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October 2016

Membership Renewal Now Open for 2017


  • Members whose ASA membership has lapsed or will expire at the end of 2016 can now renew online for 2017. 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 you are a 2016 member and your contact information has not changed, if you wish to renew for 2017 in the same member category with the same section memberships as in 2016, take advantage of the "Express Renewal" option in your member portal for a quick and easy renewal process.
  • New Department-Individual Link: Rather than typing in the name of your institution and department, the 2017 member renewal form asks you to select your institution and department from pre-existing lists. This apparently small change in the renewal process will make a big difference, making it easier to gather accurate data on where ASA members work and easier to connect faculty and students with useful resources, such as access to ASA professional development webinars. While members may opt out of selecting their institution and department from the lists, we hope you will respond to the new questions.
  • New 2017 Member Benefits: All ASA members will receive free access to all ASA journals (currently 2013 and earlier issues) through the JSTOR archival database. Once your 2017 membership is active, you may access the ASA journals in JSTOR through the link in your "My ASA" member portal. (ASA members continue to receive free online access to current and recent issues of ASA journals as well, also available through the "My ASA member portal.") For additional information on this and other member benefits, see bullets below.

New and Continuing Member Benefits


  • 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 through SAGE, ASA's publishing partner. New in 2017, members will also receive free access to the full archive of ASA journal issues through JSTOR from inaugural issues (e.g., 1936 for the American Sociological Review) through 2013. Members can access 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.)
  • TRAILS. ASA membership includes full access to TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology 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.
  • Free Interfolio Dossier Subscription. ASA partners 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.
  • JPASS. Members can also purchase access to JSTOR's JPASS program for only $99 per year (a 50% discount off the regular $199 price). JPASS includes more than 1,500 participating scholarly 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, 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 2017 ASA Annual Meeting, including the Chairs and Directors of Graduate Studies conferences and benefit receptions at the same time they renew their ASA membership. Members who register early will also receive advance notification when pre-registration opens for tours, pre-convention courses, the Employment Service, and the Child Care Service.
  • 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.

2017 Annual Meeting Update


  • Just two weeks to go! The 2017 Annual Meeting Call for Papers and Online Submission Site will open November 1. Members are invited to submit papers, discussion topics, and poster proposals. The deadline for all of these submissions is January 11, 2017. Acceptance decisions will be announced by e-mail on March 15, 2017.
  • Seeking to host a meeting or special event during the Annual Meeting in Montréal? ASA provides two services for individuals or groups to request meeting space at the Annual Meeting. The deadline for these requests is March 1, 2017. (Note: Meeting space requests and assignments for all ASA Section activities are managed separately by Meeting Services.)

2018 Annual Meeting Update


For instructions to complete these submissions, please visit the Member Suggestions for 2018 page.

  • Meeting Theme. ASA President-Elect Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Duke University) and the 2018 Program Committee are pleased to announce the theme for the 2018 Annual Meeting, Feeling Race: An Invitation to Explore Racialized Emotions. This Annual Meeting will be held August 11-14, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Invited Sessions. Members are strongly encouraged to submit Invited Session Proposals for consideration. They are structured in two groups with the following deadlines.
    • November 14, 2016: Thematic Sessions
    • February 6, 2017: Special Sessions, Regional Spotlight Sessions, courses, workshops, as well as nominations of books for Author Meets Critic Sessions

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  • Trends in Academic Hiring Through 2015 is a compilation of academic positions advertised during 2015, the trend since 2009, and the results of the most recent survey of academic employers on the hiring process.

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