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ASA has an important goal of helping members demonstrate their pedagogical skills for promotion and tenure or for job applications. To realize this goal, a new member benefit encourages ALL ASA members to submit teaching resources to TRAILS: the Teaching Resources and Innovation Library for Sociology. Members do not have to purchase a subscription in order to add teaching materials to TRAILS for peer-review and possible publication.
Share and preserve your teaching scholarship for future generations. This new benefit will also make it possible for retired members of the ASA, who may have little need for new teaching materials themselves, to submit their own teaching resources for publication in TRAILS. In this way retired members can enliven the current teaching and learning of sociology through the TRAILS library—without subscribing—and ensures that their research-based teaching scholarship is digitally preserved and shared.
To submit to TRAILS, go to trails.asanet.org and click on the “Resource Submission Instructions” tab to see a printable set of instructions, the TRAILS acceptance criteria, a handout on best practices in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the TRAILS author agreement. For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 383-9005 x318.
ASA membership is a path to media recognition. When you see sociologists quoted in mainstream news stories or interviewed on camera or radio, or when you see sociology mentioned prominently in significant news magazines, newspapers, and occasionally on primetime TV shows, there is a good chance that ASA’s media relations program had something to do with that to happen. In January of this year, for example, the media covered ASA and its journal authors so extensively that a potential 315 million people could have learned about the scholarship being done by sociologists like you. This visibility for our discipline’s research was directly the result of ASA media efforts.
In an effort to more efficiently connect journalists with sociologists and to better promote and disseminate sociological scholarship to the public, the Association is launching a campaign to expand its database of sociologists who are subject-matter experts.
Members can join the ASA Experts Database by going to www.asanet.org/asaexperts. By registering, members agree that ASA staff may proactively and reactively make their contact, biographic, and expertise information available to journalists on a case-by-case basis. Only current ASA members in this experts database will be referred to media by the ASA public information staff. For additional information on the new experts database, contact Dan Fowler in the ASA Public Information Office at (202) 383-9005 x885 or send email to email@example.com.