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March 2016

Council Briefs

  • ASA Council held its mid-year meeting on March 12-13, 2016, in Washington, DC. The official minutes will be approved during, and posted after, Council's meeting in August; click here for a snapshot of key decisions and discussions. Further information about Council's decisions will be included in future issues of ASA Member News and Notes and ASA Footnotes.

Recipients of 2016 Major ASA Awards

  • The American Sociological Association proudly announces the recipients of the major ASA awards for 2016. These outstanding scholars will be recognized at the 2016 Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony in Seattle.
    • W.E.B DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship: Glen H. Elder, Jr.
    • Distinguished Scholarly Publication: Sanyu A. Mojola
    • Distinguished Career for the Practice of Sociology: Hugh "Bud" Mehan
    • Distinguished Contributions to Teaching: Helen A. Moore
    • Cox-Johnson-Frazier: Thomas Fraser Pettigrew
    • Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues: Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • Jessie Bernard: Ronnie J. Steinberg
    • Public Understanding of Sociology: Joel Best

Annual Meeting News and Updates

  • The 2016 preliminary online program schedule will go live on the 2016 Annual Meeting website on May 2. The program will be searchable by participant name, session title, or individual presentation title. No program scheduling information is available in advance of May 2.
  • Full preregistration for all events and services will be available on May 2. 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 13, 2016.
  • 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 11. 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, 2016, was the deadline for requesting evening space during the 2016 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.

Job Bank Enhancements Now Live

  • The ASA Job Bank has new features to help job seekers as they look to grow in their careers. Employers are now asked to include the application deadline, whether the position is tenured or tenure-track, an institution description and logo, and additional contact information. Users can now also add jobs to their "My Favorites List" for future reference and can upload additional supporting documents (e.g., writing samples, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi) for their Job Bank profile for review by potential employers. Access to the Job Bank is a benefit of ASA membership; log in using your ASA user name and password. Full information on new features.

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Throwback Thursday

The ASA Website: Back to the Future

  • ASA is working on a new website design and concept with a planned launch in May. In the meantime, members may enjoy a glimpse of the distant past with a look at the first ASA website (courtesy of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine).

For Members Only

AAA Interdisciplinary Membership; Student Gift Memberships

  • ASA is working to expand its interdisciplinary membership program. Current ASA members can now join the American Anthropological Association as an associate member for a special discounted rate of $106 (regularly $125). Membership includes online access to 40 AAA journals, a print subscription to Anthropology News, discounts on other publications and meeting registration, and much more. Join AAA.
  • Looking for a way to reward or recognize an outstanding or deserving student? Consider giving the gift of ASA membership using the online gift process. 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.

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