax (202) 332-9051; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; ssrc.org/programs/gsc.
Social Science Research Council. Sexuality Research Fellowship Program. Deadline for applications, December 16, 2002. Contact: Social Science Research Council, Sexuality Research Fellowship Program, 810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10019; (212) 377-2700; fax (212) 377-2727; e-mail email@example.com; ssrc.org.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies announces its 2003-2004 fellowship opportunities. Application deadline is November 30, 2002. Contact: Visiting Scholars Division, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, DC 20024-2126; (202) 314-0378; fax (202) 479-9726; firstname.lastname@example.org; ushmm.org/research/center.
Vanderbilt University. The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities announces its 2003/2004 Visiting Fellowship, “Medicine, Health, and Society.” For detailed information contact: Mona C. Frederick, Executive Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Box 1534 Station B, Nashville, TN 37235; (615) 343-6060; e-mail email@example.com; vanderbilt.edu/rpw_center.
In the News
Yvonne Aberg, Stockholm University, had her findings on divorce and the workplace cited in the Washington Post, August 4, 2002.
Lee Clarke, Rutgers University, was quoted in the August 23 United Press International wire service, the September 6 Chicago Sun-Times, and the September 9 LA Times for his article on “Panic: Myth or Reality” in the fall issue of Contexts magazine. He also did a live interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on August 8.
Tony Cortese, Southern Methodist University, was quoted on marketing sex and violence in an article on the new Dallas Stars Ice Girls in the Dallas Morning News.
Thomas Cushman, Wellesley College, was quoted in an August 13, 2002, ABC News story “Has the War on Terror Changed Attitudes on Torture?”
Walter S. DeKeseredy, Ohio University, was quoted August 4, 2002, in a Valley News article on Murray Straus’ recent study of dating violence.
Peter Dreier, Occidental College, had the following media appearances: May 1, 2002, quoted in the Chicago Tribune about the causes and consequences of urban sprawl; May 1, 2002, quoted in the Christian Science Monitor about the state of urban America; May 12, 2002, quoted and pictured in the Pasadena Star-News following his speech about Jackie Robinson’s importance in American social and political history; June 10 op-ed column in the Los Angeles Times, with Sarah Pope, critical of the FHA’s role in monitoring unscrupulous lenders; June 3, 2002, published an article with Dick Flacks, University of California-Santa Barbara, for The Nation, focusing on progressive origins of many patriotic iconographies; June 14, 2002, quoted in the Honolulu Advertiser on the growing trend in Hawaii to require residential builders to pay for the construction of new schools; and July 4, 2002, published an op-ed column in the Los Angeles Times with Dick Flacks on progressive patriotism.
Karl Erikson, Yale University, James M. Jasper, Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University, and Francesca Poletta, Columbia University, were all quoted in the New York Times, September 8, 2002, in a feature article on the September 11, 2001, disasters.
Laura Grindstaff, University of California-Davis, had her book The Money Shot: Trash, Class, and the Making of TV Talk Shows reviewed by the New York Times. The book and its author were also featured on Good Morning Chicago (NBC) and BBC radio.
Anthony R. Harris, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, had his study on how medical improvements have lowered the homicide rate, reviewed in the Washington Post, August 12, 2002.
Harry L. Humphries, Pittsburg State University, was interviewed July 6, 2002, by the Voice of America/Russia on research conducted on “Islamisation Among Tatar Youth: Post 9-11” in the Republic of Tatarstan, the Russian Federation.
Douglas D. Koski, Department of Health and Human Services, was interviewed by National Public Radio, USA Today, and other national news media concerning his work on rape and jury trials.
Paul Lachelier, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Green Party candidate for State Representative in Massachusetts, co-authored an editorial “Toward a Living Democracy,” which appeared in the Boston Globe, July 6, 2002.
Robert D. Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology, had the following media appearances: op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, February 2002, on U.S. Debt; profiled in Christian Science Monitor, August 2002, and the Orlando Sentinel, February 2002; and featured in an ABC World News Tonight story on student debt, August 2002.
Jeylan T. Mortimer, University of Minnesota, was quoted August 27, 2002, in USA Today about teen part-time job stress building coping skills for later life.
Jack Nusan Porter, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, was quoted in the Boston Globe, June 15, 2002, about the fallout behind a high school scavenger hunt involving alleged sex and drugs.
Barbara Schneider, University of Chicago, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune, August 22, 2002, in an article on a grant from the National Science Foundation to fund a new center at the University.
Juliet Schor, Boston College, published on op-ed article in the New York Times September 2, 2002, titled “Why Americans Should Rest.”
David A. Sonnenfeld, Washington State University, was featured in a special issue of the Switzer Foundation newsletter, leading up to the 2002 Johannesburg Earth Summit. Sonnenfeld, a Switzer Fellow, was interviewed regarding his research on environmental regulation and firm behavior in Southeast Asia.
David Yamane, Notre Dame University, was quoted in an article in the Detroit Free Press, April 30, 2002, on celibacy in the Roman Catholic priesthood.
Caught in the Web
Ethnic and Racial Studies a journal of the Taylor & Francis Group can be found at tandf.co.uk/journals.
President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health has launched its new website at MentalHealthCommission.gov.
United States Institute of Peace has published a new report Overcoming Humanitarian Dilemmas in the DPRK (North Korea). See usip.org for the online edition as well as links to related websites.
University of Illinois-Chicago and Northwestern University have upgraded their Careers in Child and Family Policy website. See igpa.uillinois.edu/cfp and sesp.northwestern.edu/cfp.
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) honors outstanding performance in the social studies through its awards programs. Detailed award guidelines and criteria are available from: Ana C. Post, Manager of Recognition Programs and Special Projects, NCSS, 8555 16th Street, Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (800) 296-7840, ext. 114; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; socialstudies.org/awards.
National Institute of Mental Health. The Family Research Consortium III is sponsoring a 2003 Summer Institute for family researchers, June 26-29, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. Theme: “Intervention as Science.” The deadline is March 28, 2003. Contact Dee Frisque, Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts, Pennsylvania State University, 106 Henderson Building, University Park, PA 16802-6504; (814) 863-7108; fax (814) 863-7109; e-mail email@example.com; hhdev.psu.edu/chdfrdc.
Members' New Books
Margaret L. Andersen, University of Delaware, Thinking about Women: Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender, 6th edition (Allyn and Bacon, 2003).
Margaret L. Andersen, University of Delaware, and Howard F. Taylor, Princeton University, Sociology: The Essentials, 2nd edition (Wadsworth Publishing, 2003).
Nacham Ben-Yehuda, Hebrew University, Sacrificing Truth: Archaeology and the Myth of Masada (Prometheus Books, Humanity Books, 2002).
Ruth Murray Brown (deceased), Rose State College, For a “Christian America.” A History of the Religious Right(Prometheus Books, 2002).
Henry H. Brownstein, Columbia, MD, The Problems of Living in Society (Allyn & Bacon, 2003).
Francesca Cancian, University of California-Irvine, Demie Kurz, University of Pennsylvania, Andrew London, Kent State University, Rebecca Reviere, Howard University, and Mary Tuominen, Denison University, editors Child Care and Inequality: Rethinking Carework for Children and Youth (Routledge, 2002).
G. Reginald Daniel, University of California-Santa Barbara, More Than Black? Multiracial Identity and the New Racial Order (Temple, 2001).
John Germov, University of Newcastle-Australia, editor Second Opinion: An Introduction to Health Sociology, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2002).
Kevin Fox Gotham, Tulane University, Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2000 (State University of New York Press, 2002).
Laura Grindstaff, University of California-Davis, The Money Shot: Trash, Class, and the Making of TV Talk Shows (University of Chicago Press, 2002).
R. Alan Hedley, University of Victoria-Canada, Running Out of Control: Dilemmas of Globalization (Kumarian Press, 2002).
Allan V. Horwitz, Rutgers University, Creating Mental Illness (University of Chicago Press, 2002) and The Social Control of Mental Illness, (Percheron Press, 2002).
Jason Kaufman, Harvard University, For The Common Good? American Civic Life and the Golden Age of Fraternity (Oxford University Press, 2002).
Diana Kendall, Baylor University, The Power of Good Deeds: Privileged Women and the Social Reproduction of the Upper Class (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).
Lori Kendall, State University of New York-Purchase College, Hanging Out in the Virtual Pub: Masculinities and Relationships Online (University of California Press, 2002).
Peter Kivisto, Augustana College, Multiculturalism in a Global Society (Blackwell, 2002) and Social Theory: Roots and Branches, 2nd edition (Roxbury, 2002).
Julia Lesage, Abby Ferber, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Debbie Storrs, and Donna Wong Making a Difference: University Students of Color Speak Out (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).
Donald Light, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Princeton University, Public Private Relations in Health Care (The King’s Fund, 2001).
Robert D. Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology, Credit Card Nation, revised edition in paperback (Basic Books, 2002).
Kevin Marjoribanks, University of Adelaide-Australia, Family and School Capital: Towards a Context Theory of Students’ School Outcomes (Kluwer, 2002).
Michael A. Messner, University of Southern California, Taking the Field: Women, Men, and Sports (University of Minnesota Press, 2002).
Robert Perrucci, Purdue University, and Early Wong, Indiana University-Kokomo, The New Class Society: Goodbye American Dream, 2nd edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).
Ira L. Reiss, University of Minnesota, and Albert Ellis At the Dawn of the Sexual Revolution: Reflections on a Dialogue (AltaMira Press, 2002).
Richard A. Schoenherr, University of Notre Dame, editor, Goodbye Father: The Celibate Male Priesthood and the Future of the Catholic Church (Oxford University Press, 2002).
Charles Selengut, County College of Morris, Jewish-Muslim Encounters: History Philosophy, and Religion (Paragon House, 2002).
James E. Teele, Boston University, E. Franklin Frazier and Black Bourgeois (University of Missouri Press, 2002).
Ronald Weitzer, George Washington University, Current Controversies in Criminology (Prentice Hall, 2002).
Ronald C. Wimberley, North Carolina State University, Craig K. Harris, Michigan State University, Joseph J. Molnar, Auburn University, and Terry J. Tomazic, St. Louis University, editors, The Social Risks of Agriculture: Americans Speak out on Food, Farming, and the Environment (Prager, 2002).
Policy and Practice
Robert D. Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology, gave expert testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Bankruptcy Reform Act, January 2002, and U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, hearing on the credit card industry’s consumer policies, November 2001.
William R. Avison was named Chair of the Child Health and Well-Being Program of the Child Health Research Institute at the University of Western Ontario.
David Bartram, University of Reading (UK), was awarded a research grant from the Nuffield Foundation for a project on international labor migration.
Wendell Bell, Yale University, was honored for his vision, dedication, and distinguished qualities of leadership as one of the founders of the Yale Program (now Department) of African American Studies, at a dinner by Yale President, Richard C. Levin.
Ira J. Cohen, Rutgers University, delivered a series of lectures and workshops on classical and contemporary social theory at the Department of Sociology, Tblisi State University in the Republic of Georgia under the auspices of the Open Society Institute, July 22-25, 2002.
Walter S. DeKeseredy, Ohio University, received a grant from the National Institute of Justice to conduct an exploratory study of male-to-female sexual assault during and after separation/divorce in Athens County, OH.
Riley E. Dunlap resigned the Boeing Distinguished Professorship of Environmental Sociology at Washington State University to accept the Donner Professorship at Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, where he has been working as an Academy of Finland Researcher at the University of Turku the past year.
Terence Dunworth, managing vice president of the Law and Public Policy Area at Abt Associates Inc., is the new Director of the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center.
Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, participated in the international symposium “The Center and the Peripheries: Challenges and Divergences” at the Tehran Center for Dialogue Among Civilizations in Iran.
Kathleen Ferraro, Arizona State University, was elected President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
John Germov, University of Newcastle-Australia, was recently elected as President of The Australian Sociological Association. He was also elected to the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association.
Cheryl Jackson Hall has joined the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Arizona State University.
Jennifer Hamer recently joined the Department of Sociology at Wayne State University. The Association of Black Sociologists Newsletter, of which she serves as editor, will also be housed at this new location.
Sandra Hanson, Catholic University, was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (Division of Research, Evaluation, and Communication) to study factors that encourage and discourage minority women in science education.
Valerie Jenness, University of California-Irvine, was elected Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Douglas D. Koski, Department of Health and Human Services, recently published a joint Rutgers University and University of New Hampshire Alcohol and Rape Study in the Criminal Law Bulletin.
Judith N. Lasker, Lehigh University, received the Hillman Award, for excellence in teaching, research work, or advancing the interests of the University.
Donald Light, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Princeton University, was appointed as a visiting professor at City University, London.
Craig B. Little, State University of New York-Courtland, was appointed to the rank of Distinguished Service Professor.
Judith Lorber, Brooklyn College and Graduate School, CUNY, gave a keynote speech at the 8th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, July 21-26 in Kampala, Uganda. She also gave a presentation based on her Eastern Sociological Society Presidential address. The address will be published in the September issue of Sociological Forum.
Robert D. Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology, received a grant from the American Association of Colleges and Universities for work in “Globalization and Citizenship.”
William J. (Jim) McAuley, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, was appointed as Long-term Care Scholar in Residence at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Nimfa B. Ogena is the newly appointed Director, University of the Philippines Population Institute, and Commissioner, Commission on Population, Republic of the Philippines. She is the current President of the Philippine Population Association and Chairperson of the Demographic Research and Development Foundation.
Tom Scheff was selected to give the Eilert Sundt Lecture at the University of Oslo (Norway).
Carol Schmid, Guilford Technical Community College, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the University of Latvia.
David A. Sonnenfeld, Washington State University, returned as a Visiting Research Fellow, at the Social Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, May/June 2002.
Deidre Tyler, Salt Lake Community College, is running for state senator in the state of Utah as a Republican. She is the first black woman to run for any office in the state of Utah.
Judie Gaffin Wexler is Dean of Faculty and Academic Vice President at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
Ronald Abeles, Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH, received the National Institutes of Health Award of Merit. Additionally, the Gerontological Society of America awarded him Fellow Status.
Ralph Bell, Governors State University, received a Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding research/scholarship and service.
Esther Ngan-ling Chow, American University, received the Morris Rosenberg Merit Award for Recent Achievements from the District of Columbia Sociological Society in May 2002.
Peter Dreier, Occidental College, won the 2002 Michael Harrington Book Award from the American Political Science Association for his book Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century.
Mary E. Evans, University of South Florida, received the 2002 Askounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar award, the University’s 2002 McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year, and the Excellence in Nursing Research Award from Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Beta Chapter.
Valerie Jenness and Ryken Grattet, University of California-Irvine, were awarded the 2002 Outstanding Scholarship Award by the Crime and Delinquency Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems for their book Making Hate a Crime: From Social Movement to Law Enforcement. The book was published in 2001 by the Russell Sage Foundation as part of the ASA’s Rose Monograph Series.
John Moland, Alabama State University, received the Charles S. Johnson Award from the Southern Sociological Society, for significant contributions on race and the South.
Kenneth J. Neubeck and Noel A. Cazenave, University of Connecticut-Storrs, received the 2002 Michael Harrington Distinguished Scholarship Award from the National Forum on Poverty and Inequality for their book, Welfare Racism: Playing the Race Card Against America’s Poor.
Seth Ovadia, University of Maryland, received the Irene B. Taueer Graduate Student Paper Award from the District of Columbia Sociological Society.
Tom Scheff, University of California-Santa Barbara (emeritus), received the Lee Founders Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems for his contributions to social policy and social justice.
Sherry Corbet, Miami University, died July 27, 2002.
Theodore R. Anderson
( - 2002)
Theodore R. Anderson, 74, of Bloomington, IN, died June 27 of prostate cancer at home in the care of his loving family.
He was a Veteran of the Navy during WWII. Professor of Sociology, received his PhD at the University of Wisconsin. He taught at Yale, University of Iowa, University of Oregon, and the University of Minnesota in the area of statistical methods and demography. After retirement, he was a consultant for the Star Tribune Newspaper.
He was an aficionado of the stock market, a lover of American musical theater, and an avid outdoorsman. He hiked on several continents, with the American West being his favorite.
He is survived by wife, Beverly; sons, O. Craig Anderson of Lindstrom, MN, Tad Anderson and Lincoln Anderson, both of Seattle; grandsons, Clayton and Trevor; twin sister, Dorothea Antman of Chattanooga, TN; brothers, John L. Anderson of Chattanooga, TN, Richard D. Anderson of Baton Rouge, LA; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Frances Moran.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Nature Conservancy-MN, 1313 SE 5th St., Minneapolis, MN 55414. A memorial service was held July 27, at the Cremation Society, Edina Chapel.
University of Minnesota, Department of Sociology
Judith Huggins Balfe
Judith Huggins Balfe, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, and Associate of the CUNY Graduate Center since 1988, passed away on March 13, 2002, after a long and valiant battle with cancer. She left behind her husband, Harry, daughter, Jiffy and her husband, and her son Tom, along with numerous friends, colleagues, and students.
Going against the grain of “mainstream” American sociology, Judy was one of the pioneers in the sociology of art and culture. Once a marginal field in the discipline, the Culture Section has become one of the largest, most dynamic units of the ASA. While this transformation is due to a combination of factors, it would not have happened without the extraordinary efforts of a dedicated band of brothers and sisters. Among them, Judith Balfe played an indispensable part.
Judy earned her BA in art history at Wellesley in 1960, where she was Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year, and worked in arts education at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She began her graduate studies at the New School for Social Research, earning the MA in Sociology in 1975, and completed her PhD at Rutgers University in 1979. After teaching at Fairleigh Dickinson and Rutgers, she settled at the College of Staten Island, from 1985 until January of 2002, when her illness forced her to retire.
Among her numerous, often path-breaking studies in the field of arts and culture are, with Rolf Meyersohn, Richard A. Peterson, and Darren Sherkat, the study, Age and Arts Participation, with Special Focus on the Baby Boomers, for the National Endowment for the Arts (1996). They found that the high arts were losing their audiences, a result that made a considerable splash in the media, and led to her being interviewed by a number of newspapers, including The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Her edited book, Paying the Piper: Causes and Consequences of Art Patronage, was published in 1993 by the University of Illinois Press. In 1998, with Joni M. Cherbo, she edited Arts Education Beyond the Classroom for the American Council for the Arts, and she edited with Margaret Wyszomirski Art, Ideology & Politics (Praeger,1985) and “The Commissioning of Public Art” in Public Art, Public Controversy: ‘Tilted Arc’ on Trial (ed. Sherrill Jordan, 1987). Her last work in the field was “Public Involvement in the Arts” (with Monnie Peters), in The Public Life of the Arts in America, edited by Cherbo and Wyszomirski for Rutgers University Press (2000). Judy was a longtime editor of the journal, Arts Management, Law and Society, one of the only academic journals devoted exclusively to the arts and cultural field. Her last study was on kinship, “Passing It On: The Inheritance of Summer Houses and Cultural Identity,” which appeared in The American Sociologist (26:4), and was subsequently published in collaboration with her brother, Kenneth Huggins, on the Internet.
Besides the ASA Culture Section, she was actively engaged in Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STPA). STPA, in existence for over a quarter century, is a mix of social scientists (Howard Becker is one its founders), arts administrators and educators, foundation officers, cultural policy scholars, including economists and political scientists. They meet yearly at different university venues to share academic works, insights, research results, practical experience, and engage in serious and not-so-serious activities. For Judy Balfe, STPA was truly her second family. Paying the Piper was dedicated to the “crowd at Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts Conferences.”
Judith Balfe was a leader—a strong, optimistic, quick, no-nonsense mind. She brought many newcomers into the field of sociology of art and culture, and sustained them as a mentor. Judy was an inspiration to all of us. Her premature departure is too stark for the full expression it deserves. We miss her deeply.
Vera L. Zolberg, New School University and Joni M. Cherbo,New York City
K. Peter Etzkorn
Sociology (pronounced fondly as “sock-ology” by Peter) has lost one of its greatest professors. The final curtain came down on Friday, August 2, 2002, after his ten-year battle with metastasized cancer. During his last months, Peter planned his own memorial service with close friends and colleagues. Would it be that we all handled such struggles with the dignity displayed by Peter.
Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, on April 18, 1932, Peter came to Ohio State University as an exchange student. Pure chance, and love of music, led him to study sociology with the eminent Kurt H. Wolff during the 1950s. The result was a profitable marriage of music, anthropology, and sociology.
After finishing his BA at Ohio State University, Peter went to Princeton to complete his MA and PhD degrees. His first professing of sociology commenced at the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1959. Before becoming Professor and Chair of our then Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, he held appointments (in order) at the American University of Beirut, University of Nevada, University of West Florida, and California State University-Northridge.
I first met Peter in 1969 at the Pacific Sociological Society meetings in Anaheim. He persuaded me to consider an assistant professorship at University of Missouri-St. Louis (UM). Between 1969 and 1999 Peter served as our Chair for a remarkable 13 years. Between periods of service as chair, he served as Director of the Office of Research Administration, Associate Dean of The Graduate School, and Assistant to the Chancellor for International Affairs. His philosophy of departmental chairmanship included hiring the best and brightest talent available. Mandated five-year reviews have demonstrated quantitatively his judicious hiring sensibilities, since our department always ranked at the top of its “comparator” departments.
In spite of globe-trotting between eight universities spanning the Middle East to California, and self-initiated heavy service undertakings at each university, Peter somehow managed to remain a prolific scholar. I count four books, seven monographs, 61 refereed articles and book chapters, 51 book reviews, and 21 non-refereed academic publications over his 43 years in academe.
During his 33-year association with UM-St. Louis, Peter also managed to find time to serve as the editor of Ethnomusicology for three years and as member or chair of the Review Panels of the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. His international and national academic service contributions are simply too numerous to list here.
No less impressively, he became a tireless champion for metropolitan St. Louis. For example, Peter served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. He served as a board member (for 13 years) and President of the New Music Circle. Even after his retirement as an Emeritus Professor in 2000, Peter served the Mayor’s Office of St. Louis on the St. Louis Council of Sister Cities and was instrumental in bringing Lyon (France) and Stuttgart (Germany) in as sister cities. Among his other community service were Board of Director stints to the Regional Commerce and Growth Association, St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Missouri Advocates for the Arts, and the American Kantorei of St. Louis.
There are few colleagues who have been more generous with their money or time than Peter. He twice invited the roughly 60 card-carrying sociologists in the metropolitan St. Louis area to parties at his home. He gave tickets to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concerts and other expensive musical events to junior colleagues who could not have afforded such luxuries on their own salaries. He successfully argued before the Dean for protecting untenured members of the department from heavy teaching loads and service responsibilities. I most fondly remember his 65th birthday present to himself—treating roughly 30 of his friends to a gourmet dinner at the exclusive Café de France.
As Peter saw the curtain falling over the last months of his life, the finality of no curtain calls deeply grieves those of us whose lives he affected. Our sympathy goes to his survivors, Hildy Garve Etzkorn of Ladue; two sons, Dr. Kyle P. Etzkorn of Ponte Verde, FL, and Lars Etzkorn of Washington, DC, a sister, Helga Etzkorn of Karlsruhe; and two grandchildren.
Herm Smith, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Joseph F. Jones
Joseph F. Jones, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Portland State University, died at home on July 28, 2002, following a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, sons, Greg R., Kevin J., and Ben H.; and by five grandchildren.
Although he was born July 1, 1933, in Sparta, Wisconsin, Joe was a Pacific Northwesterner at heart. He grew up in a small lumbering town in southwest Washington. Following service in the U.S. Army in the Korean War, he enrolled at the University of Washington, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1960, a master’s degree in 1962, and a PhD in 1969. He was an Acting Instructor while doing graduate work at Washington.
Joe was appointed as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Portland State University (then College) in 1963. He retired from Portland State in 1995 as Emeritus Professor. He was also a Senior Investigator at the Kaiser Foundation Health Services Research Center from 1970 to 1981, as well as director of the department’s Center for Sociological Research for a number of years.
Joe was a vigorous supporter of the view that those of us who are fortunate to be able to work at “the life of the mind” should be attuned to collective values as well as pursuing our individual interests, thus he was a frequent participant at national and regional meetings—reading papers, serving on panels, and the like.
Joe was a highly-committed sociologist with an inquiring mind and catholic interests, but like most of us, he tended to focus more heavily on certain topics of interest: medical sociology, alcoholism research, and criminology/deviance. In turn, his journal articles and papers presented at meetings mirrored these interests and included work on public opinions regarding deviance, the culture of jails, and AIDS and the law. He also coauthored The Study of Deviance (Prentice Hall, 1975).
So much for the facts revealed in Joe’s vita. What of Joe Jones, the person and our valued friend? Certainly it can fairly be said that he was a complex man. Those who worked closely with him, whether students or colleagues, were aware of his impressive intelligence. He held both students and faculty members to high standards, but surely that is not a fault. His offbeat sense of humor turned to mordant wit on occasion. But most important, he was extremely generous with the help that he offered to students and colleagues. He will be sorely missed at Portland State and in the sociology department.
Frederic H. Chino and Don C. Gibbons, Portland State University
( - 2002)
Ernest Manheim, Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, died at home July 28, 2002, at age 102. Ernest was born in Budapest, Hungary, served in the Hungarian army in World War I, obtained doctoral degrees in Leipzig and London, and immigrated to the United States in 1937. He was founder and first Chairman of the Department of Sociology at Kansas City University, later University of Missouri-Kansas City, in 1938.
A renaissance man, Ernest composed a symphony that was performed by the Kansas City Philharmonic in the early 1950s, and received the University of Missouri Thomas Jefferson award in 1978. Among recent honors was Austria’s highest distinction in the arts and sciences. Manheim Hall (Social Sciences) at University of Missouri-Kansas City was named in his honor in 1999. The University of Kansas held an international symposium on the occasion of his 100th birthday in 2000. A forthcoming book containing articles by and about Manheim is in press (Frank Baron, David Smith, and Charles Reitz, editors).
Ernest Manheim served Kansas City throughout his life. He served on the board of the Lyric Theater and was active in the Ineffectuals and other civic organizations. He is survived by his wife, Sheelagh Manheim and her children; his son, Frank Tibor Manheim; grandchildren; and a great grandchild.
A memorial was held August 3, 2002, at the University Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Miller Nichols Library, E. Manheim Fund, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Frank Manheim, Fairfax, VA
David J. Pittman
( - 2002)
Midwest Sociological Society Life Member David Joshua Pittman died at the age of 74, January 29, 2002, in Orlando, FL, following surgery for lung cancer. Pittman received his BA and his MA in Sociology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1949 and 1950. In 1956 he graduated from the University of Chicago with a PhD in Human Development. Starting his teaching career in 1950 as an instructor at the University of Rochester, in 1958 he began his long association with Washington University-St. Louis as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and a Research Assistant Professor of Sociology in Psychiatry. After directing the Social Science Institute from 1963 to 1976 and chairing the Sociology Department from 1976 to 1986, he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus of Psychology in 1993 two years after the disappointing closure of his longtime home department of Sociology.
An internationally renowned scholar in alcohol and drug studies, Pittman authored more than 200 articles and essays and authored or edited eight books including several that became “classics” in the alcohol literature. His book, Revolving Door: A Study of the Chronic Police Case Inebriate, combined with his subsequent activism and consultation, was very important in the movement to provide community-based alcoholism treatment. His edited collection, Society, Culture and Drinking Patters (with Charles Snyder), was the basic reference for a whole generation of alcohol scholars who emerged in the 1960s and 70s. While best known for his research on alcohol and drugs, Pittman also wrote in the areas of criminology, mass media, and sexuality.
In an interview, Pittman once wrote that, when young, he wanted to change the world. Pittman worked in his own community of St. Louis to establish in 1967 what became recognized as the first public detoxification center in North America. Elected president of the North American Association of Alcoholism Programs in 1965, he was also chair of the 28th International Congress on Alcohol and Alcoholism. In addition to frequently providing expert testimony before the U.S. Congress, he also had international consultancies in Australia, Britain, Finland, the Netherlands, and the former Yugoslavia. He was influential as a scholar, a teacher, an activist, a mentor, and as an advisor.
But the accomplishments that show up on a vita often miss what is essential about a person. He was a kind professor who combined a gentle way with a real sense of presence that gained one’s attention when he entered a room. Pittman was a student advocate who respected his students and enjoyed their company, at the same time he was ambitious about their learning. Despite his kindness and gentleness, he could be a fierce opponent when he thought something was unfair, dishonest, or unjust—especially when fighting for the underdog. He had the heart of an activist and he brought his talents to many causes.
David had a memorable voice modulated with a wonderful North Carolina accent that would deepen and lower as he expressed displeasure or seriousness. And then, in an instant, his voice would rise by octaves to a surprisingly high-pitched conclusion as he made an impassioned point or a funny remark. His smile was warm and his eyes would sparkle with amusement. David found the humor in life and loved to share it with an open laugh. He loved to make and trade witty remarks in a tone of shared confidence and fun. He was generous with his time, his knowledge, his advice, his influence, and his praise for students, young colleagues, and friends. He lived fully engaged with others—a dear, gracious man.
His diagnosis and hospitalization for lung cancer were quick, abrupt, a surprise; he had quit smoking decades ago. Before going into the hospital for surgery, we talked on the phone for his happiness and satisfaction with his life, home, relationships, and work. These were good times for David and he did not want them to end. But his good heart failed following the surgery, and, in the end, he died and we shall never see him again.
He was buried in Rocky Mount, NC, the town where he was raised—the town of his stories—in a family plot. He is survived by his partner of many years, Lawrence R. Peterson, who was with him at the end. Farewell David.
( - 2002)
Robert Smart of West Newbury, MA, a retired associate professor of sociology at Boston University, died July 4 after a long bout with cancer. He was 77.
He was born in Braintree to Scottish immigrants and was educated in the Braintree pubic schools. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a navigator in Italy during World War II.
After the war, he attended Boston University, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1948 and a master’s in 1949, both in sociology. In 1951 he returned to his alma mater as an instructor. He was promoted to associate professor of sociology, a position he held until retiring in 1988.
He was highly regarded by his faculty peers and his students for both his accessibility and his informal, irreverent style.
For three decades he was involved with Boston University’s prison education program at Norfolk Prison. Before his retirement, he served a term as an adviser to the Free University of Brussels. He was also instrumental in the effort to form a faculty union at Boston University.
He was active in public life for five decades. He had served as Town Meeting member and chaired the school committee in Braintree. He also served several terms on the school committee in West Newbury. He was a member of the Democratic Town Committee in both towns and was a delegate to the state Democratic convention in 1964.
A supporter of many liberal causes, he had been a member of the Braintree Fair Housing Committee, and in 1969 played a key role in the founding of Youth Services Inc., an alternative school for troubled youths in Braintree. He was extremely vocal on civil rights issues.
He volunteered to help polio victims and disabled children in the Mary McArthur Program at Long Island Hospital and the Rutland Hospital during the polio epidemic of the 1950s. Later on, he volunteered at the Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.
He served on numerous committees of the Unitarian Universalist Association and chaired the Parish Committee at All Souls Church in Braintree and later at the First Religious Society Unitarian Church of Newburyport. He loved choral music and often sang with the church choir.
He leaves his wife of nearly 54 years, C. Joan Smart; two sons, Robert T. of Needham and Philip of Seattle; three daughters, Ellen Larsen of Arlington, Jennifer Haynes of Needham, and Elizabeth Gustafson of West Hartford, CT; a sister, Margaret Bechtel of Brockton; and 10 grandchildren.
A memorial service was held in First Religious Society Unitarian Church of Newburyport.
From the Boston Globe, July 8, 2002
Official Reports and Proceedings
January 26-27, 2002
Present: Richard D. Alba, Elijah Anderson, William T. Bielby, Diane Brown, Michael Burawoy, Craig Calhoun, Robert D. Crutchfield, Paul DiMaggio, Arne L. Kalleberg, Douglas S. Massey, Ross Matsueda, Victor Nee, Barbara F. Reskin, Barbara Risman, Lynn Smith-Lovin, Ivan Szelenyi, Pamela Barnhouse Walters
Absent: Linda Burton, Nancy Denton
Staff: Felice J. Levine, Carla B. Howery, Alfonso R. Latoni, Roberta Spalter-Roth, Phoebe H. Stevenson, Janet L. Astner (January 26 only)
January 26, 2002
President Barbara Reskin called the meeting to order at 8:40 a.m.
1. Approval of the Agenda
The agenda was approved as presented.
2. Report of the President
President Reskin reported on the high number of paper submissions submitted through the Online Paper Submission System for the 2003 Annual Meeting thus far. She indicated that the two plenary sessions will be on Meritocracy and Profiling. She has issued invitations to speakers and was pleased with the excellent panelists who have agreed to serve.
Reskin encouraged Council members to think about potential candidates for the new Executive Officer search. She indicated that the Committee on the Executive Office and Budget (EOB), under the able leadership of Secretary Arne Kalleberg, is charged with conducting the search. She noted that EOB’s discussion of candidates and potential candidates was confidential and that Council makes the final determination for the Executive Officer appointment based on recommendation(s) from EOB.
3. Report of the President-Elect
President-elect William Bielby announced the theme for the 2003 Annual Meeting: “The Question of Culture.” He summarized some of the tentative ideas for thematic sessions and other innovations under consideration by the Program Committee.
4. Report of the Secretary
Secretary Kalleberg reported on the importance of monitoring, maintaining, and increasing membership in the Association. There was a 3.8 percent decline in membership in 2001, and Kalleberg indicated that the decline was mostly due to a drop in renewing members. Members from lower income categories showed the largest decline and members from higher income categories have shown an increase this past year. He brought Council attention to Membership Table 4 in the agenda book, which showed the shifting of members across categories when renewing. The decline in membership might be due, in part, to the “Anaheim effect.” The lower than expected attendance for the 2001 Annual Meeting was believed to have affected membership renewals.
Kalleberg indicated that for most of the 1990s membership hovered around 13,000—with the highpoint being in 1998 when the Annual Meeting was in San Francisco. He noted, though, a third consecutive year of membership decline from that highpoint, with 2001 being the most dramatic drop. He praised the Executive Office for making membership outreach a priority, engaging in a wide number of efforts to increase renewals, including through direct contact and cooperation with sections. He indicated that the release of the online database and member services would make renewing easier for members. He added that Chicago should be a good draw for attendees and hoped that membership counts would improve. He further stated that, if 2002 turned out to show a continued decline in membership, then ASA would need to step up with more intense member recruitment and retention efforts.
Council member Paul DiMaggio suggested that we needed to pay attention to the continuing decline in regular members, which began in 1997, and suggested that this decrease should be analyzed. He suggested that perhaps a committee should be formed this year to further investigate these trends. Executive Officer Felice Levine indicated that one of the goals with the newly implemented dues-subscription decoupling plan is to give members more flexibility. She further noted that the 1997 high in Regular members was due to the elimination of the Emeritus category and similarly that the drop in 2000 and 2001 in Regular members was due to the restoration of the Emeritus category. She also emphasized that ASA would be analyzing these data closely. Past Vice President Richard Alba supported DiMaggio’s suggestion to set up a committee to find out more about the causes of membership decline. He suggested the need to analyze the drop in member journal subscription as well.
Council member Pamela Barnhouse Walters asked about trend data on sociology PhDs over time. Levine indicated that undergraduate student enrollment has been increasing and PhD production increased in 2001. Levine suggested that EOB is an appropriate body to investigate questions relating to membership trends instead of Council appointing a separate committee.
President-elect Bielby suggested that Council members look at the Directory of Members and identify persons in the department who are not already an ASA member. He also noted that EOB discussed the possibility of working with department chairs to invite non-member faculty to join the Association. Kalleberg indicated that we will have more data this year about the membership, in part from the decoupled dues structure, and that EOB will be reviewing all relevant information very closely. ASA staff sociologist Roberta Spalter-Roth indicated that a department survey would be sent out next week, which will yield more information. Council member Victor Nee indicated that, with the availability of better data, we should have staff do the analysis first. President Reskin indicated that she did not think there is a need to form a subcommittee of Council at this time and that we should have EOB monitor and analyze the situation.
Kalleberg reported that, although there was a slight drop in total section membership (18,777 in 2001, as compared with 19,223 in 2000), overall section participation remained healthy in 2001; 63 percent of ASA members belong to one of more sections. Kalleberg reviewed the section operating budget allocation formula, which encourages sections to reach and maintain the 300-member requirement. Levine indicated that, while the budget allocation may be smaller for small sections, there are goods and services (such as, Annual Meeting sessions, elections, technical support, and so forth) that ASA provides to all sections regardless of size. Kalleberg noted the percentage of students in sections (close to 30 percent) and how students are important to sections. He indicated that Tom Gieryn, Chair of the Committee on Sections, and the Executive Office have been working with sections on outreach efforts.
Kalleberg reported on EOB’s plans to reconsider ASA membership categories. He indicated that the last change in membership income categories was made in 1996 and put into effect in 1997. He noted that the two lower income categories have been capturing a declining number of members, while the upper income categories are becoming less meaningful (and unprogressive) as high income categories, given changes in economy and pay scale for many sociologists. He indicated that EOB will further discuss this topic in July and will provide Council with a preliminary report. He noted that any change in membership categories will require a member referendum and that members’ input on the topic should be sought. He reminded Council that periodically income categories need to be reviewed, but that EOB delayed in doing so as not to confuse any such recommended change with the decoupling of dues.
Council member Lynn Smith-Lovin asked if the goal of dues restructuring was to stay revenue neutral. Bielby indicated the decrease in members in the lower income categories and the growth in the number of higher income categories indicates the need to have a structure that is more inclusive. DiMaggio asked whether the last change affected the membership and the potential financial impact. Levine indicated that membership count had stayed steady after the change and that the change was not aimed at producing additional revenue. Spalter-Roth encouraged Council members to urge their department chairs to respond to the department survey. Salary range questions were included in the survey, and the data collected will yield information helpful to crafting new dues categories based on salary distributions.
5. Report of the Executive Officer
Executive Officer Levine reflected on the fall of 2001 having been a difficult time for the nation and for those leading organizations. She indicated that the impact (of the 9/11 terrorist attacks) on the Executive Office staff was significant and that the halt in mail delivery for three weeks has altered ways in which we conducted business. She reported that the staff operated effectively and supportively during this challenging period and was to be commended. She also commended members of ASA committees and task forces who attended meetings in Washington when travel was difficult.
She thanked Secretary Kalleberg and President Reskin for their extraordinary support while she made the decision whether to consider a new position. She also thanked all Council members for their support and good wishes. She indicated that ASA is well situated to continue to do important work. She reaffirmed that she is committed to achieving the objectives of the Association during the next months, bringing important projects and staffing priorities to fruition, and contributing to the success of a transition during the second half of this fiscal year. She noted also that the transition plan included continuing to work closely with Reskin on the 2002 Annual Meeting, on special innovations in 2002, and on outreach efforts to maximize turnout.
Levine indicated that she was pleased to report on the success of a proposal she had submitted to the National Science Foundation to support sociologists’ travel to the International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress meeting in Australia in July 2002. She hoped that the availability of support would further enable sociologists to participate in ISA. She indicated that ASA planned to be well represented at the meeting—by President Reskin, Secretary Kalleberg, Past President Massey, ASA’s representative to ISA Douglas Kincaid in addition to her and, we hoped, the incoming Executive Officer. Given that it is the last ISA meeting before the ASA Centennial year, it will be a good opportunity for ASA to reach out to the international community.
Levine asked Deputy Executive Officer Phoebe Stevenson to brief Council on information technology. Stevenson reported that the Executive Office has completed the implementation of NOAH, our new membership database and management system. In addition to supporting our business processes at the office, the system provides a good foundation to refine and launch web-based applications that are integrated with the membership database. She indicated that the online member service module will be released this spring, providing a wide array of services (such as, online renewal, application, and meeting registration.) She also reported on web innovations that were undertaken in 2001, including the launch of a new website for Contexts in conjunction with the release of the inaugural issue, and an enhanced online paper submission system and organizer planning system for the Annual Meeting.
Levine reported that the development campaign received productive discussion at the EOB meeting. With new EOB member Michael Aiken joining the Committee, EOB is well situated to strategize how best to undertake a successful effort. She indicated that, rather than using 2005 as the end point for a development campaign, EOB thought that it would make sense to take the time over 2003 and 2004 to develop plans and implement a “silent” campaign and launch the public campaign in 2005 at the Annual Meeting. She reported that Aiken thought this effort would be of benefit to ASA and that academic institutions were continuing to plan development efforts despite the current downturn in the economy.
She provided an overview of ongoing activities with respect to Annual Meeting planning and promotion. She reported on a robust number of paper submissions for the 2002 Meeting in addition to sessions being planned under the aegis of the Program Committee. She indicated that considerable attention was being directed to promoting the meeting and its educational component and that she hoped that concerns about travel safety and costs would not hamper attendance in Chicago. She indicated that she was optimistic about the 2002 having sizable attendance—with Chicago being a popular location that was well situated geographically, with a very large number of sessions and thus participants, and with the new emphasis on the Meeting’s education and training component. She praised Reskin and the 2002 Program Committee for its openness to innovation and the hard work it had done since summer 2000 and underscored that she would continue to work on outreach and the success of the Meeting.
6. Report on Investments and Reserves
Secretary Kalleberg reported that overseeing ASA’s investments is one important charge for EOB. He reported on EOB’s meeting with Kenneth Siegel, ASA’s investment manager from Fiduciary Trust International, in January. Kalleberg indicated that there are a total of six funds, which all grew very nicely in the 1990s. Reskin asked about the purpose of the Building Fund. Kalleberg reported that the Building Fund was established with the net proceeds from the sale of the executive office building and the purpose is to use income from the fund to help defray the rent of the executive office and have available principal for any future possible purchase. Levine indicated that funds from the house sale were kept separate for this purpose but that, when the fund was established, no formal restriction was stipulated by Council so that future Council’s could have flexibility as to these funds, while appreciating the original intent to the extent that resources were needed for office purposes. She noted that the aim was to have principal preserved as adjusted for inflation and to generate net revenue to help fund the lease.
Kalleberg indicated that weak performance of the stock market in 2001 affected the overall performance. He pointed out the performance of each fund as compared with the S&P 500 index. While the equity portion of the funds under-performed as compared with the S&P, the funds did well in the bond portion, which helped with the overall performance. He indicated that Ken Siegel believed that the market outlook would improve during the second half of 2002.
Kalleberg explained the investment strategy used for each fund, as it relates to the purpose of the fund. He specifically addressed the Rose Fund, which supports the publication of Contexts and the Rose Series. He noted that Fiduciary Trust is moving towards a 50-50 equity/bond allocation and the Fiduciary has been slowly moving more resources into equity. Levine explained the difference between the Rose and Spivack Funds—with ASA’s having large and defined annual income needs for the former over the next several years and having more flexibility over the size of programmatic budgets with the latter. Due to the difference in income requirements, EOB decided to shift to a balanced growth strategy for the Spivack Fund.
Kalleberg indicated that ASA has been able to fund the lease expenses with operating revenue and that there has not been a need to draw on the Building Fund nor do does it appear that it will be necessary to do so. Thus, he indicated that the Building Fund will also take on more of a balanced fund allocation. He indicated that the general guidance to Fiduciary is for 55-60 percent in equity and that Fiduciary had suggested the possibility of raising the equity portion to 60-65 percent to take advantage of the potential upside of the market. EOB determined that Fiduciary should be given that latitude.
Council discussed investment strategies and risk. Council members thought it would be useful to monitor and report on Fiduciary’s performance in light of its previous projections. Council member Calhoun expressed concern that the value versus growth strategy was not adequately addressed, nor were the domestic versus international strategies. He recommended the inclusion of additional information on the breakdown of the 60-40 mix (such as, composition of domestic versus international equity) as well as additional benchmarks beyond S&P 500 and the Lehman Brothers indexes.
Levine indicated that EOB evaluates the investment firm and its strategies every three to four years. She noted that the 1995 evaluations looked into whether to use an index fund investment strategy, growth versus value investment strategies, and Fiduciary as a growth manager versus other growth managers. A subsequent evaluation process was conducted at the time the Building Fund was established in 1999. When EOB decided to continue with Fiduciary Trust and a growth strategy, it was at a time when growth investment was doing well. She noted that, when ASA reevaluates the arrangement again in the future, it might be useful to look at firms that might handle growth as well as value investment strategies. She also indicated how both Siegel and EOB have found it useful and educational to have face-to-face meetings on a regular basis. She recommended that such interaction should continue.
Past President Massey indicated that this is his sixth year on Council and third year on EOB and that he thought that EOB and the Executive Office provided considerable oversight of Fiduciary International and ASA’s investment portfolio. He cautioned that Council should not micro-manage EOB and should not make decisions based on last year’s or any one year’s performance. President Reskin noted the importance of EOB at-large members bringing backgrounds relevant to the consideration of such issues.
7. Membership Dues Structure
Levine provided an update on the 2002 membership renewal process. She started by reminding Council that this was “early” data because of the special referendum held in September of 2001. While she reported, with pleasure, the overwhelming support of the referendum from over 90 percent of those voting, she noted that holding the referendum in the fall delayed the usual timing of the renewal notice by approximately one month. Nevertheless, thus far, renewals were coming in at the same rate as last year at this time. She indicated that the Executive Office would be sending out renewal reminders earlier to encourage members to renew early.
Levine emphasized that very close attention was being paid to journal subscriptions by renewing members during this first year of decoupling dues and subscriptions while requiring a minimum of one journal subscription from all members. She noted again that she was using very early return data, but that the aggregate number of subscription purchases was essentially the same as last year for renewing members. She also noted that 2001 no-journal dues members were renewing about 10 percent slower with-journal members; but that they were indeed renewing and making journal choices. Levine also addressed the impact of the introduction of the new journal Context on other journal subscriptions. She that, thus far, 424 renewing members chose to subscribe to Contexts and that ASR and CS especially lost some subscribers.
Levine indicated that the number of Emeritus members grew significantly this year. She noted that we needed to find out whether the new Emeritus members qualified for this status or self-selected themselves into this category because Emeritus members are not required to select journals. Levine indicated that we would be pushing hard to exceed the previous rates of retention. She also indicated that sections were very enthusiastic about early outreach and retention.
8. Task Force on the ASA Statement on Race
On behalf of the Task Force on the ASA Statement on Race, Troy Duster, Chair, joined Council to present a draft Statement on Race. Levine indicated that the Task Force had its initial meeting last August and the discussion continued throughout the fall through e-mail and a face-to-face meeting was held in early winter. She indicated that, since the Annual Meeting receives high visibility, were Council to be ready to release a statement, it would make sense to do so at the Annual Meeting. She indicated that, depending on Council discussion and the development of the statement by the task force thereafter, perhaps the statement could be approved by Council in advance of the Annual Meeting. Reskin indicated that Duster will be a plenary speaker at the Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Duster provided an overview of the ASA’s work on a statement on race. He provided some general history on the preparation of such statements. Duster indicated that the Task Force first met at the Annual Meeting in August 2001, and members had an extensive discussion of the topic and contributed their own views. He reported that, based on that input, he distilled the ideas and thinking and prepared a draft. At the December 2001 Task Force meeting, the first draft was considered. The Task Force seeks Council input as it works on revisions and a final draft between January and July.
Past Vice President Alba strongly supported the idea of an ASA statement on race and thought it was timely for ASA to do so. He suggested additional elements for possible inclusion in such a statement such as the comparison to other countries and the U.S. history of oppression by race. He thought it was important for such a statement to convey the importance of sociological research on race and the value of data on race in our society, whether on health disparities, housing, and so forth.
Duster indicated that the history of oppression is very much part of the statement of the American Anthropological Association, but it is not yet highlighted in the current draft ASA statement. Council member Pamela Walters noted that eliminating race as a reporting category can make it difficult for parties involved to be accountable, as is clear from the history of education in the south. Duster encouraged Council members to send in other examples that can be incorporated into the statement.
Council member Craig Calhoun suggested a strong and short summary statement up front that will make the point just in case the reader does not read the whole statement. He emphasized the importance of conveying how race has been used to organize social life and its embeddedness in U.S. society as well as other societies. He thought it was important to convey the contest over categories of race and these categories are subject to change and reconstruction. Duster stressed the importance of the embeddedness of race in institutions, and Calhoun suggested that it be moved to the front of the statement, as it is very important.
Vice President Eli Anderson suggested the social construction of race should be emphasized—how race is constructed should be explained to the public. Council member Barbara Risman suggested the importance of emphasizing the need to measure race in order to understand and reduce discrimination. She thought that, while the statement needs to be succinct, there needs to be more documentation of detailed resources perhaps on a website where journalists can access beyond what the statement provides. Past President Doug Massey stressed the importance of producing a scientific statement that makes clear the importance of sustained research over time as the meaning of race changes in society and as population composition is changing. Social science needs to be sensitive to those changes. Council member DiMaggio indicated that he favored the statement and wondered how the statement can be structured to have maximum impact. Duster indicated that the Task Force did discuss the possibility of compiling a longer document as a companion piece. Vice President-Elect Ivan Szelenyi thought that the document might address different positions in the discipline about race. Since this is a statement of the Association, he suggested that ASA might need to document the difference in views shared by sociologists. He also suggested the decoupling of political issues from scholarly issues.
Council member Diane Brown, who serves as liaison to the task force, indicated that it would be helpful to obtain input from Council as to audiences for dissemination. Council commented on the benefit of a short statement that conveys the essence of the document for the media so that the key points cannot be missed. Duster summarized his understanding that Council’s view of the audience is the public and is not limited to sociologists.
Motion: Council endorses the theme and principles of the draft report of the ASA Task Force on an ASA Statement on Race and looks forward, if possible, to final review and approval of the statement prior to the ASA Annual Meeting to permit its release and dissemination in August. Carried unanimously.
Calhoun proposed a further resolution.
Motion: Council affirms that the primary purpose of the ASA Statement on Race is to inform the broader public and policymakers of the central importance of race as a social reality. Carried unanimously.
Council discussed the option of drafting an additional resolution on the use of data on race. Council discussed whether a separate Council subcommittee be appointed to work on the resolution. Bielby indicated that, if the California initiative made the ballot, then the need for ASA to have a resolution would be more imminent. Council member Brown would convey to the Task Force that the Council is concerned about the California initiative. If the initiative makes the ballot, then a subcommittee of Council can work on drafting a resolution.
9. Annual Meeting Planning
Training and Professional Development at the Annual Meeting
Levine reported that the educational component of the Annual Meeting that has been developing in recent years on teaching, careers, professional skills building, and didactic seminars and that has evolved into an important part of the Annual Meeting Program. She noted that President Reskin’s aspiration to enhance and feature professional development activities provided just the right support and leadership to further encourage ASA to bring professional development and continuing education to the forefront and make it more visible. A special flyer on the educational component of the Annual Meeting will be widely distributed to encourage members and non-members to attend. Levine indicated that she and Deputy Executive Officer Carla Howery have been working on this component over the years and welcomed the opportunity to do so with sharpened focus and intentionality. Howery indicated that the courses, seminars, and workshops are one important way to attract and engage attendees to come to the Annual Meeting whether or not they wish to participate in the formal program. Levine noted that two courses are planned—one on human research protections in the social sciences and one on teaching profiling across institutions. Howery added that the availability of certificates of attendance might enable attendees to receive travel support from their institutions, even if they are not on the program, and also receive credit for this additional training.
Levine added that ASA will better highlight the call for workshop proposals for future Annual Meetings so that members are more actively engaged in proposing courses, seminars, or workshops that they would like to teach. Overall, and especially with the Annual Meeting being four, not five days, there may be fewer workshops. The goal of the Executive Office and the Program Committee is to have high quality offerings that members seek to propose and take.
President-elect Bielby encouraged Council members to review the 2005 Annual Meeting contract and indicated that it provided useful information about what is involved in meeting planning. ASA Meeting Services Director Janet Astner noted that ASA’s ability to contain costs requires fulfilling the contractual requirements with the hotel, including the ability to fill room blocks so as not to trigger any attrition penalty clauses.
Bielby asked about the contract provision, which touched on terrorism. Astner indicated that insurance companies, meetings planners, and hotels all have different views on this provision. She did indicate that the economic fallout might affect attendance because attendees might find it more difficult to get funding for travel. Council asked whether ASA reaches its food and beverage obligations, given that sections which might have obtained lower level of budget allocations might decide not to have receptions or to have more modest ones. Astner indicated that the threshold is set pretty low.
Future Meeting Dates and Sites
Executive Officer Levine opened the discussion of the date for the Annual Meeting, reviewing Council’s discussion of possible alteration of meeting dates in August 2001. She provided a brief overview of the data the Executive Officer had provided on academic-year calendars, on costs associated with different times of year, and on the experiences of other learned societies with changing dates. Levine indicated that, given the high percentage of ASA members in the academy, an analysis of semester start and end points seemed instructive even if it did not account for those working in other settings.
Bielby noted that, based on looking at the graphs summarizing the start dates of fall semester by highest degree offered, we would probably need to stay in August but have the meeting before August 16, or consider the alternative window in June.
Council discussed the possibility of times outside of the summer months, such as, November, January, and June. Council members observed that many fall academic terms started earlier in August and therefore a different period might be of benefit for attendees and thus ASA. Council members further cautioned that ASA would need to look at the potential conflicts with meeting dates of aligned associations and our members, and that early January dates might conflict with the start of the semester/quarter. Levine encouraged Council to consider the June option as it is typically after the end of the school year—allowing time for paper preparation and for scheduling research and other activities during the height of the summer. Levine indicated that she was also looking at what might provide ASA the potential for growth, such as collaboration with other social science associations. Reskin indicated that perhaps it is time to consult membership for their input systematically.
Council member Bielby reiterated that he thought there was little to be gained from a change in terms of meeting member needs and that shifting a bit earlier in August might help with at least some schools that start in August. He proposed a motion that was duly seconded.
Motion: To hold the meeting in August but before August 18. Carried (yes, 11; no, 4).
Astner asked for Council guidance for 2006, as the two possible Midwest sites are unable to meet our dates in August. Council member Brown suggested Toronto.
Levine briefed Council on the history of attendees not registering for the Annual Meetings and the 1994 Council’s discussion about the situation. Council, at the time, decided to impose some degree of observation of badges at the Exhibit Hall and experimented in 1994 with more “badge enforcement.” A number of members did not like the practice. The practice was only used for one year before it was terminated. Astner had raised the topic again since recent events have heightened security concerns. She indicated that badge checking is an association’s best faith effort to assure attendees that their security is being considered. Secondly, it is a way to ensure registration of attendees.
Council expressed concerns about effective enforcement and the ill will that the practice might generate. Council discussed the two issues involved: one is whether we are losing revenue due to attendees not registering, and two is whether there is truly security risk. Bielby indicated that, with easy Internet access and searches, it is easy for attendees to identify lower-cost housing alternatives. He encouraged ASA to convey the importance of attendees staying in the convention hotel to meet the room block.
Council discussed a range of issues about Annual Meeting registration, including the possibility of monitoring persons involved in the meetings (section officers and committee members, and presenters), urging them to register. Council suggested a Footnotes article to encourage members to register and the importance of filling room blocks. The article could address “Where do your registration fees go?”
10. Update on Journal Publications
2001 Journal Subscriptions
Levine reported on the 2001 institutional subscriptions, which had experienced a greater attrition in 2001 as compared to 2000. She reported that, while the drop in ASA subscriptions was troublesome, it was more modest than that experienced by other learned societies. She indicated that information from the University of California Press showed some academic publishers experiencing a 10 to 20 percent drop in subscriptions. She indicated that EOB discussed how universities were cutting back on numbers of copies of specific journals. The global economy also affected international subscriptions. She briefed Council on the contract that is in place with University Microfilm and the problem ASA has encountered with Northern Light—now, Bell and Howell—to offer ASA journal articles online without permission. ASA is working to end this practice.
Levine reported that member subscriptions also experienced a decrease due to the overall drop in membership. She noted that it is important for publishers to review the publication mix frequently, to consider the possibility of introducing new publications, and to keep publishing a vital part of a learned society.
Some members of Council expressed concerns about whether the introduction of Contexts is drawing subscribers from other ASA journals, as well as the fact that economic downturn has been putting pressure on institutional subscriptions. These forces seemed to be independent of the intellectual interest in a journal. Several members wondered if there might be a correlation between the drop in membership and the drop in member journal subscription, but noted that the sharp drop in ASR and CS is beyond the drop in membership. Council discussed how the Internet is transforming the landscape for publication as it involves strategic decision and planning, including members dropping their subscriptions because they have Internet access to current journals.
Council discussed the possibility of pricing association-wide journals at a lower price to encourage members to subscribe. It also discussed the reasons why ASR and CS were priced higher than unit costs while other bi-monthlies are priced more at cost. Levine indicated that, in decoupling dues and journal subscription, the intent was not to change existing subscription rates for members, except for students, but to have better financial data on each journal and over time only increasing member subscription rates where necessary.
Council member Calhoun asked how we could price the royalty rates for electronic distribution. He also suggested that ways to price journals should be based on costs and that we should let the market forces work. For example, the declines are higher for ASR and CS, and we need to look at breakpoints and the reasons for them. Between 1994 and 1995, ASR experienced an abrupt drop and then the breakpoint for CS came later. From 1997 to 2001, the drop in member journal subscription was indeed tied to the drop in membership. Alba noted that, with the growth of sections, there is less coherence for the entire discipline. Levine added the possibility of a generational difference in journal preferences and stressed the importance of inventive ways of thinking about publications. Calhoun noted that the Internet has changed the pattern of use as well as the ease of access.
Levine indicated that we have received the first proofs on Contexts and the Executive Office in already embarking on media dissemination timed to the official publication date. Press releases are being prepared announcing the inaugural issue and for each of the featured articles. She indicated that the journal begins with a section called “Discovery” which presents different recent findings. The website will provide a good platform to feature information about the journal as well as additional resources otherwise not published in the magazine. There are links between Contexts’ own website, the ASA homepage, and the University of California Press. There will be wide dissemination of Contexts at regional sociological association meetings and annual meetings of other national associations from related social and behavioral science fields. Also, mailing lists will be rented for wide outreach and all current and renewing ASA members will receive a complementary issue of the first issue.
City and Community
Levine reported that Blackwell Publishing was pleased that it could add City and Community to its publication roster of ASA journals, all of which are highly regarded. She reported that the Tony Orum, editor of City and Community, has been energetic about the journal launch. She indicated that having a journal of excellence sponsored by a section would add to ASA’s publishing programs and serve as standard for other sections considering such a challenge.
Council asked whether there is a systematic process in place at the Executive Office to feature special journal articles and send out media releases. Levine indicated that we have been working with editors and editorial offices to get advance sheets and to prepare press releases. ASA features selected full-text articles on the homepage as well as distributes press releases via EurekAlert.
Blackwell Publishing has been urging ASA to move Sociological Theory to a quarterly. The Committee on Publications has discussed and supported the proposition and authorized Levine to renegotiate the contract with Blackwell.
Structure of the Committee on Publications
Secretary Kalleberg summarized the historical background about the By-laws change where editors were no longer members of the Committee on Publications (COP). A revised arrangement to have three editors to attend meetings of COP was put in place by the Publications Committee, but there were problems of communication between these editors and those not in attendance. COP, at its most recent meeting, discussed the possibility of all editors attending the COP meeting but the Committee would meet in executive sessions when necessary. Levine indicated that both editors and COP recognize the need for the separation of role at times and the proposed arrangement seemed to please both groups.
11. Executive Session
Council met in Executive Session to discuss the selection of an Editor for Sociology of Education as well as the Executive Officer search.
Council adjourned at 6:45 p.m. with an event honoring Levine and toasting with good wishes for her forthcoming career change.
Sunday, January 27, 2002
Council began its meeting with an Executive Session at 8:30 a.m.
12. Report on the Committee on Sections
Council member Lynn Smith-Lovin reported on the Committee on Sections (COS) conference call. The Committee reviewed the 2001 annual reports submitted by sections. It also reviewed modifications to the Section Manual. She highlighted the changes that are being considered. She explained the change on clarifying that sections cannot use their operating budgets for gift student memberships, although section officers and members may continue to gift membership with their own funds. She noted the need to specify that all section balloting must be handled by mail ballot (and not by e-mail or via newsletters) and the process by which by-laws change proposals should be handled.
She reported that COS approved a number of proposed By-Laws changes that have been submitted and reviewed. She indicated that the name change request submitted by the Sociology and Computers Section was tabled. Tom Gieryn, Chair of COS, will consult with existing sections with interests in “technology” regarding the proposed new name: “Section on Communication and Information Technologies.” The Section on Crime, Law, and Deviance proposed a change in their By-Laws to create a formal position of Past-Chair; this proposed change was approved by COS. Finally, the Section on Political Economy and the World System proposed By-Law changes about their governance structure and those were approved.
Motion: To approve the By-Law Changes as recommended by the Committee on Sections. Carried unanimously.
Motion: To approve the proposed change to the Section Manual: Item 1, 2, 4, and 5 as presented. Carried unanimously.
Council discussed the topic of using operating funds to gift student membership. COS determined that sections should not “purchase” membership with section funds at the end of a membership year with the goal of reaching a membership count target. Council discussed sections’ preference to continue such gifting and concurred with COS’s recommendation.
Motion: To restrict sections from using operating funds to purchase gift memberships for their own section. Carried unanimously.
Council discussed the proposed change in Annual Meeting session allocation in order to better align with section membership requirements. Council agreed that such a change could further encourage sections to achieve and maintain the 300-member requirement. Under the proposed structure, sections with less than 300 members will receive one session while sections with 300 to 399 members will receive two sessions. The rest of the allocation scheme for sections with 400 or more members will remain unchanged.
Motion: To approved the proposed change in Annual Meeting schedule as recommended by the Committee on Sections. Carried unanimously.
Motion: to delegate to the President, Secretary, and Executive Officer to review further recommendations forwarded by COS this spring regarding additional section By-Law change proposals. Carried unanimously.
13. Report on the Committee on Awards
The Council Subcommittee (Calhoun, Nee, with input from Nancy Denton who was unable to attend the Council Meeting) met on January 27 to review and revise the proposed slate of nominees to the award selection committees proposed by the Committee on Awards. Calhoun reported that the subcommittee did pay attention to the importance of inclusiveness. He asked Council whether the principle of inclusiveness should be applied equally to all selection committees. He also stated that the subcommittee determined to use skip rules, to avoid having nominees from the same institution.
Levine encouraged the Committee on Awards to clarify the procedures, as they would be useful for the Committee on Committees which is being reconstituted. She indicated that the new membership database has afforded better information about eligible members. She also noted that awards nominating committees often have conflicting view about criteria by which nominees should be nominated.
Motion: To approve the lists of nominees for the Committee on Awards as presented by the Council Subcommittee. Carried unanimously.
14. Work of ASA Task Forces
Levine briefed Council on the progress of various task forces. She indicated that the two task forces that presented their reports in August (Task Force on ASA-AAAS Relations and the Task Force on Current Knowledge on Hate/Bias Acts on Campus) have completed their work. She indicated that, while President Reskin had hoped to form subgroups of Council to review these reports and make specific recommendations to Council, in the absence of these subgroups, President Reskin had asked her to review the reports and make suggestions for Council’s consideration.
Task Force on the Advanced Placement Course
Council member DiMaggio briefed Council on the charge of the Task Force and its goal of including sociology in the Advance Placement (AP) course offerings and eventually the offering of an AP exam for sociology. He indicated that two subgroups have been formed, and the plan is for a final report to be presented to Council in August 2003. Howery reported that the American Psychological Association has convened a group meeting of social science associations to investigate the inclusion of social sciences in gifted and talented programs. Another collaborative effort aims to include social science in science fairs and science competitions.
Reskin asked whether we can have persons work on possibilities for science fairs and competitions and the development of workshops for high school teachers who teach sociology. Council member Nee noted how important the work of the taskforce is and the importance for the knowledge in sociology be introduced early in the high school curriculum.
Taskforce on Current Knowledge on Hate/Bias Acts on College and University Campuses
Levine reported that universities, colleges, and the U.S. Department on Education are all paying closer attention to the topic of hate crimes. Council expressed appreciation for the work of the Task Force, the report, and indicated that many findings were eye-opening. While Council responded very favorably to the report, Council members thought some final polishing would be useful before wide dissemination. In particular, Council members thought it would help (1) to have additional documentation that criminal harassment is the “tip of the iceberg”; (2) reference to any additional data beyond the federal statistics; and (3) information on breakdowns of kinds of hate/crimes. Council members emphasized that it would strengthen the report to have better clarification on underreporting of hate crimes and on the impact, to the extent known, of increased minorities on campuses and the occurrence of hate crimes. Also, they thought it would be useful to have better clarification about hate crimes and hate bias and whether it implies that a legal crime act took place.
With such clarifications and revisions, Council considered the report to be a very helpful report and analysis. Council also emphasized the need to rewrite the Executive Summary. Levine asked Council to endorse the dissemination steps were the revisions based on Council’s recommendations be satisfactory.
Motion: That the Task Force receive the thanks of the Council for a job well done and that, subject to the review and approval of a revised Report on Current Knowledge on Hate/Bias Acts on College and University Campuses by a subcommittee of Council (DiMaggio, Matsueda, Reskin, and Levine), the report be officially accepted by Council and disseminated as set forth in the memorandum. Carried unanimously.
Task Force on ASA-AAAS Relations
Levine reported that the Task Force was a dynamic group, which started its work in the first cohort of task forces. She indicated that, in her memorandum, she sought to synthesize recommendations to a list of timely and important approaches to enhancing the presence of sociology in AAAS. The priorities included recommendations about increasing sociological representation in AAAS as an organization and in the AAAS Annual Meeting. The Task Force recommended the following issues for Council’s consideration: to seek ASA representation on sections L, N, T, and S and, to the extent possible, stagger their terms; to emphasize to potential ASA representatives both the commitment to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting and to propose the development of proposals for the Annual Meeting Program; to change the representation on Council of Associations with International Programs (CAIP) from a volunteer member of ASA to either a volunteer or member of the ASA staff to be determined by the Executive Officer; to delegate to the Executive Officer (or her or his designee) responsibility for coordination among ASA representatives; to seek meetings with AAAS officers to enhance the presence of social science in Science and in the AAAS Annual Meetings through more intentional efforts.
Council member Walters, who is an ASA representative to the AAAS Education Section, indicated that it might make sense to identify representatives who are already active in AAAS as it is challenging for any representative to make inroads into and plan panels at AAAS. Reskin asked whether Council might want to change the way that representatives are selected, including encouraging self-nominations. Walters asked whether a list of AAAS members who are also ASA members could be generated. Council discussed the possibility of appointing multiple representatives instead of having one representative to a section. Walters suggested that Council should identify the priority sections and then appoint more than one representative.
Motion: To thank the Task Force on ASA-AAAS Relations for its thoughtful work within AAAS and in preparing the report and to approve the recommendations as put forth by Levine. Carried unanimously.
Motion: To affirm that the representation to CAIP can either be an ASA staff member or an ASA member. Carried unanimously.
15. ASA Policy Guidelines
Election and Nomination Procedures
Levine briefed Council on the practice of applying “skip rule” in the nominations process. While the practice was being carried out, she indicated that, in 1997, Council discussed its use and voted to eliminate the “skip rule” of persons from the same department or institution in nominating or appointing persons for ASA offices or committees.
Bielby indicated that institutional diversity is important. Alba indicated that, for the Committee on Committees (COC) and the Committee on Nominations (CON), whose mandates are to develop slates, that “skip rule” should be used. He also questioned what the procedure should be when persons change affiliation during the nominations/appointment process. He recommended that the skip rule be applied at the time when the slate is being constructed. There is also the question of whether Council member-at large should use “skip rule” to nominate persons for CON.
Motion: No list of candidates or potential appointees should include names from the same primary employing institutions as incumbents of the same position with whose terms they would overlap or as other candidates for the same position in the same election. Officers and at-large members of Council are considered different positions. President, President-elect, Past-President and Vice President, Vice President-elect, and Past Vice President are considered distinct positions. Where multiple nominees come from the same institution, they shall be asked serially, but only the first who accepts nomination shall be a candidate. No one shall be nominated for President who is from the same employing institution as the incumbent President or President-elect. No one shall be nominated for Vice President who is from the same employing institution as the incumbent Vice President or Vice President-elect. Carried unanimously.
Student Forum Travel Support
Levine provided a briefing on the Student Forum Advisory Board’s (SFAB) responsibility in selecting recipients for the Student Forum Travel Award. Since Board members are precluded from applying for those awards, they have asked ASA to provide some financial support for them from a separate fund, as they are expected to attend the full duration of the meeting and serve as SFAB members.
Secretary Kalleberg noted that it seemed reasonable to provide support for the SFAB members given the work of the Forum and the portion of membership that student members represent. He suggested that the funds requested be added to the pool of travel funds but that the process of application selection be removed from SFAB.
Motion: To table the request to provide travel support until August until Council can have a fuller discussion of the Student Forum in general. Defeated (yes, 5; no, 3; abstained, 2).
Council discussed the proposed option presented by Levine whereby a one-time budget allocation up to $2,700 be approved. Each SFAB member would submit a reimbursement request accompanied by proof of expenditures. ASA would reimburse each member one-half of the total allowable expenses incurred in accordance with ASA guidelines relating to Annual Meeting travel, lodging, and meals up to a maximum of $300 per member.
Motion: To approve a one-time allocation of $2700. Carried (yes, 8; no, 2).
Council asked to put the discussion of the Student Forum and the role of the SFAB in the selection process for the student travel award on the August agenda, and to ask the chair of SFAB to join Council for the discussion.
16. Policy Issues for ASA’s Consideration
Proposed Resolution on New Limitations on Data Access
Levine briefed Council on the proposed resolution submitted by the Section on Environment and Technology urging the Association to: (1) Express concern in the strongest possible terms to a number of government officials and members of Congress, including sponsors of a bill on infrastructure security; (2) Call for the creation of a Federal committee to oversee government agencies in maximizing public access; and, (3) Consider other actions, including legal action, to gain access to environmental and health information.
Council commended the Section for bringing to the attention of the Executive Office and Council this important issue regarding deaccessing of previously public data without procedures to assess the need for such restrictions and without weighing the value of these data for important work being undertaken by researchers, by policy analysts at all levels, and by communities. Levine indicated that specific approaches might best evolve from coordinated communication with COPAFS and other scientific societies. Levine offered Council modified language for a resolution that captured the intent of the section but was framed in language better suited for ASA to use as representing the Association.
Motion: To approve the revised resolution as presented by Executive Officer Levine. Carried unanimously.
Patriots’ Act and NCES Data Confidentiality Protection
Levine provided background information on how the challenge surrounding the Patriots’ Act and the NCES data confidentiality protection surfaced in the fall of 2001. President Bush signed into law comprehensive anti-terrorism legislation called the USA Patriot Act in October 2001. The legislation included a provision that would allow disclosure of information from NCES surveys for the purpose of investigating and prosecuting acts of domestic or international terrorism. She indicated that COPAFS discussed the topic at its meeting in December. She recommended that the best course of action at the moment is for ASA to monitor the development closely. If ASA should observe that instances occur where the Justice Department seeks Court orders, ASA could reevaluate the situation in a timely way and consider what action to pursue.
17. Review and Approval of Minutes
Council members reviewed the minutes from the August 2001 meeting.
Motion: To approve the minutes from August 2001. Carried unanimously.
18. Review of 2001 Budget and Financial Analysis
Secretary Kalleberg indicated that he had worked very closely with Levine and Stevenson to scrutinize the budget. He commended the Executive Office for the careful management of expenditure. While the overall revenues were lower than budget, the expenses were also less than budgeted. While EOB and Council approved a deficit budget of $59,552 for 2001, Kalleberg indicated that a projected deficit of $22,641 could be anticipated. The deficit could be attributed to below budget revenue projection of $4,057,622, or a shortfall of $188,919, due to lower revenue projections for membership dues, journal subscription, Employment Bulletin listing fees, Annual Meeting Registration, and, in particular, to Loss on investments. Conservative spending in almost all functions of the Executive Office contributed to projected decrease in expenditures to $4,080,263, or $225,830 lower than budget.
19. Proposed 2002 Budget
Secretary Kalleberg indicated that a balanced budget was proposed, before the additional expenditure on the travel support for the Student Forum Advisory Board ($2,700) was amended. He indicated that that he is confident that the additional expense can be absorbed. He reported that the budget was carefully and conservatively crafted. For membership dues revenue, a projection of 12,500 members is used though it is uncertain how the decoupling of dues and journal subscriptions will affect membership. Higher revenues are projected from the Annual Meeting as we anticipate that the number of registrants will be higher in 2002. He highlighted areas of significant increase in expenses: professional and legal fees, computer consultant fees, storage rental, costs of task force meetings, and the extra costs of the election.
He indicated that a slight deficit budget was originally proposed for EOB’s review. EOB recommended that the Executive Office tighten the budget to create a balanced budget. Council did express concern about the projection for membership of 12,500 given the slight annual decrease experienced in the past three years.
Motion: To approve the 2002 budget with revisions to accommodate the $2,700 in travel support for the Student Forum Advisory Board. Carried unanimously.
20. Centennial Planning
President Reskin indicated that she will be appointing three Council members to a planning committee for the centennial and two additional members be appointed from the 2002-03 Council when the election results become available.
Council discussed topics and approaches for planning the Centennial celebration. Suggestions included an examination of the roots of sociology and the creation of some continuity for the discipline, the pioneer research done by DuBois, and the work of African-American researchers in the 1930s and 1940s; the compilation of a collection of key findings by sociologists during the 100 year of sociology in America and founding dates of sociology departments (historical founding of departments); the possibility of featuring this collection of findings in a special centennial issue of Contexts, if appropriate; the value of featuring the richness of information in archival issues of Footnotes. Council agreed that, if any history is to be done, it should be commissioned soon.
Kalleberg suggested the involvement of retired sociologists who have a wealth of information in the project so that they can be actively incorporated into the Association again. Levine suggested the possibility of a conference call of persons who are knowledgeable to brainstorm strategies. Levine indicated that a number of other societies have commissioned works related to centennial celebrations.
Council discussed possible sources of funding for the Centennial, including foundation money. Levine noted that the ASA Fund would be a possibility since the Fund was established to fund unusual opportunities. Council member Calhoun suggested that perhaps a group should be formed to further investigate options. He also suggested the involvement of the History of Sociology Section.
Reskin appointed two Council subcommittees to work on the Centennial. Centennial Subcommittee I: ASA Intellectual History. This Subcommittee will consider how to compile, record, publish, and disseminate ASA’s intellectual history. Members include: Craig Calhoun (chair), Paul DiMaggio, and Ivan Szelenyi. Centennial Subcommittee II: Outreach, Publications, and Public Events. This Subcommittee will think broadly about outreach, public events, and publications to commemorate the Centennial. Members: Pamela Barnhouse Walters (chair), Robert Crutchfield, and Victor Nee.
21. Program Reports
Academic and Professional Affairs Program
Howery reported on the concluding activities planned for the Minority Opportunities through School Transformation (MOST) Program under the leadership of Levine, Havidan Rodriguez, Alfonso Latoni, and her. She indicated that a Capstone Conference is planned for early June. The Capstone Conference will feature transportable lessons learned from the eight-year MOST Program. Leaders in higher education, in other disciplines, and in diversity projects will be invited to attend. She indicated that Levine et al. are working on preparing a final report, which will be distributed in draft form at the Capstone Conference and in final form at the 2002 Annual Meeting.
She reported that 18 departments have applied for the Integrating Data Analysis (IDA) project; six departments will be selected to participate in workshops at the University of Michigan this summer. The goal of the IDA project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is to infuse research training throughout the undergraduate curriculum. In addition to MOST and IDA, Howery indicated that much of her work has centered on the Task Force on the AP Course in Sociology, the Task Force on the Major, and the Task Force on the Articulation of Two and Four Year Programs in Sociology. Each has been an active task force.
Minority Affairs Program
Latoni reported on the outreach for the Minority Fellowship Program competition for the 2002-03 cycle through e-mails, phone calls, and mailings. The Executive Office has received 62 applications thus far. He also emphasized the continued mentoring of the 31 current fellows. In the spring, MFP will participate in the NIMH COR Colloquium, a project to encourage more minority students to study mental health. The MAP program will sponsor the MFP Proposal Development Workshop and its summer research initiative, which places Fellows with researchers. He noted that MFP fellows will be presenting papers at regional meetings (including one session devoted to the MFP at the Pacific Sociological Association). In addition, fellows will actively participate in an interdisciplinary training workshop on research on mental health (co-sponsored by ASA and the American Psychological Association). MOST roundtables at the Annual Meeting will continue despite the conclusion of MOST at the end of the year.
Motion: To establish MOST roundtables at the Annual Meeting for undergraduate student participation. Carried unanimously.
Research Program on the Discipline and the Profession
Roberta Spalter-Roth indicated that the department survey will go in the field immediately after the Council meeting. With the department as the unit of analysis, this survey will provide useful information about curriculum, salaries, faculty positions, numbers of students and so forth. The PhD tracking survey continues to follow a cohort of 634 PhDs. The survey has enabled the production of several research briefs and presentations. She also noted that ASA has made basic data about the discipline available on the ASA website. The Program also used the membership database as research database and generated reports for publication in Footnotes.
Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy
Howery summarized the activities of the Program in 2001, which have been sharply curtailed by the events of September 11. Two briefings are being planned over the next six to nine months: One will focus on School to Work transitions and will build on the new book (in the Rose Series) by James Rosenbaum. The second briefing will look at Racial Profiling and will draw on the work generated by the 2002 Annual Meeting theme. The 2002 Congressional Fellow is Joyce Iutcovich, who will begin her fellowship in the office of Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) in January. The competitions for the next Congressional Fellowship and the Community Action Research Initiative are due in February.
Public Information and Public Affairs Program
Levine summarized key activities that ASA and interrelated groups have been pursuing to improve the operations of human research protection systems generally and the operations of institutional review boards (IRBs) specifically. In addition, ASA has been involved in the preparation and distribution of resource materials relating to September 11, promoting ASA publications (e.g., Contexts) and activities, and fielding general inquiries from the media.
President Reskin thanked the staff for their work and commended on the programmatic activities of the Executive Office.
22. New Business
Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD)
Spalter-Roth reported on the session featuring FAD at the 2002 Annual Meeting. The session, which was well attended, aimed to acquaint sociologists with the FAD funding opportunity and provide guidance on writing a successful proposal. She indicated that Council member Burawoy has agreed to be a panelist for a similar session in Chicago for the 2003 Annual Meeting. She reported that the current award cycle attracted a large pool of applications and nine awards were made.
Council discussed the Development Campaign and several members recommended that ASA seek help from professional development experts to help craft strategies.
Topics for Future Discussion
Council members raised a number of topics for discussion at future meetings of Council, including: Journal rates and costs, moving supplemental publications such as the Style Guide online; the ASA website and how it can be used effectively by the public; job market ethics and the possibility of disciplinary guidelines; and how best to publicize availability of ASA data consonant with ethical practices.
The Council meeting adjourned at 2:15 p.m.
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