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Association for Humanist Sociology 1999 Annual Meeting, November 4-7, 1999, Peabody Hotel Memphis, TN. Theme: "Confronting Structures of Power: Theory and Practice for the Twenty-First Century." Send participation proposals (submission form can be downloaded from the conference website) to: Dan Santoro, AHS Program Chair, Division of Social Sciences, 104 Krebs Hall, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Johnstown, PA 15904; (814) 269-2976; fax (814) 269-7255; e-mail; <http://uhavax.>.

The Business and Professional Women's Foundation, the Center for Working Families at the University of California-Berkeley, and the Sloan Foundation, Conference, March 3-4, 2000, Cathedral Hill Hotel, San Francisco, CA. Theme: "Work and Family: Expanding the Horizons." Submitted proposals should represent original work and should not be previously published. For a copy of the full call for papers, which includes submission requirements (submissions must be postmarked by September 30, 1999), registration forms, and hotel information contact: Jennifer Miller, Business and Professional Women's Foundation, (202) 293-1100, x190; e-mail jmiller@ Check the conference website <>.

Eighth International Conference, December 27-31, 1999, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Theme: "Holocaust Studies at the Millenium." Abstracts due September 15, 1999. Contact: Bernard Klein, History Department, Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11235; (718) 368-5417; fax (718) 368-4654.

Georgia Political Science Association Meeting, February 25-26, 2000, Hilton Resort, Hilton Head Island, SC. Theme: "Democracy in the 21st Century: New Challenges and New Opportunities." All scholars wishing to submit proposals for papers and/or panels should send their requests by September 15, 1999, to Michael J. Baun, Department of Political Science, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 31698; (912) 259-5082; e-mail

Georgia Sociological Association 1999 Annual Conference, November 11-13, 1999, Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, GA. Theme: "Honoring the Past; Imagining the Future—Sociologically." Please send general proposals to: Leona Kanter, Department of Sociology, Ogburn Hall, Mercer University, Macon, GA 31207; (912) 752-2937; e-mail

International Women's Conference, February 27-March 03, 2000, New Delhi, India. Theme: "Women's Status: Vision And Reality-Bridging the East and the West." Abstracts of no more than 300 words must be submitted by October 15, 1999. Contact: International Women's Conference, McMaster University, 1200 Main St. W., HSC 3N28; Hamilton, ON, Canada, L8N 3Z5; fax (905) 521-8834; e-mail

Moscow State Linguistic University First International Conference, November 25-26, 1999, Moscow, Russia. Proposed Discussion Points: "Gender as Sociocultural Phenomenon; " "Text and Discourse: Gender Analysis;" "Translation In Gender Research;" "Gender As Biosocial Phenomenon: Psycholinguistic Approach." Submit your applications and presentation abstracts on a floppy disc (Word 6.0/95 or RFT) and a printout, one page 1.5 spaced by September 25, 1999 at the latest. Free publication of abstracts will be provided. Contact address: Alla V. Kirilina, 38 Ostozhenka, Moscow 119837, Russia; tel/fax (095) 246-2807; e-mail gender.mglu@ <>.

National Association for Women in Education, 13th Annual International Conference on Women in Higher Education, January 8-11, 2000, Hotel Inter-Continental, New Orleans, LA. Academic paper presentations highlighting research findings will comprise the majority of the conference. NAWE also supports panel discussions, workshops, interactive and joint sessions. Submissions by students are welcome. All proposals must be postmarked by Thursday, September 30, 1999. Contact: NAWE: Advancing Women in Higher Education, 1325 18th Street NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20036-6511; e-mail <>.

New England Sociological Association 1999 Fall Conference, November 6, 1999, Northeastern University. Theme: "The Sociology of Hate." Proposals are invited for papers, sessions, roundtable discussions, and other presentations. Deadline for submission of proposals is September 24, 1999. Contact: Michael Fraleigh, P.O. Box 1063, Bryant College, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917-1284; (401) 232-6317; e-mail

Pacific Sociological Association 71st Annual Meeting, March 23-26, 2000, San Diego, CA. Theme: "Expanding Sociological Horizons in the 21st Century." Deadline for paper submissions is October 15, 1999. Contact: Michael Blain, 2000 Program Chair, Department of Sociology, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725; (208) 426-1346; fax (208) 426-2098; e-mail Mblain@

Society for Military History Conference, April 28-30, 2000, Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA. Theme: "Korea 1950 and 400 Years of Limited War." The Marine Corps University will host the SMH Conference and seeks proposals for papers and for panels. Proposals to be considered should be no more than one page in length and mailed to the address below no later than November, 1999. Contact: Gordon Rudd, SMH 2000 Coordinator, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University, 2076 South Street, Quantico, VA 22134.

University of Oregon Conference, February 28-March 1, 2000. Theme: "Work, Welfare and Politics." Submit abstracts between 250-500 words, including name and affiliation, title of the paper, description of the contents, and an indication of the research (or other sources of information and expertise on which the paper will be based). Proposals must be submitted by August 9, 1999 to: Terri Heath, Conference Coordinator, Center for the Study of Women in Society, 340 Hendricks Hall, 1201 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1201.


Black Sexuality and the Dialectic of Desire. Editor seeks intelligent, readable, thoughtful perspectives for an edited volume of essays. Will explore a wide dimension of Black sexual culture: the histories, identities, sociopolitical conditions, health issues, folkways and wisdom, myths and stereotypes, practices and taboos, education and development, and diverse orientations (gay/lesbian/bi/transgendered) of peoples of African descent. Particularly interested in Africentric approaches in research, scholarship and therapeutic treatment; personal narratives (cultural reflections, coming of age, coming out, healing, etc.); and examinations of African, European, Caribbean, and other Black populations outside the U.S. Original and previously published works will be considered; no fiction, poetry, or erotica. Scholarly and intellectual contributions are welcomed, provided they are written (or author is willing to revise) in language and vocabulary accessible to a non-academic reading audience. Send typed, double-spaced manuscripts of 7500 words (30 pages) or less in hard copy, a brief biographical statement, and stamped, self-addressed envelope. Presently seeking a publisher for this volume. Preliminary deadline of July 1, 1999 will review pieces to include in a book proposal package. For all other contributions, the deadline for submission is October 1, 1999. For questions, contact editor: Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Fiction Writing Department, Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605; e-mail

Impoverished Working/Welfare Class and the Academy. We are currently seeking submissions for a book length edited collection of narratives of, and theories about, impoverished working/welfare class students and higher education. We are particularly interested in the following topics: stories from poor single mothers accessing undergraduate and/or graduate education; stories from impoverished working or welfare class students; theories of American working and/or welfare class identity; theories demarcating the differences between working and welfare class; contemporary American theories of class identity; and experiences of and theories about teaching class and class consciousness in the academy. Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 1999. Send abstracts and completed papers by mail or electronic submission to: Vivyan Adair, Women's Studies, Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323; e-mail vadair@

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Theme: "Ethics and Faith: The Reality of Absolutes." Deadline January 1, 2000. Send three both-sided copies of: 15-25 page manuscript plus 150-word abstract, typed, double-spaced, in-text citation format, author identification on a separate sheet. For more information contact: JIS Editor, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, 1065 Pine Bluff Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107-1751.

The Journal of International Women's Studies is a new on-line publication of the Susan B. Anthony Women's Center at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA. The journal is being initiated to provide a forum for researchers, activists and students to discuss the relationship between feminist theory and various forms of organizing. The journal seeks both multidisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives, and invites submissions in the form of scholarly articles, student papers, and literary pieces. Submissions should be kept under 15 pages, double-spaced. The journal will be published twice a year, beginning in October 1999. Contact: Diana Fox, Director, Susan B. Anthony Women's Center, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247; (413) 662-5181; e-mail

Media History, an international, interdisciplinary peer-review journal that addresses media and society from the fifteenth century to the present, invites submissions for a special issue on Women's Magazines. Submissions for the Special Issue may address any aspect of any kind of periodical(s) for women. The deadline for submissions has been extended to November, 1999. Submissions or any questions may be directed to: Amy Aronson, U.S. Editor, Media History, 487 13th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215; email

Research in Social Problems and Public Policy (JAI Press) is requesting submissions for Volume 9 (2000), a special issue on the organizational response to social problems. We encourage research-based articles with a solid theoretical foundation. Social problems addressed could include crime and violence, physical and mental illness, poverty, conflict involving gender or ethnicity, and school performance. The organizational responses could range from inter-organizational networks, information technology, and privatization to case management or consumer empowerment. Manuscripts should be about 30 pages in length, double-spaced, and formatted according to the ASA Style Guide. Send two copies with bio and abstract by December 30, 1999 to guest editors Russell Schutt or Stephanie Hartwell, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston, MA 02125-3393; e-mail or

Research in the Sociology of Organizations is pleased to announce the publication of a special issue dedicated to the study of social capital in the context of organizations. In this issue we are interested in papers that explicitly address the positive and/or negative effects of intra- and inter- organizational social networks on organizations. We are specifically interested in papers that study how social networks translate into organization level (positive and/or negative) outcomes. While RSO has a tradition of publishing articles which are both longer and more conceptual than those found in the mainstream journals, standard journal length and strictly empirical papers will be considered as well. We are explicitly interested in both theoretical and empirically oriented papers. All manuscripts will be subjected to double blind review. For more information and relevant references on the topic see <>. Researchers interested in submitting a manuscript for consideration should ubmit four double-spaced copies of their manuscript by November 1, 1999 to: Shaul M. Gabbay, Davidson Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Technion, Haifa 32000, Israel. Those interested in discussing possible submissions can contact the editors at e-mail or R.T.A.J.LEENDERS@BDK.RUG.NL.

The War in Our Schools is seeking submissions for a forthcoming edited volume focusing on schools/schooling as a context for violence. Potential contributors should send a vita, an abstract or completed paper to: John Kovach, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA 19530; fax (610) 683-4246; email:

Women's Community Activism and Globalization: Linking the Local and Global for Social Change. We seek submissions about the links between local organizing efforts, social movements, international politics, and global economic restructuring. Areas of special interest include environmental activism, struggles against violence against women, labor organizing, economic development, indigenous rights' activism among other community-based political activism. We welcome submissions from community activists as well as academics and development workers. Send the title of your paper, name, full address, e-mail and phone number, an abstract of approximately 300 words, and a copy of the paper (if available). Deadline for proposals: August 15, 1999. Deadline for completed papers: December 31, 1999. Contact: Nancy A. Naples, Sociology and Women's Studies, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697; (949) 824-5749; fax (949) 824-4717.


August 2-4, 1999. National Conference on Health Statistics, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC. Theme: "Health in the New Millennium: Making Choices, Measuring Impact." Contact: Barbara Hetzler, NCHS, 6525 Belcrest Road, Room 1100, Hyattsville, MD 20782-2003; (301) 436-7122; fax (301) 436-4233. <>.

August 5, 1999. Group Processes Conference, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL. Theme: "New Horizons and Expanding Domains." Contact: Mary Glenn Wiley, Academic Affairs, University of Illinois-Chicago (m/c 745), 601 S. Morgan, Chicago, IL 60607-7126. <>.

August 12-14, 1999. Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) Ninth Annual Meeting, Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL. Contact: Jorge Pérez-López, ASCE Program Committee Chair, 5881 6th Street, Falls Church, VA 22041; (703) 379-8812; e-mail

August 18-21, 1999. International Society for Intercommunication of New Ideas, Fifth International Congress, Mexico City, Mexico. Contact: Edgar Ortiz, Program Chair, Apartado 21-712, Col Coyoacan, Del Coyoacan, 04000 Mexico, D.F.; (525) 658-1949; fax (525) 658-1949; e-mail

August 20-24, 1999. American Psychological Association 107th Annual Convention, Boston, MA. Contact: Pam Wilenz, APA Public Affairs Office, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; (202) 336-5707; e-mail

October 8-10, 1999. Lamaze International Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Theme: "The Mosaic of Birth." Contact: Linda Harmon, Executive Director; (202) 857-1128 or (800) 368-4404. Visit the Lamaze website <>.

October 14-17, 1999. University of Chicago Center for Gender Studies International Conference, University of Chicago. Theme: "Politics, rights, And Representation: Gender, Racial, and Sexual Equality in The United States, France, and South Africa." Contact: Center for Gender Studies, Judd Hall, 5835 Kimbark, Chicago IL 60637; fax (773) 834-2000; e-mail For a more detailed description of the conference see <http://humanities.>

October 29-30, 1999. California Sociological Association, Tenth Annual Meeting, Berkeley Marina Radisson. Theme: "Work and Leisure in the New Millennium." Keynote speakers: Robert N. Bellah and Scott Coltrane. Contact: Program Chair Carole Barnes, Department of Sociology, California State University, Sacramento, CA 95810-6005; (916) 278-5737; e-mail

November 10-12, 1999. National Social Science Association Fall Conference, St. Louis, MO. Contact: NSSA St. Louis Meeting, 2020 Hills Lake Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020-1018; (619) 448-4709; fax (619) 258-7636; e-mail

November 20-22, 1999. International Conference on Socio-Cultural and Policy Dimensions of Health Care, Singapore. Contact: Conference Co-Chair Stella Quah, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260; e-mail socquahs@ or Conference Secretariat, (65)-874-4989; fax (65)-779-1489; e-mail

March 2-4, 2000. The Rhetoric(s) of Masculinity, Seville, Spain. Contact: Carolina Sanchez-Palencia (; Juan Carlos Hidalgo (; Departamento de Literatura Inglesa y Norteamericana, Universidad de Sevilla, C/. Palos de la Frontera, s/n, E-41004 Sevilla, Spain; fax 954551552.

April 6-8, 2000. 6th Qualitative Health Research Conference, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, Banff Conference Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Janice Morse, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, 6-10 University Extension Centre, University of Alberta, 8303-112 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2T4, Canada; e-mail Website <>.

April 14-15, 2000. The Color of Violence: Violence Against Women of Color Conference, University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. Contact: Andrea Smith, 123 Felix Street, #4, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; (831) 460-1856; e-mail

April 14-15, 2000. State University of New York-Buffalo Graduate School of Education in conjunction with the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender (IREWG), National Conference, The Adams Mark Hotel, Buffalo, New York. Theme: "Urban Girls: Entering the New Millennium." Contact: Urban Girls Conference, Graduate School of Education, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14260.

April, 2000. Fernando Ortiz Symposium on Cuban Society and History, Queens College and Graduate School, City University of New York, Flushing, NY. Contact: Cuba Project/Ortiz Symposium, Queens College, Kissena Hall 217, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11367; e-mail font@troll.; Full description of symposium and other material will be available in an upcoming webpage. <http://www.>

May 4-6, 2000. North American Conference on Sexual Exploitation, Grant MacEwan Community College (GMCC), in conjunction with the Prostitution Awareness and Action Foundation of Edmonton (PAAFE), Crossroads Outreach Services, Catholic Social Services SafeHouse, Edmonton Police Service, Grove Plaza Medical Poundmakers' Lodge, Recovery Counseling Services, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Theme: "Answers and Action: Healing Sexual Exploitation and Prostitution." Contact: Genevieve Jones, Grant MacEwan Community College, (780) 497-5717; e-mail

June 15-19, 2000. XIth International Oral History Conference, Istanbul, Turkey. Theme: "Crossroads of History: Experience, Memory, Orality." Contact: Organizing Committee c/o Arzu Ozturkmen, XIth International Oral History Conference, Bogazici Universitesi, Tarih Bolumu Bebek, 80815 Istanbul, Turkey; +90-212-263 1540, ext. 1544; fax +90 212 257 5017; e-mail; enquiries to e-mail

June 28-July 1, 2000. Head Start's Fifth National Research Conference, Washington, DC. Theme: "Developmental and Contextual Transitions of Children and Families: Implications for Research, Policy and Practice." Contact: Faith Lamb-Parker, Project Director, Columbia School of Public Health/CPFH, 60 Haven Avenue B3, New York, NY 10032; (212) 304-5251; fax (212) 544-1911; e-mail <> or <>.


American Philosophical Society, Research Programs. All information, and forms, for all of the Society's programs can be downloaded from our website, <>. Click on "research grants" on the homepage. Grants are for research only. Eligibility: Applicants may be residents of the United States, American citizens on the staff of foreign institutions, or foreign nationals resident abroad, whose research can only be carried out in the United States. Grants are made to individuals; institutions are not eligible to apply. Specific requirements are given under each listing. If forms cannot be downloaded from the website, they may be requested by mail. Contact: Committee on Research, American Philosophical Society, 104 South 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106; (215) 440-3429; e-mail; include a postal address.

National Humanities Center, 2000-2001Fellowships. Up to 40 residential fellowships are being offered for advanced study in all fields of the humanities. Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent credentials and have a record of publication. Both senior and younger scholars are eligible for fellowships, but the latter should be engaged in research well beyond the subject of their doctoral dissertations. Humanistically inclined individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life may also apply. The average stipend is $35,000, with a few available up to $50,000. In addition to stipends the Center provides travel expenses for Fellows and dependents to and from North Carolina. Contact: Fellowship Program, National Humanities Center, P.O. Box 12256, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2256; e-mail Applicants submit the Center's forms, curriculum vitae, a 1,000-word project proposal, and three letters of recommendation. Applications and letters of recommendation must be postmarked by October 15, 1999. <http://www.nhc.rtp.>.

Rockefeller Humanities Fellowships. Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human rights at Columbia University. The Program invites applications from scholars, advocates, and activists conducting innovative interdisciplinary work on the intersecting themes of sexuality, gender, health and human rights in U.S. and international contexts. The focus is on examining and expanding traditional definitions and boundaries, while acknowledging conditions of inequality, marginality, and post-coloniality. Fellows will receive a stipend, access to libraries, computer facilities, office space and equipment, as well as health insurance. Applicants should have the PhD or an equivalent level of professional achievement, experience, and publication at time of application. Application deadline: January 15, 2000. For further information and application, contact: Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human rights, Division of Sociomedical Sciences, Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 600 West 168 Street—7th floor, New York, NY 10032; (212) 305-5656; fax (212) 305-0315; e-mail rock-sms-sph@columbia. edu; <>.

Social Science Research Council, Sexuality Research Fellowship Program. Provides dissertation and postdoctoral support ($28,000 and $38,000 respectively) for social and behavioral science research on sexuality. Joint application from fellow applicant and research advisor/associate required. Applications for academic year 2000-01 are due by December 15, 1999. For more information write: Sexuality Research Fellowship Program, Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10019; e-mail

United States Institute of Peace invites applications for the 2000-2001 Senior Fellowship competition in the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace. The Institute funds projects related to preventive diplomacy, ethnic and regional conflicts, peacekeeping and peace operations, peace settlements, post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation, democratization and the rule of law, cross-cultural negotiations, U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century, and related topics. Fellows reside at the Institute for a period of up to ten months to conduct research on their projects, consult with staff, and contribute to the ongoing work of the Institute. Projects should demonstrate relevance to current policy debates. The fellowship award includes a stipend, an office with computer and voicemail, and a part-time research assistant. The competition is open to citizens of all nations. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. All application materials must be received in our offices by September 15, 1999. For more information and an application form, please visit the Institute's website at <>, or contact the Jennings Randolph Program, U.S. Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3011; (202) 429-3886; fax (202) 429-6063, e-mail

United States Institute of Peace invites applications for the 2000-2001 Peace Scholar dissertation fellowship competition of the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace. The Peace Scholar program supports doctoral dissertations that explore the sources and nature of international conflict, and strategies to prevent or end conflict and to sustain peace. Dissertations from a broad range of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields are eligible. Peace Scholars work at their universities or appropriate field research sites. Priority will be given to projects that contribute knowledge relevant to the formulation of policy on international peace and conflict issues. Citizens of all countries are eligible, but must be enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the degree except the dissertation by the commencement of the award (September 1, 2000). The dissertation fellowship award is $14,000 for one year and may be used to support writing or field research. All application materials must be received in our offices by November 15, 1999. For more information and an application form, please visit the Institute's website at <>, or contact the Jennings Randolph Program, U.S. Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3011; (202) 429-3886; fax (202) 429-6063, e-mail

Wesleyan University, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cultural Studies. One fellow will be appointed for the academic year 2000-2001 to the Wesleyan University Center for the Humanities. In 2000-2001 the Center will focus on cultural studies with the themes "Reconsidering the Twentieth Century" (Fall) and "Performance" (Spring). The fellow will teach one seminar for undergraduates and will participate in the Center's interdisciplinary program of lectures and colloquia. Candidates must have received their PhD within the last four years and must demonstrate a strong interdisciplinary interest. The award carries an annual stipend of $31,000 plus $500 to support research. Completed applications must be postmarked by November 15, 1999. Contact: Application Coordinator, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459-0069.


American Psychological Association invites nominations for the New Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, recognizing outstanding mid-career research in positive psychology. Four prizes, totaling $110,000, will be given out. Relevant work in all social sciences will be considered. Criteria includes extraordinary talent as a researcher, communicator of ideas, and an altruistic passion to make a substantial contribution to the benefit of others through research of the highest quality or scientific rigor. The application deadline is October 1. Visit <> for details.

Iowa State University. The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics invites nominations for the annual Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics, designed to encourage and reward scholars embarking on significant research in the area of women and politics. The prize includes a $1,000 cash award and travel expenses to Des Moines, Iowa, where awards will be presented October 8-10, 1999 during the seventh annual conference of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center. Scholars at any level, including graduate students and junior faculty members, can apply. Applicants should submit, by July 1, 1999: a detailed description of the research project, including its goals, its relationship to previous work in the field, the methodology employed, and a timetable for completion; a cover letter outlining the researcher's professional interests and experiences related to the project providing mailing addresses and phone numbers; and a current curriculum vita. Awards will be announced by September 10, 1999. Send materials to: Dianne Bystrom, Director, Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, 309 Carrie Chapman Catt Hall, Ames, IA 50011-1305; (515) 294-3181; fax (515) 294-3741; e-mail

In the News

Daniel Bell, Harvard University, was one of the keynote speakers at the symposium celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Suntory Foundation in Tokyo, Japan, April 22. The symposium was broadcast nationally by NHK, a leading broadcasting system in Japan.

Linda M. Blum, University of New Hampshire, had her new book, At the Breast: Ideologies of Breastfeeding and Motherhood in the Contemporary United States, featured in the May 22 New York Times "Arts and Ideas" page.

Lee Clarke, Rutgers University. His book, Mission Improbable: Using Fantasy Documents to Tame Disaster, was featured in Richard Morin's Washington Post column, "Unconventional Wisdom," on May 16.

Abby L. Ferber, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Her article, "White, Jewish, Other" appeared in the May 7 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. She was also interviewed about the white supremacist movement and her new book on Los Angeles NPR, March 9.

Lori Girshick, Warren Wilson College, was on "Conversations," for WCQS, a local NPR station for discussion about women in prison and alternatives to incarceration on May 12.

Michael Kimmel, SUNY-Stony Brook, wrote a letter to the editor on the Littleton, Colorado killings that appeared in the May 6 New York Times.

Rebecca E. Klatch, University of California-San Diego, was interviewed and quoted in the June 6 The Sacramento Bee about "Faith a Rising Factor in Presidential Bids: Candidates Flirt with Church-State Barrier," a discussion of how religion and politics are influencing the presidential campaign.

Harvey Molotch, University of California-Santa Barbara and London School of Economics, co-wrote and served as presenter on a BBC documentary "New York Cleans Up," the first in a three-part series of programs on world cities shown on British television.

Marcy Musgrave, Texas A&M University undergraduate Sociology major and MOST student, wrote an opinion piece for the Dallas Morning News, May 2. Her piece, titled "Generation Has Some Questions," concerns the Columbine shootings and her reflections on values and childrearing practices. Brad Knickerbocker, a writer for the Christian Science Monitor, then picked up the piece and incorporated it into a larger story which appeared May 25.

Mark Oromaner, Hudson County Community College, NJ, published an Opinion Piece in The Community College Times.

Brian Powell, Indiana University, was quoted about the effects of sibling spacing in Newsweek, May 17.

J. Steven Picou, University of South Alabama, was quoted on the social, cultural, and psychological impacts of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska by the Dallas Morning News, March 14; Inquirer Magazine, March 7; USA Today, March 4; USA Today, March 22; Anchorage Daily News, March 22; and the April Men's Journal.

Mark D. Regnerus, Christian Smith, and David Sikkink, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, were featured in a May 1 New York Times article which explored whether a relationship existed between religiosity and attitudes towards the poor.

Barbara Katz Rothman, CUNY-Baruch College, was quoted related to her work on Genetic Maps and Human Imaginations in the New York Times magazine, May 17.

Art Shostak, Drexel University. The magazine Fast Company featured a synopsis of his thinking about a new form of labor organization, a CyberUnion, in its May issue. John Torpey, University of California-Irvine, was interviewed on KFWB radio in Los Angeles about the fate of the Kosovar refugees and the consequences of their loss of identification documents.

Barbara Vinick, Boston University and Veterans Administration, was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today, May 5, and The Boston Herald, May 6, about her research on older stepfamilies.

John Zipp, University of Akron, was quoted in the January 31 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the impact on fans' viewing habits of not having a team in the Super Bowl. His research on the economic impact of professional sports was quoted in the Lakeland (FL) Ledger, March 22 and the Bradenton (FL) Herald, March 1. He was interviewed by CNBC's Business Center on March 18, 1999.


Ronald M. Andersen, University of California-Los Angeles, was awarded an honorary doctorate of social sciences degree by Purdue University on May 15.

Sandra L. Barnes, Georgia State University PhD student, received a two-year Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Her dissertation is entitled, "Attitudes, Behavior, and Social Networks in Poor Urban Neighborhoods: The Impact of Structural Constraints, Culture, and Individual Choice."

William Brustein, University of Minnesota, was one of 25 faculty selected to be a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Chandler Davidson, Rice University, was awarded one of the six George R. Brown prizes for superior teaching given annually to faculty members.

Elisabeth Gabriel, Rice University graduating senior, was awarded a Watson fellowship to study in Spain next year.

Doug Hartman, University of Minnesota, received one of the President's 1999 Faculty Multicultural Research Awards for his research on the impacts of the 1968 African American Olympic Protest movement on the sporting establishment and American culture. His project is called "Golden Ghettos, Part II." Jeremy Staff (sociology graduate student) and John Gipson (undergraduate) served as his research assistants on the project. He also was recently awarded a CURA (Center for Urban and Regional Affairs) grant to continue his research into the politics and policies of Midnight Basketball programs in the U.S.

Won Moo Hurh, Western Illinois University, received the 1999 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award for outstanding scholarly and professional activities.

Jerome Krase, CUNY-Brooklyn College, was selected as the Murray Koppleman Professor for the 1999-2001 academic years. He was also elected department chair by his colleagues for 1999-2002.

Richard Leo, University of California-Irvine, received the Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology.

Elizabeth Long, Rice University, received the Julia Miles Chance teaching award given annually by the Rice Commission on Women.

William C. Martin, Rice University, received the Rice student association's Annual Mentoring Award.

Craig Reinarman, University of California-Santa Cruz, received the 1999 Alfred R. Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Field of Scholarship from the Drug Policy Foundation.

Joachim Savelsberg, University of Minnesota, was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award by the CLA (College of Liberal Arts) Board for his dedication to students and his exemplary teaching ability.

P. Brad Smith, Indiana University, received the University-wide Lieber Award for outstanding graduate student instructor.

Regina Werum, Emory University, received a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for the academic year 1999/2000. She was also recipient of a Spencer Foundation Small Research Grant for next academic year.

The following students and faculty from the University of Minnesota were honored by the Sociology Research Institute: Myra Gomez, Graduate Student Research Excellence Award; Ryan King, Undergraduate Research Excellence Award; Erik Larson, Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award; Mark McCrory, Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award; Kathryn Flynn and Ryan King, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Teaching Assistant Award; Sabrina Osterle and Mary Drew, Outstanding Service Award; Elizabeth Boyle, Reuben Hill Award; Sharon Preves and Monica Johnson, Don Martindale Award; Lori Schabo Grabowski and Hui Niu, Anna Welsch Bright Memorial Research Award; Elizabeth Boyle, Faculty Mentoring Award.

The Spencer Foundation announced the 1999 Spencer Dissertation Fellows for Research Related to Education: Cynthia Cready, Texas A&M University; Lori D. Hill, University of Chicago; Mori Insinger, University of Pennsylvania.


Margaret Andersen, University of Delaware, will spend the 1999-2000 academic year at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University.

Vanessa Barker, and Caroline DeBrovner, New York University PhD candidates, each received a fellowship from the Law and Society Association. This fellowship will support their attendance at the Association's annual meeting.

James R. Davis, St. Peter's College, received his seventh degree on May 26, an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, from CUNY-Baruch College.

Joel Best, Southern Illinois University, is the incoming chair at University of Delaware.

Nicole C. Raeburn, Ohio State University, will join the faculty at the University of San Francisco for a one-year assistant professor position.

Eugene Rosa, Washington State University, has been reappointed the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy in the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at WSU.

Olga Sezneva, New York University PhD candidate, has been awarded a Ford Foundation Summer Research Grant in Gender/Area Studies. This grant will enable Ms. Sezneva to conduct research this summer on the discourse on sexuality in post-Soviet Russia.

David A. Sonnenfeld, University of California-Berkeley, will continue his residence as Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, during the 1999-2000 academic year.

New Books

Barry D. Adam, University of Windsor, Jan Willem Duyvendak, Erasmus University, and André Krouwel, Vrije Universiteit (editors), The Global Emergence of Gay and Lesbian Politics (Temple University Press, 1999).

Henry Barbera, The Military Factor in Social Change (Transaction Publishers, 1998).

Patricia Boscia-Mulé, Long Island University, Authentic Ethnicities: The Interaction of Ideology, Gender Power, and Class in the Italian-American Experience (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999).

Irwin Deutscher, University of Akron, Making a Difference: The Practice of Sociology (Transaction Publishers, 1999).

Michael N. Dobkowski, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Isidor Wallimann, School of Social Work Basel, (editors), The Coming Age of Scarcity: Preventing Mass Death and Genocide in the Twenty-first Century, (Syracuse University Press, 1998).

Francesco Duina, Harvard University, Harmonizing Europe: Nation-States within the Common Market (SUNY Press, 1999).

Thomas J. Durant, Jr., Louisiana State University, J. David Knottnerus, Oklahoma State University, Plantation Society and Race Relations: The Origins of Inequality (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999).

Abby L. Ferber, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, White Man Falling: Race, Gender and White Supremacy (Rowman and Littlefield, 1998).

Samuel R. Friedman, Richard Curtis, Alan Neaigus, Benny Jose, Don C. Des Jarlais, National Development and Research Institutes, Social Networks, Drug Injectors' Lives, and HIV/AIDS (Kluwer/Plenum, 1999); Samuel R. Friedman, Needles, Drugs, and Defiance: Poems to Organize By (North American Syringe Exchange Network, 1999).

Lori B. Girshick, Warren Wilson College, No Safe Haven: Stories of Women in Prison (Northeastern University Press, 1999).

Dirk Kaesler, Philipps-Universität Marburg (editor), Klassiker der Soziologie, two vols. (C.H.Beck, 1999).

Michel S. Laguerre, University of California-Berkeley, Diasporic Citizenship (Macmillan Press/St. Martin's Press, 1998); Minoritized Space: An Inquiry into the Spatial Order of Things (University of California Institute of Governmental Studies Press, 1999).

Joseph Lopreato, University of Texas-Austin (retired) and Timothy Crippen, Mary Washington College, Crisis in Sociology: The Need for Darwin (Transaction Publishers, 1999).

Phyllis Moen, Donna Dempster-McClain and Henry A. Walker, Cornell University (editors), A Nation Divided: Diversity, Inequality, and Community in American Society (Cornell University Press, 1999).

Maurice St. Pierre, Morgan State University, Anatomy of Resistance: Anti-Colonialism in Guyana, 1823-1966 (Macmillan, 1999). Clinton R. Sanders, University of Connecticut, Understanding Dogs: Living and Working with Canine Companions (Temple University Press, 1999).

Robert Schaeffer, San Jose State University, Severed States: Dilemmas of Democracy in a Divided World (Rowman and Littlefield, 1999).

Arthur B. Shostak, Drexel University, CyberUnion: Empowering Labor through Computer Technology (M.E. Sharpe, 1999).

Mark Tausig, University of Akron, Janet Michello, CUNY-LaGuardia, and Sree Subedi, Miami University, A Sociology of Mental Illness (Prentice Hall, 1998).

Henry Vandenburgh, SUNY-Oswego, Feeding Frenzy: Organizational Deviance in the Texas Psychiatric Hospital Industry (University Press of America, 1999).

Other Organizations

Emergence: A Journal of Complexity Issues in Organizations and Management is the journal of the New England Complex Systems Institute, an independent educational and research institution dedicated to advancing the study of complex systems. See the web sites <http://www.emergence .org> and <>. Subscriptions are available from Submissions are sought for issues 4, 5, and 6 (Winter 1999 to Spring 2000).


American Sociological Association Teaching Resources Center is preparing the third edition of Syllabi and Instructional Materials for Courses in Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime. Please consider submitting any of the following contributions: Syllabi and Course Outlines; Assignments for Projects and Classroom exercises; Handouts and other Teaching Aids (Lists of Sources, Charts, Questions); Research and Term Paper Assignments; Recommended Reading Lists and Bibliographies; Recommended Videos and Films (Especially if Annotated). The deadline for submissions is September 30, 1999. For more information or to submit materials (hard copy and disk or electronic copy) contact: Timothy Fiedler, Department of Sociology, Carroll College, Waukesha, WI 53186; (414) 524-7165; fax (414) 524-7139; e-mail tfiedler@carroll1.

Instructional materials and syllabi for Social Change. The editor seeks syllabi, exercises, bibliographies, class projects/presentations, video or audio lists and/or reviews, distance learning, Internet/World Wide Web sources and resources. In addition, working papers, published manuscripts (with the proper copyright and legal niceties taken care of), etc. are also needed.

Deadline: September 1, 1999. Submit your package via a 3.5" diskette in WordPerfect or similar word processing program to: Ken Muir, Department of Sociology and Social Work, 225 Chapell Wilson Hall, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608; (828) 262-2293.

Caught in the Web

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies is now on the web. See <http://www.>.

Resources on South African Higher Education is a one-stop site for U.S. academics seeking linkages and collaboration with South African universities and technikons. The site provides contact addresses for all the institutions, South African papers and briefs on transforming South African higher education, U.S. government programs on South Africa, a definitive list of US and South African study abroad programs for U.S. undergraduates, and general information sources on South Africa. See <>.

The Society for World Sustainable Development webpage can be found at <>

Yugoslavia: a directory of links for monitoring the continued escalation of conflict in the region. <>. Includes daily radio broadcasts from nations such as Russia, Hungary, Britain, and the Czech Republic as well as a live webcam site from downtown Belgrade, updated every 100 seconds, sponsored by I*Net Yugoslavia.

Policy and Practice

William Canak, Middle Tennessee State University and Dan Cornfield, Vanderbilt University, conducted a policy evaluation study of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service's Labor Management Cooperation Grants Program, reviewing data on 200 labor-management committees (1981-96). Details of the final report are available at <>.


Ross Paul Scherer


Rev. Ross Paul Scherer, emeritus professor of sociology at Loyola University Chicago, died at his home in Arlington Heights, Illinois on February 25, 1999, at the age of 76.

After receiving a bachelor of divinity degree in 1943 and a master of divinity in 1946, both from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Dr. Scherer taught at the Chicago Theological Seminary before continuing his studies at the University of Chicago. There he earned a master's degree in social service administration in 1947 and went to work as a caseworker with Lutheran Child Welfare Association. An ordained Lutheran minister, Dr. Scherer also served as an assistant pastor at Windsor Park Lutheran Church in Chicago.

In 1950, Ross joined the faculty at Valparaiso University in Indiana where he taught social work and sociology and studied for his doctorate in sociology which he received in 1963 from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining Loyola's faculty in 1966, Dr. Scherer served as the first director of research operations for the National Council of Churches for three years.

Ross served as chairperson of the Department of Sociology at Loyola University from 1967 to 1969, as graduate program director from 1969 to 1971 and again from 1979 to 1982. He was instrumental in strengthening the department's national reputation in the sociology of religion. He did this both through his published work— such as American Denominational Organization (1980) a study of the dominant organizational forms of religion in the United States, a project that linked Ross' interests in complex organizations and religion _ and through his professional affiliations. Ross was for many years an active member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Association for the Sociology of Religion, and the Religious Research Association where he served as director for four years, as vice-president for one year and as president from 1975-77. From 1966 to 1984, he served in various capacities — as managing, contributing and associate editor — with The Review of Religious Research. Although Ross' primary focus during his career was linking the scholarship of religious institutions with that of complex organizations, in his later years he developed a special interest in the relationship between medicine and religion.

Many of us in the department recall Ross as a gentleman, a gracious and soft spoken colleague, and a one-man "clipping service". A voracious reader of newspapers, professional journals, and newsletters, Ross would frequently mark up and pass along items he thought to be of interest to other faculty or to his students. This sharing of clippings symbolized Ross' thoughtful and perceptive approach to building community and was consistent with his life-long commitments to academic collegiality and religious ecumenism.

Ross retired from Loyola University's faculty in 1990. Although he remained professionally active and continued to provide guidance to several graduate students, he turned much of his attention to the other loves in his life: his family, his church, public affairs, and classical music.

Ross Scherer is survived by his wife, Doris, by his three children, Mary, Rebecca, and Thomas, and by six grandchildren, two brothers, and many colleagues at Loyola who hold him in fond and grateful memory.

Kathleen McCourt, Loyola University of Chicago

David Lee Stevenson


David Lee Stevenson died on March 1, 1999, still a young, vigorous, and productive person, leaving an emptiness that will not soon be filled. The authors of this note of remembrance were both fast friends, but we were particularly close at different times in the life of this rare man, and have written our tribute in two parts.

Stevenson came to Yale from Johns Hopkins in 1973 to begin graduate study in sociology. IA year or two later, he presented himself at my office door and announced in his quiet and yet firm way that he had been measuring me for fit and had decided he wanted to write a dissertation under my direction. He had a shy, almost diffident smile, always on the verge of breaking into laughter, and warm blue eyes so steady and thoughtful in their gaze that it seemed as though they could not spare the time to blink. I think we were friends before the hour was out.

The sociology of education was not much in his mind then. He hoped to do research on the ways working class families came to terms with the breakdown of one of their number. When he first proposed that project to the Department, he gave it the cautious title Tolerance of Deviance: A Study of Psychiatric Patients and Their Families, but as soon as he felt at home with his material (and maybe with us) he called it Living With Madness. No subtitle. He followed the fortunes of twelve families in which a husband and father had been hospitalized and then sent home. It is easy for me to see him even now, sitting in the homes of people who were having more than their fair share of misery, leaning forward with an almost contagious sympathy and asking questions in a soft, measured, understanding voice. It was an exploration into the very heart of things, and it is clear from the transcripts that he was providing solace to the people with whom he was talking in the very act of learning from them.

David was a true student of the sociological perspective, as any reader of his work can readily see, with a mind drawn to the pattern of things rather than to their particularities. My heartfelt letters of reference said:

Mr. Stevenson is going to be an outstanding sociologist. His work is thoughtful, perceptive, intelligent. He has the rare ability to reach out to people, to understand the temper of their lives, and to convert that understanding into meaningful analyses about the larger social order. I know a scattering of sociologists who share his sensitivity for face-to-face encounters in the field, and I know a scattering who share his grasp of the wider contours of society; but I know very few, at any age, who manage a better marriage of the two. Stevenson's field observations are always in the service of broad sociological concerns, and they are always informed by a mind that is both warm and learned, generous and controlled, sympathetic and rigorous. To put that string of adjectives in perspective, let me just say that he is the best I have known in twenty years of teaching in the general areas of mental health and social psychology . . . The linkages of personality and society are his natural subject area. He is a special person with special promise . . .

Words for a gifted young friend about to take his place in the professional world. Words, alas, for an obituary but twenty years later.

The Yale years were followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Sociology and Social Psychiatry at the University of Chicago and by an Assistant Professorship at Oberlin College, and then by service in Washington. During that time his interests shifted to the sociology of education and his everyday working life became focused on policy concerns. During that time, too, he met Phoebe Hsu, and all of us who knew him and loved him can testify that this made all the difference.

Kai Erikson, Yale University

With vitriolic attacks on the state education as the context, David found his way in 1988 to an educational policy job, as a Senior Associate in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), at the U.S. Department of Education. In 1988, at a meeting for the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988-94, I met him for the first time. Sharing common academic and policy interests, we soon became intellectual soul-mates and began a collaborative working relationship that continued over the next eleven years.

A quick learner, with strong interests in reform, David worked at (OERI) on developing a research agenda for one of the few places in the U.S. government that funded basic and policy research in education. He encouraged the federally-funded research centers to undertake large-scale longitudinal projects that would produce scientifically credible results with applicability to national policy.

He was selected to work on the National Goals Project and helped in the development of the National Goals Report: Building a Nation of Learners. Within a year. He became the Deputy Executive Director of the National Council on Education Standards and Testing, working diligently to reshape ways to assess student performance, culminating in the report, Raising Standards for American Education: A Report for the National Council on Education Standards and Testing.

Being a public servant never interfered with David's goal to become a productive first-rate scholar. From 1986 to 1992 he and his co-author David Baker published a series of five articles on parent involvement in Child Development, Journal of Adolescent Research, and Sociology of Education

Another of David's intellectual pursuits looked at how state policies affect the ways local schools organize learning activities and the resulting student performance. In 1991 he designed a project to learn how and why high schools improved or declined, and which ones stayed the same. The last report from these data, "State Education Policies and Changing School Practices: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Study of Schools, 1980-1993," co-authored with Kathryn Schiller, will be published in the American Journal of Education.

After leaving the National Council in 1993, David became Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Education. David sought to improve legislation to bring more resources to poor and underserved populations and to strengthen education standards to raise student performance and teacher quality. Working on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, David spent his time dueling with the legislature and drafting bills, memos, and compromise provisions.

In 1996, David became a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago, where we began the book, The Ambitious Generation: America's Teenagers Motivated but Directionless, a longitudinal study of how teenagers form ideas about college and work. David's last "detail," and perhaps his most challenging political job, was at the While House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he was to develop an interagency research agenda on children and adolescents.

David loved his family—Phoebe and Andrew—and they were the center of his universe. He found joy in his sociological and policy work and the friends and colleagues he interacted with. A patron of the arts and lover of theater, dance, and especially classical music, David fully enjoyed each day, particularly those days that ended with a full red wine, foie gras, magret of duck, and chocolate mousse. Parent school volunteer, avid reader, baseball fan, and bicyclist, David the gardener also found the time to photograph his blooming daffodils. Sensitive, caring, and humorous, he was also passionate about "getting it right." A light shines brightly in our field, symbolizing the rare intertwining of sociological study and policy. David Lee Stevenson is that light showing us that sociological study can be practiced and understood in the policy arena and that its impact will be significant.

Barbara Schneider, University of Chicago

Official Reports and Proceedings

1998-99 Council Minutes

February 5, 1999

President Alejandro Portes convened the Council at 6:30 p.m. at the new ASA Executive Office. Council toured the new offices and then had dinner. Dr. John D'Arms, President of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), made a presentation about opportunities for sociological scholarship grounded in the humanities through ACLS.

Present were: Catherine White Berheide, William T. Bielby, Florence B. Bonner, Paul Burstein, Paula England, Joe R. Feagin, Michael Hout, Nan Lin, Carole C. Marks, Douglas S. Massey, Phyllis Moen, Melvin Oliver, Alejandro Portes, Jill Quadagno, Patricia A. Roos, Linda Waite, Robert Wuthnow

ASA Staff: Felice J. Levine, Carla B. Howery, Edward Murguia, Roberta Spalter-Roth

Absent: Cora Bagley Marrett, Ann Swidler

Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7

1. Approval of the Agenda and the Minutes

The agenda was approved as presented.

The Council approval of the August 1998 meeting minutes was reaffirmed, as per the prior mailed ballot.

2. Report of the President

President Portes reported on the Annual Meeting program for 1999, noting that about 99 percent of the sessions and events are finalized. He described the two plenary sessions, one addressing the transition in world societies and the other on immigration and the remaking of the American mosaic. In addition, there will be a town meeting with Census Director Kenneth Prewitt on the 2000 Census.

He also indicated that plans are underway for a special session memorializing Past-president Mirra Komarovsky who died in January.

Portes thanked the Council and the staff for their preparatory work for this meeting, noting particularly the Subcommittee on ASA Policymaking and Resolutions and the Subcommittee on Committee Restructuring. He also noted his thanks to staff for working with him on exploring the possibility of a development campaign for sociology linking with the ASA centennial.

3. Report of the President-Elect

President-elect Feagin noted that his major task is shaping the 2000 Annual Meeting Program. The Program Committee will meet for the third time following the Council meeting. The program is on target. Two plenaries are slated: one on gender and feminism for the 21st century and the second on racism and anti-racism movements, with invitations out to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and South African President Nelson Mandela. The Committee is also planning a session on race in Washington, DC.

4. Report of the Secretary

Secretary Florence Bonner commented on the success of the building sale and the move. The sale proceeds will be invested and should yield sufficient income to essentially bridge the gap between the long-term lease payments on the new space and what would have been operating costs under ownership. She and Executive Officer Levine will be meeting with an investment adviser to gain some independent guidance over the next several months.

Bonner summarized the reports on memberships and subscriptions, noting that the final membership total for 1998 was again over 13,000 members. The highest growth has been in Student and Associate memberships. Also, ASA shows high retention rates in the upper income category. ASA continues to encourage interdisciplinary memberships, although there were fewer interdisciplinary members in 1998 than in 1997.

Council discussed the Associate member category and how to encourage sociologists to select an appropriate dues category.

Bonner reviewed 1998 Section membership counts. About 60 percent of ASA members are also members of sections, somewhat better than two on average. She reported that overall 32 percent of section memberships are held by students, which mirrored the general membership where 31 percent are Student members. Many sections are actively engaged in promotional campaigns to attract new members.

Bonner also reported on the final 1998 institutional subscriptions to journals. She noted that there continues to be a slight downward trend that has been generally observable since 1996. In 1998, there was a small reduction of institutional subscriptions for all journals with the exception of Contemporary Sociology. The Executive Office is looking at new ways to track subscribers and work with the major subscription agencies. Bonner noted that Employment Bulletin (EB) revenue from subscriptions has declined as expected, but that the primary revenue from EB was from listing fees, which have increased.

Bonner provided a brief overview of ASA's investment portfolio. She pointed Council to the favorable report that shows the excellent returns on ASA investments. Bonner also described the session with Fiduciary International (ASA's investment management firm) at the meeting of the Committee on the Executive Office and Budget (EOB). She concluded by reiterating that special attention was being devoted to the investment strategy for the proceeds of the Executive Office building sale.

5. Report of the Executive Officer

Executive Officer Levine noted the recent grant from The Ford Foundation for $485,000, in support of the Minority Opportunities Through School Transformation (MOST) Program. She also indicated that the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health was providing $10,000 to defray the cost of the science writers workshop on families, youth, and children's well-being, jointly convened by ASA and OBSSR.

Levine gave the Council an update on the sale and relocation of the Executive Office. She noted how helpful it was to have Secretary Bonner in Washington, DC, and thanked Bonner for all her help. Levine also thanked Phoebe Stevenson for her outstanding work in coordinating the move and the financial analysis for this transition.

In reviewing the staff and year, Levine emphasized that the presence of Roberta Spalter-Roth and Edward Murguia has expanded ASA'S sociological capacity on staff and enhanced our programmatic work.

Levine reviewed the participation of Department Affiliates. Currently 266 departments are affiliates, receiving CHAIRLINK and other publications, as part of this special relationship with ASA.

6. ASA Membership

Emeritus Membership Category. Portes provided background on the Emeritus member category and Council's decision last August to reinstate the Emeritus category, in part based on the results of a survey of lapsed Emeritus members. Because the Emeritus category was eliminated through a referendum in the election ballot, Levine indicated that ASA legal counsel advised that the membership vote on a referendum to amend the ASA By-laws to reinstate this category. Levine reiterated the Motion that Council passed in August 1998: "To re-establish the Emeritus membership category for persons who have been ASA members for at least ten years and are retired from their primary employment, with such members receiving Footnotes but no journals as part of this membership."

Motion: To amend the ASA By-laws through a referendum in the 1999 ballot to permit reintroducing the Emeritus membership category. Carried.

Membership Dues for Year 2000. Secretary Bonner and Executive Officer Levine reported on the EOB discussion of membership dues for the year 2000. EOB believed that it would be useful to undertake a review of the dues structure and in particular the cafeteria plan option for selecting journals (which includes a no journal option). Since this review will be undertaken in 1999, EOB recommended to Council that the usual COLA increase not be assessed for 2000. Council discussed the pros and cons of raising dues, even by the cost of living adjustment, for the 2000 membership year. Council members concurred with EOB that holding the dues at the 1999 level for 2000 would signal to members an interest in keeping dues affordable.

Motion: To hold 2000 membership dues at the 1999 level in lieu of a COLA increase. Carried.

Interdisciplinary Membership Initiatives. The Section on Occupations, Organizations, and Work submitted a proposal to Council to consider an interdisciplinary membership arrangement with the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA). The Executive Office agreed to make the appropriate contacts.

7. Report from Subcommittee on ASA Policymaking and Member Resolutions

Portes summarized the background that led to the appointment of a Council Subcommittee on ASA Policymaking and Member Resolutions. The Subcommittee was asked to review current policy on ASA policymaking and member resolutions; to potentially propose new guidelines to Council; and to identify a wide range of ways for the membership to express their views to Council outside of the resolution process.

Roos summarized the work of the Subcommittee. She emphasized that the Subcommittee sought to prepare a report and offer guidelines that would define the scope of ASA policymaking and help members know how to pursue their policy interests.

Council responded positively to the Subcommittee report and engaged in extensive discussion about the proposed guidelines and their merits. Council members emphasized the importance of feedback from members. They stressed the need for such feedback, noting that last year Council's review of committee restructuring suffered from moving along quickly without the benefit of an Annual Meeting to discuss the issue. There was consensus on having a lengthy comment period. Portes indicated that he planned to include the topic on the Annual Meeting Business Meeting agenda.

Overall, Council members were very enthusiastic about the report and recommended policy guidelines. They thought the report provided a solid analysis of the issues and usefully addressed the range of ways members could link sociology to social policy in areas beyond the scope of ASA's policy pronouncements. Council members thought, however, that the document should be modified so that examples were only contained in the narrative and not in the specific guidelines for resolutions being proposed. They believed that the examples might be interpreted as exhaustive rather than as illustrative and, accordingly, they sought to modify the proposed language of the report.

Motion: To eliminate the examples from the guidelines and to change the language on "Guidelines from the Membership on Resolutions to ASA Council" to read: "Resolutions must pertain to (a) issues that advance and protect the discipline of sociology, or the larger scientific community, or (b) the ASA's internal operations as described in its Constitution and By-laws." Carried (15 yes; 1 no).

Council also discussed whether the report should more fully define the meaning of "internal operations." Council members believed that the scope and intent of the language was meant to include the work of the Association and activities the ASA embraced. There was a difference in view as to whether examples would be helpful.

Motion: To include examples of how ASA conducts its internal affairs involving matters such as personnel, finances, or contracting with vendors. Failed (4 yes; 8 no).

Council returned to the issue of feedback from members. They decided to frame a resolution that would fully convey to the members the status of adopting these guidelines and Council's interest in member input. The following resolution passed with overwhelming support.

Motion: To support the new guidelines for the scope of ASA policymaking and member resolutions as set forth in its Subcommittee report, as amended by Council; to call for a broad comment period from the membership through September 1999; and to reserve a final determination and formal adoption of any new guidelines until Council's winter 2000 meeting when member feedback can be fully discussed and considered. Carried (14 yes; 1 no).

Feagin asked about the final section of the Subcommittee report ("VI. Final Thoughts") which noted that Council is not absolutely foreclosed from taking policy positions outside of the Association's province "on an issue of grave and compelling importance to society." The final paragraph of the proposed draft leaves open the possibility of responding under exceptional circumstances. Council discussed whether this statement should be left as is or whether it should be formalized as part of the "Proposed scope of Council policy pronouncements" (as section IV, 1[c]).

Several Council members spoke against changing the report to explicitly allow for ASA policy on "grave and compelling issues" because it would essentially return ASA to the original challenge of deciding on which issues to speak. They noted that, as individuals, sociologists have the opportunity to express their concerns in other ways or to voice these concerns through advocacy organizations related to an issue.

Motion: When an issue of grave and compelling importance to society arises, the Council may make a policy pronouncement if it determines this is in the public's best interest and in the best interests of the discipline. This resolution would include deletion of the final two sentences in the Subcommittee document and the addition of this language as item 1(c) in Section IV of the report. Failed (2 yes; 11 no; 1 abstain).

President Portes thanked the Subcommittee and especially Chair Patricia Roos for this work.

8. ASA's Role in Advocacy Research

Portes summarized the background of the petition signed by 38 sociologists expressing concern that ASA was taking an advocacy position in publishing the book, The Realities of Affirmative Action in Employment, or in the Executive Officer's Footnotes editorial about the book project. Levine described the Spivack Program's initiative on affirmative action, which began with a research workshop of experts examining the empirical work on the topic. Barbara Reskin was the leader of this project. After the workshop and drawing on its findings, Reskin wrote the monograph that ASA published.

There was extensive discussion of the petition. Council members observed that many of the petition signatories were not ASA members and that they did not seem well informed about the contents of the book or the nature of Spivack projects. Council member Bielby emphasized that the Spivack workshop on this subject brought together social scientists with substantial peer-reviewed and published work on the topic, and that the goal of the project was to assess this knowledge, not to advocate for one point of view or another.

Council thought it was important for ASA members to understand the distinction between products of the Spivack Program or other ASA programs and the Association's official position on specific issues as determined by Council.

Council member Waite suggested that Footnotes might include a summary of Spivack goals and procedures, publications, and so forth so that members can have a context to evaluate this letter.

Portes emphasized that part of the misunderstanding is that ASA Council did not make a policy pronouncement about affirmative action in the workplace and that Council is the only body that can make such a statement on behalf of the Association. The Spivack-sponsored publications do not reflect Association policy. Levine emphasized that decisions on publishing products of the Spivack Program are based on reviews by the Advisory Panel and by external peer reviewers and that Council is not involved in endorsing these works.

Council reaffirmed that it has been impressed with the work of the Spivack Program over the years. Council members supported the Association's continuing to undertake workshops, briefings, and other initiatives on issues of social importance where there is substantial social science research.

Motion: To acknowledge receipt of the materials from Professor Tomasson, to recommend the petition be published in Footnotes, and to ask the Executive Officer and the author of the Spivack report on The Realities of Affirmative Action in Employment to prepare a response for publication in Footnotes, including a description of the Spivack Program and how it operates. Carried.

Executive Officer Levine and President Portes indicated to Council that future publications of the ASA would make clear that these products do not reflect the official position of the Association. This is a practice followed by other associations and organizations such as the Russell Sage Foundation.

9. ASA Sections

Update on Committee on Section Activities. Levine summarized the current activities of the Committee on Sections (COS). She emphasized that COS is responsible for guiding the Association on the administration of sections to include the creation and continuation of sections, advising Council on section policies and procedures, and serving as liaison between sections and Council. COS held its winter meeting by conference call and advanced a number of pieces of business for Council consideration.

Section Membership Discount. The Mathematical Sociology Section has requested discounted dues structure for members of multiple sections. EOB and COS recommended against offering such a plan, as it might adversely affect the finances of the Association and sections themselves. While the gain to the member is clear, it is hard to see how multiple memberships are financially beneficial to the Association and how the discount could be absorbed.

Motion: To support the recommendation of EOB and COS to maintain the current section dues structure and not to introduce discount features. Carried.

Proposed Change in Fiscal Year Cycle by Section Officers. Several sections suggested that section budgets should change to operate on a Fall-to-Fall fiscal year. The rationale for the proposed change links to the change of section officers at the Annual Meeting. Bonner summarized the difficulties of having sections operate on such a fiscal year and noted that EOB did not support a change.

One issue is how to get members to join in August so that they will be "counted" as part of the current year for purposes of the next year's session allocation for sections. One strategy discussed by EOB is to introduce a pro-rated dues amount at the Annual Meeting to encourage new members to join for the remainder of the current year (August-December).

Motion: To support EOB's and COS's recommendation to retain the Association's fiscal year on a calendar year basis. Carried.

Section Awards. Council considered the requests from section officers to be able to confer "Honorable Mentions" for section awards and to confer as many awards as they wished. From the agenda materials, Council was aware that both the Committee on Sections and the Committee on Awards believed that sections should be able to confer as many "Honorable Mentions" as they wished, though they thought sections should be cautious not to overuse this designation. Council agreed that sections should continue using this designation, but that names should not be published in Footnotes, as is current policy. On the issue of sections conferring more than three awards, Council concurred with the reasoning of the Awards Committee that the current policy of a maximum of three awards (with one being for students) was sound and maximized the value of these honors.

Motion: To continue current policy on section awards. Carried.

Holding of Multiple Section Offices. COS reported on the concern of some sections that individuals were holding offices in several sections, or running for office in several sections. COS concurred that this practice did not spread around the honor and opportunity to serve and put substantial work on a few individuals.

Motion: To support the Committee on Section's recommendation that a member can only stand for election for the chair-elect position in one section in any given year. Carried.

Motion: To support the Committee on Section's recommendation that a member can only serve as chair of one section in any given year. Carried.

Council raised concerns about communicating these decisions and the rationale to the section officers, especially because of the annual turnover in section leadership. Secretary Bonner and President Portes indicated that they would be attending the COS meeting with section officers and would aim to do so.

Composition of the Committee on Sections. At the COS meeting with section officers, section representatives recommended that the COS be increased from six to nine members, with the three additional members elected from among section chairs. All members of COS would have staggered three-year terms.

Council affirmed the importance of COS members having demonstrable section leadership experience, but thought that designating slots might create false distinctions between COS members. Also Council members thought that the specific proposal would be difficult to implement. Council decided to first vote on the Motion proposed by the section officers and, if defeated, to introduce a subsequent Motion that addressed what seemed to be at the heart of their proposal.

Motion: To have the Committee on Sections composed of nine members, three ASA Council Members-at-large, three appointed by the President, and three elected among section chairs. The three elected members from section chairs would represent sections of different size. It is understood that persons will be section chairs when they begin their term. Defeated (5 yes; 10 no).

Motion: To retain that the current configuration of the COS and to instruct the President to nominate members to the COS who have had active section experience, and, whenever possible, are former section officers. Carried.

Council concluded its discussion by returning to the issue of size of sections, especially small sections where the minimum requirement was increasing from 200 to 300 members in the fall of 1999. Council members thought that it was important to reassure the smaller sections of the centrality of section vitality in any determination about the future of a section. They noted that membership numbers below 300 would not per se jeopardize the status of a section that was otherwise engaged in important work.

Proposed Section-in-formation on Economic Sociology. Council discussed the proposal for a new section on Economic Sociology and the recommendation of COS that the section be approved.

Motion: To approve Economic Sociology as a section-in-formation. Carried.

Quadagno asked for an update on the proposed section on Society and Animals. Portes reported that he received a request for a session at the 1999 meeting and has approved this session.

Council member Waite, who is incoming section chair for the Family Section, raised an issue of new business pertaining to the Annual Meeting program of sections. She described a situation, where papers were submitted under the open call for both the regular family session and for a section session, but the regular session organizer proceeded with asking for additional sessions without checking with the section session organizer. Additional sessions were added to the program, when papers might have been first considered by the section session organizer. Levine indicated that this situation needs to be coordinated and watched.

10. Report from ASA's Subcommittee on Committee Restructuring

Waite summarized the work of the Subcommittee on Committee Restructuring undertaken this fall. She noted that the Subcommittee reviewed reports from the former standing committees and considered their recommendations for task forces. Pursuant to Council's charge, the Subcommittee report focuses on recommendations for the first set of task forces and also sets forth recommended work plans and charges for the status committees.

Waite briefly noted that the report recommended that Council establish five task forces. She indicated that other ideas might merit task forces at some future point, but that these five constituted a substantial agenda and seemed to reflect themes that cut across a number of committee reports and recommendations. The following five Task Forces were proposed: Task Force on The Implications of Assessing Faculty Productivity

Task Force on the Articulation of Sociology in Two-Year and Four-Year Sociology Programs

Task Force on Current Knowledge on Hate/Bias Acts on College and University Campuses

Task Force on the International Focus of American Sociology

Task Force on ASA/AAAS Relations

Waite also reminded Council that the four "status committees" were being continued, but with the aspiration that they would have a more specific charge relating to the Association or the discipline and that these committees and Council should work more closely. She noted that the status committees would be reviewed in five years to evaluate how they fit in relation to the Association's goals in these areas. She indicated that the Subcommittee on Committee Restructuring sought to identify an initial charge and tasks for the status committees that built upon the committees' reports and yet could yield a tangible product after two years.

Waite briefly overviewed the Subcommittee's recommendations for status committee activities. The Subcommittee recommends that the Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Sociology and the Committee on the Status of Women in Sociology collaborate on an "analysis of leadership opportunities for minorities and women in the ASA." The Subcommittee also recommended that these two committees (possibly also jointly) undertake a "report on the presence and roles of women and racial and ethnic minorities in sociology." In addition, the Subcommittee recommended that the Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities in Sociology undertake two activities: "a report on the status of disability scholarship in the discipline" and a "review of ASA accessibility issues." Finally, the Subcommittee recommended that the Committee on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People in Sociology also undertake an assessment of the scholarship on gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues.

Although some status committees asked for budgets, Waite indicated that the Subcommittee on Committee Restructuring recommended that only modest administrative budgets be provided with no midyear meetings. The budget might be about $1500 per group for the two-year period. Were a status committee to identify work that requires a large allocation, a budget request and substantive justification should be reviewed and approved by Council.

Council member Berheide asked how new task forces get proposed. Levine noted that any member or group (e.g, section) can propose a task force. The process for doing so will be made clear in Footnotes. Moen urged extensive publicity efforts to enable members to become involved under this new structure. Council members agreed that it was important to reach out to sociologists across academic and other work settings. Council noted that four of the proposed task forces focused on academic concerns and urged the Subcommittee to consider issues that might be germane across occupational and work spheres of sociology.

Motion: To ask the Subcommittee on Committee Restructuring to consider the possibility of fora for occupational and professional areas of sociology and to report back at the next Council meeting. Carried.

Council discussion focused on the proposed Task Force on the Implications of Assessing Faculty Productivity. Some Council members wondered if the Subcommittee was recommending this Task Force because of a potential threat to academic autonomy. The Subcommittee clarified that, while there have been challenges to the academic workplace in recent years, there were also opportunities for creative rethinking in higher education, and this Task Force could play such a role. Council was drawn to this Task Force but believed its scope should also include teaching effectiveness as part of examining workload and performance. The Subcommittee concurred and modified the title to include "Teaching Effectiveness."

Motion: To approve the task forces as outlined in the Report of the Council Subcommittee on Committee Restructuring and to approve the charges specified for the status committees in the Report of the Council Subcommittee on Committee Restructuring. Carried.

Portes thanked the Subcommittee especially chair Linda Waite for the hard work.

Portes asked about the process of constituting the task forces. Levine indicated that there would be a broad open call to the membership through such means as Footnotes and the ASA homepage. Nominations, including self-nominations, would be considered by the Subcommittee. The Subcommittee will prepare a slate of nominees for each task force to be reviewed and voted on by Council in June. Members of Council can also make recommendations to the Subcommittee.

11. Annual Meeting Preliminary Program

Secretary Bonner reviewed the increasing costs of the Annual Meeting and ways to achieve efficiency and economy, particularly with Annual Meeting-related publications. In particular, she asked for feedback about the Preliminary Program and how it might be "delivered" differently. Not only could information be placed on the homepage, but perhaps parts of the Preliminary Program could be put in Footnotes or as fax-on-demand, and so forth. Some Council members expressed concern about members having access to electronic sources and about getting the registration, hotel, and transit information in a timely way. Others commented that by the time the Preliminary Program appears, most members know whether they are coming to the meeting and thus that it is not a promotional piece. Council thought that perhaps preliminary information could be less detailed and noted that currently the Preliminary Program is so similar to the Final Program. EOB will address the issue in June and report to Council at its August meeting.

12. ASA Committee on Publications

Bonner reported that Committee on Publications (COP) meeting was very effective, including a joint session with the editors. The main item of business was to review editor candidates for three ASA journals: American Sociological Review, Sociological Theory, and Teaching Sociology.

Motion: To consider separately the ranked lists of journal editor candidates for each journal. Carried.

Council began with a review of the candidates for Teaching Sociology.

Motion: To approve the ranked list of editor candidates for Teaching Sociology. Carried.

Council then discussed the candidates for Sociological Theory. Council was briefed on the Committee on Publications discussion about the journal and concerns about its focus. In additional to having articles about theory, the new editor will be encouraged to solicit theory articles, including theory in a number of sociological specialties.

Motion: To approve the ranked list of editor candidates for Sociological Theory. Carried (14 yes; 0 no; 1 abstain).

The final editorship appointment was for the American Sociological Review. (ASR). After extensive discussion of the qualities sought in the ASR editor, and the place of the journal in the ASA publications portfolio, some Council members recommended returning the list of candidates to the Committee on Publications. Other Council members thought that Council should proceed, as specified in the ASA By-laws which charges Council with the responsibility of electing an editor from a list of nominees to which Council may add or delete names. Council continued to deliberate about the process, with some members maintaining that there was insufficient time for adequate consideration of the candidates and the issues.

Motion: To approve the ranked list of the editor candidates for the American Sociological Review. Failed (6 yes; 7 no; 2 abstain).

Motion: To table the recommendations of the Committee on Publications for the editorship of the American Sociological Review. Carried (10 yes; 0 no; 2 abstain).

Secretary Bonner provided further information about the Committee on Publication's discussion of ASR and the many strong candidates who applied. Council discussed the candidates, criteria for the editor role, the focus of ASR and the new "perspectives" journal, and the merits and strengths of candidates.

Motion: To approve a Council-recommended choice for editor of ASR from among the candidates considered by the Publications Committee. Carried (8 yes; 5 no; 1 abstain).

Motion: To approve an alternate candidate for editor of ASR from the Publications Committee's ranked list. Carried (9 yes; 3 no; 1 abstain).

After these actions, Council returned to a general discussion of relevant information for the selection of editors, and asked that this topic be placed on a future agenda for additional discussion.

Update on New Journal and Editor. Bonner indicated that the open call and solicitation for editors for the "New Perspectives" journal had generated a pool of possible candidates. COP felt that it needed to extend the deadline for the submission of proposals for the editorship. The expectation is that the editor candidates will be reviewed by COP in August, with recommendations presented to Council at its August meeting.

Committee on Publications' Report on the Publications Portfolio. Council responded favorably to the Committee on Publications' Report on the Publications Portfolio and discussed in detail the proposed new guidelines and the criteria for launching new publications, including those sponsored by sections. While Council members thought that the criteria were valuable, they wished to ensure that the criteria be viewed as necessary but not sufficient for establishing a new journal. Levine indicated that the intent was to review new journal proposals, whether ASA-wide or section-proposed, in light of the entire publication portfolio and how a proposal fit into the mix.

Council considered intellectual viability in the mix of ASA journals to be key. Vice-president Roos suggested adding to the preamble language that would send a signal that proposals would be assessed in terms of the overall mix of journals as well as intellectual strengths and financial capacity of any one journal. There was strong support for making this clear at the outset.

Council drafted the following language to add to the preamble of the document:

. . [the guidelines] are designed to guarantee the ongoing vitality of ASA's publications program by ensuring that the range and mix of journals that the Association owns and supports over time are publications of the highest quality and cover the full intellectual range of the discipline. In considering the establishment of new journals or the retirement of ongoing journals, the Publications Committee and Council anticipates giving careful attention to the role of each journal in the Association's publications portfolio.

Motion: To add language to the preamble of the Publications Portfolio Report, as presented. Carried.

Council also addressed the criterion of financial viability. If ASA received a number of very strong proposals, some Council members were concerned that it would be difficult to choose among them, taking into account the financial and organizational implications. Others noted that section journals have to operate at no net cost to the Association, and thus few sections would likely advance such a proposal because it would need to be an add-on to section dues. Levine agreed that section-sponsored journals would not be included as a journal choice with dues. Yet. she noted that the proposal is consistent with overall ASA policy designed to give sections more autonomy and guidance.

Motion: It is assumed that any section-sponsored journal would operate at no net cost to the Association. Carried.

With respect to section-sponsored journals, Council members raised the concern about start up costs and when the "no net cost" requirement would apply. They noted that the Association has appropriated considerable funds and time for the "New Perspectives" journal. Levine indicated that, while ASA would own all journals, unless ASA were the journal publisher for a new journal, ASA would not bear the start up costs.

The final issue for discussion centered on a possible additional criterion of scholarly use and demand as part of the formal procedure for evaluating the viability of ASA-wide and section-sponsored journals.

Motion: To add language related to scholarly use and demand so that the evaluation included measures of the number and pattern of citations, scholarly use, and demand. Carried.

Motion: To accept the Publication Portfolio Report as amended. Carried.

13. Financial Guidelines for ASA Journals

Secretary Bonner continued the discussion of the financial viability of both present and any future journals by reporting on EOB's discussion of the Association's journal portfolio. She indicated that, at its January meeting, EOB had passed a resolution reaffirming the guideline that journals should be self-supporting (for new journals after a reasonable period of time). EOB recommended that Council adopt the following: "ASA journals are expected to operate at least on a break even financial basis. New journals will be expected to meet this standard after a period to be determined by the Committee on Publications and Council (typically five years)."

Motion: To support EOB's recommended resolution on the financial guidelines for all ASA journals. Carried.

14. Long-term Fund Raising

President Portes raised the possibility of a long-term fundraising strategy (tentatively titled "Sociology for the New Century") for the Association that would go beyond the celebration of the centennial (in 2005). Portes discussed the value of developing a sizeable reservoir of resources that would enable the Association to undertake important programmatic work. He cited the example of the Spivack Program that was able to be established by virtue of a substantial gift. Responding to the materials provided in the agenda book, Council discussed the kinds of initiatives that could be pursued or enhanced with substantially more funding. Council noted that priorities such as the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline could be extended in scope and size of support with higher levels of funding. Council members were positive about the illustrative idea in the agenda materials of creating a new Center for Sociological Research at the Executive Office, that would bring fellows to Washington to work on their own research and on ASA programs linking sociology to science or social policy and that would yield products publishable by ASA.

Portes stressed that he wants to launch a credible and compelling campaign to form an endowment for important work in sociology. He asked for Council feedback on fundamental idea as well as specific details. Portes proposed the following steps: identify visible, impressive, and committed chairs for the campaign; convene a small meeting to design its organizational structure and initial strategies; identify concrete initiatives to which members might donate funds; and connect some of the initiatives to current ASA projects, such as the Minority Fellowship Program or the Congressional Fellowship.

Council provided generally positive feedback about the ideas presented. The consensus was that it is important to learn from universities' fundraising experiences, including the value of a "general fund" as well as specific funds. Further, Council members noted that campaigns often have very large sums of money committed before public announcement of such a campaign. Levine described the American Political Science Association centennial campaign as one model.

Council member Oliver mentioned the opportunities to approach foundations. He thought that ASA has a strong reputation with training minorities scholars. He believed that international work would be another option to attract foundation money. He suggested developing three or four themes to leverage in the foundation world.

Vice President Roos added the importance of getting individual faculty members committed to the initiatives. Council discussed the possibilities for wealth transfer through wills, insurance beneficiaries, and so forth. Council also emphasized the importance of reaching out to members for good ideas for themes for fundraising. The consensus was that, while most gifts will come from a small group of members, it is important to involve a wider group, to engage in outreach to non-elite members, and to show the benefit of the campaign to all members of the Association.

Motion: To endorse the general principle of the long-term fundraising campaign for the Association and to ask for the appointment of a planning group to identify initiatives and themes for an effective fundraising effort. Carried.

15. Report from the Task Force on Community College Sociology

Levine reviewed the history of the Task Force on Community College Sociology, which submitted a report to Council in January 1998. Council asked the Task Force to prioritize its recommendations and report back in February 1999. Council discussed the report and recommendations. One recommendation asked for a more permanent committee or caucus on community college sociology. Because Council has transformed standing committees into a task force system, this recommendation did not advance. Council members, however, noted that they had in earlier business approved one of the recommended task forces that deals with the articulation between two- and four-year programs.

The five recommendations from the Task Force are: (1) to have a permanent structure to address the concerns of community college sociologists; (2) to diversify ASA leadership to include more community college representation; (3) to support the professional work of community college sociologists in continuing education and conferences; (4) to promote a positive image of community colleges as a place of employment and education; and (5) to award certificates of completion to community colleges sociologists for attendance at ASA workshops and sessions.

Several Council members felt that a number of the recommendations were currently in place in the Executive Office, or that they easily could be implemented. For example, Howery indicated that certificates are provided by ASA for workshop attendance, upon request. She noted, however, that the availability of such certificates could be announced more prominently.

Council member Hout noted that there might be some important data gathering needs on issues that especially affect community college settings, e.g., faculty teaching out of field; itinerant teaching (adjunct and part-time); transfer of credits.

Berheide suggested that one way to continue to be attentive to the needs of colleagues in the community college setting is to ask the "status committees" to look at workplace location. She also encouraged future ASA Presidents to appoint a community college sociologist to the Program Committee and to involve other community college sociologists in all areas of Association governance.

Motion: To expand the charge to the status committees to include data collection on the leadership roles in the Association to include information on the workplace location (e.g., sociologists at two- and four-year colleges, sociologists employed outside the academic workplace). Carried.

Howery reported on the substantial efforts by ASA made at the Annual Meeting to faculty and chairs from community colleges. Over the past five years, since the inception of a separate chair conference at the ASA Annual Meeting, targeted efforts have been directed to community college chairs.

Council asked that the Executive Office communicate Council's apprecitation to the Task Force, noting that some of these recommendations are being pursued and that Council is interested in encouraging sociology and sociologists at community colleges. Council thought both the new Task Force and explicitly indicating that the status committees should focus on sociology in all work settings were further indicators of Council's commitment.

16. Executive Office Program Reports

Minority Affairs Program. Edward Murguia, Director of Minority Affairs, summarized the highlights of the Program. He noted that this year the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) celebrates its 25th anniversary. Under the program, 208 Fellows have completed their PhDs and 62 Fellows are currently enrolled in graduate work in sociology. The stipend level for Fellows will increase by about $3,200 a year beginning in the 1999-2000 academic year (to $14,689). The deadline for the NIMH grant renewal is expected to be in the spring, with likely an application for five more years of funding.

Murguia also summarized the current activities of the Minority Opportunities through School Transformation (MOST) Program, a joint effort of the Minority Affairs and Academic Affairs Programs. Especially with the enhanced support from The Ford Foundation, the MOST effort is moving forward productively. Eighteen departments are involved, eleven of which are more progressed in their planning and will be participating in the coordinators conference in late February. Each has submitted an action plan to implement the five core MOST goals, and will be eligible for direct support from the recent Ford funding.

Academic and Professional Affairs Program. Carla Howery presented the highlights of the Academic and Professional Affairs Program. She noted four key initiatives: collaboration with the Minority Affairs Program on MOST; a book on the peer review of teaching; activities on preparing future faculty; and review and improvement of the ASA's career and teaching publications. The 6th Annual Chair Conference will focus on evaluation of faculty, students, and programs. In terms of preparing future faculty, the American Association of Colleges and Universities has a pending proposal for a national project that would include sociology as one of the target disciplines; if funded, ASA would select departments with which to work on graduate student preparation in teaching and awareness of faculty opportunities in two- and four-year institutions.

Spivack Program in Applied Socail Research and Social Policy. Howery continued with a current update on the Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy. The key project underway is the Race Initiative where analysis and writing are well underway. The Spivack Program will also hold several briefings in the next year, likely on social security, homelessness, and community building. The Issues Series now has three volumes based on three Spivack events. A fourth volume, on immigration, will be published in the spring. The monograph The Realities of Affirmative Action in Employment, continues to be well received. In response to Council questions, Howery noted that the Spivack Advisory Panel helps identify topics for briefings and reviews the publications of the Program. The Committee also assists with the selection of the Community Action Research Initiative grants and the Congressional Fellow.

Research Program on the Discipline and Profession. Roberta Spalter-Roth summarized key activities in the Research Program on the Discipline and Profession. The data from the PhD Tracking Survey are being analyzed to examine the early career paths of the 1996-7 cohort of PhDs. A preliminary report on some of these data will be ready by the Annual Meeting. Also Spalter-Roth noted that the data from the surveys of graduate departments (done in tandem with the production of the Guide to Graduate Departments) continues to be used for research briefs on various issues relating to the academic workplace. These research brief reports have been published in Footnotes and are also disseminated as reprints to departments and to others interested in higher education trends. Also, the Program continues to analyze secondary data, e.g., National Research Council degree production data, and to respond to requests from members and other groups. Lastly, she noted that the Program will be assessing the design, sequencing, collection, analysis, and dissemination of research with benefit of an Advisory Panel.

Public Affairs and Public Information. Levine described ongoing activities in Public Affairs and Public Information. A significant amount of effort has focused on Census 2000, where Levine is a member of the Advisory Committee as well as the subcommittee drafting the report. Other key projects include final input to the NSF Data Infrastructure Initiative, extensive comment on the restructuring of peer review at the National Institutes of Health, and work on potential challenges to data sharing policies on Federal grants (by making accessible all forms of federally-funded data through the Freedom of Information Act). She noted that Census Director Kenneth Prewitt would be featured at a town meeting on the Census at the 1999 Annual Meeting.

17. 1998 Budget Reports, Analysis, and Review

Bonner provided an overview of 1998 revenue and expenditures, noting the projected small surplus instead of the deficit originally budgeted. Council reviewed the 1998 report, and affirmed that the budget was on target.

18. 1999 Proposed Budget

Bonner provided a brief summary of the 1999 budget, as recommended by EOB, and indicated her interest in entertaining questions. Levine noted that, with the building sale, expenditures changed from maintaining buildings and grounds to covering office lease payments. She also noted that the budget covered those relocation and furniture expenditures that would be incurred in 1999. Council members asked about journal editorial office costs and differences among the various editorial offices. They asked that the next budget report include detailed information on the costs of each of the editorial offices.

Motion: To approve the 1999 budget. Carried.

Motion: To approve the 1999 Spivack operating budget from the Spivack restricted fund. Carried.

Motion: To amend the Spivack budget to increase the Congressional Fellowship stipend to $15,000. Carried.

Motion: To authorize Secretary Bonner to allocate resources from the Rose Fund restricted account up to the amount requested by the Rose editor. Carried.

19. Follow up Business

Student Forum. Council received an update on the progress of the Student Forum, which was approved in August 1998 to enhance the professional life of students in the Association and the discipline. The Forum has transitional officers in place, will be holding a travel award competition in the Spring to fund travel to the Annual Meeting, and will convene a business meeting at the Annual Meeting.

Report from the Advisory Panel on the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD). The Subcommittee of Council that comprises the Advisory Panel for FAD reviewed 29 proposals. Four projects and three research conference proposals are being recommended for funding.

20. Adjournment

The Council adjourned at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 7.

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