Katherine Meyer, Ohio State University, should have been listed as a co-principal investigator (along with Richard Herrmann of Ohio State University) on page 5 of the January 2005 Footnotes, in the list of 2004 National Science Foundation Grantees. The title of Meyer and Herrmann’s NSF grant is “Understanding Global Tensions: A Sociological and Political Science Workshop Proposal.”
Call for Papers and
Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) 15th Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2005, Miami-Dade College, Miami, FL. ASCE invites papers on subjects related to the Cuban economy and society. Proposals for panels, roundtables or individual papers should be sent to: Jorge Pérez-López, Chair, Program Committee, 5881 6th Street, Falls Church, VA 22041; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons interested in serving as discussants, session chairs, or participants in roundtable discussions should also communicate with the Chair of the Program Committee. Deadline: June 30, 2005.
International Sociological Association, Research Committee on Women in Society RC32. Send paper proposals directly to session organizers with a copy to both Program Coordinators before September 1, 2005. Contact: Kalpana Kannabiran Asmita, 283 Street 6, East Marredpalli, Secunderabad 500 026, AP, India; tel/fax 91-40-27733745; email email@example.com; or contact Margaret Abraham, Department of Sociology, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549; (516) 463-5641; fax (516) 463-6250; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Midwestern Criminal Justice Association 2005 Annual Meeting, September 29-October 1, 2005, Chicago, IL. Theme: “Criminal Justice & Criminology: Our Past, Present, and Future.” Send abstracts no later than September 1, 2005, to: Marvin D. Free, Jr., Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 800 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190-1790; (262) 472-1133; fax (262) 472-2803; email email@example.com. www.mcja.org. Students interested in entering The Outstanding Paper Competition need to send the paper to Free, Jr., no later than September 14, 2005.
2005 Southern Demographic Association (SDA)Annual Meeting, November 3-5, 2005, University of Mississippi. For details, www.fsu.edu/~sda/. Presentations of research in both applied and academic demography are welcome, as are related topics in economics, sociology, geography, political science, public health, epidemiology, and psychology. Contact: David A. Swanson, Secretary-Treasurer, Southern Demographic Association, Leavell Hall 104, University of Mississippi, PO Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848; (662) 915-7421; fax (662) 915-5372; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bangladesh e-Journal of Sociology. Call for papers on all major areas of sociology for publication in Volume 2, Number 2 (Summer 2005). Submit papers via email at email@example.com. Deadline: April 30, 2005.
Contemporary Justice Review. Theme: “Drugs, Healing, and the Expansion or Repression of Human Consciousness. The editors seek original articles on the value of drugs such as marijuana, LSD, mescaline, and related hallucinogens for healing personal ills and developing social consciousness. Other areas of interest are: an analysis of the speciousness of the origin and continuing rationale for government-sponsored “just say no” programs; the pros and cons of the limited, legal use of marijuana in the Netherlands; the denial of marijuana to medical patients who choose to self-manage their pain and suffering; and the government’s threat to doctors who suggest marijuana as a valuable alternative to commercially produced analgesics. In all the above areas, reviews of important books and films are also welcome as submissions. Titles and abstracts should be sent to CJR Assistant Editor, Diane Simmons Williams at email firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15, 2005. Send inquiries about other proposals to Simmons Williams or CJR Editor-in-Chief, Dennis Sullivan (email@example.com).
Gender, Work and Organization, Special Issue theme: “Sexual Spaces.” Edited by Alison Linstead, University of York and Torkild Thanem, University of Stockholm. We invite contributions that address both theoretical and empirical dimensions of the relations between sex, sexuality and space; the ways in which all kinds of public, private, virtual and inner spaces where sexual relationships, performances, and identity work take place and are organized; and how the sexualizing of particular spaces affects organization. Complete papers should be sent to both editors by March 31, 2006. Contact the guest editors: Alison on firstname.lastname@example.org or Torkild on email@example.com.
International Review of Modern Sociology and the International Journal of Sociology of the Family welcome manuscript submissions with an explicit cross-cultural, cross-national or comparative focus. Book reviews are also welcomed. All submissions must not be under review elsewhere nor have been previously published. Manuscripts may be submitted with the following: A title page with the name of the author(s) and institutional affiliation(s), if any; an abstract of no more than 150 words; a biographical statement of the author(s), maximum 100 words. The paper should not be longer than 30 typewritten pages (including references and notes) and in 12-point size font. Papers should be APA Style and may be submitted electronically as a Word attachment. Hard copy submissions (three copies and a disk copy) should be sent to: Sunil Kukreja, Department of Comparative Sociology, CMB 1057, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA 98416; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Política y Gestión, a peer-reviewed journal hosted by the Escuela de Política y Gobierno at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Buenos Aires, Argentina), is organizing a thematic issue on “Gender and the State Reform in Latin America and the Caribbean.” This issue seeks to provide a forum for studies dealing with the relationships between the first and second generation of state reforms and the cultural, economic, and social situation of women. Papers can be submitted in Spanish, English, or Portuguese. If accepted, the author will have to provide a Spanish version of the article. Deadline for submission is August 2005. The expected publication date is March 2006. All papers should be sent electronically to: email@example.com. Attn: Ana L. Rodríguez-Gustá, Guest Editor. Further information about format, style, and guidelines, should be requested at the same email address.
Population Research and Policy Review, Special Issue on Spatial Demography. Paul R. Voss, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Guest Editor. Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The goal of this special issue is to introduce demographers to new analytical approaches involving demographic data that are spatially referenced. It is anticipated that most articles will use U.S. Census data, although other types of data (e.g., disease incident events or crime events) are solicited, and similar kinds of data and analyses from other countries are quite welcome. Analytical papers that address issues of large-scale spatial heterogeneity and small-scale spatial dependence and include specification and estimation of spatial models (including space-time models and hierarchical models involving a level of spatially aggregated data) will be given preference for manuscript acceptance. Submit a 300- to 500-word proposal to the guest editor by July 29, 2005. A plain text abstract in email or as an attached document (either in MSWord or WordPerfect) is required. Authors should submit an email attachment with full contact details to email@example.com. Manuscript preparation and style must follow the usual guidelines of Population Research and Policy Review. Please consult “Instructions to Authors” at www.fsu.edu/~sda/sdapr2.html. Contact: Paul Voss, Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 316 Agriculture Hall, 1450 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; (608) 262-9526; fax (608) 262-6022; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research in Political Sociology is accepting manuscripts for volume 15, which will focus on the theme of “Politics and Globalization.” The primary objective of Research in Political Sociology is to publish high quality, original scholarly manuscripts that advance the understanding of politics in society. Research in Political Sociology publishes research that represents a wide array of substantive areas, methods, and theoretical perspectives. Four copies of the manuscripts should be submitted to Harland Prechel, Department of Sociology, 4351 Academic Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4351. The tentative deadline for submission of manuscripts is June 1, 2005.
June 13-15, 2005. The Knapsack Institute: Transforming the Curriculum, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO. Three-day workshop for those who teach, or are interested in teaching, issues of diversity: gender, race, class, sexuality, etc. For more information and/or to register, visit: www.uccs.edu/~lases/knapsack.htm.
June 27-July22, 2005. 4th Annual National Sexuality Resource Center (NSRC) Summer Institute, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA. Visit our website for detailed information on courses, faculty, housing opportunities, and registration. Contact: Joy O’Donnell and Katrin Greim, Summer Institute Coordinators, (415) 437-5113; email email@example.com. nsrc.sfsu.edu/summerinstitute.
July 10-13, 2005. Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics 9th World Multi-Conference, Orlando, FL. For more information, visit www.iiisci.org/sci2005/website/callforpapers.asp.
September 21-23, 2005. Spanish Association of Political Science, Madrid, Spain. Theme: “Power Elites.” For more information, visit www.aecpa.es or email Xavier.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
October 14-15, 2005. Conference on Community-based Research Processes, Theme: “Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women’s Economic Needs.” Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Contact: Mary Touminen, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Denison University, Granville, OH 43023. www.sfu.ca/espconference2005.
October 14-16, 2005. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Meeting, Theme: “Commitment, Community and Collaboration,” Hyatt Regency Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Contact Acting President, Craig Nelson at email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.issotl.indiana.edu.
October 26-30, 2005. Association for Humanist Sociology Annual Meeting, Radisson Riverwalk Hotel, Tampa, FL. Theme: “Nonviolence and the Struggle for Social Justice.” Contact: Dennis Kalob, Program Chair, Department of Sociology and Social Work, New England College, Henniker, NH 03242; email email@example.com.
February 10-12, 2006. 13th Annual American University Conference on Lavender Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC. Contact: William L. Leap, Department of Anthropology, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016; (202) 885-1831; fax (202) 885-1837; email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.american.edu/lavenderlanguages.
July 23-29, 2006. International Sociological Association World Congress, Durban, South Africa. Contact: Jan Marie Fritz, email email@example.com. www.ucm.es.
ACF: Assets for Independence Funding Opportunity. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Community Services is accepting applications for financial assistance to establish and administer Assets for Independence (AFI) projects. AFI projects empower low-income families to be economically self-sufficient. They provide participants with financial literacy training and enable them to open special matched bank accounts for saving for a first home, post-secondary education, or to capitalize a microbusiness. The application due dates are March 15, June 15, and November 1, 2005. www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/HHS-2005-ACF-OCS-EI-0053.html.
National Science Foundation. Theme: “Next Generation Cybertools With Applications to Complex Behavior of Organizations and Individuals.” Program Solicitation NSF 05-563 www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05563. Full Proposal Deadline: May 30, 2005.
Open Society Institute. The International Higher Education Support Program (HESP) announces three fellowships: (1) The Academic Fellowship Program (AFP) invites highly qualified scholars in the social sciences and humanities to teach at selected university departments in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. Fellowships are awarded in the social sciences, including area studies, anthropology, gender studies, economics, history, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology. AFP also offers teaching fellowships in law and journalism/media studies. (2) The International Scholar Fellowship Program (ISFP) welcomes applications from faculty, retired faculty, PhDs, and advanced postgraduate students from Western-accredited universities in the above fields from around the world to teach in the countries listed above. Applicants must be applying to teach outside their country of citizenship. AFP International Scholars reside in the host country and teach courses for one academic year (two semesters) at partner universities located throughout the region. In addition to teaching, AFP Fellows work on a variety of projects within their host departments. Fellowships include a stipend, transportation, accommodation, health insurance, and various other allowances, including professional development and networking funds. ISFP also offers the possibility non-resident arrangements for Resource Fellows, in which Fellows visit the host institution for several short consultations and remain in contact for mentoring and advice between visits. (3) The Returning Scholar Fellowship Program (RSFP) invites applications from talented scholars who, after studying abroad, seek university positions and academic careers in their home countries (listed above). Academics having graduated (or expecting to graduate by September 2005) from a Western-accredited or HESP-supported university with a postgraduate degree in the fields listed above are encouraged to apply. RSFP helps universities in the region retain promising young scholars who are essential to the revitalisation of departments, and to the sustainability of reforms in higher education. RSFP represents a conscious strategy to combat “brain drain” in the social sciences and humanities by offering financial, institutional, and professional development support for two or more academic years, as well as opportunities for further professional growth as AFP alumni. Fellowships include a monthly stipend and various allowances, including professional development and networking funds, in addition to the opportunity to participate in departmental and professional development projects. Fellowships begin in September 2005. Contact: Academic Fellowship Program, Higher Education Support Program, Open Society Institute, Nador utca 11, H-1051, Budapest, Hungary; 36-1-235 6160; fax 36-1- 411 44 01; email firstname.lastname@example.org. For application forms and guidelines, see: www.soros.org/initiatives/hesp/focus_areas/afp.
Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announce the annual Abe Fellowship Program, which encourages international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. It strives to promote intellectual cooperation between Japanese and American academic and professional communities committed to and trained for advancing global understanding and problem solving. Submit proposals for research in the social sciences or the humanities relevant to any one or combination of the three themes: (1) Global Issues; (2) Problems Common to Industrial and Industrializing Societies; (3) Issues that Pertain to U.S.-Japan Relations. The Abe Fellowship Program Committee seeks applications for research focusing explicitly on policy-relevant and contemporary issues that have a comparative or transnational perspective and that draw the study of the U.S. and Japan into wider disciplinary or theoretical debates. This competition is open to United States and Japanese citizens as well as to nationals of other countries who can demonstrate strong and serious long-term affiliations with research communities in Japan or the United States. Applicants must hold a PhD or the terminal degree in their field, or have attained an equivalent level of professional experience. Applications must be submitted online at applications.ssrc.org by September 1, annually. Contact: Abe Fellowship Program, Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019; (212) 377-2700; fax (212) 377-2727; email email@example.com. www.ssrc.org.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces the availability of FY 2005 funds for cooperative agreements to develop integrated home and community-based services and supports for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. Learn more about the grant program at: www.samhsa.gov/news/newsreleases/050217ma_cmhi.htm. SAMHSA also announces the availability of FY 2005 funds for family and juvenile treatment drug courts. These grants will provide funding for treatment providers and the courts to provide alcohol and drug treatment; and services to support treatment, including assessment, case management, and program coordination for those in need of treatment drug court services. Learn more about the grant program at: www.samhsa.gov/news/newsreleases/050216ma_drugcourts.htm.
In the News
Kevin B. Anderson, Purdue University, was interviewed about The Rosa Luxemburg Reader, edited by Peter Hudis and Anderson, on the Beneath the Surface show on KPFK-FM (Pacifica Radio), Los Angeles, February 7.
Robert C. Bulman, Saint Mary’s College of California, was featured in a Contra Costa Times article about his new book, Hollywood Goes to High School: Cinema, Schools, and American Culture, on February 15.
Mary Chayko, College of Saint Elizabeth, was quoted in a Scripps-Howard article on recycling items over the Internet, which appeared on ABC15.com (Phoenix, AZ) on February 9, the Portsmouth Herald on February 13, and the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette on February 17.
Timothy T. Clydesdale, College of New Jersey, was quoted in a February 13, 2005, New York Times article about affirmative action admissions policies and law school academic environment and their impact on achievement of minority students.
Chiquita A. Collins, University of Texas-Austin, was quoted in a January 29 Austin American Statesman article about the importance of health screenings, and how epidemiological transitions led to changes in certain causes of death and life expectancies, as well as future life expectancy projections.
Dalton Conley, New York University, was quoted in a January 30 response about ethics in the classroom by “The Ethicist” in the New York Times Magazine.
Anthony Cortese, Southern Methodist University, was a featured guest on National Public Radio’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show on March 17, 2005. He discussed his 2004 book Provocateur: Images of Women and Minorities in Advertising.
Troy Duster, New York University and ASA President, was quoted in a March 3 Christian Science Monitor article on racially targeted medical treatments. He wrote an opinion article for the February 18 issue of Science magazine on the use of the concept of race—in pharmacogenomics, forensics, and human molecular genetics—creating the risk that racial categories will be mistakenly inscribed as genetic. He was interviewed on February 17 about concerns over mapping genetic variations across populations on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He was quoted in a February 18 Chronicle of Higher Education article about a concern over the notion of race as a biological construct.
William W. Falk, University of Maryland, had his article on black population migration published in the February 20 Baltimore Sun.
Margaret Feldman, retired, Washington DC, was featured in a January 28 Washington Post article on her Southwest DC neighborhood.
Frank Furstenberg, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted and had his research cited in a January 24 Time magazine article on delayed adulthood among today’s young people.
Charles A. Gallagher, Georgia State University, was quoted in a nationally syndicated, February 16 Associated Press article on the effect multiracial television advertisements have on race relations and was quoted in the December 24 Atlanta Journal and Constitution on the rise of multiracial play groups.
Jeanne Guillemin, Boston College, wrote a piece on Daniel Dafoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year for the “Most Influential Books” article in the February 11 Chronicle of Higher Education.
Saad Ibrahim, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, published an op-ed in the February 11 Washington Post on the topic of deteriorating conditions for genuine democracy in Egypt.
Jerry Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania and Kathleen Gerson, New York University, had their research on time management cited in a February 27 Washington Post "Unconventional Wisdom" column.
Carol Joffe, University of California-Davis, had a letter published in the New York Times on January 27 about Hillary Clinton and George Bush both calling on the same day for “common ground” in the abortion debate.
Robert Johnson, University of Miami, was quoted in the February 8 Miami Herald Tropical Living section in a story about the health benefits of marriage, and further about the implications such benefits could have for gay and lesbian relationships as well as how the perception of those relationships has changed.
Philip Kasinitz, Hunter College and Graduate Center-CUNY, was interviewed about language use in immigrant-owned businesses on American Public Media’s “Marketplace Morning Report,” on February 28.
John Kinkel, Oakland Community College, wrote an op-ed with Danielle Kinkel on a solution to the priest shortage in the February 24 Boston Globe.
Donald Kraybill, Elizabethtown College, was quoted on National Public Radio’s March 3 Morning Edition about a case before the Montana Supreme Court that concerns a conflict over government responsibility for the cost of health care and the communal lifestyle of the members of a Christian sect, the Hutterites.
Charis E. Kubrin, George Washington University, was interviewed on maternal homicide and broadcast on February 23 on several local television news stations across the country including WCVB Boston, WBAL Baltimore, KCRA Sacramento, and KOCO Oklahoma City.
Kenneth Land, Duke University, conducted a study on the overall well-being of male and female children, which found that the sexes are faring about equally, and was the subject of a February 23 Washington Post article.
Richard O. Lempert, University of Michigan, was quoted in the February 13 New York Times about the relation between affirmative action admissions policies of law schools of various prestige levels and rates of graduation and passing the bar exam by minority students.
William Lugo, University of Sioux Falls, was featured in a January 28 Chronicle of Higher Education article about his new sociology of video games course.
Kimberly A. Mahaffy and Mary H. Glazier, Millersville University, were cited in the Lancaster New Era on February 14 for their joint research on racial bias in sentencing in Lancaster County.
Robert Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology, was quoted extensively from his book Credit Card Nation in the March 14 issue of Newsweek magazine on how to manage credit card usage to minimize personal debt or profit from credit cards.
Clark McPhail, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was quoted in the February 20 Boston Globe about his analysis of aerial photos of the New England Patriot’s Super Bowl victory parade. He estimated the number of onlookers based on the carrying capacity of the route length, the variable width of bordering sidewalks, and the variable density of sidewalk occupation.
Katherine Meyer, Ohio State University, had her early February Mackey Lecture at Chaminade University featured in the February 5 edition of both the Honolulu Star Bulletin and Honolulu Adverstiser. The lecture, titled “Shared Challenges of Catholics and Muslims in a Globalized Society,” also was featured on National Public Radio’s February 1 edition of Hawaiian Island Ministries.
James Moody, Ohio State University, was cited for his research on the link of sexual partners in high schools and the greater odds of contracting sexually transmitted diseases in a February 7 Time magazine article. The study was also cited by Reuters (January 24), MSNBC.com (January 24), the Globe and Mail (January 27), and the Washington Post (February 8).
Charles Moskos, Northwestern University, was quoted in a February 12 Washington Post article about a reduction in the rate of gays being discharged from the U.S. military since September 11, 2001.
Kari Marie Norgaard, University California-Davis, was cited in a January 30 Washington Post front-page article on the plight of Northern California’s Karuk Indians. The Post story was reprinted in the San Francisco Chronicle on February 4 and in the Kitapsun on February 4. The Herald in Scotland ran a similar story on February 4. Norgaard was a guest along with tribal members on the radio show The Jefferson Exchange (Ashland, Oregon) on February 16.
Robert Sampson, Harvard University, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on March 3 for his and Stephen Raudenbush’s study on the theory of “broken windows” and perceived disorder. It was mentioned that the study appeared in Social Psychology Quarterly. Their research was the subject of an “Unconventional Wisdom” article in the January 30 Washington Post.
Laura Sanchez, Bowling Green State University, appeared on National Public Radio’s Day-to-Day to discuss covenant marriage on January 21 and on Good Morning America on February 15 to discuss covenant marriage and gay marriage bans.
Theda Skocpol, Harvard University, was quoted in a February 16 New York Times article about Harvard University President Lawrence Summers’ recent apology to faculty and others about his comments about the role of genetic vs. environmental influences on women’s career choices and achievements.
David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted on January 6 in the Baltimore Sun, on January 12 in the Colorado Springs Gazette, and on January 19 in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on recruiting problems in the military reserves and U.S. National Guard. He was again quoted in the January 27 Baltimore Sun and the January 28 Dallas Morning News on public support for the Iraq war. He was interviewed on the National Public Radio/Public Radio International show To the Point on February 22 regarding army recruiting. He was quoted on February 7 in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on race in the military, and in USA Today on the consequences of National Guard deployments to Iraq. He was quoted on February 8 in the Baltimore Sun on decreases in applications to military academies; on February 15 in the Chatanooga Times Free Press on potential abuse of Army trainees; in the New York Times on February 19 on enlistments in the National Guard; and on February 17 in the Christian Science Monitor on state support for the National Guard.
Kimberlee Shaumann, University of California-Davis, was quoted and her research was cited in a January 26 Washington Post article about the controversy around Harvard President Larry Summers’ comments about women in science and mathematics careers. She was interviewed on a panel of three women scientists on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer on a show about “Women in Science.” Douglas Massey, Princeton University, was also interviewed on the episode about discrimination through hostile environments.
Laurel Smith-Doerr, European University Institute, was quoted in the January 2005 issue of Discover Magazine in an article about how U.S. life science PhD programs provide little or no ethics training.
Gregory D. Squires and Charis E. Kubrin, George Washington University, wrote an op-ed for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on February 27 on the negative effects of the Bush Administration’s policies on community reinvestment efforts.
Judith Stacey, New York University, was quoted in a January 29 New York Times article about gay adoption policies having no known negative effects on children.
Pamela Stone, Hunter College-CUNY, had her research on professional women who have “opted out” of the workforce reported in the March issue of Child magazine.
Mary Waters, Harvard University, was quoted in a January 19 New York Times article about Harvard President Larry Summers’ comments about women in science and mathematics careers.
Beau Weston, Centre College, was the subject of a February Associated Press article on a handful of teachers across the nation who have developed courses that study coffee and its effect on society. The article appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CNN.com, MTV.com, and Los Angeles Daily News.
Earl Wysong, Indiana University Kokomo, was mentioned and his research with David Wright, Wichita State University, and Robert Perrucci, Purdue University, on declining intergenerational mobility was cited in a January 1 article in the Economist concerning the erosion of meritocracy in America.
Yu Xie, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, was quoted in the March 7, 2005, Time magazine about the underlying social causes of the underrepresentation of women in science and engineering professions in relation to Harvard University President L. Summers’ recent comments on this discrepancy.
Aidoo-Snyder Prize For Scholarly and Creative Work. The Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association (ASA) announces the establishment of the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize to be awarded in November 2005 at the ASA Conference. An award of $500 will be given for the best scholarly work published from 2001 to 2004 in English, or in English translation, that prioritizes the experiences of African women. For information about submissions, please contact Gwendolyn Mikell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Three copies of each nominated work, which may be done by publishers, authors, or other interested individuals, must be submitted by May 1, 2005. In 2006, the prize will be given for creative works by African women, such as novels, poetry, exhibition catalogues, books of drawings, photos, or other expressions of art published from 2002 to 2005. For information about creative works, contact Omofolabo Ajayi at email@example.com.
ASA Medical Sociology Section invites nominations for the 2006 Leo G. Reeder Award, which recognizes scholarly contributions, especially a body of work displaying an extended trajectory of productivity and encompassing theory and research. The Reeder Award also acknowledges teaching, mentoring, and training as well as service to the medical sociology community broadly defined. Submit letter of nomination and the nominee’s curriculum vitae to Rose Weitz, via email and snail mail. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and snail mail letter and cv to Rose Weitz, Women’s Studies Program, Arizona State University, Box 873404, Tempe, AZ 85287-3404. Deadline is May 1, 2005.
Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) Student Research Award Competition is an internationally recognized venue for undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary research dealing with Cuba’s domestic issues, its foreign relations, or Cuba in comparative perspective. The Jorge Pérez-López Research Award for graduate and undergraduate papers carries a monetary award of $500 and $250, respectively, an invitation to present the paper at the ASCE Annual Conference, a complementary membership in the association, and publication of the paper in the ASCE Proceedings. Papers received or postmarked by May 1, 2005, will be considered. Winners will be announced by early June. All entries must be accompanied by a letter stating the name, mailing address, phone number, email address of the nominee, and a brief statement describing the merits of the nomination. Please send a hard copy of the manuscript via regular mail and an MS Word attachment of the paper to: Enrique S. Pumar, William Paterson University, Student Research Award Committee Chair, PO Box 0567, McLean, VA 22101-0567.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Education and Human Resource Directorate solicits applications for its annual Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring Program (PAESMEM). See the NSF website at www.nsf.gov/publications/
pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=paesmem for the application form.
Junior scholars (graduate students and assistant professors) are invited to apply to attend the Social Capital and Social Networks—Bridging Boundaries Conference, June 20-21, 2005, Ohio State University. Organized by Pam Paxton and Jim Moody, the conference will include sessions such as views of social capital; neighborhoods, networks, and social capital; trust and networks; and social capital and networks in organizations. The conference website is www.sociology.osu.edu
/facesofinequality/scsn. Ten junior scholars will attend the conference and receive lodging, meals, and up to $400 in travel expenses. Interested graduate students or assistant professors should send a vita and a one-page statement on their related research to Pam Paxton, Department of Sociology, 300 Bricker Hall, 190 North Oval Mall, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1353. The application deadline is May 5, 2005 and award decisions will be made by mid-May. The conference is sponsored by the Ohio State University Department of Sociology as part of its annual conference series: The Many Faces of Inequality. Funding for junior scholar participation was provided by the American Sociological Association’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award supported by the American Sociological Association and the National Science Foundation.
Members' New Books
Elizabeth Bernstein and Laurie Schaffner, editors. Regulating Sex: The Politics of Intimacy and Identity (Routledge, 2005).
David R. Carlin, Community College of Rhode Island, The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America (Sophia Institute Press, 2003).
Dean John Champion, Texas A&M International University, The American Dictionary of Criminal Justice (Roxbury, 2005).
J. Kenneth Davidson, Sr., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Nelwyn B. Moore, Texas State University-San Marcos, Speaking of Sexuality, 2nd Edition (Roxbury, 2005).
Alfred DeMaris, Bowling Green State University, Regression with Social Data: Modeling Continuous and Limited Response Variables (Wiley-Interscience Press, 2004).
Tony Fahey, Economic and Social Research Institute (Dublin, Ireland), Bernadette C. Hayes, University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and Richard Sinnott, University College (Dublin, Ireland), Conflict and Consensus: A Study of Values and Attitudes in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (Brill Academic Publishers, 2005).
Kathryn Farr, Portland State University, Sex Trafficking: The Global Market in Women and Children (Worth, 2005).
Robert H. Lauer and Jeanette C. Lauer, Alliant International University, Sociology: Windows on Society, 7th Edition (Roxbury, 2005).
Daniel Levy, Max Pensky, and John Torpey, editors, Old Europe, New Europe, Core Europe: Transatlantic Relations after the Iraq War (Verso, 2005).
Judith Lorber, Brooklyn College and CUNY-Graduate School, Breaking the Bowls: Degendering and Feminist Change (WW Norton, 2005); Gender Inequality: Feminist Theory and Politics, 3rd Edition (Roxbury, 2005).
Betsy Lucal, Indiana University South Bend, and Morten Ender, U.S. Military Academy West Point, Inequalities: Readings in Diversity and Social Life (Pearson Custom Publishing, 2005).
Gerardo Marti, Davidson College, A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church (Indiana University Press, 2005).
Val Moghadam, Illinois State University and UNESCO, Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005).
Yitzhak Samuel, University of Haifa, The Political Agenda of Organizations (Transaction, 2005).
Yitzhak Samuel and Itzhak Harpaz, University of Haifa, editors, Work and Organizations in Israel (Transaction, 2004).
Richard Swedberg, Cornell University, The Max Weber Dictionary: Key Words and Central Concepts (Stanford University Press, 2005).
Margaret A. Zahn, Research Triangle Institute, Henry H. Brownstein, Abt Associates, and Shelly L. Jackson, Violence: From Theory to Research (Anderson Publishing, 2005).
The Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology (CPST) announced its new officers for 2005, which included several sociologists: Roberta Spalter-Roth, ASA, President; Howard Garrison, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Vice President; Joan Burrelli, Treasurer. Elected to the Executive Committee was Roman Czujko, American Institute of Physics; Daryl Chubin, American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a new member of the Board of Directors.
Kathleen M. Blee, University of Pittsburgh, and Robin E. Wagner-Pacifici, Swarthmore College, were appointed to the American Council of Learned Societies 2004-05 Fellowship Selection Committee.
Keri Brandt, University of Colorado-Boulder, and Richard Bravo, University of Arkansas, received the 2005 Jane Goodall Graduate Student Fellowship from the ASA Section on Animals and Society.
Susan L. Brown and Wendy D. Manning, Bowling Green State University, organized a conference, titled “Cohabitation: Advancing Theory and Research,” on February 10.
Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University, delivered the Allen D. and Polly S. Grimshaw Lecture at Indiana University in October.
Ho-fung Hung will join the faculty of Indiana University as an assistant professor in fall 2005.
Philip Kasinitz, Hunter College and Graduate Center-CUNY, has been elected President-Elect of the Eastern Sociological Society.
Sally B. Kilgore, President and CEO of the Modern Red School House Institute, a non-profit organization based in Nashville, Tennessee, was presented with the Baylor Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award—the highest honor given to members of Baylor University.
Rita J. Kirshstein, American Institutes for Research, was appointed by Washington, DC, Mayor Anthony Williams as a trustee of the University of the District of Columbia.
Rhonda F. Levine, Colgate University, has received Colgate’s first Arnold A. Sio Chair of Diversity and Community.
Gary Long, University of Mississippi, is the incoming president of the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association.
J. Scott Long, Indiana University, was successful in securing funding to establish a Department of Statistics at Indiana University.
Judith Lorber, Brooklyn College and Graduate School-CUNY, was a Fulbright Senior Specialist Visiting Scholar at Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany in 2004.
Wendy D. Manning, Bowling Green State University, was elected to serve as a member of the Population Association of America Board of Directors and as President of the Association of Population Centers.
Katherine Meyer, Ohio State University, delivered the Mackey Lecture at Chaminade University on February 6.
Rekha Mirchandani, Bowling Green State University, will be a Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute for Study of Culture and Society in fall 2005.
Jane Morgan was granted tenure at Cuesta College in February 2005.
Phyllis Riddle, St. Vincent College, has been promoted to full professor.
David Sonnenfeld, Washington State University, has been invited to be a Scholar in Residence with the Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
Stanley Wasserman has been appointed as Rudy Professor of Sociology and Psychology at Indiana University.
The Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association Student Paper Award competition winners: First Place, Madeline Sims, Millsaps College; Second Place, Rebecca Hanson, University of Montevallo; Third Place, Courtney Blair, Auburn University-Montgomery; Graduate Student Paper Award: Marvin Corbett, Auburn University.
Judith Auerbach, American Foundation for AIDS Research, received the 2005 Mentor Award from the Public Leadership Education Network.
Donald Bogie, Auburn University-Montgomery, was the recipient of the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association Distinguished Service Award.
Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, MS, has established the Sandy Grisham Excellence in Teaching Award. Each year an outstanding faculty member will be given this award “measured by her standards of excellence,” said the College’s Trustees. Grisham just retired from teaching sociology at NMCC.
Scott R. Harris, Saint Louis University, received the Robert A. Johnston Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Mark Hutter, Rowan University, received the Jan Trost Award for Outstanding Contributions to Comparative Family Studies at the National Council on Family Relations’Annual Conference in November.
Mark Israel, Flinders University (Australia), won the $35,000 Prime Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year, the nation’s highest university teaching prize.
Vince Parillo, William Paterson University, was selected as the Robin Williams Lecturer by the Eastern Sociological Society.
Alicia Suarez, Indiana University, is the recipient of the Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award.
Pamela Barnhouse Walters received the Indiana University Tracy M. Sonneborn Award for exemplary research and teaching.
Martin Weinberg, Indiana University, was awarded the Magnus Hirschfeld Medal for Sexual Science from the German Society for Social Scientific Sexuality Research.
Coramae Richey Mann, Indiana University emerita and ASA MFP Fellow cohort 2, died on October 24, 2004.
Ethel Shanas, University of Illinois-Chicago, died on January 20 at the age of 90. She was an expert on aging and the life course.
Laure M. Sharp, a retired sociologist from the Bureau of Social Science Research, died of complications from a stroke on February 1.
Leonard E. Bloomquist
Leonard E. (Len) Bloomquist, head of the Department of Sociology at Kansas State University, died February 7, 2005 at his residence outside of Manhattan, Kansas. He succumbed after a brief but courageous struggle with bile duct cancer. He was 50 years old. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from Creighton University in 1976 where he graduated summa cum laude. He earned his master’s (1980) and doctorate (1986) degrees in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1985 until 1988 he was a research sociologist for the Agriculture and Rural Economy Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. His research at the USDA expanded his interest in community economic development.
Len joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 1989 as an assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. In 1995 he was named associate professor of sociology. He was appointed interim head in 2000 and head of the department in 2001. As head of an interdisciplinary department, Len was responsible for bridging diverse intellectual perspectives and academic concerns. By all accounts he accomplished this work superbly with a record his colleagues will remember for his unflagging commitment to fairness and equity. He also served briefly as the research director of the Kansas Center for Rural Initiatives and was the rural activities coordinator for the office of the Provost. While at Kansas State, Len also was the official representative for Kansas State University to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. He served as the director of the university’s Survey Research Laboratory since 1994 and as the director of the Population Research Laboratory since 1989.
His major research focus at Kansas State was on the quality of life and economic changes in rural communities. Most recently, this included a focus on the implications of sustainable agricultural practices for rural community development. However, his intellectual interests were wide ranging. As a graduate student, he was influenced by the writings of Althusser, Poulantzas, and Foucault. While his research interests narrowed as he matured as a scholar, he embraced the complexity of the social world and sought to understand its complexity rather than reducing it with simplistic generalizations.
One of Len’s distinguishing characteristics was his willingness, even eagerness, to help others. His inherently altruistic nature manifested itself in concerns over social and economic justice. In the academic environment Len’s altruistic nature was especially evident in his readiness to help, teach and mentor students. During his tenure at Kansas State, he served as major professor to 23 doctoral and masters students and was a member of 34 additional M.A. and Ph.D. committees. Len was an inspiration to his students, challenging them to work for the greater good. He treated students like colleagues, responding to their concerns, their interests, and lives. Students and colleagues alike for his positive attitude will also remember Len fondly. He remained positive and hopeful even when confronted with illness and death.
His wife, Kathryn Ann Bernard Bloomquist and several brothers and sisters survive him. Contributions to the Leonard E. Bloomquist memorial scholarship fund can be mailed to the Kansas State University Foundation Center, 2323 Anderson Avenue, Suite 500, Manhattan, Kansas 66502-2911.
Matthew Snipp, Stanford University, Sara Fisher, Richard Goe, and Patrick Mooney, University of Kansas, Gene Summers, University of Wisconsin, Michael Timberlake, University of Utah
Che-Fu Lee, Ordinary Professor of Sociology at The Catholic University of America, passed away suddenly on February 9, 2005. He had been hospitalized for emphysema and pneumonia and seemed to be improving when he suddenly died of heart failure. He was a respected colleague and inspiring teacher.
Lee was born in Taiwan in 1941. He received his undergraduate degree in agricultural engineering from the National Taiwan University in 1963, his Masters degree from Oklahoma State University in sociology in 1967 and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in sociology in 1970. He then joined the faculty at The Catholic University of America where he taught until his death. He served as Chair of the Department of Sociology from 1984 to 1985 and again from 1996 to 2002. He was appointed Director of the Life Cycle Institute (a social science research center) and served from 1985 to 1988.
Che-Fu was the recipient of multiple research grants and contracts from various government agencies. His main interests centered on quantitative methods and demography. In 1975-76 he lectured in Iran as a Senior Advisor for Population and Development sponsored by the United Nations. However his research ranged widely, from drug abuse, health care, and education to international development. In 1981 he received the Emory Bogardus Award for Research from the Alpha Kappa Delta Honorary Society. In his later years he devoted much of his energy to the analysis of social change in China.
He and colleagues at Nankai University in Tianjin were instrumental in re-starting sociology in mainland China in the 1980’s. The rapid growth of sociology as an empirical discipline and of demography in China was due largely to this group of pioneers who encouraged mutual exchanges by experts in these academic disciplines. In the past decade Che-Fu traveled to China about once a year, at times being commissioned by the leaders of various agencies in the Peoples Republic of China to advise them on specific topics such as minority groups, literacy, and tourism. He strove for years to improve relations between Taiwan and the PRC, and he succeeded in winning the confidence of government leaders on both sides in their attempt to improve cooperation.
Lee was author or co-author of more than 70 articles, books, book chapters, and papers, including a number in Chinese. At the time of his death he was working on a book about the demographic profile of China. Given his research experience in many areas of sociology, he became an advisor to numerous graduate students during his 34 years at Catholic University. He was known for his patience in listening to their problems as they attempted to develop their academic projects and dissertations. He was much appreciated; so much so that some of them who graduated years ago traveled cross-country to attend his funeral.
Che-Fu is survived by his wife, Ling, his two daughters, Conn Lee Martin and Tien Lee Pasco and six grandchildren.
Dean Hoge and Raymond Potvin, The Catholic University of America
“A highlight of my career that has a special meaning for me occurred on May 31, 1974 . . . when I . . . (learned) . . . that President Nixon had signed the Research on Aging Act establishing a National Institute on Aging. When I became President of The Gerontological Society, one of our goals, both the Society’s and mine, was (to establish) this institute (paraphrased from Shanas’ correspondence, 1988).” Ethel Shanas’ career in sociology and gerontology was filled with highlights for her and for her colleagues and students.
Ethel Shanas, researcher, educator, and mentor, died January 20, 2005. She had Alzheimer’s disease and just prior to her death, had been hospitalized due to complications of spinal stenosis. She is survived by her husband, Lester J. “Steve” Perlman, and their son, Michael Stephen and his wife Vicky.
Born in Chicago, Illinois September 6, 1914, to Alex Shanas and Rebecca Rich, Ethel Shanas grew up with her three brothers, one sister, and two foster siblings. She received her education (AB, 1935; MA, 1937; PhD, 1947) from the University of Chicago. After completing her doctorate in Sociology, she remained there in the Committee on Human Development and later in the Department of Sociology and the National Opinion Research Center. From 1965 to 1982, she was Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and, beginning in 1973, Professor in the School of Public Health, UIC Medical Center. She retired in 1982 and continued to live in Evanston, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, with her husband. Throughout her career, Shanas successfully combined a meaningful career and family life during a period when women had few supports for career development and advancement.
The courses Shanas taught at UIC exemplify her major areas of interest and contribution to sociology–medical sociology and sociology of aging, which included considerable material about aging, health, and long-term care. She investigated older persons’ families, family help patterns, intergenerational relationships, living arrangements, health status and incapacity, financial status, and work and retirement patterns using the social survey. Her research findings provided baseline data that debunked many of the myths about older persons living in the community. Other major contributions from her research include her numerous publications and the development if the Index of Incapacity.
Shanas was active both nationally and internationally. She served as a member of the U.S. National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, chairperson of its Technical Consultant Panel on Long-Term Care, delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, and member of the United Nations’ North American Expert Committee for the World Assembly on Aging. She served as a member of the editorial boards of professional journals and as an officer in several professional organizations. She was President, of the Illinois Sociological Society, the Midwest Sociological Society, and The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). She was Vice President of the Research Committee (Aging), International Sociological Association, and Secretary of the International Association of Gerontology and GSA. Her collaborative efforts across cultures and across disciplines are evident in the research project and resulting book, Old People in Three Industrial Societies (Shanas et al. 1968) and in the two editions of the Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences (Binstock & Shanas 1976,1985), which includes perspectives from a broad array of social sciences.
Shanas was elected a Fellow of the American Sociological Association and The Gerontological Society of America. She was the Keston Memorial Lecturer at the University of Southern California (1972) and received GSA’s Kleemeier Award (1977), the National Council on Family Relations’ Burgess Award (1978), the GSA’s Brookdale Award (1981), the American Sociological Association Section on Aging’s Distinguished Scholar Award (1987), and an honorary doctor of letters degree from Hunter College (1985). In 1979, she was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.
Her students benefited immensely from her organizational, writing, and editing skills, grant-supported positions and professional travel, the high expectations she set for them, and her support and encouragement as they strived to meet those expectations.
Gloria D. Heinemann, VA Western New York Healthcare System and the University at Buffalo, SUNY
I left China, my native country, when I was a child. As a resident alien who had been through the difficult World War II years and other hardships in the Philippines, I developed a deep interest in race and ethnic relations. This central interest led me in 1954 to the graduate program in sociology at Berkeley. Dr. Tamotsu Shibutani, my dissertation adviser, invited me to work with him on a special project after I received my PhD in 1958. Ethnic Stratification: A Comparative Approach, published by Macmillan in 1965, was the product of that collaboration.
Individuality and Social Control: Essays in Honor of Tamotsu Shibutani (JAI Press, 1996)—a collection of mostly original papers by nineteen contributors—was some form of personal repayment to my longtime associate and benefactor. I wrote a 23-page “Foreword” to the Festschrift offering selective interpretations on (1) Darwin’s Evolution Theory, (2) Peirce’s Scientific Logic, (3) Founding of Chicago Pragmatism, and (4) Rise of Chicago Sociology. The preface concluded: “These two distinguished Chicago alumni [Tamotsu Shibutani and Anselm Strauss] and many of their associates and students have faith that generations of young men and women will discover anew the verities of their intellectual heritage, build on what they have done, and make further advances.”
Shibutani’s contributions and his influence, through his written works and personal communication as well as through his close colleagues and other advocates, will endure. He will be remembered.
Kian M. Kwan, California State University- Northridge
Official Reports and Proceedings
For Summary of Editorial Activity, January 1-December 31, 2004,
see Table 1.
American Sociological Review
2004 was a busy year at ASR. Submissions of new manuscripts climbed from 402 in 2003 to 431 in 2004. This represents a 7 percent increase for one year; the total is also 15 percent higher than 2002 and 20 percent higher than the average of the previous 15 years. The increase in submissions has allowed us to review strong manuscripts representing many different subject areas and research genres.
We were able to maintain a steady editorial lag time. Decisions took just under 12 weeks on average (mean 11.7, median 11.9). These figures are in line with the previous year (mean 11.4; median 12.0). The acceptance rate declined from 9.6 to 7.1 percent.
During the 2004 year we undertook a number of initiatives. First, we modified the review process from a largely paper one to a largely electronic one. Specifically, whereas authors used to receive a hard copy of a paper in their mailbox, we now send an electronic review request, which is typically followed by a blinded .pdf file of the paper. Decision letters are still generally sent to authors and reviewers via regular mail.
A second major initiative involved updating the manuscript review software. ASR had relied on a home-grown system called Tracker, which has worked quite well since its inception in 1989. However, Tracker was built on a DOS operating system and needed to be replaced. We are now using a web-based system called Journal Builder. The transition was difficult and time consuming but all is working smoothly now.
Third, we moved the ASR website from its previous home at Penn State to the ASA server. Fourth, we created new web-based content in the form of supplements to ASR articles. Whereas previously articles might indicate that additional results were available from the author, now this supplemental material can be reviewed and made available to interested scholars on the ASR website. Data on website utilization provided by the ASA indicate that the ASR web-based supplements are being consulted frequently.
Fifth, we have endeavored to expand publicity for ASR articles. Pepper Schwartz and Virginia Rutter of the University of Washington have worked with authors and their university-based press offices to prepare press releases for a number of ASR articles. This work has been conducted in conjunction with the ASA media staff, Lee Herring and Johanna Ebner. In short, we are leveraging the ASA publicity efforts by teaming with ASR editorial board members Schwartz and Rutter and the press offices of authors’ universities. Six press releases were distributed during 2004.
Sixth, we have undertaken a joint project with the journal Teaching Sociology to make it easier for faculty to use ASR articles in an instructional context. Selected papers that are particularly accessible and relevant to classroom use are being forwarded to the editor of Teaching Sociology (currently Elizabeth Grauerholz serves in this role). The editor and editorial board of TS then work with the authors of the ASR paper to develop an article in TS to discuss the ways in which the ASR paper may be utilized in the classroom. The goal is to try to enhance connections between cutting edge research and classroom teaching that some time ago was facilitated by the “Bobbs Merrill Reprint” series.
Jerry A. Jacobs, Editor
Books Considered. The editors received 1,008 new books to consider for Volume 33. The total (a decrease from the earlier year) does not include duplicate copies. All the new books that the editorial office received were mailed directly from the publishers or from the ASA office. A total of 61 books were carried over from the previous year. The editors considered a total of 1,069 books for the 2004 issues of Contemporary Sociology.
Four objectives guided the editorial decisions made for the work that was featured in the front sections of Volume 33: (1) Publish a symposium on work, (2) Feature books on immigration, (3) Publish a symposium prepared by a sociologist working outside academia, (4) Publish a symposium on sociology outside the United States.
(1) The January issue included a symposium on Randy Hodson’s book, Dignity at Work. It was organized by Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and it included seven essays. Some of the contributors had participated in an author meets critic session. All essays represent original work that was prepared for the journal.
(2)The July issue featured four essays on immigration. Three of the contributions examined books on contemporary U.S. immigration issues and one focused on Salvadoran immigrant networks.
(3) A former journalist who currently works for an organization that monitors right-wing political movements wrote an essay that examined four books on the militia movement in the United States. The symposium was published in the September issue.
(4) Mangala Subramaniam organized a symposium on the Indian Women’s movement that was published in the November issue. Contributors included Indiana scholars working in the United States and in India.
Reviews. The editors selected a total of 412 book reviews to publish in Volume 33. This is a slight decrease over the corresponding number of reviews published in the prior volume. It corresponds closely to the decrease in the number of books received from publishers. The editors attempted to obtain reviews of all the books written or edited by sociologists. (Second or subsequent editions of books were not reviewed). For some books, the first potential reviewer contacted agreed to write for Contemporary Sociology. For a number of books, as many as seven potential reviewers were contacted by the editorial office before a scholar agreed to write. For approximately 15 books received during 2004, following seven or eight attempts to secure a review, the editors reluctantly decided that the book would be described in the “Take Note” section of an issue.
Editorial and Production Lags. On average a 6.0 week editorial lag applies to Volume 33 materials. This is the average amount of time between receiving materials and scheduling them for publication. The journal’s managing editor, Barbara Puetz, copyedits and formats all the work received. The materials that are featured in each issue (symposium materials and review essays) receive final approval by the authors. The production lag, 10 months, represents the time between scheduling the materials and the publication date.
Items Published. In Volume 33, the editors published 412 book reviews, 17 symposium reviews, 12 review essays, five sets of comments and replies, six “Take Note” sections, and six Editors’ Notes.
Editorial Board Members and Reviewers. The editorial board includes 16 women and 17 men. It is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, and intellectual interests. For each book that the editors decide to review the editorial board members suggest reviewers or contributors. In addition, the editorial board suggests symposium topics and books to feature with review essays.
JoAnn Miller and Robert Perrucci, Editors
2004 was the last year of my five-year term (three years of publication) as the Contexts editor—and the year we pretty much got our routine down. We published the four quarterly issues more or less on time (issue 4 was somewhat late), including our usual roughly 20 feature articles, 20 book reviews, and four each of photo essay, “field note,” personal essay, “revision,” reports on polls, “discoveries,” and letter-to-the-editor sections per issue. (The report on 2002 includes a detailed description of our procedures for soliciting and reviewing articles; 2004 proceeded pretty similarly.)
Contexts cannot report submission and review data as the ASA journals do, because we do not run that way. A rough estimate is that the 20 peer-reviewed features we published in 2003 were the end product of what were about 75 initial conversations with possible authors – initiated most often by the editor, but increasingly by the authors themselves – and perhaps about 35 formally submitted proposals. Some initiatives fall away as authors decline early on; others fall away as the authors consider the reviewers’ recommendations and decide to drop out at that point.
The latest subscription data I have for 2004 (compared to 2003) is:
ASA member subscriptions: 2,244 (1,862)
Institutions: 145 (86)
Non-member individuals: 243 (229)
Non-member students: 1 (2)
Bookstore (copies/issue): 313 (773)
Publication of issue 4 coincided with a major initiative to bring Contexts to a wider student audience. The McGraw-Hill publishing company bound 45,000 copies of the issue with their introductory sociology textbook by Richard Schaefer. This promises to be a marketing bonanza and there is a good chance it will be repeated.
The Publications Committee discussed Contexts in some detail in its August meeting and gave it strong backing. Some argued for a drop in the subscription price to help subsidize more widespread distribution. However, the price of subscribing was raised by $2 a year and the bookstore cover price by $1 (to $11) and issue. We will have to see the consequences.
The key development is the scheduled transfer of the editorial office from Berkeley to New York University, into the hands of Jeff Goodwin and Jim Jaspers and a broad team of assistant editors. I am confident that they will produce a yet livelier and attractive version of Contexts.
Claude S. Fischer, Editor
Journal of Health and Social
The JHSB editorial office at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill began to organize as of August 15, 2004 and started accepting new manuscripts on September 1, 2004. As of November 1, all remaining ongoing files from the Virginia Tech office were transferred to the UNC office. The transition went smoothly, thanks to the work of Michael Hughes, outgoing JHSB editor, and his staff, who organized files and records and responded helpfully to our many questions. I very much appreciate Michael Hughes’ generosity in sustaining the work of the journal until I arrived at UNC and could begin taking manuscripts at a time much later than the usual transition.
Much of the operational structure used to manage JHSB at Virginia Tech has been adopted at UNC, with minor alterations. As Hughes did at Virginia Tech, I hired two co-managing editors, for 20 hours per week each, with equal levels of responsibility. Jennifer Moren-Cross serves as the Managing Editor for Reviews and Gretchen Decker as the Managing Editor for Production. I have not hired an editorial assistant, however, as the tasks in our beginning months have not exceeded those of a full-time position (although my co-managers have been working to full capacity since the opening of our office).
The Department of Sociology at UNC has provided a two-person office for the JHSB staff, office furniture, used computers, file cabinets, utilities, and a one course reduction in teaching load during each year of the editorship. The Department also handles the accounting and personnel paperwork for the journal. The University and Department supply considerable computer technical support free of charge to solve hardware, software, and email problems.
Jennifer Moren-Cross (MA, RN) is an advanced graduate student in the Department of Sociology at Duke University with a specialization in the sociology of physical and mental health. Gretchen Decker has a MA in Communications from UNC and five years of experience as production manager for science and health journals. Both are extraordinarily competent, and I am fortunate to have them. I am also fortunate that Dr. Andrew Cognard-Black, now Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, has agreed to continue as copy editor for the journal; he served as copy editor during John Mirowsky’s and Michael Hughes’s terms as editors.
Overall Operations and Manuscript Flow
JHSB published 38 articles and 1 introductory essay in 2004. This is about 11 more pieces than are usually published annually, due to the extra issue produced in 2004 (described below).
The number of new submissions in 2004 (N=141) was down from 2002 (N=156) and 2003 (N=168), probably because there were no calls for papers in 2004 intended for special or extra issues, in contrast to prior years. The number of new submissions in 2004 is comparable to the mean annual number of new submissions received by the journal from 1990 through 2003 (mean=149).
In 2004, 310 manuscripts were considered. The outgoing and incoming editors made decisions on 206 papers (66 percent), with 99 (32 percent) remaining under review and 5 others (2 percent) withdrawn by authors. Of the 206 decisions made, about 20 percent were “revise and resubmit,” 9 percent were “conditional accept,” and another 9 percent were “accept.”
The mean time lag between manuscript submission and editorial decision in 2004 was quite high, 24.6 weeks (about 6 months). This was due in part to the Virginia Tech staff being overextended, some papers having slipped through the cracks of the manuscript tracking system (which has been replaced in 2005), and delays caused by the editorial transition to UNC. The goal of the UNC office is to return the editorial lag for JHSB to a mean of 12 weeks, or three months. We have made significant strides in this direction; the average time to decision has been 11 weeks for all newly submitted and resubmitted papers sent to the UNC office between September 1 and December 31, 2004.
As mentioned above, the extra issue entitled “Health and Health Care in the U.S.: Origins and Dynamics,” was completed and published in 2004 and mailed to journal subscribers in February 2005. The extra issue was funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the American Sociological Association. Donald W. Light (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) and Ivy Lynn Bourgeault (University of Western Ontario) served as the co-editors of the extra issue. It examines current theoretical and empirical knowledge about the social organization of health care in the United States, with the goal of guiding future research and policy efforts and furthering the contributions of medical sociology to the discipline of sociology and to the larger network of academic, clinical, and governmental institutions that serve the public’s health.
No special projects are planned for 2005.
Editorial Board and Deputy Editors
Two deputy editors, Ann Barry Flood (Dartmouth) and Nancy G. Kutner (Emory), and eight other editorial board members, Ronald J. Angel (Texas-Austin), Clifford Broman (Michigan State), Christopher Ellison (Texas-Austin), Susan Gore (Massachusetts-Boston), Frederic Hafferty (Minnesota-Duluth), Susan Roxburgh (Kent State), Teresa Scheid (UNC-Charlotte), and Maxine Thompson (North Carolina State) rotated off the board at the end of 2004. Michael Hughes and I are deeply grateful for their extraordinary service and commitment to the journal. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the continuing editorial board members and the many, many additional reviewers who have contributed their time and expertise so generously to the journal. Without their contributions, we simply could not fulfill the goal of publishing the very best papers in medical sociology submitted to the journal.
The editorial board has two new deputy editors and 12 new board members whose terms run from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2007. Frederic Hafferty (Minnesota-Duluth) and Eliza Pavalko (Indiana) agreed to serve as deputy editors. New board members include William Avison (Western Ontario), Tony N. Brown (Vanderbilt), Kathy Charmaz (Sonoma State), Chiquita Collins (Texas-Austin), Peter Conrad (Brandeis), Margaret Ensminger (Johns Hopkins), Ellen Idler (Rutgers), Jennie Kronenfeld (Arizona State), Allen LeBlanc (MDRC), Madonna Harrington Meyer (Syracuse), Scott Schieman (Toronto), and David Takeuchi (Washington). I have already begun to rely heavily on the professional guidance of these new deputy editors and editorial board members along with our faithful continuing board members.
The editorial board in 2004 was a diverse group, not only in terms of gender (45 percent female) and race/ethnicity (12 percent minority), but in terms of methodological skills and substantive specialties. The 2005 editorial board maintains an equivalent range in its composition demographically, methodologically, and substantively.
Current Problems and Issues
No serious problems confront the journal at this time. The UNC office will continue to focus on reducing the time lag to editorial decision and meeting normal production deadlines for the 2005 issues of the journal. We will explore the feasibility of on-line reviewing in 2005, giving reviewers a choice of receiving hard copies of manuscripts by mail or electronic copies by email. Finally, we will be updating our lists of ad hoc reviewers and their specialties, to enable us to better identify those with appropriate expertise for incoming papers.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael Hughes, outgoing editor, and his staff, including David Murphree, Bill Work, Mary Jane Brewster, and Andrew Cognard-Black, for producing an excellent set of regular issues as well as three outstanding special issues of the journal during their term. Michael Hughes and his editorial board also selected the papers that will appear in the March, June, and September 2005 issues, thus further easing the transition in editorship for us, for which we are also grateful.
Peggy A. Thoits
Rose Series in Sociology
Since the beginning of 2004, we have received and reviewed 22 manuscripts and proposals, as well as one manuscript that was carried over from 2003. We have given advance contracts to three proposals (Gay Seidman for Citizens, Markets and Transnational Labor Activism, Paul Attewell and David Lavin for Passing the Torch: Does Higher Education for the Disadvantaged Pay off Across the Generations? And Sean O’Riain and Chris Benner for Re-Working Silicon Valley: Politics, Power and the Informational Labor Process). Additionally, we have requested three revise and resubmits, rejected seventeen proposals, and have one proposal that is currently under consideration by the editors. Based on current discussions and the rate of submission over the past 2 years, we expect to receive at least 25 proposals in 2005. This year, Lane Kenworthy’s Egalitarian Capitalism: Inequality, Poverty, Incomes, and Jobs in Affluent Countries was published.
We have undertaken a variety of efforts to generate high quality manuscripts and proposals. To identify authors and topics that might be suitable for the Rose Series, we have reviewed all the major journals in sociology, consulted lists of major grants awarded, and worked with our editorial board. Paul Attewell and David Lavin’s proposal was solicited based on a suggestion from our Editorial Board. Additionally, the number and quality of unsolicited proposals has increased. Jeremy Hein’s proposal was one of these.
We have scheduled an ASA Special Session for 2005 which will bring together three authors who have published or will be publishing in our series (Lane Kenworthy, Arne Kalleberg and Gay Seidman) to discuss issues of shared interests that are addressed in their books. The 2005 session is titled “Work in a Changing Global Economy,” and we have proposed similar session for the 2006 ASA sessions, entitled “Disadvantage and Competing Explanations on Sociology and Social Policy.”
Dan Clawson and Randall Stokes, rotating Executive Editors; Doug Anderton, Naomi Gerstel, Joya Misra, and Robert Zussman, Editors; and Jason Rodriquez, Rose Fellow
Social Psychology Quarterly
2004 was the first year that the editorial team at the University of South Florida was fully responsible for the editorial operations of SPQ. As I noted in last year’s report, we initially experienced some difficulties in establishing our editorial operations which negatively affected the lag time between manuscript submission and editorial decision. This is reflected in the editorial lag time figures reported elsewhere and below. However, we were able fully to staff the editorial office in May which greatly improved the efficiency of our editorial operations. We had a smooth transition between outgoing and incoming Managing Editors later in the year and initiated a transition to new processing software at the end of the year.
SPQ published 16 articles and 8 research or theoretical notes in 2004. These employed a variety of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, although I think I have only been partially successful in my attempt to publish manuscripts that represent the full range of theoretical and methodological approaches in contemporary social psychological scholarship. However, I am heartened by the theoretical and methodological diversity of more recent submissions and by an increasing number of submissions by authors outside of North America. I hope that SPQ will soon fully represent the international, disciplinary, theoretical and methodological diversity of contemporary social psychological scholarship, one of my principal editorial goals.
The number of submissions to SPQ remained relatively stable in 2004. We received 141 new submissions in 2004, down only slightly from the 147 submitted in 2003. Of the 141 manuscripts submitted in 2004 and 49 carried over from 2003, I reached a decision regarding 128 or 67 percent, leaving 62 manuscripts under review at the end of the reporting period.
The official acceptance rate for 2004, which refers to acceptances as a percentage of all decisions, was 20.5 percent. This is down slightly from the 22.5 percent acceptance rate reported in 2003 and consistent with the acceptance rate at SPQ over the years. With the exception of 2002, when the acceptance rate dropped to 13 percent, SPQ’s acceptance rate has been in the 16 to 25 percent range.
As mentioned above, the editorial lag time, or time between initial submission and editorial decision, continues to be problematic. The mean editorial lag time in 2004 was 15.38 weeks (compared with 15.65 weeks in 2003) and the median 14.93 weeks (compared to 14.28 weeks in 2003). Ideally, I would like to reduce the mean lag time by four weeks, and we continue to work toward this goal. Perhaps most important, we are trying to improve our tracking of manuscripts that get caught in a process of, first, attempting to find willing reviewers, and then attempting to get agreeable but tardy ones to return reviews. These “outliers” are far too numerous at present, and we appreciate that such delays are quite frustrating to authors.
The mean production lag time, or time from acceptance of manuscripts to publication, rose from around 7 months in 2003 to 9.24 months in 2004. At present, I am not alarmed by this increase. However, if it continues, it may be necessary to request additional pages for at least one volume of SPQ in order to reduce somewhat the back log of accepted manuscript. We will continue to monitor this situation and discuss it with the editorial board if and when appropriate.
Finally, I want to thank a number of people who contributed to the success of SPQ in 2004. First, I thank Sara Crawley, the former Managing Editor, for getting the editorial operations established and organized at the University of South Florida. Although she faced a number of daunting challenges, Sara was persistent, professional, and always good humored in meeting them. I am also indebted to Brenda Shawver, the current Managing Editor, for keeping the editorial operation running smoothly and alerting me to my many oversights. The fact that SPQ has consistently met its production schedule is almost solely her doing. I am deeply grateful to William Ryan Force, the graduate editorial assistant, for his thoroughness in processing and keeping track of submitted manuscripts, his gracious correspondence to authors, and, again, for correcting my mistakes. Of course, I thank the deputy editors, Timothy Owens, Dawn Robinson, and Jane Sell for their many contributions, especially helping me with difficult decisions and situations. I also wish to acknowledge the outgoing members of SPQ’s editorial board for their three years of exemplary service: Candace Clark, Margaret Foddy, Karen Heimer, Bruce G. Link, Brenda Major, Jane McLeod, Terri Orbuch, Michael Shanahan, and Murray Webster, Jr. And, I welcome the incoming members of the editorial board who begin their three year terms in 2005 and thank them for agreeing to serve. They are Peter Callero, Martha Copp, Kay Deaux, Matthew O. Hunt, Cathryn Johnson, Ruth Xiaoru Liu, Douglas Maynard, and Anne Statham. Last but not least, I express my deep appreciation to the many other colleagues who reviewed manuscripts for SPQ in 2004 for their thoughtful, constructive, and, more times than not, timely comments. Without their scholarly dedication and collegial courtesy, there would be no SPQ.
Spencer E. Cahill, Editor
This last year as editor of Sociological Theory has been my most gratifying. With the quarterly format, I was able to move articles to publication more rapidly. Furthermore, it was possible to run two symposia, one on “Using Evolutionary Theory” and another on “Theories of Terrorism.” With subvention from the University of Illinois, we could devote an entire issue to the works of Gerhard Lenski. I am particularly grateful to Bernice McNair for organizing the Lenski issue and to Roberta Senechnal de Roche for assembling the papers on terrorism. Readers may have noticed that all four issues of the journal were longer than in previous years; and this increase in pages for the year was possible by subvention and by the generosity of Blackwell and ASA. Last year, the journal published 28 articles, and this year with subsidies, 38 articles could be published. Subvention may be a very useful strategy for getting more theory published, because at a very nominal cost, many extra pages can be added to the journal; and so, I encourage not only the new editors of Sociological Theory but editors of other journals to explore this option.
In looking back over my years as editor, I think that my major accomplishment was to oversee the transition to a quarterly. I am also proud of the high quality of the articles that were published; and, although I have my biases (toward a hard science view of sociological theory), I tried to publish articles that are representative of sociological theorizing in general. If an area of scholarly inquiry was not covered during my tenure, it was not for a lack of trying to encourage authors in these areas to submit articles.
The group of distinguished scholars at Yale took over the day-to-day operation of the journal in June 2004. For the year, the journal had 94 new submissions, plus another 21 resubmissions. The average time from submission to editorial decision was, unfortunately, too long, but editors are ultimately at the whim of reviewers, some of whom work rapidly while others take their time. Still, even for those who had to be prodded, I am gratefully to all for taking the time from busy schedules to write reviews that, on the whole, were very useful to me as editor and, more importantly, to authors. The percentage of articles accepted remains at around 27 percent, but this figure is high because of the special symposia and the special issue where some papers were solicited. The acceptance rate for regular submissions was, as a rough estimate, a bit less than 20 percent.
I want to thank all the members of the editorial board who have rotated through three-year terms. They have all provided me with excellent reviews and, thereby, made the journal better. I owe special thanks to Karen Gray Edwards at ASA who runs the publications for the association; she has proven to be a most valued resource in making the journal better. I really appreciate her responsiveness and support. And lastly, it was an honor to serve my fellow theorists as editor of their journal.
Jonathan H. Turner, Editor
Sociology of Education
The calendar year 2004 was the second full year of my three year editorship, and being squarely in the middle it was one of blissful normalcy. In my non-editorial life I conduct research on life-course transitions defined around the schooling timetable—from “home child” to “school child” during the transition into first grade, transitions between levels of schooling K-12 , and, at the other end, the transition out of high school to whatever awaits next— college for some; the workplace for others. Transitions give useful perspective on life-course development because they entail change, and change frequently entails stress. They are periods of discontinuity, and how well they are weathered has implications for what ensues later. These times of transition can be either a period of struggle or a relatively smooth and successful adjustment. A whole host of considerations dictate where any given student’s experience falls along the range of possibilities, but certainly personal resources and social supports are prominent in the mix.
This little excursion into Lifecourse Sociology 101 may seem quite tangential, but in fact it captures well my sense of 2004 in the editorial offices of SOE. You know from my previous editorial reports that the outgoing editorial team was wonderfully supportive and helpful during the transition into my term and that I am the beneficiary of superb continuing support— from my Deputy Editor partners, Linda Grant and Suet-ling Pong, from the journal’s able and energetic Editorial Board, from legions of remarkably responsive external reviewers (who are acknowledged in the January issue) and from the journal’s production team (in particular, Editorial Assistant Anna Stoll and Managing Editor Wendy Almeleh). And too, Hopkins has been generous in its tangible support of the journal’s operation, including release time from teaching. So all the elements are in place for the kind of “blissful normalcy” that ought to be expected after a relatively smooth and I hope successful transition. I can attest to the “smoothness;” it falls to others to judge the degree of success.
One hundred sixty-five manuscripts were processed in 2004. That’s 13 more than the 2003 total, but the number of new submissions was almost identical: 95 in 2003; 94 in 2004. Both figures reflect a healthy increase over most prior years, as new submissions ranged between 70 and 81 back to 1997 (2000 is an exception, with 100 new submissions that year). The 2004 increase in manuscripts processed relative to 2003 traces to two sources: an increase in the number of revisions resubmitted (46 versus 38) and a larger number of manuscripts submitted in the previous year that carried over into the current year (25 versus 19). All-in-all, this seems a healthy level of activity.
Other pertinent figures remain at around the 2003 level. Just over 10 percent of editorial decisions rendered in 2004 were acceptances (13 of 128). This compares with 8 percent in 2003. Those figures are for outright acceptances. Adding in conditional acceptances (meaning the paper has been accepted, but with some revisions required), the increase is rather more impressive: 18 percent in 2004 versus 13 percent in 2004. But whichever way the calculations are done, it is of interest that the figures for 2003 and 2004 lag behind the journal’s historic average as far back as the mid-1990s.
SOE’s acceptance rate thus seems to have dipped a bit during my term. And too, the number of in-office editorial rejections has gone up. These are intake decisions on my part that a manuscript is unsuitable for SOE and should not be sent out for external review. We had16 such manuscripts in 2004; 2 others were withdrawn by the authors with the hope that they might be recast so as to be more appropriate for the journal. Those 18 manuscripts represent 14 percent of all editorial decisions for the year. In 2003 the total was 22 of 127 (17 percent). Both figures are above the reported levels going back through the mid-90s. I speculated in my 2003 Editorial report about possible reasons, including an increase in submissions from students and non-sociologists. But without trend data to put the proposition to a test, there’s no way to know. Now, with two years of experience in hand, it is beginning to look like editorial taste may be playing a role also— perhaps I am turning back some manuscripts that previous editors would send out to review. Editorial temperament no doubt affects the journal in many ways—that’s one reason why the position rotates—and those of us who shoulder the responsibility surely like to think our idiosyncrasies serve, on balance, to uplift and not drag down. Acceptance and rejection rates are content-free and so can’t usefully inform the issue. The 2004 volume certainly is broad in its coverage. This holds both for subject matter coverage and research styles. I believe as well they are high quality contributions and I hope those of you who read the journal will agree.
Manuscript turnaround reflects on our efficiency in processing manuscripts. For decisions made in 2004, the median weeks to decision from time of submission was 12.0, a bit above last year’s 11.3 (the respective means were 12.8 and 12.0). That’s somewhat faster turnaround than in prior years, even after adjusting for in-office rejections (which usually happen pretty quickly). Credit for that goes to the external reviewers, whose good service is the backbone of the operation. After them would come Anna Stoll, who rides herd on the review process by sending e-mail reminders and alerting me to potential problems. If you’ve been asked to review for us you know that the initial solicitation now is done by e-mail, with a scanned copy of the manuscript abstract included. That system has been working well, and I have to think it helps turn things around more quickly than cold calls by way of snail-mail (there will always be declines, but this way we at least generally learn of them quickly). Most reviews now are returned electronically also, and though we haven’t yet gone entirely electronic (that’s an ASA decision), we send manuscripts electronically to reviewers located outside the U.S. This saves both time and dollars.
Much of the journal’s work gets done through the good efforts of the journal’s two Deputy Editors, Linda Grant and Suet-ling Pong, and the journal’s Editorial Board. Linda and Suet-ling help me with tough decisions, do occasional reviews, suggest reviewers when I’m stymied, and are the intellectual force and person-power behind our one initiative, the Perspectives on Critical Issues feature. In 2004 we published just one set of Critical Issues essays (in the April issue), focused on the concept of social capital and its applicability to the school experience of immigrant youth. Grace Kao, Carl Bankston and Pedro Noguera were the authors. I hope you will agree they were substantial contributions. Also contributing to the effort were Kathryn Borman, Bradley Levinson, John Ogbu, and Min Zhou, members of the Editorial board at the time who assisted Linda Grant and Suet-ling Pong in vetting these essays. In 2005 we can look forward to two sets of Critical Issues essays. The first, scheduled for the April issue, offers sociological perspective on the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind policy. The second will address some facet of oppositional culture.
Editorial Board members serve three-year terms. They do reviews (some many reviews), help identify reviewers, some, as just indicated, help screen Critical Issues essays, and they shape journal policy (we meet as a group at the ASA meeting and occasionally hold virtual meetings via e-mail). Nine members of the Board rotated off at the end of 2004. They are: Paul Attewell, David Bills, John Boli, Douglas Downey, Michael Hout, David Labaree, Gerald LeTendre, Carolyn Riehl and Yossi Shavit. One additional member, Ann Ferguson, resigned her appointment to pursue other interests. All of us, and especially the journal’s readership, are indebted to them.
Replacing the outgoing Board member are 10 new appointees. They are: Hanna Ayalon, Donna Eder, Patricia Gándara, Erin Horvat, Stephen Morgan, Sean Reardon, Xue Lan Rong, Rubén Rumbaut, Kathryn Schiller and Karolyn Tyson. I thank the new members of the Board for stepping forward and look forward to working with them in 2005.
Including Deputy Editors, the 2004 Editorial Board consists of 27 members, 30 percent minority and 60 percent female. Its makeup provides for broad and reasonably balanced coverage of different substantive specializations and methodologies. And with four members located outside the U.S., it also is a cosmopolitan Board. Sociology of Education needs to be welcoming of all styles of scholarship, open to diverse theoretical perspectives, and, with the world shrinking, an outlet for comparative studies and research situated outside the U.S. The journal’s editorial leadership is committed to diversity in all those respects; the Board’s makeup makes that commitment tangible.
I’ve already acknowledged some of my indebtedness—to Linda and Suet-ling for their superb partnership, to members of the Editorial Board, to Anna for managing the journal’s office operation, and to Wendy, who helps makes our good science read well. Thanks too are due Karen Gray Edwards, the ASA Director of Publications, and Jane Carey and the other good people at Boyd Printing, who make the journal pleasing to the eye.
The course relief granted by my department chair at Hopkins, Giovanni Arrighi, helps immensely. And a final thanks is due the able JHU sociology graduate students who have continued their work on two journal projects. One is a prospective reviewer database, which I look forward to passing along to my successor. The other is a self-study of editorial decisions in relation to manuscript characteristics, focused on 2004 submissions. If all goes well we should be able to report results from that inquiry by year’s end. The student assistants are, in alphabetical order, Angela Estacion, Bei Liu, Chris Tracey, Yingyi Ma, Christian Villenas, and Lu Zhang.
Karl Alexander, Editor
Judging from the number and quality of manuscripts submitted to Teaching Sociology, the scholarship of teaching and learning within the discipline is flourishing. In 2004, 199 manuscripts were considered for publication. Of these, 106 were new manuscripts, 50 were revised and resubmitted, and 43 were still in review from the previous period. I continue to be impressed with all those who seek better and more effective ways to enhance students’ learning and are willing to share their successes (and occasional “failures”) with a larger audience. The result is a treasure of ideas, techniques, and methods published in the journal that help everyone—from the least to most experienced teachers of sociology—improve their teaching.
Themes and Special Features
Several themes emerged among the manuscripts published in 2004. These included the use of technology in the classroom, service and community-based learning, and strategies for teaching about social inequality, race, and gender. No intentional effort was made to solicit or publish manuscripts on these topics, rather the topics reflect some of the current concerns within the discipline and address the challenges we face in our teaching. The January and April issues contained two “Conversations”—a feature designed to provide a forum for sociologists to engage in on-going exchanges of ideas, arguments and commentaries on issues of concern to teachers of sociology. Two topical issues were highlighted, one having to do with whether there is a “core” in sociology and the other with assessing sociological knowledge. The debate concerning the core in sociology has continued, with a response and reply published in January 2005.
Two special features will appear in 2005. In recognition of the ASA’s centennial, the July issue will be partially devoted to exploring aspects of the discipline’s past, present and future efforts surrounding the teaching of sociology. The issue will also contain a new feature entitled “Applications,” which is intended to help instructors integrate some of the best and most current sociological research into their undergraduate courses. Jerry Jacobs, editor of ASR, and I have identified forthcoming articles in ASR that are likely to be of interest to students and accessible in terms of their methods, theory and analyses. The authors of these ASR manuscripts are then invited to prepare a manuscript, sometimes in collaboration with TS authors, that provides concrete ways to incorporate their research into the classroom, such as through active learning activities or other student-centered learning techniques. The goal is to make it easy for instructors to integrate current sociological research into a wide variety of classes, not simply methods or statistics courses.
The first year post-transition from one editor to another is an appropriate time to reflect about continuity and change in the processing of manuscripts. What has not changed much between 2003, when Helen Moore was editor, and 2004 is the number of manuscripts considered (199 in 2004 versus 189 in 2003), the number accepted for publication (30 in 2004; 31 in 2003) or the average editorial lag (14.61 weeks in 2004; 14.54 in 2003). Where differences do emerge is in the number of conditional acceptances and rejections, invitations to revise and resubmit, and acceptance rates. During my editorship, there have been 21 conditional acceptances compared to 9 in 2003, making the overall number of acceptances (conditional or outright) higher in 2004 than 2003 (51 vs. 40). At the same time, there were fewer invitations to revise and resubmit manuscripts in 2004 (44 vs. 54), and more outright rejections (62 vs. 48) and rejections without peer review (11 vs. 4). My approach has been to grant revise and resubmits only to those articles are likely to be accepted eventually (and the relatively high number of conditional accepts suggest that many are). Articles that have major (substantial) limitations, such as a lack of data to assess a teaching technique, are typically rejected. In some cases, it’s probably true that authors can overcome such limitations, but when the revisions required would result in a substantially different paper, I usually advise authors to start fresh and submit a new manuscript rather than a revised one. Overall, the percent of manuscripts accepted was lower in 2004 (17.86 percent vs. 21.23 percent), but this figure is slightly misleading, since it only calculates the articles fully accepted for publication and not those that have been conditionally accepted (which almost always results in eventual acceptance). Although the number of manuscripts rejected without peer review in 2004 is nearly three times higher than that in 2003, this is not necessarily a reflection of a lack of quality or harsher editorial decision making. Rather, these are manuscripts that often demonstrate solid scholarship and important ideas, but have little to do with the teaching of sociology.
My first year as editor has been both rewarding and relatively smooth, thanks to the high quality and diversity of manuscripts submitted, and a host of editorial board members, ad hoc reviewers and staff who gave selflessly of their time and intellectual resources. Deputy Editor Jay Howard continues to supply quality book and film reviews, which are beneficial to readers in the market for textbooks and supplemental materials. The editorial board has provided numerous hours of assistance in reviewing and advice. Thanks to outgoing members Julie Harms Cannon, Lilli Matesig Downes, Marlynn May, Charles Powers, BarBara Scott, Jean Shin, and J. Russell Willis. These outgoing board members will be missed, as they helped make the editorial transition smooth by their willingness to assist two editors and adjust to our different styles.
I am pleased to welcome a new group of editorial members: Robert Bausch, Nancy Davis, Diane Gillespie, Roxanna Harlow, Robert Hironimus-Wendt, W. Lawrence Neuman, David Schweingruber, Janet Wilmoth and David Yamane. Thanks also to those continuing their term: Deborah Abowitz, Carol Auster, Jeanne Ballantine, Rachel Einwohner, Elizabeth Hartung, Edward Kain, Emily Labeff, Kathleen McKinney, Lena Wright Myers, Keith Alan Roberts, Stephen Sweet, Ramon Torrecilha, Prabha Unnithan, Gregory Weiss, and John Zipp.
This editorial board continues to reflect diversity in gender, race/ethnicity and academic institutions. The current board is split evenly between men and women, 25 percent of whom are sociologists of color. About one-third of the board members are affiliated with liberal arts colleges, one-third with doctoral (extensive or intensive) universities, and the remainder with general baccalaureate colleges and master’s universities or colleges. Given that the mission of TS is to help teachers of sociology at all academic institutions, it is important that individuals from all types of institutions are represented on the board. Thus, in the future I hope to appoint individuals from associate’s colleges and high schools in order to make the board more representative of those teaching sociology.
I am also grateful for the nearly 200 ad hoc reviewers we rely upon each year, many of whom review multiple manuscripts and multiple versions of manuscripts. Without their help, my job would be impossible.
Finally, managing editor Jori Sechrist and desktop production editor Pauline Pavlakos have been largely responsible for getting the journal into your hands in a timely fashion. All these individuals—and of course, our readers—are the ones who deserve the credit for maintaining the high quality of manuscripts that continue to be published in the journal.
Liz Grauerholz, Editor
The Editor’s Report for Sociological Methodology will appear in the May/June issue of Footnotes.
Call for New Films & Videos to be shown at ASA’s Annual Meeting: Based on the interest shown in previous years, there will again be a new film/video screening series held during the upcoming Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in August. Those who wish to propose a new film for inclusion in the 2005 screening series may send a copy of the film/video and a brief description of the work and its relevance to sociological instruction and research to: Victoria Hougham, American Sociological Association, 1307 New York Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005; email email@example.com. To be considered for this year’s film series, nominations must be received by May 16, 2005. Films will be reviewed for submission in the coming months and returned after the Annual Meeting.
Call for Survey Participants: Principal Investigator Melsome Nelson-Richards with Patrick Tanzini, Shukri Dayeh and Gabriel Young seek participants for a survey to assess the impact of global terrorism threats on the ability of children to learn in school. This study will focus on the effect global terrorism has on the ability of school children to continue their education with minimum interference and disruption. We hope to determine our societies’ perception of globalization and regionalization. Email for Melsome is firstname.lastname@example.org; postal address is Department of Sociology, State University of New York, Mahar 13, Oswego, NY 13126; (315) 312-3408; (315) 312-4190. Email for Tanzini is Tanzini@oswego.edu, for Dayeh is Dayeh@oswego.edu, and for Young, email@example.com. The URL for interested participants is survey.oswego.edu/terrorism/other.
Books needed: The Library of the Law Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania, needs help to build up its library holdings in English. Send extra copies of criminology or related topic books directly to: Algimans Cepas, Director, Institute of Law, Gedimino av. 39, Ankstoji str. 1, LT-01109, Vilnius, Lithuania. U.S. address to send in care of: Liqun Cao, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.
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