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October 2015

Membership Renewal Now Open for 2016

  • Members whose ASA membership will expire at the end of 2015 can now renew online for 2016. Your continued participation, support, and commitment make us a more vital and effective organization. Renew early to take full advantage of all ASA benefits.
  • Express Renewal: If your contact information has not changed, and if you wish to renew for 2016 in the same member category with the same section memberships as in 2015, take advantage of the "Express Renewal" option in your member portal for a quick and easy renewal process.
  • New Gender Categories: When renewing, ASA members will see a different and expanded list of gender identity options, as recommended by the Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) People in Sociology and approved by ASA Council. Providing a gender identity, as with all demographic and education information in the member database, is optional, and the data will be held in strict confidence. Providing these data, however, helps the ASA maintain an accurate picture of the composition of our membership.
  • New 2016 Member Benefits: All ASA members will receive full access to the TRAILS online database of teaching resources as a new benefit of membership in 2016. (Free access will begin immediately upon renewal and will be valid through December 31, 2016.) For additional information on this and other member benefits, see bullets below.

New and Continuing Member Benefits

  • TRAILS. New in 2016, ASA membership includes full access to TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology included at no additional charge. TRAILS offers thousands of pedagogical "gifts" (Good Ideas For Teaching Sociology) and is also the perfect place to publish your own teaching resources.
  • Online access to all ASA journals. ASA members receive online access to all ASA journals (excluding section journals, which require section membership) as a free benefit of membership. This includes all issues from 2004 to the present for the American Sociological Review, Contexts, Contemporary Sociology, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Psychology Quarterly, Sociological Methodology, Sociological Theory, Sociology of Education, and Teaching Sociology. Members can access the online journals through the ASA member portal. (Regular, associate, and student membership also includes one printed journal subscription; additional print journals may be purchased at special member rates if desired.)
  • Free Interfolio Dossier Subscription. ASA has partnered with Interfolio to give individual members a free subscription to Dossier, the leading online credential management service for higher education. Dossier allows ASA members to store and manage all their application materials with one simple tool. Your Dossier subscription can be renewed as long as you maintain current ASA membership during the term of the partnership.
  • JSTOR/JPASS. When joining or renewing ASA membership, members can add access to ASA journals in JSTOR for $40. This limited access includes all ASA journals from inaugural issues (e.g., 1936 for the American Sociological Review) through 2013. Members can also purchase access to JSTOR's new JPASS program for only $99 per year (a 50% discount off the regular $199 price). JPASS includes more than 1,500 participating scholarly journals (including all ASA journals). Log in to the member portal and click on the JPASS link under "Benefits."
  • Job Bank. Members receive free access to the ASA online Job Bank. Members can search employment opportunities by geographic location, specialties, and salary, and can add their own curriculum vitae to the online database for access by employers with current openings. In the last 12 months only, more than 800 jobs have been posted!
  • Online Bookstore. Publishing Options: An Author's Guide to Journals is free to ASA members when ordered through the ASA online bookstore. Members also receive discounts of up to 50% on other books, teaching materials, and merchandise. Save even more by purchasing e-book editions of some products or by visiting the special sale section.
  • Early Annual Meeting Registration. Members can register for the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting, including the Chairs and Directors of Graduate Studies conferences, child care services, and benefit receptions at the same time they renew their ASA membership. Members who register early will also receive advance notification when special events, tours, seminars, and workshops are available.
  • Affinity Benefits. ASA continues to expand affinity partnerships, offering savings on vacation and business travel; savings on home, auto, and health insurance; discounts on rental cars; and much more.
  • For information on these and other ASA member benefits, visit the ASA membership benefits page.

2016 Annual Meeting Update

  • Section chairs should report their session plans for the Call for Papers no later than October 22, 2015. Log in here.
  • The Call for Papers and online submission system for the 2016 Annual Meeting will Open November 3. The deadline for all submissions is January 6, 2016.
  • Thinking about hosting a meeting or special event during the Annual Meeting in Seattle? The ASA provides two services for individuals or groups desiring to use meeting space. Because ASA Sections have already been allotted program time, they are excluded from these provisions.

2017 Annual Meeting Update

  • Invited Session proposals are solicited for the 2017 Annual Meeting Program! ASA President-Elect Michéle Lamont (Harvard University) and the 2017 Program Committee are pleased to announce the theme for the 2017 Annual Meeting: "Culture, Inequalities, and Social Inclusion Across the Globe." The Annual Meeting will be held August 12-15, 2017, in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
  • Members are invited to submit proposals of complete invited sessions/panels for consideration. Thematic Session proposals are due by November 13, 2015. Proposals for other non-thematic invited sessions, such as Special Sessions, courses, or workshops, as well as nominations of books for Author Meets Critic sessions, should be submitted by February 5, 2016. For the complete theme statement and instructions on submitting a session proposal, please visit the Annual Meeting member suggestions page.

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