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December 2016

ASA Continues to Respond to the Changing Climate for Sociologists in America


Call for Task Force on Membership Volunteers


  • Over the past few years, ASA has experienced a decline in membership, as has been the case for other social science professional associations. In order to identify ways to reverse that trend, ASA Council would like to appoint a Task Force on Membership. The charge for this task force is to research the many possible internal and external reasons for the decline—from a desire for different benefits to financial considerations, and from feelings of exclusion to new perceptions of how best to associate professionally—and identify potential ways to mitigate those problems. The deadline for volunteering to serve on the Task Force is December 31. Read more.

2017 ASA Annual Meeting Update


  • Volunteer for a Vital Role at Annual Meeting. ASA members can now volunteer to serve as an Annual Meeting session presider, table presider, or discussant. Session organizers will receive information on volunteers and may choose (but are not required) to incorporate volunteers into their sessions. The deadline to volunteer is February 6, 2017. Please visit the Volunteer Information webpage to learn more about role responsibilities and how to volunteer. Contact ASA Meetings Services if you have any questions.
  • Take a peek at what is on the program of the 2017 Annual Meeting. View the roster of Program Committee-sponsored Invited Sessions, which include Plenary Sessions, Presidential Panels, and Thematic and Special Sessions.

2018 ASA Annual Meeting Invitation


  • Submit an Invited Session Proposal for the 113th Annual Meeting Program. The substantive program for the 2018 Annual Meeting is now taking shape under the leadership of President-elect Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and the 2018 Program Committee. The theme of Feeling Race: An Invitation to Explore Racialized Emotions invites participation across the discipline and provides many opportunities to bring together a variety of sociological work in diverse formats. The spectrum of sessions on the Annual Meeting program reflects the ASA's commitment to facilitate intellectual communication and the transmission of knowledge, information, and skills relevant to the field of sociology and aligned social sciences.
  • Members are encouraged to submit session proposals for the components of the program where participation is invited such as: Special Sessions, Courses, Workshops, and Author Meet Critic Sessions. Proposals are due by February 6, 2017. Visit the Invited Sessions information webpage for a list of session types still being solicited, guidelines on what to submit for each session type, and instructions on making your submission. Contact ASA Meetings Services if you have any questions.

Who Inspired You? #BestSociologist


  • Is there a mentor, colleague, or advisor that encouraged and fostered your love of sociology? Who opened your eyes to the dynamic world of sociology? Recognize that individual by sharing your story on Twitter or Instagram. Share your story on Twitter or Instagram using #BestSociologist and be entered to win ASA's popular World's Best Sociologist mug for both you and your nominee.

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