January 2010 Issue • Volume 38 • Issue 1

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Council Highlights

At its August 11-12, 2009, meetings in San Francisco, Council welcomed incoming officers President-Elect Randall Collins, Vice President-Elect David Snow, Secretary-Elect Kate Berheide, and four new Council Members-at-Large: Sarah Fenstermaker, Jennifer Lee, Sandra Smith, and Sarah Soule. Pending Council approval and online posting of the minutes, the following is a brief preview of key decisions and information.

2011 Program Committee. Approved President-elect Randall Collin's selection of the following members: Elijah Anderson, Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Elizabeth Bernstein, Daniel F. Chambliss, Myra Marx Ferree, Jerry A. Jacobs, Mercedes Rubio, Erika M. Summers-Effler, David Snow (ASA Vice President-Elect), Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (Secretary), Kate Berheide (Secretary-Elect), Sally T. Hillsman (Executive Officer).

2010 Dues. Affirmed no change in membership and section dues for 2010.

2010 Subscription Rates. Raised Member rates by $5, and increased Institutional rates by 15%.

2010 Annual Meeting Registration. Approved increases of general registration fees for 2010 for full member/non-member categories by $15, for student and related categories (retired/emeritus, unemployed, secondary school teacher) by $5, for guests by $10. Fees for Seminars, Courses, and Employment Service increased by $5.

Contexts. Approved continuation of Contexts for an additional three years (through 2013) and directed the Executive Office to begin a competitive search for a publishing partner, with the goal of eliminating Contexts' financial deficit as soon as possible. Also determined that current and future Contexts-generated deficits be covered from the Spivack Fund.


2008 Audit. Approved the final audit for the 2008 fiscal year (available online at www.asanet.org/about/audit.cfm).

Minority Fellowship Program. Expressed gratitude to the ASA members who contributed so generously to the MFP Leadership 100 Campaign in 2009 by pledging significant support to the MFP for the next five years.

Reports of Standing Committees:

Task Force on Sociology and Criminology Programs. Received progress report that task force conducted a quantitative and qualitative survey of joint department chairs and anticipates delivering a final report in February 2010.

Literacy Standards. Endorsed the ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Anthropology and Sociology Students and recommended that departments of sociology work with their library staff to consider appropriate implementation.

Member Resolutions:

Next Council Meeting. February 12-13, 2010, Washington, DC. Minutes of all Council meetings are available online (www.asanet.org/about/Council_Minutes.cfm).logo_small

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