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Association of Management (AoM) and the International Association of Management (IAoM) 20th Anniversary Conference, Quebec, Canada, July 31-August 3, 2002. Paper submissions, abstracts, panels, and etc. are solicited in the following categories: Business Functions and Applications, Human Resources Management, Organizational (Behavior) Management, Leadership and Leaders, Health Care Management, Entrepreneurship, Educational Administration and Management, Distance Learning, Information Systems and Information Technology, Doctoral Research Division. All divisions, complete with specialty topical areas, are found on: at: See member and participant awards information located on

Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) will hold its Twelfth Annual meeting in Miami, FL, August 1-3, 2002. Theme: “The State, Institutions and the Market Economy.” ASCE invites papers on a variety of subjects related to the Cuban economy and society, including: macroeconomics; banking and finance; agriculture and the sugar industry; tourism; social and political aspects of economic development; education; health; environmental policy; law and legal institutions; civil society; gender issues; governance; infrastructure; and civil-military relations. Papers dealing with these topics will be particularly welcome. Proposals for panels, roundtables or individual papers should be sent to Jorge Pérez-López, Chair, Program Committee, 5881 6th Street, Falls Church, VA 22041, e-mail, by March 1, 2002.

European Consortium for Communications Research (ECCR) in association with the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University invites papers for its International Conference to be held in Moscow, Russia, October 17-20, 2002. Theme: “Mass Media and Communications in the e-Society of the 21st Century: Access and Participation.” Issues related to the development of mass media and telecommunications will be discussed in the framework of the conference. Working languages of the Conference are English and Russian. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is March 1, 2002. For further information, contact Natalia Bolotina, e-mail n_bolotina@journ.[ Global Business And Technology Association. Theme: “Beyond the Boundaries: Challenges of Leadership, Innovation, Integration, and Technology.” Rome, Italy, June 25-29, 2002. Call for papers. Electronic submissions are encouraged (Microsoft Word format). Direct submissions to the Conference Chair; e-mail Deadline for receipt of submissions of March 15, 2002. For more information see Several papers will be selected for competitive awards. Winning papers will be recognized for their distinction at the Conference and will also be considered for inclusion in the Journal of International Business and Technology or the Review of Business.


ASA Sociology of Gender Instructional Materials. Co-editors: Betsy Lucal, Indiana University South Bend, and Amy Blackstone, University of Minnesota. Submissions of syllabi and other instructional materials are invited for the new edition of the ASA “The Sociology of Gender: Syllabi and Other Instructional Materials.” Materials may include, but are not limited to, the following: complete syllabi from courses related to the sociology of gender, course assignments, class activities, relevant film reviews, handouts, and any other written materials relevant to teaching courses in areas related to sex and gender. Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2002. Submissions via e-mail or postal service are accepted, though electronic submissions are encouraged. Send submissions to either co-editor: Betsy Lucal, Department of Sociology, Indiana University-South Bend, P.O. Box 7111, 1700 Mishawaka Avenue, South Bend, IN 46634; e-mail; or Amy Blackstone, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota, 909 Social Sciences, 267 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455; e-mail

ASA Sociology and Disability Studies. Editors invite submissions for revised instructional materials. Materials may include but are not limited to: syllabi, course outlines, handouts, exercises, assignments, reviews of relevant materials (books, films, etc.), essays on disability studies and pedagogy, or any other written material relevant to the inclusion of disability-related issues in teaching sociology. The first edition included syllabi for a variety of courses that integrated disability studies throughout the curriculum (e.g., Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Methods), as well as courses that focus primarily on disability (e.g., Sociology of Disability, Gender and Disability). We are particularly interested in materials that deal with disability from a global perspective, and/or that examine disability in relation to other social characteristics (e.g., class, race, sexual orientation, age). International submissions are welcome in addition to materials from the U.S. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2002. Guidelines for submission, and the table of contents for the first edition of the Guide, may be found at, or obtained from the editors. Contact Lynn Schlesinger, Department of Sociology, Plattsburgh State University of New York, Plattsburgh, NY 12901; (518) 564-3004; fax (518) 564-3333; e-mail; or Diane Taub, Department of Sociology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-4524; (618) 453-2466; fax (618) 453-3253; e-mail

Comparative Sociology is an international scientific journal, publishing four issues per year and is dedicated to the advancement of comparative sociology broadly defined as involving two societies or more. Comparative Sociology welcomes papers focusing issues in all areas concerned with comparative sociological study, from macro to micro, qualitative and quantitative. Submit four copies of manuscripts to: Masamichi Sasaki, Editor, Comparative Sociology, Department of Social Science, Hyogo Kyoiku University, Yashiro-cho, Kato-gun, Hyogo-ken 673-1494 Japan. For manuscript preparation style/guidelines, see:

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. Call for papers: A special edition will focus on the social dimensions of the AIDS epidemic. The overall theme is that risk and infection are social rather than just psychological in character. The editors are interested in theoretical and field research exploring new dimensions of the under-explored aspect of the epidemic with potential for more effective preventions. Contact: Michigan Sociological Review (MSR) requests submissions for its Fall 2002 issue. The MSR is an official, peer-refereed publication of the Michigan Sociological Association. Now beginning its sixteenth year, it has been recognized as one of the leading state journals in the nation. The MSR publishes research articles, essays, research reports, and book reviews on a wide range of sociological topics. The MSR has recently published papers on the Russian Mafia, perceptions of gender inequality, using videos in sociology courses, the Asian-American Movement, and the evolution of science. Submissions will be accepted until May 1, 2002. Send three hard copies in ASA style, the word-processed file on disk (Word, Word Perfect, etc.), and a brief biographical statement to: Jay Weinstein, Editor, Michigan Sociological Review, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197. A $20.00 processing fee is charged to authors whose papers are accepted for publication. E-mail


March 3-6, 2002. 15th Annual National Conference for Children’s Mental Health Concerns, University of South Florida, Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health. Theme: “A System of Care for Children’s Mental Health” Expanding the Research Base.” For more information see: or e-mail Catherine Newman at

April 18, 2002, Federal Forcasters’ Conference, Washington, DC. The conference is organized around statistical issues within the scope of methodologically-oriented sociologists and substantive research issues that are largely socio-economic. For more information see:

April 19-20, 2002. Interdisciplinary Graduate Colloquium, Vanderbilt University. Theme: “The Limits of the Past.” See the conference website for more information.

May 22-25, 2002. Third International Congress of the Work and Labor Network, Osnabruck, Germany. Theme: “Labor, Globalization and the New Economy.” For more information on the RLDWL-network see


Foundation for the Promotion of Social Science Research on World Society, World Society Foundation funds selected proposals for research on the structure of and change in world society. Researchers may submit a short proposal of only two pages showing their research intention for which they seek funding until March 31, 2002. These short proposals should be sent either by fax to 41-1-6344989 or by mail to the address below (arriving in Zurich before March 31, 2002). Further information see or write World Society Foundation c/o Institute of Sociology, University of Zurich, Ramistrasse 69, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland; e-mail Harvard University. The Henry A. Murray Research Center of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study announces the availability of postdoctoral grants of up to $10,000 for research drawing on Murray Center data on adolescence and youth or on data in its Diversity Archive. Doctoral dissertation grants up to $5,000 and undergraduate research awards up to $1,000 are also available. See for more information, or contact the center at or (617) 495 8140.

International Research Exchange (IREX). Applications are now available for the 2002 John J. and Nancy Lee Roberts Fellowship Program. This program supports cutting-edge research in the social sciences on: Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia); the New Independent States (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan); the Near East (Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey); and Asia (China, Mongolia, North Korea). A single grant will be awarded each year for up to 18 months in length. The principal investigator for the grant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Collaborative research programs involving international colleagues are strongly encouraged. Applicants must hold a PhD or other professional degree at time of application. To apply, submit a completed application form, reference form, a project proposal, budget, timeline, and curriculum vitae. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2002. Applications can be downloaded from: For more information or for mailed copies of applications, contact IREX at or (202) 628-8188.

Northeast Consortium for Dissertation Scholars-In-Residence. Dissertation-Year Fellowships for Graduate Students of Color in Humanities and Social Sciences. Dissertation Scholars will be given special opportunities to consider possible faculty positions at the host campuses or elsewhere. Application materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2002. For more information, contact: JoAnn Moody, Consultant, Diversity in Higher Education; e-mail

In the News

Carl L. Bankston III, Tulane University, discussed school desegregation on the Louisiana Public Broadcasting television program “American Apartheid,” which was broadcast in late November and early December 2001.

Cynthia Caron, Cornell University, had a letter to the editor published in the September 30 New York Times in response to an article “Solar Power is Reaching Where Wires Can’t.” She is preparing a doctoral dissertation related to renewable energy in Sri Lanka.

Deborah Carr, University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, was featured in a New York Times December 5, 2001 article for her research on Wisconsin mother’s views of their daughters’ lives.

Douglas Harper, Duquesne University, was interviewed by Gretchen H. Gerzina on “The Book Show,” NPR, relevant to his new book Changing Works: Visions of Lost Agriculture.

Ross Koppel, University of Pennsylvania, appeared on NPR, regarding the cost of Alzheimer’s disease to U.S. Business, October 2001.

Louis Kriesberg’s, professor emeritus, Syracuse University, Letter to the Editor on a Friedman column was published in the December 11, 2001 New York Times.

Rhonda Levine, Colgate University, had her new book Class, Networks, and Identity: Replanting Jewish Lives from Nazi Germany to Rural New York, reviewed September 13, 2001 in the Aufbau a German-Jewish newspaper in New York city.

Stanford M. Lyman, Florida Atlantic University, was quoted in the Palm Beach Post, October 7th, 2001, in an article on the Japanese of Florida during the Second World War.

J. Steven Picou, University of South Alabama, was interviewed about the World Trade Center disaster by WKRG, Channel 5 News on October 26. He was also quoted in an article that appeared in the November 18th Anchorage Daily News on the Court of Appeals decision in the Exxon-Valdez litigation.

Mark Regnerus, Calvin College, was featured in an August 16 USA Today article discussing his research (with Glen Elder, UNC-Chapel Hill) on the protective influence of church attendance on at-risk youth. Their study prompted an invitation to a December 10 panel discussion on the topic at the National Press Club. Regnerus’ research on religious influences on parent/child communication about sex was featured in late November on Michigan NPR Radio and in the Grand Rapids Press November 26.

Robert Mark Silverman, Wayne State University, was quoted December 18, 2001 in the Gambit Weekly. The article titled “Staying in the Black” focused on relations between African-American consumers and entrepreneurs in New Orleans, LA.

Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University, was quoted in the December 14 edition of the Charlotte Observer in a story on racial diversity, “Kenworth Area Is Valley’s Melting Pot Blacks, Whites, Latinos and Asians Live Side By Side In Hickory’s 1st Subdivision.”

Ezra Vogel, Harvard University, and Jeffrey Broadbent, University of Minnesota, were featured speakers at a forum on “Asia and the World after the Terror Attacks” sponsored by the Nishi Nippon Newspaper in Fukuoka, Japan, September 28, 2001. Their talks (given in Japanese) were covered in a half-page story in the Nishi Nippon Newspaper, October 18, 2001.

John Zipp, University of Akron, had his research cited in a New York Times article, January 10. The article, “Economic Scene: The High Cost and Low Benefit of Sports Subsidies,” discussed a deal to issue tax-exempt municipal bonds to subsidize half the cost of building new stadiums.

Caught in the Web

U.S. Census Bureau has recently released data from the Census 2000 Supplementary Survey (C2SS). C2SS was used to evaluate the American Community Survey (ACS) that will be fielded nationally in 2003. Data from the C2SS are available from the Census Bureau website through our “database engine” American Fact Finder (AFF). Data by nativity, citizenship status, previous residence, year of entry, region of birth, and other items are shown for every geographic area in the U.S. with populations of 250,000 or more. Visit the AFF and C2SS websites:, and C2SS data are not yet available from our foreign-born population homepage: However, this page does include data and reports on international migration and the foreign born based on the Current Population Survey (CPS), previous decennial censuses, and the Bureau’s national estimates program.


The 10th Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research will be awarded in 2002. The laureate will be requested to deliver a public lecture before the ISSC General Assembly, during the celebration of its 50th Anniversary in November 2002. Criteria: (1) Submission must be a very substantial and original contribution in comparative social science research; (2) Submission can be either an unpublished manuscript of book length or a printed book or collected works published after December 31, 2000; (3) Candidate must be under forty years of age on December 31, 2002. Requirements: (1) Four copies of manuscripts typed double space or of printed works should be submitted by April 30, 2002; (2) the above should be accompanied by a formal letter of application with evidence of the candidate’s age attached; (3) Submission should be sent directly to the chairman of the jury: Alfio Mastropaolo, Dipartimento di studi politici, Universita di Torino, via Maria Vittoria 19, 10123 Torino, Italy.

Members' New Books

Ivar Berg, University of Pennsylvania, Sourcebook of Labor Markets: Structures and Processes (Kluwer/Plenum, 2001).

Victoria E. Bonnell and Thomas B. Gold, both of University of California-Berkeley (editors), The New Entrepreneurs of Europe and Asia: Patterns of Business Development in Russia, Eastern Europe and China (M.E. Sharpe, 2002).

Lynne Casper, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Suzanne Bianchi, University of Maryland, Continuity and Change in the American Family (Sage, 2002).

Kevin J. Christiano, University of Notre Dame, William H. Swatos, Jr., Association for the Sociology of Religion and Religious Research Association, and Peter Kivisto, Augustana College, Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments (AltaMira Press, 2002).

Levon Chorbajian, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, The Making of Nagorno-Karabagh: From Secession to Republic (Palgrave/St. Martin’s, 2001).

Diana Crane, University of Pennsylvania, with Nobuko Kawashima, and Kenichi Kawasaki (eds.) Global Culture: Media, Arts, Policy and Globalization (Routledge, 2002).

Marjorie E. Donovan, Pittsburg State University, Juan L. Gonzales, Jr., California State University-Hayward, and Harry Humphries, Pittsburg State University, Sociology: Relationships That Make A World, 2nd Edition, (Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2002).

Riley E. Dunlap, Washington State University, and William Michelson, University of Toronto (editors), Handbook of Environmental Sociology (Greenwood Press, 2002).

Cornelia Flora, Iowa State University, Interactions Between Agroecosystems and Rural Communities (CRS Press-UK, 2001).

Mauro Guillen, University of Pennsylvania, The Limits of Convergence: Globalization and Organizational Change in Argentina, South Korea, and Spain (Princeton University Press, 2001).

Douglas Harper, Duquesne University, Changing Works: Visions of a Lost Agriculture (University of Chicago Press, 2001).

Craig R. Humphrey, Pennsylvania State University, Tammy L. Lewis, Muhlenberg College, and Frederick H. Buttel, University of Wisconsin, Environment, Energy, and Society: A New Synthesis (Wadsworth, 2002).

Stanford M. Lyman, Florida Atlantic University, Roads to Dystopia: Sociological Essays on the Postmodern Condition (University of Arkansas Press, 2001).

Roy Todd, University of Leeds-UK, co-editor with Martin Thornton, Aboriginal People and Other Canadians: Shaping New Relationships (University of Ottawa Press, 2002).

Howard Winant, Temple University, The World is a Ghetto: Race and Democracy Since World War II (Basic Books, 2001).

Betty Yorburg, City University of New York-City College, Family Realities: A Global View (Prentice Hall, 2002).

Policy and Practice

Richard Gelles, University of Pennsylvania, testified before the House Select Committee on Education, August 2001, regarding the reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.

Ross Koppel, University of Pennsylvania, is co-principal investigator: introduction of high performance workplace initiatives to Ohio’s government (for the state government and its major union), 2000 to the present.


Wendell Bell, Yale University, was appointed to the Board of Directors, Institute for Global Ethics, whose mission is to promote ethical behavior in individuals, institutions, and nations through research, public discourse, and practical action. He was also appointed to the Scholar Advisory Board for a new television series, The Next Thousand Years, being produced by the Foundation for the Future.

Kathryn Goldman-Schuyler has joined the faculty of Alliant International University as Associate Professor and Director of the College of Organizational Studies for the San Francisco Campus. Kathryn is the Editor of the Newsletter of ASA’s Sociological Practice Section.

Stanford M. Lyman, Florida Atlantic University, presented the Distinguished Lecture for 2001 at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and served as the Hilliard Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Nevada/Reno, November 4-18, 2001.

Willie Pearson, Jr. and Mary Frank Fox, both of Georgia Institute of Technology, have been appointed to the BEST (Building Engineering and Science Talent) Blue Ribbon Panel on Higher Education. The BEST initiative is sponsored by eight federal agencies, led by the National Science Foundation. Pearson is panel leader, and Fox is panel member.

Saul Pelavin is the new President of the American Institutes for Research, succeeding David Goslin.

Thomas K. Pinhey has joined the sociology department at the University of Hawai’i-Hilo.

Larua Salganik, American Institutes for Research, now heads the Education Statistics Services Institute, which works with the National Center for Education Statistics.

William G. Staples has been appointed department chair at the University of Kansas.

Other Organizations

The new Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) office at the University of Akron can be reached in the following ways: voice mail (330) 972-7918; fax (330) 972-5377; e-mail or; U.S. mail Nancy Miller, SWS, University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-1905.


Ivar Berg, University of Pennsylvania, received the Ira Abrams Award for Distinguished Teaching, School of Arts and Sciences, 2001.

Jeffrey Broadbent, University of Minnesota, received the Masaysohi Ohira award for his book, Environmental Politics in Japan: Networks of Power and Protest (Cambridge University Press, 1998).

Robert Bernard Hill, Westat, Inc., received an Adoption Excellence award for his research on family strengths and adoption from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Douglas Harper, Duquesne University, received the 2001 McAnulty College Award for Excellence in Scholarship and the 2001 President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

Cecilia Menjívar, Arizona State University, received an Honorable Mention from the International Migration Section for her book Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America (University of California Press, 2000).

John R. Mitrano, Central Connecticut State University, was honored as the University’s 2001-2002 “Excellence in Teaching Award” winner. The award was in recognition for his “outstanding dedication to teaching that inspires extraordinary learning.”

Doris Wilkinson, University of Kentucky, Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) Past-President has been honored as ESS Senior Scholar. A reception in her honor with eight special guests will be held in March at the ESS meeting in Boston.

Official Reports and Proceedings

2001-2001 Council

August 22, 2001

Present: Richard D. Alba, Elijah Anderson, William T. Bielby, Diane Brown, Michael Burawoy, Linda Burton, Craig Calhoun, Robert D. Crutchfield, Nancy Denton, Arne L. Kalleberg, Douglas S. Massey, Ross Matsueda, Victor Nee, Barbara F. Reskin, Barbara Risman, Lynn Smith-Lovin, Ivan Szelenyi, Pamela Barnhouse Walters

Absent: Paul J. DiMaggio

Staff: Felice J. Levine, Carla B. Howery, Alfonso R. Latoni, Roberta Spalter-Roth, Phoebe H. Stevenson

President Barbara Reskin called the meeting to order at 8:45 a.m.

1. Approval of the Agenda

The agenda was approved as presented.

2. Welcoming Remarks

President Reskin welcomed incoming Council members and expressed appreciation to continuing members for their service to the Association. Reskin indicated that Council would first address some items of unfinished business from the third meeting of the 2000-2001 Council prior to reports from the officers.

3. Report on Committee on Sections

Council member William Bielby reported on the meeting of the Committee on Sections (COS) and the meeting of COS with sections chairs. He indicated that the latter meeting generated healthy discussion. He reported that COS was reviewing the Section Manual and will propose revisions for Council’s review in January. The Committee also discussed the criteria by which sections are being evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively. The Committee reaffirmed the importance of sections in the life of the Association, as an important vehicle for member participation as well as taking on leadership positions.

Bielby reported that COS approved unanimously the section name change request submitted by the Section on Undergraduate Education (SUE). Executive Officer Felice Levine indicated to Council that last February Council delegated to COS to determine whether the change would be acceptable. COS and SUE consulted with the Section on Sociology of Education to explore potential overlaps in substantive interests. The proposed name, Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology, provided a satisfactory proposition for all parties involved. A special membership referendum is planned for this fall to obtain SUE member approval.

Bielby also reported that the group proposing a section-in-formation on Ethnomethodology and Conversational Analysis presented 100 signatures of current ASA members. As per Council’s approval in February 2001 pending the successful collection of 100 required petition signatures, the group has now met the petition requirement to become a section-in-formation.

COS also discussed different incentive structures so that very small sections may disband as formal sections but remain as interest groups and be given opportunities to meet and sponsor sessions at the Annual Meeting. The objective is to provide opportunity for intellectual exchange without the expenses of operating as a full section (such as, election, newsletters, and so forth.) Past Vice President Richard Alba encouraged further investigation of creating alternative entities to provide a forum for small sections to disband and even for “interest groups” to form without necessarily seeking section status. He also stressed that, if such groups are created as a new organizational “form” within ASA, that the ASA would not have to heavily subsidize their activities.

Bielby presented COS’ recommendation to approve the proposed By-Laws for the Labor and Labor Movements Section-in-formation. He indicated that the section-in-formation reached the required 300-member mark during its first section-in-formation year and that COS reviewed and approved the proposed By-Laws. With Council’s approval of the By-Laws, Labor and Labor Movements will become a full section beginning in the 2002 membership year.

Motion: To approve the proposed By-Laws for Labor and Labor Movement. Carried unanimously.

Bielby also reported on COS’ recommendation to better align the Annual Meeting session allocation structure with the 300-membership requirement for sections. Under the current structure, sections with fewer than 200 members receive one session, sections with 200-399 members receive two sessions, and so on. He indicated that COS is considering a revised structure which would further increase the incentive for sections to reach and maintain the 300-member requirement: Sections with fewer than 300 members will receive one session and sections with 300-399 members will receive two sessions. Bielby also briefed Council on COS’ discussion on the possibility of and options for changing the membership count cutoff deadline. Over the years, the September 30 deadline creates the practice of last minute efforts among sections to achieve target membership counts. He indicated that COS would continue the discussion at its winter conference call meeting.

4. Rental of Mailing List and Survey Participation Executive Officer Levine reported that ASA had received a rental request for mailing labels of ASA members for the purpose of including sociologists in a major report that included political scientists and economists in a survey. ASA’s policy is not to provide mailing lists where ASA members would be approached to be research subjects. She and Past President Massey decided to discuss this with Council as a possible exception. In this request, sociologists would be invited to participate in a survey and the outcome of the study could be informative to the general public and social science. Council noted that the study is more for public interest than for scientific research and discussed the rationale for prohibiting such a rental. Both Levine and Council reaffirmed that ASA should remain very careful about releasing members’ contact information for research. Levine also indicated that members have the option of opting out of such inclusion in mailing list rentals for professional purposes. Council cautioned that were ASA to approve this request, many more members might choose to opt out of mailing list inclusion. Council discussed other options, such as using the membership listserv to encourage members to participate in the survey.

Motion: To approve the sale of the mailing list for the specific purpose of approaching ASA members to participate in this survey and to reaffirm the general policy whereby only the Executive Officer under rare circumstances can make or seek approval for an exception. Carried (11 approved; 5 opposed; 1 abstention). President Reskin suggested adding a discussion on sociologists’ access to data on ASA members for research as a topic on the agenda under New Business.

5. Report of the President

Reskin reported on the 2002 Annual Meeting theme and the sessions planned. She indicated that the planning process has moved along very smoothly and that the Program Committee has been working together very productively. She encouraged Council members to recommend new books for the Author Meets the Critics sessions, which have not been finalized.

Reskin briefed Council on her aspiration to offer extended “short-course” workshops for the 2002 Annual Meeting and to introduce a credit-granting mechanism. She indicated that there were a number of possibilities but that she and Executive Officer Levine saw two as most likely candidates. The first workshop is on Teaching Racial Profiling and will provide a more in-depth training component to the plenary and thematic sessions on Profiling Across Social Institutions. Those registering for this workshop will take an extended seminar in the morning, and conclude with an extended session to strengthen the links between research on profiling and disparities and teaching about these issues following the plenary and thematic sessions in the afternoon. The second workshop is on Human Research Protections in Sociology and the Social Sciences. This pre-meeting workshop will cover core issues in the ethics of research with human subjects and will focus specifically on issues and procedures for addressing specific situations more commonplace in the social sciences.

ASA will offer certificates to attendees attesting to the successful completion of these courses. Attendees are expected to pre-register before the Annual Meeting and to complete preparation in advance to reap the benefit of this training. The course on profiling is intended to attract new teachers of sociology who have not yet specialized in this area. It also aims to reach high school and community college teachers who seek training and certification of their knowledge. The course on ethics and human subjects research should attract attendees who want more in-depth training and knowledge than what other general courses or web-based seminars can provide.

6. Report of the President-Elect

President-elect Bielby proposed a slate of members of the 2003 Program Committee: Evelyn Nakano Glenn, University of California-Berkeley; Alex Hicks, Emory University; Joyce Iutcovich, Keystone University Research Corporation; Arne Kalleberg, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Verna Keith, Arizona State University; Felice J. Levine, ASA (ex officio); Ross Matsueda, University of Washington; Ivan Szelenyi, Yale University; David Takeuchi, Indiana University; Fran Winddance Twine, University of California-Santa Barbara; Linda J. Waite, University of Chicago. The Program theme will be on a topic relating to culture. There are many ways to connect many segments of the discipline to culture.

Motion: To approve the 2003 Program Committee as proposed. Carried unanimously.

7. Report of the Secretary

Secretary Arne Kalleberg reported that his transition from Secretary-elect to Secretary went very smoothly and that he benefited from working with Past Secretary Bonner this year. He indicated that his immediate goals are to address the dues decoupling issue and the income categories in the progressive dues structure.

8. Report of the Executive Officer

Executive Officer Levine provided only a short overview since most substantive issues were otherwise on the agenda. She briefed Council on the call for applications for the Integrating Data Analysis (IDA) project recently being funded by the National Science Foundation. Six sociology departments will be selected to participate, beginning with summer workshops in 2002. These departments will work with Census data and other data sets to infuse research training in the undergraduate curriculum.

Levine reported on recent efforts on human subjects protection. She also reported that Paula Skedsvold, a social psychologist and former science policy advisor at the National Institute of Health, will be joining ASA to work on ethics and public affairs in the coming year. OBSSR has provided $75,000 to ASA for a year to defray the expenses incurred for the Social and Behavioral Science Working Group of the National Human Research Protection Advisory Committee (NHRPAC). Levine co-chairs this Working Group.

Levine distributed draft reports on Public Use Data Files, Risk and Harm, and Third Parties prepared by the Social and Behavioral Science Working Group. She reported that the ASA Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE) discussed the drafts at its meeting and that there was also a town meeting session on the topic. She encouraged Council members to review the materials and provide feedback.

9. Membership Outreach

Levine reported on the efforts extended by the Executive Office in membership outreach this spring in response to the lower renewal rates—the membership count in June was nearly 500 below comparable totals from June 2000. All staff members were involved in the outreach efforts and non-renewed members (separated in different target groups) were contacted by customized e-mail messages and personal phone calls. Members were also encouraged to register for the Annual Meeting if they had not already done so.

She reported on her efforts this summer to work with chairs of sections on membership renewal and recruitment. She also indicated that the Committee on Sections (COS) met with section officers to discuss possible outreach efforts to sociologists who may not be members of the Association. The Executive Office will continue to work with sections on membership outreach efforts in 2002 but much earlier in the membership year.

Levine briefed Council on her discussion with department chairs at the Chair Conference about the importance of membership outreach to students and to department faculty in the fall so that new members may benefit from being an ASA member for the full membership year. Levine encouraged Council members and their departments to take advantage of the membership bundling arrangement whereby sociology departments and ASA share the cost of membership for students joining ASA.

10. Report on ASA Publications

Levine reported on the new arrangement with Blackwell Publishers for Sociological Methodology and Sociological Theory. She also stated that as part of the contract renegotiation, Blackwell will be publishing City and Community, the new journal of the Section on Community and Urban Sociology. She reported that, although it is very difficult at the present time to find a publisher willing to assume financial risk of launching a new journal, the timing of the renegotiation of SM and ST helped in arriving at our agreement for City and Community.

2002 Journal Subscription Rates for Institutions and Non-Member Individuals. Levine indicated that institutional and non-member subscriptions rates were raised three years ago and are generally reviewed every two to three years. Given that ASA’s rates are lower than those of other learned societies, a rate increase is prudent. President-Elect Bielby asked whether ASA has information on the elasticity and price sensitivity of institutional subscribers. Levine indicated that the market could absorb such small increase without affecting the number of subscriptions.

Past Vice President Alba asked about the member journal subscription rates especially given the relatively low costs for printing the American Sociological Review. Levine indicated that, while the cost for producing journals might vary, it would be very confusing and to introduce a new price structure at the same time that members were being asked to approve separating base dues from subscriptions.

Motion: To adopt the proposed rates for non-member and institutional subscription rates. Carried unanimously.

11. Committee Appointments

Reskin indicated that, in making committee appointments, efforts were made to ensure that each Committee, to the extent possible and appropriate, has diversity in representation. She presented her lists of nominees for Council’s review.

Council member Calhoun encouraged the Executive Office to utilize the new technology and database to make available to committees making nominations so that membership characteristics, such as employment type, can be readily available.

Motion: To approve President Reskin’s recommendations on committee members. Carried unanimously.

12. Annual Meeting Planning

Janet Astner and Janis Waldner, staff in the ASA Meeting Services Department, joined the Council for the discussion on Annual Meeting planning. Reskin thanked them both for their good work.

Registration Fees for 2002 Annual Meeting. Executive Officer Levine provided an overview of the proposal for a new fee structure, reducing the current three-tier structure (early-bird, pre-registration, and on-site) to a two-tier structure (pre-registration and on-site). Astner indicated that registration fees for the ASA meetings are lower than those of comparable learned societies. The proposed change would simplify the fee structure and yet allow for the Association to increase the fees.

Council engaged in a more general conversation about Annual Meeting revenue and expenses. Council member Barbara Risman asked whether Council would reconsider distributing the Preliminary Program in print copies. Levine stated that the cost involved in producing a print Preliminary Program, which greatly resembles the Final Program (except for information on meeting room location), was close to $90,000 and therefore EOB and Council had voted to eliminate this print publication. She also reminded Council that members wishing to receive a print copy may request one from the Executive Office. Council encouraged the Executive Office to highlight the availability of the print version via announcements in Footnotes and on the website.

Risman raised the concern about the possible change in membership dues structure for 2002 (pending the outcome of the special membership referendum) or the approved COLA increase (which would go into effect with Council’s approval if the referendum failed) while at the same changing the meeting fees. Council asked whether the proposed increase in registration fee is sufficient to cover costs; or more generally, whether revenues from Annual Meeting cover all expenses. Levine indicated that, while revenues cover the direct costs, the net gain of the Annual Meeting to ASA was minimal when indirect costs (such as staff time) were considered.

Motion: To approve the principle of abolishing the early bird registration rates, to ask the Executive Office to devise a rate structure so that the preregistration rate for members would not exceed $100 while adjusting the onsite rates to cover the difference in revenue from the original proposal. Carried unanimously. Site Selection for 2005. Levine indicated that Council needed to decide on a meeting site for 2005 which will allow for a special celebration of the ASA Centennial. Levine noted the importance of easy accessibility of joint hotels and favorable room rates. Extensive information on three cities: New York, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, was shared with Council to guide the discussion on and decision for the 2005 site selection.

Janet Astner, Director of Meeting Services, reported that the 2005 decision might affect ASA’s multi-year contract possibilities. The need to lock in bookings as soon as possible has become more important; conventions are being booked well in advance and the availability of suitable properties for an ASA meeting is more limited now than before. New York could be an option if ASA were to choose New York as part of a multi-year agreement so that the room rates would be below $200 and that there would be concessions from the hotel. New York was presented as an option because it was the location for the first ASA Executive Office. Council inquired about the possibility of moving the meeting dates to earlier in August. Astner indicated that such dates would cut further into the peak tourist seasons with higher hotel rates. Lower rates would be possible if ASA chose to meet over Memorial Day or Labor Day weekends.

Past Vice President Alba asked about accessory costs of these cities, such as catering costs for section receptions. Astner indicated that the costs in New York would be highest, then Washington, and Philadelphia being the lowest. Council inquired about prior attendance in the various cities and to which cities ASA members were attracted. Council also stressed the importance of central meeting places and easy accessibility between co-host hotels so that participants could move easily between sessions; thus, creating a better critical mass. Past President Douglas Massey described the attractiveness of Philadelphia: hotel proximity, easy transportation (by air and train), urban setting, and relatively lower costs.

Discussion on dates. Council discussed the timing of future dates for the Annual Meetings. Some Council members felt that dates in the summer were difficult because of the disruption of family vacations. Some suggested the possibility of the Labor Day weekend as it is a three-day holiday which offered low hotel rates. Others expressed concerns about current dates as they coincide with the start of many elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities, and it is difficult for members to miss the first week of classes. Council member Walters cautioned that some universities hold class on Labor Day. Levine indicated that, in general, holding meetings in August is not family friendly and that August dates are no longer “bargain” time. She raised the possibility of pre-summer dates, such as June. Council was supportive of moving away from August and cautioned about the selection of Labor Day weekend as it conflicts with the start of schools. Council appreciated that it is difficult to be both work-friendly and family-friendly. Council was aware that many members are accustomed to the August dates and that any major change must be for very compelling reasons. Council member Walters proposed the possibility of surveying members for their preferences. She suggested the selection of Philadelphia for 2005 but with earlier August dates. Council member Risman stated that, even if we may not learn anything definitive from members, the process of member involvement in major decision for the Association is very important.

Motion: To hold the 2005 meeting in Philadelphia during the second week in August. Carried unanimously.

Council discussed the possibility of securing another multi-year contract. Levine sought Council’s input because a multi-year commitment at this time may preclude our ability to explore alternative dates. Also, Council discussed the proposal from the Hilton for hosting the 2007 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Walters asked whether Seattle and Vancouver were possible sites. Astner indicated that ASA would need to use convention centers in those cities which would require more financial and human resources. Furthermore, summer hotel rates are high in those cities due to peak tourist season. Risman asked about the schedule whereby Council needed to make decision so that membership could be involved in the discussion. Council felt that an informed discussion of alternative dates should be held when there is more concrete information on the options and the pros and cons for each. Council discussed several options to obtain member preferences, including a survey, an e-mail survey, and a survey piggybacked to the fall referendum. After posing the pros and cons, Council asked for a vote on earlier August dates.

Motion: To continue the Annual Meeting dates during the first two weeks in August. (5 approved, 8 opposed)

Council member Calhoun argued against August meeting time as it interrupts research time and vacation time. Council member Nee spoke against conducting a sample survey and supported the deferral of a decision until the winter Council meeting when the Executive Office could provide more information. Council further discussed options for surveys, for the scope of the questions, including asking members why they do or do not attend. There was consensus that the timing of a survey should not conflict with the special fall membership referendum already planned.

Motion: To gather the opinion of ASA members about meeting dates through the use of a survey, the form of which to be determined. Motion withdrawn.

Motion: To table the discussion to the winter Council meeting and ask that the Executive Office provide information about options, pros and cons so that informed decisions can be made. (14 approved; 2 abstained.)

Levine indicated that she would contact other associations to find out how they went about making a change and report back to Council in January. Council then returned to the discussion of the option to hold the 2007 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. ASA was offered a set of dates for San Francisco but needed to commit as soon as possible; else, the hotel would release the dates held to other interested groups.

Motion: To approve holding the 2007 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Failed. (6 approved, 7 opposed, 3 abstained)

13. Committee Appointments

Recommendations from the Committee on Awards. The Committee on Awards advanced slates of nominees to fill vacancies on the eight award selection committees. Vice President-elect Ivan Szelenyi was concerned about the limited time that Council members were given to review the materials and make a decision. Council was also concerned about members from the same institutions being nominated to the same committee and asked if the “skip rule” would be used.

Motion: To use the skip rule in seating new members, skipping persons from institutions that are already represented. (Withdrawn)

Motion: After applying the skip rule and deleting persons who have accepted appointments to other committees, to refer the list back to the Committee on Awards. (Withdrawn)

Motion: To appoint a subcommittee of Council to review the list (Calhoun, Nee, Denton, Risman). Carried unanimously.

Motion: That all lower ranked persons from the same institution be eliminated (if the first one accepts the nomination) and that the subcommittee be instructed to provide institutional information on ongoing members of each committee. To delegate to the subcommittee the task of reviewing the list, considering nominations from the Committee on Awards and advancing a slate. Carried unanimously.

Recommendations from the Executive Officer for Advisory Panels. Levine presented a slate of nominees for vacancies on the various Executive Office Program Advisory Panels.

Motion: To approve the recommended list for Advisory Panels as presented. Carried unanimously.

Recommendation from the Secretary for the Committee on the Executive Office and Budget (EOB). Secretary Kalleberg presented a slate of names for the one vacant position on the EOB.

Motion: To approve the recommended list as presented. Carried unanimously.

14. Dates for the Winter Meeting

Council agreed to hold its winter meeting on January 25-27, 2002.

15. Information Technology Briefing

Deputy Executive Officer Phoebe Stevenson reported on the successful completion of upgrading the membership database and management system. While the implementation process created expected interruptions to the operations of the Executive Office (such as, the delay in sending out membership renewal reminders), the end results were welcomed by all staff members. Building on these enhancements, ASA introduced a searchable Online Preliminary Program and a personal scheduler for the 2001 Annual Meeting. Other internet related developments include: expanding the Call for Papers program to an Online Abstract and Paper Center (which replaced Paper Sales at the Annual Meeting) and the online audio-visual request system for use by presenters. Looking ahead, we will continue to expand internet-based services that are integrated with the membership database, such as membership application, renewal, publication sales, and meeting registration supported by e-commerce. Levine indicated that the ASA Online Journal Builder Program, built upon Journal Manuscript Tracker, was undergoing beta testing by the editorial offices of ASR and JHSB.

16. Task Force Reports

Task Force on International Focus of American Sociology. The Task Force analyzed the participation of international sociologists from 1965 to the present. They also reviewed the international content of syllabi sets published by the ASA Teaching Resources Center for a range of courses. The Task Force discussed ASA’s involvement in and collaboration with (national) regional sociological associations beyond ISA and the World Congress. The Task Force requested the participation of Council Liaison and asked about the results of an earlier survey about international participation of members. The Task Force will continue its work through the mid-year meeting of the Council.

President Reskin asked what the charges of the Task Forces are and Council’s expectation. Levine indicated that Task Forces had different charges. Some were asked to prepare reports on specific issues in order to brief Council; others were more directed to providing guidance and recommendations. Reskin proposed that when a Task Force report is submitted, the Executive Office liaison and a few members of Council would review the report carefully. The group would then report to Council and recommend actions. Council reaffirmed the value of the task force approach, the importance of clear “charges,” and timely reports that Council would consider carefully.

Motion: To ask Task Forces to include recommended actions for Council to consider as part of their final reports. Carried unanimously.

Task Force on ASA-AAAS Relations. The Task Force made a series of recommendations and viewed that it has completed its charge. Levine proposed that Walters, the Council liaison for the Task Force, and the President and Levine review the recommendations and determine which recommendations should be moved forward. Walters stated that it would take a lot of effort to make inroads into the AAAS. Levine indicated that ASA has been making positive progress in recent years. One possibility is to have section representatives also work as a group rather than solely rely on individuals making inroads into single sections. Task Force on Implications of Assessing Faculty Productivity and Teaching Effectiveness. The Task Force requested an additional one or two members be appointed by September to fill some vacancies. The Task Force was interested in having an in-person meeting in Cleveland. It asked for guidance about human subject protection clearance for some of the research they are conducting. Reskin requested that Levine report back to Council in the winter regarding the human subject protection issue with regard to the Association conducting research using data on membership.

Development Committee and Centennial Committee. Levine briefed Council on the background of the Development and Centennial Committees. Council discussed the importance of each and encouraged their activation.

Motion: To approve the appointment by the President of Development and Centennial Committees. Carried unanimously.

International Sociological Association (ISA). The 2002 ISA meeting will be held in Brisbane, Australia. ASA will be represented by Doug Kincaid, ASA’s representative to ISA. Also, Past President Massey, President Reskin, and Executive Officer Levine are planning to represent ASA. President Reskin will serve on a panel with other association presidents.

17. New Business

Professional Development at the Annual Meeting. Reskin outlined her ideas for more intensive and formal professional development workshops at the Annual Meeting. These workshops would attract attendees, who may or may not otherwise be presenting at the meeting, and would meet the need for continuing education for many colleagues, such as high school teachers, practitioners, and people in aligned fields. She proposed the possibility of ASA offering a certificate for participation in these workshops. In particular, the 2002 Program Committee has planned to have a set of sequenced events on a topic, beginning with a plenary session and followed by breakout discussions and perhaps teaching workshops on that topic. Reskin indicated that ASA would promote such offerings in the Chronicle of Higher Education and other medium that are not normally used to advertise the Annual Meeting.

Council viewed that this innovation as an attractive idea especially for attendees from 2- and 4-year colleges. Further, such “strands” might draw attendees who are outside of the discipline. Howery indicated that the former Task Force on 2- and 4-year Colleges expressed interest in receiving such certification. Furthermore, persons in sociological practice would benefit from these workshops as their employers would consider these Annual Meeting sessions as “training.” Smith-Lovin indicated that high school teachers might be interested in the workshops as some states have requirements (such as, for re-education) and these workshops might be able to meet some of the requirements. Reskin asked whether there are costs to the ASA and Levine reported that the costs would be minimal. Some workshops have modest registration fees to cover cost of materials. She indicated that it is possible for ASA to pay for an extra night needed for the organizer/teacher. Levine indicated that she discussed the possibility with the Spivack Advisory Committee as well as the Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE). The former cautioned that we do not implement too many training workshops all at once but limit the number so we can implement effective programming and promotion. COPE was very excited about the possibility of conducting training workshops on human subject protection. Lynn Smith-Lovin cautioned the scheduling of such sessions as some attendees who are teachers might have started school at that time in August. Sessions could be scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

President Reskin indicated that this new attention to workshops and training makes sense only if it were featured for the foreseeable future, not just in 2002. Council indicated its support of this emphasis.

Motion: To approve enhancing the professional development component of the Annual Meeting and certificates of attendance. Carried unanimously. Committee on Publications. Risman requested the appointment of a task force to reevaluate the structure of the Committee on Publications (COP). She provided a briefing on the structure of the COP before and after the restructuring. Risman and Walters thought that COP and Council’s deliberations and decisions could benefit from input from editors. Alba presented his observation of two events, editors’ view about the selection of the ASR editor, and now, editors’ perception of the dues decoupling. Nee indicated that Council has the talent and skills to address the topic of COP structure and that there did not seem to be the need to form a task force.

Motion: To place this topic on the January meeting agenda. Carried unanimously.

Levine suggested that we would look at models used by other learned societies and inform Bernice Pescosolido, Chair of the Committee on Publications, of Council’s interest in this issues.

18. Program Reports

Minority Affairs Program (MAP). Alfonso Latoni started his report with a brief overview of the Minority Fellowship Program. He focused his remarks on the incoming cohort for 2002-2003; the orientation workshop for this group—thanking Diane Brown for her excellent presentation to the students; and the success of both the session with presentations from minority fellows and the professional development workshop, which was overflowing with attendees. Latoni also gave highlights on the MOST Program, indicating that the Association was entering its last year of this initiative with MOST departments. He noted to Council that considerable time would be devoted to writing a final report and planning for the capstone conference to take place in the late spring.

Academic and Professional Affairs Program (APAP). Carla Howery provided an update and progress report on the activities of the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Project. She emphasized as well that MOST was an important element of the APAP as well as MAP Programs. She also emphasized the importance of the Integrating Data Analysis into the Curriculum Project (IDA) and the extent to which it was an outgrowth of the ASA’s emphasis on working with departments on intentional change. She said that key to APAP for the coming year was a central involvement in the ASA Task Force on the Undergraduate Sociology Curriculum and the Task Force on the AP Course in Sociology. She concluded by noting the success of the Chair Conference held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. Research Program on the Discipline and Profession. Roberta Spalter-Roth highlighted the work on the Research Program and its multi-faceted approach to getting information out on the discipline and profession through Footnotes articles, research briefs, and the ASA homepage. She emphasized the importance of the use of the homepage for making information accessible to a wide number of persons interested in the discipline. She noted that this resource also provided an efficient way for the Research Program to respond to a wide number of inquiries for information. Spalter-Roth indicated that her presentation to the Chair Conference included discussion of the department survey to be fielded in 2001-2002. She said that this survey would be very useful to the Association and its committees; she also noted that it would be an asset for departments to have current information.

Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy. Howery and Levine provided a brief introduction to the work of the Spivack Program. Howery noted that the fellowship component of the Spivack Program was operating successfully and that Congressional Fellow Larry Burmeister had had a very successful experience in Senator Kent Conrad’s office. Levine focused on plans for a Congressional seminar in the fall and spring and that three topics were under consideration. Since the Rose Series would be publishing a book on school to work transitions by James Rosenbaum, a Congressional seminar timed to the release of that volume is planned. She noted as well that attention to the race project and to working with the ASA Task Force on an ASA Statement of Race were important elements of the Spivack Program. Roberta Spalter-Roth and she look forward to bringing both of these efforts to fruition in 2002.

Public Information and Public Affairs. Building upon the written reports, Levine summarized the primary areas of emphasis for both the public information and public affairs programs. She noted the considerable coverage of the Annual Meeting in the media despite the Anaheim location and the lower turnout. She emphasized that the posting of press releases on wire services and an increasing number of journalists working online and remotely have increased media coverage of the Meeting and of the substance of sociology throughout the year. Levine also reported on ASA’s public Affairs activities on behalf of the discipline. She emphasized that considerable attention in the period since January had been devoted to human research protection issues and advocacy efforts on behalf of the human rights of sociologists in China and in Egypt who have been incarcerated and also had their professional work severely limited.

19. 2001 Financial Reports and Budget Analysis

Secretary Kalleberg reported on the 2001 financial reports. He indicated that the current projection was for a deficit of $114,153. The deficit could be attributed to a revenue shortfall of $148,920 due to lower than budgeted income projections for membership dues, subscription, Employment Bulletin listing fees, and Annual Meeting registration. The $50,000 in Editorial Office Support from Blackwell for Sociological Methodology and Sociological Theory which did not materialize this year also contributed to the shortfall. On the expense side, conservative spending in almost all functions of the Executive Office is expected to result in a projected saving of $94,319 for the year as compared to the approved budget. Kalleberg indicated that it is too early to be alarmed at this point until the revenue and expenditure related to the Annual Meeting become available though it would take considerable savings to return a balanced budget by year-end.

20. Report on the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD)

Spalter-Roth reported that ASA obtained a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). FAD received 14 proposals (as compared to 16 in the last cycle) in the current round of competition. She reported that a workshop, presided by Paul Burstein, was held at the Annual Meeting where four former FAD recipients discussed strategies to make proposals more successful. The session was very well attended. It was suggested that short articles be written for Footnotes to feature the winners and their projects.

The FAD Advisory Panel also discussed guidelines for conference proposals.

Council adjourned at 5:30 p.m.


Francesco Cordasco, sociologist and writer, died October 4, 2001.

Nathalie Friedman, Yeshiva University, died October 7, 2001.

Betty Maynard, retired Professor of Sociology at Southern Methodist University, died in December 2001.


Melvin Schubert Brooks

Born in 1913 on a farm near Wapato, Washington, Melvin Schubert Brooks lived a remarkable 88 years. Equally remarkable, his marriage to Lenore Foster Brooks lasted for 65 years. His death on January 6, 2001 followed Lenore’s by only 28 days. He is survived by four children, several grandchildren, and other kin. He made a solid contribution to the discipline of sociology, and his personal life was even richer than his professional life.

Brooks’ career in sociology began during the Great Depression. His interests were in rural sociology, race and ethnic relations, and research methods. In particular he was concerned with examining social problems and injustices with an eye toward amelioration. In 1935 he received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University with high honors. His MS and PhD degrees came respectively from Iowa State in 1937 and the University of Wisconsin in 1941. From 1935 to 1940, he supervised research for the Works Progress Administration in Pullman, Yakima, and Madison. From 1941 to 1956, he was on the sociology faculty at Texas A&M. He received a leave to serve in counter-intelligence within the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. Toward the end of his Texas tenure, he also served for two years as Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School. In 1956 he joined the sociology faculty at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIUC) where he saw the department move from temporary quarters in a large room within the women’s gymnasium, to a former family dwelling adjacent to campus, to new quarters in a campus building designated for the School of Business, and finally to more adequate quarters in a building constructed for the liberal arts and social sciences. He remained at SIUC until his retirement in 1983.

Receiving research grants from local, state, and federal agencies, Brooks’ research concerned a range of social issues and problems: the education of the children of Hispanic migrant laborers in the Southern Illinois area, children’s behavior in families under stress, and the racial attitudes of high school students. Beyond documenting the kinds of attitudes, stresses, and educational problems, Brooks’ research was more nuanced than this list suggests. In his study of students’ racial attitudes for example, he measured not only attitudes, but also each race’s misperceptions of the attitudes of the other, and attitudes about specific forms of discrimination. Moreover, he examined the sensitivity of African-American students to these various forms of discrimination and white student’s misperceptions of African-American’s views on these various forms. He published articles in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and other social science journals. He was a member of several professional organizations, including AAUP, ASA, MSS, SSSP, and the Rural Sociological Society.

Brooks’ affiliations and activities meshed with his social problems concerns as a sociologist. He went out of his way to help minority and international students, not only acting as mentor for several, but also hosting dinners for them in his home when University cafeterias closed during holiday breaks. He was faculty advisor to the Moslem Student Organization for a full decade. Last fall the department’s annual alumni award went to Reginald Petty, an African-American who headed the African branch of the Peace Corps for several years. It speaks well of Brooks that he was the one faculty member with whom Mr. Petty wanted to talk. Some international students have spoken of how Brooks traveled to their home countries or stored their belongings when shipping costs prohibited taking them home. Brooks came from a very musical family. His parents and siblings all played musical instruments, and Melvin played saxophone in his younger days. His middle name, Schubert, incidentally, was given in tribute to Franz Schubert, an ancestor on his mother’s side.

Brooks was active in numerous organizations and activities outside the University. He loved to discuss social and political issues. He was an unabashed liberal, and his organization memberships show this. These memberships include Partners (an organization focused on United Nations issues), the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois, and the Unitarian Fellowship. One channel of expression of his liberal viewpoint was his frequent letters to the editorial page of the town newspaper. These concerned important issues of international relations, arms sales, racism, and the environment. He participated in a bridge club and in athletics as well. He played racquetball and handball with various people around the university, and could still beat the socks off the young graduate students after he passed the age of 65.

Brooks never spoke harshly of his associates and did not complain or seek retribution for even the meanest practical jokes played on him, but always showed respect. He was a gentleman in the very best, and the most literal, senses of the word. Both professionally and personally, he worked quietly to better human lives.

Lewellyn Hendrix, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Robert Murray Hunter

Robert Murray Hunter, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Colorado University-Boulder, died of natural causes on December 22, 2001, in Louisville, CO. He was 68.

Robert was born September 18, 1933, in Lansing, MI, the son of James Robert Hunter and Edna F. Harper Hunter. He married Ellenor Barrie Moore on June 11, 1955, in Boulder. She died on September 26, 1996.

Robert graduated high school from Howe Military Academy in Indiana. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1955 and a PhD in Sociology in 1969, both from the University of Colorado. He had lived in Boulder, CO since 1950.

Robert served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1958. After leaving the Navy, he became a Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado (CU) where he taught for 30 years until his retirement in May 2000. While at CU, he also directed an Internship Program to prepare students for careers in the Juvenile Justice and Adult Community Corrections Systems and other social service careers.

Robert was the Director of the Center for Action Research for the Bureau of Sociological Research at CU since 1986. His Action And Evaluation Research were directed at developing Project PRINCE (Preparing Instructional Teams to Teach Effective Citizenship Education), a law-related education curriculum that brought community police officers into middle and high school social studies classrooms to co-teach students about their rights as juveniles within the U.S. justice system. Project PRINCE, implemented in numerous school districts, locally in the Boulder/Denver, CO area and throughout the U.S., proved to reduce rates of juvenile delinquency. In addition, he served as a Gubernatorial Appointee on the Colorado Council for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention from 1983 to 2000 and to the Law-Related Education Advisory Board for the State of Colorado from 1995 to 2000.

In 1990, he was appointed Chairman of the National Coalition of State Juvenile Justice Advisory Groups in Washington, DC. In 1992, the Society for Applied Sociology presented him with the Lester Frank Ward Distinguished Contributions Award. He was also recognized for his contributions to the National Crime Prevention Council. In addition, he was a longtime Committee Member of the Conference on World Affairs, held annually at CU-Boulder. During the 1960s and 1970s, Robert was involved in directing several research and social service programs. He was Associate Director for the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Education Program and Director of Training, Research, and Evaluation for the Colorado Migrant Council. He was Associate Director of the U.S. Department of Labor New Careers Program for the Oglala Sioux Tribal Reservation, Pine Ridge, SD, which was instrumental in establishing the Oglala Lakota College. He also was Research Director for The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Training And Evaluation Project, University of Colorado Health Services Center in Denver, CO.

He enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking, and music.

Robert is survived by a daughter, Anne-Barrie Hunter of UC-Boulder; a son, Kevin Hunter of Anchorage, AK; a sister, Suzanne Landes of Northport, MI; four grandchildren; and a care companion, Virjean Butler of Boulder, CO. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Allison Hunter, on Sept. 23, 1999.

A memorial service was held January 31 at the Old Main Chapel on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of Boulder County, in care of Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder, CO 80301.

Anne-Barrie Hunter, University of Colorado-Boulder

Natalie Rogoff Ramsoy
(1924- 2002)

Natalie Rogoff Ramsoy, aged 77, died on January 18 in Washington, DC at the Washington Home and Hospice where she had lived since suffering a stroke almost four years ago. She was widely known in her field for her teaching, publications, speeches, memberships, and most particularly as the first Director of the Norwegian Institute for Sociological Research (INAS).

As a young American scholar and researcher at Columbia University, the then Natalie Rogoff had been invited to come to Oslo to help initiate a graduate studies program at the University of Oslo. A Fulbright fellowship was made available to assist her. A remarkable career in Norway developed, and stretched for the rest of her life. She married Odd Ramsoy, a fellow Professor at the University. When the Norwegian government decided to establish an Institute whose studies would support social legislation, Natalie was chosen to head it. Her book, “Norwegian Society” (1973), published in English and Norwegian was widely used as a standard reference work well beyond academia.

During sabbaticals she taught at Harvard University and participated at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Stanford University.

She was a member of the American Sociological Association in Washington and the District of Columbia Sociological Society.

She was a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and of the University of Chicago. She leaves her brother, Mortimer Rogoff of Washington, DC and three nieces, Louisa Thompson of Ellicott City, MD, Alice Rubenstein of Bethesda, MD and Julia Rogoff of New York City and three grand nieces and a grandnephew.

Mortimer Rogoff (first appeared January 23, 2002, in the Washington Post)

John Winchell Riley, Jr.

An honorary degree from Bowdoin College (1972) cited John W. Riley, Jr., as “a rare example of a scholar and a social scientist who has carved out a distinguished career in both the academic world and the business world and who continues to make major contributions to both.” Following three decades as an outstanding professor of sociology at Rutgers University and elsewhere, he took the daring step of deserting academe to join a large life insurance company (The Equitable) as a social scientist where, undaunted, he became a Senior Vice President. Although he was mandated to “retire” formally in 1973, he remained active as an independent research scholar and consulting sociologist up to his death in 2002. Through out his long life his capacity for research-based innovation has benefited social science, industry, and the larger society.

John (“Jack”) Riley ‘s early life provided a secure setting for this career. He was born on June 10, 1908, in Brunswick, Maine, on the kitchen table of his mother, Marjorie Prince Riley. In his boyhood he enjoyed catching six-inch trout (then legal) in local streams; a high school championship on the Brunswick golf course; and a Maine guide license. When he graduated from Bowdoin in 1930, his father the senior John Riley, celebrated his 25th reunion and his grandfather his 50th. Jack’s PhD thesis at Harvard was a systematic study of social life in early Brunswick. Jack and Matilda White, his future wife, had a “hope chest” while they were both in Brunswick High School. They were married in 1931 in Brunswick’s First Parish Church.

Jack’s academic work was both prolific and innovative. He brought the fledgling program in sociology at Rutgers College to a well-earned prominence as one of the major departments in the country. He devoted systematic attention to such hitherto neglected topics as patterns of alcohol drinking and the social meaning of dying and death. He published numerous books and scientific papers on a wide variety of subject matters: aging, research methods, communications, military sociology, and education. Often collaborating with his wife, he strove to reshape attitudes toward aging as not completely determined by biology. As he liked to put it, “People do not grow up and grow old in laboratories, but in constantly changing societies.”

Because of his firm conviction that the sociological perspective could be drawn upon to advance humane causes, he embarked upon wide ranges of innovative activities. During World War II, Jack and two other non-combatants adapted the skills of opinion research under fire on the Normandy beachhead, a feat he later performed again in the Korean War. Similarly, at the Equitable Life Assurance Society in New York, Jack brought sociological insights and findings into the life of the company, wielding his Vice Presidential power over research, advertising, public relations, corporate philanthropy, and a host of other areas. For example, Jack published a book on The Corporation and its Publics, which called attention to the corporate responsibilities in addressing such issues as health, education, housing, and the changing roles of women, minorities, students, and the aged. Here his efforts succeeded in completely altering the company’s agency policies toward women and blacks. Perhaps most powerful of Jack’s influences were exerted through his far flung relationships with national and international organizations which elected him to office, appointed him to their boards, or honored him with awards.

Jack is survived by his wife of 70 years, a physician son, John W. Riley III of Seattle, Washington; an artist daughter, Lucy Sallick of Westport, Connecticut; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives, and a host of former students and professional associates here and abroad. Widely noted were the benefits from his wonderful gifts of wit, wisdom, song, good humor, story telling, critical analysis, problem solving, and creativity.

During the unexplained back pain of his last days, he was attended by incomparable physicians, nurses, and caretakers. His granddaughter, who was with him and his wife when he died peacefully in Mt. Auburn Hospital on January 4, 2002, sang his favorite song to him, “Dona nobis pacem.”

Memorial services to celebrate Jack’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Bowdoin College (The Matilda and John Riley Fund for Sociology and Anthropology) 4100 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011.