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March 2015

Council Briefs

  • ASA Council held its mid-year meeting on February 7, 2015, in Washington, DC. The official minutes will be posted after Council's meeting in August; click here for a snapshot of key decisions and discussions. Further information about some of Council's decisions are included in this issue of ASA Member News and Notes; keep an eye out in future issues (and ASA Footnotes) for information on other actions.

New Editors for ASR, SM, ST

  • Omar Lizardo, Rory McVeigh, and Sarah Mustillo, University of Notre Dame, have been selected as the next editors of the American Sociological Review.
  • Duane F. Alwin, Pennsylvania State University, has been selected as the next editor of Sociological Methodology.
  • Mustafa Emirbayer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected as the next editor of Sociological Theory.

Members may read the three editorship proposals here. The new editors' terms will officially begin on January 1, 2016, although the manuscript transition date will occur earlier. Read upcoming issues of Footnotes for more information and profiles of all new editors.

ASA Files Amicus Brief With Supreme Court in Support of Marriage Equality

  • Earlier this month, ASA filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in the same-sex marriage cases currently pending before the court. The ASA's brief highlights the social science consensus that children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well as children raised by different-sex parents.

Recipients of 2015 Major ASA Awards

Annual Meeting News and Updates

  • The 2015 preliminary online program schedule will go live on the 2015 Annual Meeting website on April 30. The program will be searchable by participant name, session title, or individual presentation title. No program scheduling information is available in advance of April 30.
  • Full preregistration for all events and services will be available at the end of April. Members will be able to sign up for Courses, Tours, the Employment Service, Child Care Services, the Chairs and Directors of Graduate Study Conferences, the Social Media Conference, and the MFP and TEF Benefit Receptions at the same time they register for the Annual Meeting (or add to an existing registration). Preregistration closes July 8, 2015.
  • Track the status of your paper submission. Session Organizers were asked to notify authors on the final disposition of the submissions no later than March 13. You may also track the status of your submission. Please note: you will need your ASA password and ID used at the time of submission to access this feature.
  • Last Call for Space for Other Groups and Member-Sponsored Meetings. February 26, 2015, was the deadline for requesting evening space during the 2015 Annual Meeting for activities sponsored by members and/or organizations of interest to sociologists. If you've missed the deadline, submit your request immediately. More information.

Give the Gift of ASA or Section Membership

  • Looking for a way to reward or recognize an outstanding or deserving student? Consider giving the gift of ASA membership. Each gift membership is only $50 and includes all the regular benefits of student membership as well as a journal of the student's choice. (Non-students will receive a $50 discount on any other membership category.)
  • If your student or colleague is already an ASA member, consider giving a membership in any of ASA's 52 special interest sections. Sections not only facilitate relationships and work among persons with a common interest, they also provide an opportunity for individuals to participate actively in their national association.

Introducing New ASA Executive Office Staff

  • There are 28 employees on staff at the ASA Executive Office in Washington, DC. Here are three of our newest staff members.

Deadline for TRAILS Editor Applications: March 30

  • ASA is seeking a sociologist to serve as the editor of TRAILS. The editor of this curated library of web-based teaching materials will have a three-year term starting September 1, 2015. The TRAILS editor is responsible for working to expand the range, quantity, and quality of teaching resources in the library; leading the TRAILS peer-review process; and providing leadership to the library staff, area editors, and contributors. Read more about the position.

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