December 2015 Issue • Volume 43 • Issue 8

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Council Establishes Task Force on Contingent Faculty

In response to the “Resolution in Support of Contingent Faculty Remuneration” brought forward at the ASA Business meeting in August 2015, and based on preliminary research by John Curtis, Director of the ASA Department of Research on the Discipline and Profession, Council has voted to establish a three-year Task Force on Contingent Faculty.

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ASA Joins AERA et al. in
Fisher v. UT-Austin Amicus

United States Supreme Court

The American Sociological Association joined the American Educational Research Association (AERA) along with eight other scientific societies in filing an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court’s reconsideration of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The scientific societies urge the court to consider an overwhelming body of scientific evidence relevant to the case. The court heard oral arguments in the case on December 9. On the next page is a shortened version of the AERA press release.

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2016 ASA National Election Candidates

The American Sociological Association is pleased to announce the 2016 slate of candidates for ASA Officers, Committee on Nominations, Committee on Publications, and Committee on Committees. Ballots for the 2016 ASA election will be sent in spring 2016.

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ASA Welcomes its Newest Congressional Fellow

Elizabeth Pearson

The American Sociological Association has named Elizabeth Pearson as the 2015-2016 ASA Congressional Fellow. Pearson recently received her PhD in sociology from the University of California-Berkeley. Her research focused on state-level fiscal policy, federalism, and social policy. As a Rhodes Scholar, she also earned her MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford.

Prior to earning her PhD, Pearson worked at the Iowa Policy Project, where she analyzed tax and budget issues in Iowa. In particular, she analyzed the state budget, examined the impacts of a national carbon tax on low-income Iowa families, and estimated the state and local tax payments of Iowa’s undocumented immigrants.

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2015 Section Awards