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17th Annual Chairs Conference  
Friday August 13th, 2010
Hilton Atlanta and Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atlanta Georgia

 New and current chairs at all types of academic institutions are invited to attend the ASA Department Chairs Conference. Topics rotate annually and may include everything from budget management to conflict resolution to the PhD job market. The Conference  is held the day prior to the start of the Annual Meeting.  

2010 Chairs Conference

Science, Liberal Arts, and the Humanities: Positioning Sociology Departments for Resilience and Success:

The Pre-liminary agenda is now available in PDF format:
Pre-liminary Agenda


Current economic pressures on colleges and universities, and the departments within them, are extraordinary. This year the Chairs Conference will focus on what departments can do to protect themselves during tough economic times. The conference will consider how positioning sociology programs vis-a-vis science, the liberal arts, and humanities can impact both their resilience, and their future growth potential. Based on the tremendously positive response to the new format introduced at last year's conference, the 2010 Chairs Conference will incorporate three sessions of concurrent roundtables. Each roundtable will address aspects of the general theme, ranging from how chairs can work with departments to shape programs when faculty disagree about directions, to negotiating with administrators, to tracking the career trajectories of alumni as a powerful indicator of program success.

2010 Keynote Speaker:


Steven Brint

Steven Brint, Director of the “Colleges & Universities 2000” study and editor of "The Future of the City of Intellect: The Changing American University," will be the keynote speaker. Gain new insights that can help your department weather the current economic storm. 


 Register for the Chairs Conference*

*You must also register for the Annual Meeting to attend this conference.

2009 Chairs Conference

 Watch  video of 2009 Chairs Conference Speakers

  "Challenges to Higher Education: An Agenda for Structural Response" given by Dr. Michael Hout,  University of California Berkley .  

Dr. Teresa Sullivan, President-Elect, University of Virginia   "The Social Context of Uncertain Times" given by Dr. Teresa Sullivan, President-Elect, University of Virginia 

2009 Conference Agenda: 

"Effective Department Leadership During Uncertain Times: Tools from the Community of Chairs".pdf

 For additional Information contact:

Academic and Professional Affairs
Phone: 202-383-9005 xt 318