The website address for the survey of doctoral students being conducted by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students was listed incorrectly in the January 2000 issue (page 3). The correct address is: survey.nagps.org.
Call for Papers
American Folklore Society 2000 Annual Meeting, October 25-29, 2000, Columbus, OH. Theme: "Contesting Concepts of Culture." Deadline for submission for proposals: April 15, 2000. Consult the AFS web site www.afsnet.org for proposal submission and meeting registration information. Contact the Meeting Committee Chair: John Roberts, African and African American Studies Department, Ohio State University, 486 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210-1335; e-mail email@example.com.
26th Annual Conference on Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, October 12-15, 2000, Washington, DC. Theme: " Art, Culture and Policy: Prospects for the 21st Century." Co-sponsors: Americans for the Arts and the Center for Arts and Culture. Please submit a panel proposal or a paper title and 100-word abstract by April 1 to: Center for Arts and Culture, attn: STP&A Conference, 401 F St. NW, Suite 334, Washington, DC 20001; (202) 783-5277; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justice Studies Association 2nd Annual Conference, May 31-June 2, 2000, Ramada Inn, Albany, NY. Theme: "Confronting Processes and Institutions of Power: Where Restorative Justice and Social Justice Meet." Contact: Dennis Sullivan c/o Justice Studies Association, 14 Voorheesville Avenue, Voorheesville, NY 12186; (518) 765-2468; e-mail email@example.com.
University of Minnesota-Duluth Interdisciplinary Conference, September 28-30, 2000, Duluth, MN. Theme: "The Bonds Between Women and Water." Abstracts due April 15, 2000. Contact: Women and Water, University College Duluth, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 251 Darland, 10 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812-2496; (218) 726-6296; fax (218) 726-6336; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.d.umn.edu/women_water
West Coast Group Processes Conference, May 20, 2000, Santa Barbara, CA. The conference aims on having an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and findings on groups. Graduate student presentations and work in progress are most welcome. Please register by May 1 and provide a paper title if you want to make a presentation. Contact: Noah Friedkin, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106; (805) 893-2840; e-mail email@example.com.
American Journal of Economics and Sociology, October 2000 special issue. Theme: "City and Country." 200-250 word abstracts must be sent no later than July 1, 2000. Contact: Laurence S. Moss, Editor, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Babson College, Mustard Hall, Babson Park, MA 02457; fax (617) 728-4947; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disability Studies Quarterly invites submissions for the summer 2000 issue on "Hidden Disabilities." Manuscripts are due no later than April 1, 2000. For questions and submission guidelines contact: Lynn Schlesinger, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Plattsburgh State University of New York, 101 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901; (518) 564-3004; fax (518) 564-3333; e-mail Lynn.Schlesinger@Plattsburgh.edu.
Journal of Sport and Social Issues. Theme: "Children, Sport, and the Politics of Value." The target date for this issue is the second half of 2001. Abstracts due: September 5, 2000. Contact: Dan Cook, University of Illinois, 104 Huff Hall, 1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign, IL 61820; (217) 333-6380; (217) 244-1935; e-mail email@example.com.
Journal of Women's History is soliciting articles for a special issue on "Women and the State." We seek manuscripts on a broad range of topics, such as gender and citizenship, connections between private life, civil society, and the state, gender-specific public policy, women as elected and appointed officials, women and electoral politics, women and international governmental organizations, and gender in political language. The issue will appear in early 2002. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2000. Send four one-sided, double-spaced copies of your manuscript (no more than 10,000 words, including endnotes) to: "Women and the State, " Journal of Women's History, c/o Department of History, Ohio State University, 230 W. 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210-1367; (614) 688-3092; fax (614) 292-2282; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Passages: Journal of Transnational and Transcultural Studies invites submissions for a number of upcoming special issues. The themes include border studies, transnational sexualities, cities and globalization, conquest and culture. Send inquiries and submissions to: Mohammed A. Bamyeh, Editor, The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University, 715 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-6806; e-mail email@example.com.
Qualitative Sociology seeks submissions for a special issue on "Methodological Rules in Qualitative Sociology." The guest editors of this issue will write an introduction that attempts to distill, based on the manuscripts accepted for publication, the methodological rules that influential works of qualitative sociology routinely follow and/or ignore. Graduate student contributions are encouraged. Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2000. Contact: Jeff Goodwin and Ruth Horowitz, Department of Sociology, New York University, 269 Mercer Street, Room 446, New York, NY 10003; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
Sociological Focus, the official journal of the North Central Sociological Association, will publish a special issue on "Religion in America" in May 2001. Authors should submit papers to: James D. Davidson, Guest Editor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 1365 Stone Hall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN†47907 by June 1, 2000. Papers will be reviewed in the summer, and preliminary publication decisions will be mailed by the end of August. Final drafts are due by November 1, 2000, with final publication decisions being made by December 1, 2000.
April 27, 2000. 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, MayagŁez, Puerto Rico. Theme: "The Undergraduate Student's Contributions to Applied Social Research." Contact: 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, MayagŁez Campus, P.O. Box 9266, MayagŁez, PR 00681-9266.
April 29, 2000. New England Sociological Association 2000 Spring Conference, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT. Theme: "21st Century Sociology: Past Themes and New Directions." Contact: Judith Lawler Caron, Department of Sociology, Albertus Magnus College, 700 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511-1189; (203) 773-8566; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 17-18, 2000. Summer Learning and the Achievement Gap: First National Conference, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Sponsored by Teach Baltimore, the Open Society Institute and Johns Hopkins University. Contact: Monica M. Boulay, EduSpeak, P.O. Box 31326, Tucson AZ 85751-1326; (520) 298-8680; fax (520) 298-8799; e-mail EduSpeak@aol.com.
July 28-29, 2000. Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. For more information visit www.iats.com under Conference Schedule.
August 11-12, 2000. Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Contact: Matt T. Salo, 5607 Greenleaf Rd., Cheverly, MD 20785; (301) 457-4992; e-mail Matt.T.Salo@ccmail.census.gov or email@example.com.
September 18-21, 2000. 8th International Social Justice Research Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel. Contact: Dahlia Moore, Department of Behavioral Studies, College of Management, 7 Y. Rabin Avenue, Rishon Letzion, 75190 Israel; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.colman.ac.il/behave/justice2000.
October 3-6, 2000. International Sociological Association, Fifth International Conference on Social Science Methodology, Research Committee on Logic and Methodology, Cologne, Germany. For information and e-mail registration access the web page www.za.uni-koeln.de/rc33. Contact: Joerg Blasius, Zentralarchiv fuer Empirische Sozialforschung, University of Cologne, Bachemer Str. 40, D-50931 Koeln, Germany; e-mail email@example.com.
October 12-15, 2000. Social Theory, Politics and the Arts 26th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. Theme: "Art, Culture and Policy: Prospects for the 21st Century." Contact: STP&A Conference, 401 F St. NW, Suite 334, Washington, DC 20001; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 19-22, 2000. Society for Utopian Studies 25th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia. Contact: Nancy Sloan Goldberg, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Middle Tennessee State University #79, Murfreesboro, TN 37132; (615) 898-2281; fax (615) 898-5735; e-mail email@example.com. www.utoronto.ca/utopia.
October 20-21, 2000. California Sociological Association 2000 Annual Meeting, Mission Inn, Riverside, CA. Theme: "The Uses of Sociology." Contact: Jonathan H. Turner, Department of Sociology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521; e-mail Jonathan.Turner@ucr.edu.
November 15-19, 2000. Association for Humanist Sociology Conference, Riverview Hotel, Covington, KY. Theme: "Bridging the Rivers that Divide: Humanist Sociology, Allied Groups, and Common Ground". Contact: Chet Ballard, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 31698; (912) 333-5491; (912) 333-5943; fax (912) 333-5492; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. AHS website www.humanistsoc.org.
November 18-20, 2000. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity Conference, Washington, DC. Contact: Nicholas Steneck, Office of Research Integrity, 5515 Security Lane, Suite 700, Rockville, MD 20852; e-mail email@example.com.
Boston University. The Gerontology Center invites applications for two pre-doctoral and two post-doctoral NIA funded traineeships in multidisciplinary aging research. Appointments are for two years starting September 1, 2000. Applicants need not have an extensive background in aging research but should be planning to focus on some aspect of social gerontology.†Post-doctoral applicants must have completed their doctorate in a sociobehavioral discipline or related field prior to final appointment. Applicants holding doctoral degrees in social work, public health, or medicine are also encouraged to apply. Pre-doctoral applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate work and be either enrolled in or planning to attend†Boston University for the doctorate.†Pre-doctoral†stipends are $14,688 plus Boston University tuition; Post-doctoral stipends $27,720-$32,700 plus tuition for one four-credit course. Applications are due by April 15, 2000 for traineeships starting September 1, 2000.†Contact: Karen S. Johnston, Educational Coordinator, Boston University Gerontology Center, 53 Bay State Road, Boston MA 02215; (617) 353-5045; fax (617) 353-5047; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana University. Applications are invited from new and recent PhDs for postdoctoral Fellowships in the training program on Identity, Self, Role, and Mental Health. Training focuses on self and identity as they relate to the phenomenology, onset, and course of mental health problems, and to the processes through which those problems come to be recognized and treated. Stipends begin at $26,256 and increase with prior experience. To apply, send a current vita, three letters of reference, published or unpublished papers, and a brief description of relevant research interests and plans, to: Jane D. McLeod, Director, Training Program in Identity, Self, Role, and Mental Health, Department of Sociology, Ballantine Hall 744, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Deadline for applications is April 5, 2000. Funds pending final NIMH approval.
National Institute on Aging (NIA) is seeking small grant (R03) applications in specific areas to: stimulate and facilitate the entry of promising new investigators into aging research, and encourage established investigators to enter new targeted, high priority areas in this research field. This (R03) Program provides support for pilot research that is likely to lead to a subsequent individual research project grant (R01) that is focused on aging and/or a significant advancement of aging research. Instructions and information can be found at: grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/modular/modular.htm and www.nih.gov/nia/.
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation International Grant Program. All grant applications due April 1, 2000. (1) Basic, Clinical and Translational Breast Cancer Research: intended to foster investigations into the cause, treatment, prevention and cure of breast cancers; offers grants of up to $250,000 over a two-year period. (2) Dissertation Research Award: for doctoral candidates in the fields of health and social sciences to conduct dissertation research on breast health and breast cancer. The program offers funding between $20,000 and $30,000 over a two-year period. (3) Imaging Technology: designed to fund research and develop methods for early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. The program offers funding of $125,000 annually for two years. (4) Population-Specific Research Projects: for innovative projects addressing breast cancer epidemiology within specific populations at risk for the disease. The focus of the program is to identify unique needs, trends and barriers to breast health care among populations such as African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Native American, Lesbian, Low Literacy and other defined communities. The program offers funding of up to $75,000 annually for a two-year period. (5) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research, Public Health or Epidemiology: Grants will be given to fund postdoctoral fellowships in the areas of breast cancer research, public health or epidemiology. The program is intended to encourage young scientists to begin a career in breast cancer research or to support continued independent investigations in breast health and breast cancer. The program offers funding of $35,000 annually for three years. Applicants must be sponsored by a principal investigator from the same institution. (6) 2000 Brinker International Awards for Breast Cancer Research: Two awards will be given to honor outstanding individuals for their achievement in the field of breast cancer: one in basic science and one in clinical medicine. The awards will recognize outstanding work that has advanced basic research concepts or affected clinical applications in the field of breast cancer research, screening or treatment. Each award includes a $10,000 honorarium, a citation and an inscribed, limited-edition crystal statuette designed by Tiffany & Co. For more information call (888) 300-5582, e-mail email@example.com or visit the Foundation's Web site at www.komen.org.
National Council on Family Relations. The Feminism and Family Studies Section is seeking applications for two awards: The Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Paper Award and The Outstanding Research Proposal from a Feminist Perspective. For the complete call for submissions, please send a request to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (541) 737-1087. The deadline is April 15.
In the News
James Austin, George Washington University, was quoted in a Washington Post article in January 16 on the debate about the reasons for falling crime rates in the U.S.
Anthony Cortese, Southern Methodist University, was interviewed by Fox News on two separate occasions, about his book Provocateur, and on Mexican women migrating to U.S. through international matchmaking organizations.
Samantha Friedman, George Washington University, was quoted in an article on immigrants and public housing in the January 26 Newsday.
Cedric Herring, University of Illinois-Chicago, was a featured guest in January on PBS affiliate WTTW-TV's "Chicago Tonight" to discuss racial profiling and discrimination.
Peter Kivisto, Augustana College, was interviewed on NBC affiliate KWQC about Illinois Governor George Ryan's decision to impose a moratorium on the death penalty following the highly publicized release of 13 men who had been convicted and sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit.
Aliza Kolker, George Mason University, was cited in an article on December 13 in The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) about prenatal testing.
Maxine Lubner, LaGuardia Airport College of Aeronautics, was featured in the November 21 Dateline NBC on the psychological evaluation of pilots in the light of the EgyptAir disaster in November.
Jack Nusan Porter, University of Massachusetts-Lowell and The Spencer Institute, was extensively interviewed on television and print media regarding the upcoming trial of Michael Skakel, the Kennedy relative charged with the murder of Martha Moxley.
Richard Sobel, Harvard University, was quoted in an October news story and November editorial in the Chicago Tribune about the Clinton plan for access to medical records.
Martin K. Whyte, George Washington University, was quoted in an article on the February Atlantic Monthly about the problems of workers in China.
Ron Aminzade, University of Minnesota and Elizabeth Perry, Harvard University received a $20,000 grant from the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs for an interdisciplinary conference on "Contentious Politics in the Developing World," to be held Fall 2000 at Harvard University. Papers from the conference will be published in the Cambridge University Press series.
Amy Blackstone, University of Minnesota, received first place for "Pink Ribbons and Play Work: Making the Personal Political from Within the Mainstream," in the Sociologist of Minnesota 1999 Student Paper Awards. Hongwei Xu, University of Minnesota, received second place for "The Externalization of Company Job Training: A Logistic Regression Analysis of the 1991 National Organization Survey."
Mary Cay Sengstock, Wayne State University, received a "Cultural Award" from the Chaldean Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, in recognition of her support and assistance to the Chaldean community. Sengstock helped the community to obtain recognition as an "ethnic group" by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Karrie Snyder, New York University, won the Rose Laub Coser Award from the Eastern Sociological Society for the best dissertation proposal in the area of gender or family studies.
Anthony Cortese, Southern Methodist University, served as Millennium Lecturer aboard the SS Universe Explorer on a Commodore Millennium Cruise.
Jeffrey Goodwin, New York University, was elected to the executive board of the International Visual Sociology Association.
Robert Gramling, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, has been named Louisiana Board of Regents Professor in Social Sciences.
Ann Hironaka, Erin L. Kelly, Karen Lutfey and Evan Schofer have joined the faculty of the Department of Sociology of the University of Minnesota.
Members' New Books
Dean J. Champion, Minot State University, Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology, 2nd Edition (Prentice-Hall, 2000).
Marion S. Goldman, University of Oregon, Passionate Journeys: Why Successful Women Joined a Cult (University of Michigan Press, 1999).
Ivan Light, University of California-Los Angeles, and Steven J. Gold, Michigan State University, Ethnic Economies (Academic Press, 2000).
Sociologists for Women in Society elected officers for 2000 are: President, Myra Marx Ferree, University of Connecticut; Secretary, Lora Lempert, University of Michigan; Treasurer, Betsy Lucal, Indiana University-South Bend.
Caught in the Web
The Preliminary Program for the World Congress on Managing and Measuring Sustainable Development is available online at members.home.net/global2000.
Visual Sociology, published by the International Visual Sociology Association, announces a special double issue on t"Seeing Kids' Worlds." The issue brings together the work of scholars from a variety of disciplines and professions. The issue is 176 pages, including 130 photographs and drawings. Single copies of can be ordered for $20 from: John Grady (IVSA), Hannah Goldberg Professor of Sociology, Wheaton College, Norton, MA 02766; (508) 286-3655; fax (508) 286-3640; e-mail email@example.com.
Policy and Practice
The Institute for Socio-Financial Studies (ISFS), Middleburg, VA, was awarded a grant from the FannieMae Foundation to study the effectiveness of community-based financial literacy education programs. Under the guidance of Lois A. Vitt, Founding Director of ISFS, a field study of financial literacy education efforts for different settings, population groups, and ages will gauge the programs' effects on people's knowledge about, and attitudes toward, money issues and decisions, including those concerning homeownership.
Ronald J. Lorimor, Houston, TX, died recently.
Steling Schoen, St. Louis, MO, died recently.
James Stephen Brown
The University of Kentucky Department of Sociology lost a highly esteemed former faculty member in October 1999 with the death of Professor James Stephen Brown, retired professor of rural sociology and pioneer contributor to the field of Appalachian Studies.
A native of the Appalachian Region, Jim Brown was born in Pike County, Kentucky and as a youth lived in several Kentucky and West Virginia coal mining communities where his father served as YMCA director. When his father took a job at Berea College supervising students in industrial training, Jim attended a secondary school operated by the college and later graduated from Berea. He obtained a doctorate in sociology from Harvard University where he wrote his dissertation under the direction of Talcott Parsons. Prior to completing that degree, he joined the faculty in rural sociology at the University of Kentucky and served there from 1946 until his retirement in 1982, after which he spent his retirement years in Lexington, Kentucky.
Rarely do unpublished doctoral dissertations make profound impacts on a field of study but Jim's meticulously researched dissertation, "Social Organization of an Isolated Mountain Neighborhood," did so. Along with articles from it published in the American Sociological Review and the American Journal of Sociology, Jim's study of the so-called "Beech Creek" community in Appalachian Kentucky is today regarded as perhaps the most important ethnographic study of a rural Appalachian community. Jim began fieldwork in "Beech Creek" in 1942 before hard-surfaced roads or electricity had penetrated this isolated area in order to document the vanishing way of life of impoverished, subsistence farm families in the Kentucky mountains. His observations of family patterns, economic strategies, social stratification, and community organization there deeply influence how Appalachia is understood today. In 1988, Berea College Press published his by then widely known study as Beech Creek: A Study of a Kentucky Mountain Neighborhood in order to facilitate its accessibility. Staff at the University of Kentucky Special Collections and Archives have preserved his original field notes and voluminous research materials for use by subsequent scholars.
Over the years, Jim's work attracted numerous collaborators. In 1971, Harry K. Schwarzweller, Jim, and J. J. Mangalam published a monumental volume entitled Mountain Families in Transition. A comprehensive survey of emigrants from Beech Creek to urban and industrial cities of the Midwest conducted twenty years after Jim's original ethnography, this highly praised book is regarded as the definitive sociological study of Appalachian out-migration and urban relocation. Later, Jim researched patterns of Appalachian migration with Clyde McCoy and forty years after his initial study, he collaborated with Virginia McCoy to conduct a restudy of remaining residents in Beech Creek. In 2000, Dwight Billings and Kathleen Blee published an historical study of Beech Creek and its surrounding county from 1800 to the present entitled The Appalachian Road to Poverty.
In the context of a scholarly field that often leaves particular places like Appalachia and real people, like the people in Beech Creek, out of the professional equation, Jim's work personified an alternative way to live one's life as a scholar. Emile Durkheim urged sociologists to "treat social facts as things." But the most important quality about Jim for many of us who know and loved him is that he never treated social facts as things. They were people, real people he cared deeply about and who he respected enough to spend 40 years of his life listening to, trying to understand, and interpreting their stories and experiences to others. We often refer to the people we study as "subjects" but Jim fondly referred to the people of Beech Creek as "his people," a phrase in Appalachian parlance that refers to one's kin and loved ones. It's just not done in the social sciences but Jim managed to maintain close, intimate relationships with the people of Beech Creek for well-over 40 years. And, they kept track of him, phoning or visiting from Kentucky or Ohio if they hadn't heard from him for a little while, making sure he was OK - as he did them. Jim taught us a great deal about Appalachia through what he learned from those many relationships but he also taught us important lessons about being in the world as scholars.
Jim's contributions have been widely acknowledged. In 1979 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Berea College Alumni Association. More recently, he won recognition by the Urban Appalachian Council of Cincinnati, Ohio for contributions to improving the quality of life for Appalachian migrants and their descendants. The Appalachian Studies Association's Cratis Williams - James Brown Award for Career Contributions to Appalachian Studies is so-named in honor of his lasting impact on that multidisciplinary field of study.
Dwight B. Billings, University of Kentucky
Robert Blair Campbell
Sociology Professor Emeritus Bob Campbell was born January 3, 1923 in Herrin, IL, to Charles and Edith Blair Campbell. After graduating from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1942, he enlisted in the navy. He entered the V-12 program at Indiana State, continued at Notre Dame and finished training at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. During World War II he served aboard the Shoshone in the Pacific. His awards included Asiatic-Pacific, two stars, American Theater ribbon and Victory ribbon.
Following his discharge, he enrolled in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his doctorate and met Jennie Pope, his wife of 50 years. He served on the faculty at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks for 11 years until 1962, at which time he joined the sociology faculty at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. There he served a term as Dean of the Social Science Division. During his 24 years in the Sociology Department at SIUE, he taught bureaucracy and industrial sociology among other courses. He retired from SIUE in 1986. He died at home June 19, 1999.
He will be remembered by all who knew him as an honest, caring, intelligent, witty man, who had the respect of his colleagues and the love of his family. May we each try to be as good a person as he was, and may his legacy live on in all of us.
Bob Blain, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Raymond Paul Cuzzort
Raymond Paul Cuzzort died August 23, 1999 at his home in Boulder, Colorado, after deciding to end a decade of dialysis.
By letting friends know of his decision in advance, he offered us a last great gift - the opportunity to face our anxieties about death, tell him what it had meant to know him, and say good bye. In his last few weeks, many friends came to talk to him, and many more sent messages from across the country and around the world. At his memorial service on August 31st, the Old Main Chapel on the University of Colorado campus was filled to capacity.
The facts about Ray's professional life are simply stated: he received his PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota, taught at Carleton College and the University of Kansas, joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1963, served as its Chair from 1981 until 1985, and became Professor Emeritus in 1988. His life and work, however, were richly complex. For Ray, the human condition was an open book that he constantly and widely explored. His thinking was never confined within a single frame - whether micro or macro, 'hard' or 'soft.' Ray continually moved back and forth with grace and competence between positivistic and humanistic perspectives, using and testing the strengths and weaknesses of both. He had a great love of life, and was always trying to figure things out - usually by engaging his friends, colleagues in his latest project. A visit to his home, a phone call, or an e-mail was his cue to challenge you to join him in arguing through the ideas that currently gripped his imagination. For him, the substance of sociology was everywhere. The boundaries between the lived-life and the analyzed-life were always fuzzy and this made everything more interesting. He drew his students into these debates, and found innovative ways to encourage them to think 'outside the box.' Ray's inquiries and dialogues, and the writing into which they were synthesized, continued right to the end of his life.
Ray would also notice, then act. For example, upon noting how little people seem to appreciate everyday services, he printed up, framed, and presented his dry-cleaning lady and grocery store clerk, and many others, with certificates of appreciation - possibly the first in their working lives. He organized a university-wide event that encouraged all faculty to devote a single class period to exploring how aspects of their subject matter could contribute to a better understanding of the nuclear arms race.
Ray loved to try new things and found fascinating subcultures everywhere - from survivalists at the target range, to fly fishing aficionados in the mountain streams. He taught himself to draw - with considerable skill and sensitivity - to play the guitar, to bake bread, and, prior to a serious accident, was a competitive cyclist. But above all, flying is what he loved most - piloting both powered (sometimes acrobatic) and soaring planes. He wrote well and made solid contributions to both statistics (The Elementary Forms of Statistical Reasoning) and intellectual history (Twentieth-Century Social Thought). Imaginatively melding theory and practice, his book on how past sociologists might have analyzed the nuclear arms race and the prospect of human extinction (Using Sociological Thought: The Nuclear Issue and Other Concerns) received the 1989 Book Award from the Association for Humanistic Sociology. He also wrote an, as yet, unpublished, satirical novel (The Professors) depicting the complexities and absurdities of university life. A significant part of Ray's writing was, however, united in the enormous correspondence that he maintained with a circle of colleagues from many disciplines who will attest their indebtedness to Ray in the pursuit of their own inquiries.
Those of us who knew Ray constantly find life's impulses evoke echoes from past conversations that illuminate present issues and dilemmas. We remember with affection and admiration his restless - and infectious - quest for meaning in a life so richly lived.
Rolf Kjolseth and Elaine Seymour, University of Colorado-Boulder
Elizabeth Briant Lee
Dr. Elizabeth Briant Lee, of Short Hills and Madison, New Jersey, died in her sleep December 14, 1999, at the Canterbury Retirement Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she had recently been living. Dr. Lee was a noted sociologist and anthropologist, a researcher and author/editor of several books with her husband, Dr. Alfred McLung Lee, who preceded her in death. Together they wrote several books on social theory, marriage and the family, sociological practice, and propaganda analysis.
She lectured extensively, contributing papers to the American Sociological Association, the Eastern Sociological Society, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Association of Humanist Sociologists. Dr. Lee and her husband were recognized by the American Sociological Association for outstanding contributions in the area of sociological practice. They were recognized by the Irish Sociological Society for their contributions to the Irish peace process. They had been Fulbright Lecturers and researchers at the University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, and at the University of Rome, Italy. For the World Health Organization and the United States State Department they had done a world lecture tour, Dr. Lee speaking on the rights of women and Dr. Alfred Lee on the sociology of communication.
Born September 9, 1908, Dr. Lee was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
She was the daughter of William Wolfer Briant and Adah Riley Briant, both of West Virginia. She was educated at the University of Pittsburgh, earning a Bachelors Degree in English and subsequently a Masters Degree in Sociology. She was one of the first women to attain a PhD in Sociology and Anthropology from Yale University. Her dissertation was a sociological study of famous American women, which was a pioneering work in Women's Studies in America. She was a member of the Summit, New Jersey Friends Meeting and the Unitarian Church of the Greater Fellowship. Her art works in pastel had been given several one-artist shows in New Jersey, particularly at the Summit Art Center.
A memorial service was held on January 22 at the Canterbury Retirement Center in Pittsburgh. Dr. Lee is survived by two sons, Alfred McLung Lee III, of Hamilton, Montana, and Dr. Briant Hamor Lee of Bowling Green, Ohio, as well as five grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Contributions in her name may be made to Alzheimer's research or the American Friends Service Committee.
For further information, contact Dr. Briant Hamor Lee, 336 South Church Street, Bowling Green, OH 43402; (419) 352-5314; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Eastern Sociological Society Listserv
Hermann A. Roether
Dr. Hermann A Roether, a sociologist who distinguished himself in the mental health field, died on his 73rd birthday at his Willow Grove, PA home of lung cancer.
He was director of mental health/retardation and drug/alcohol programs for Montgomery County from 1972 to 1980. Then, from 1982 until his 1992 retirement, he was special program development director for Ken-Crest Services in Plymouth Meeting. For the last seven years, he served on the Ken-Crest board of directors.
Dr. Roether established an exchange program involving mental health professionals from the U.S. and East Germany in 1980, a time when it was difficult for East Germans to leave their country, said his wife of 48 years, Kathryn Roether.
In March, he was presented the Betty Linker Award for "outstanding community service to persons with mental retardation" in Montgomery County.
A native of Heidersdorf, Germany, Dr. Roether came to the United States in 1948. Two years later he received a bachelor's degree in English and psychology from Swarthmore College, where he met his wife.
He resided for several years in the Chicago area, where he was a purchaser for an industrial supplies firm. He then returned to the Philadelphia area and directed youth services programs for the American Friends Service Committee and other Quaker organizations.
From 1966 to 1972, he was associate director for research and administration at the Center for Sexual Deviance at the former Philadelphia General Hospital. During that period, he earned a master's degree and a doctorate, both in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Roether, a 39-year resident of Willow Grove, was a member of Abington Friends Meeting, the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and the American Friends Service Committee. He was secretary of his Swarthmore class. He taught himself to wind surf at age 60 and also enjoyed sailing and tennis. He was a frequent traveler in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by son Gordon A., daughter Evelyn and a sister.
The family suggests contributions to the Hermann A. Roether Scholarship Fund, c/o Ken-Crest Services, Suite 200, One Plymouth Meeting, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1307.
Reprinted from the Philadelphia Inquirer
Fred Thalheimer died on December 21, 1999. He came to the United States as a child, from Lyon, France, fleeing the destruction of European Jewry, He and his family settled in southern California. In 1962 he completed his PhD in Sociology at UCLA. His thesis was an empirical study of "Religiosity in the Academic Profession."
I first met Fred in 1959, when I was a new graduate student and he was already much more advanced. What I remembered most of that era was his generosity, his willingness to share what he knew in an environment that was not always communal, his willingness to take time to make small talk and sweet gestures. Over the years he never lost that charm, nor did he lose the soft French accent that was so much a part of him.
In 1962 he took a teaching position at San Francisco State College, where he stayed until he retired in 1996. He had a range of teaching and research interests. Over time, his substantive interests moved from religiosity to medical sociology.
Probably his greatest contribution to the department, and to sociology as a whole, came in his personalized work with students. Many sociologists, now established in the profession, owe their start to their contact with him. He encouraged students' progress through the program; it was one of his great contributions to the field. I've always felt that his professional regard for me first as a graduate student and then over the thirty years that I've been a teacher, has been instrumental in my career as a sociologist. He was a truly nice man.
Fred opened the door to the discipline to me and welcomed me in. He was the center of the graduate program, the anchor for drifting students, the pathfinder who led us around obstacles, and the guide to dreams beyond. He had confidence in me when I had none, encouraged me to pursue a doctorate, and gave me away in marriage on a windy beach. Although his teaching shaped my future, Fred meant more to me than a revered teacher. For me, Fred symbolized what a man could be. He was a man of great warmth and wisdom, an exemplar of uncommon integrity and humility. My sorrow? That he had no time to fully realize all his hopes for retirement and that I had no time to give back the strength and solace he once gave me.
I was in the San Francisco State masters program when it was quite rigorous. Fred Thalheimer taught statistics and research design in a traditional manner as he felt students needed to be acquainted with the basics. Fred was a great teacher and there were about eight of us who had him as a counselor. I was always impressed with the manner in which he fostered cohort cohesion and friendships by inviting us to his office in groups rather than individually. The result was that all of the eight bonded, graduated, and went on to professional programs; and most of us still keep in touch.
Politics were also an important part of his life. Fred considered himself a Marxist. His ideology was reflected more in his actions than in his words. Although UCLA had a more prestigious university in mind for their graduate, he chose SFSU where he could work with students from working-class backgrounds. During the student strike at SFSU he actively sided with this working class student rebellion and was an early supporter of the concept of a school devoted ethnic studies. He was actively engaged the San Francisco Freeway Revolt, a grass roots, neighborhood campaign that stopped powerful political and economic interests from constructing freeways in the heart of the city. Within this context of conflict and chaos, Fred was a source of rational compassion.
He loved fine music, especially grand opera. He is survived by his wife, Rita Costellano, with whom he traveled in the years after his retirement from teaching.
Sherri Cavan with John Kinch, Kathy Charmaz, Carol Englebrecht, and Ken Magoon
William Ward, sociologist and Lutheran minister, died on December 10, 1999 at the age of 82 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Since retiring, Bill maintained contact with his old departmental colleagues and established relationships with those who arrived afterwards.
Bill was born in Philadelphia. He received his undergraduate degree from Mullenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1941 and two years later he received his master's degree in sociology from Syracuse University. In 1945 he graduated from the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia and was ordained in the United Lutheran Church. Bill served congregations in Pennsylvania between 1945 and 1958.
He joined the faculty at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. One of the stories Bill liked to tell was how his invitation to Augustana came about. Working on his doctorate in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, he got to know the criminologist Thorsten Sellin quite well. Sellin was a graduate of Augustana, where he had been a classmate of Conrad Bergendoff, the then president of the college. When the college's first and only sociologist retired, Bergendoff contacted his old classmate and asked if he could recommend a replacement. Sellin said that he had the perfect person, a sociologist and pastor. On the basis of this recommendation, Bill and his family headed to the shores of the Mississippi.
During the next two decades Bill chaired the sociology department and worked to expand its size and scope. In addition to hiring additional sociologists, he organized a social work program at the college and hired a criminologist. He also introduced anthropology to Augustana, in this case by using a sabbatical to study anthropology at the University of Colorado and offering anthropology courses in addition to his sociology load. During many of these years, Bill also continued to do parish work.
Despite all of these activities, Bill still managed to engage in scholarly work, primarily focusing on urban sociology. He founded the Center for Urban Affairs in a Changing Society in the 1960s. Around the same time, Bill became the coordinator of Rock Island's Model Cities program. These activities shaped his scholarly agenda up to his retirement in 1982, as he managed to discover constructive ways to link his scholarship to social activism.
Bill was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at this year's annual Martin Luther King Center memorial service for the slain civil rights leader. He was posthumously awarded the center's "I Have a Dream" community service award.
His wife Dorothy survives Bill, along with daughters Carol Ihli of Denver, Christine Ward-Weber of Omaha, and a son, David, from West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Peter Kivisto, Augustana College
Everett K. Wilson
The passing of Everett K. Wilson due to a cerebral hemorrhage on the last day of 1999 marks the loss of a man who had devoted his entire career to the advancement and dissemination of sociology as an intellectually challenging and broadly relevant discipline.
Born in 1913 in Nova Scotia, Wilson moved with his family to the United States shortly after World War I. He graduated from Antioch College during the Depression and worked for two years as teacher and principal at Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan, Kentucky, before going to graduate school at the University of Chicago. After a three-year interruption for military service during World War II, Wilson returned to earn his PhD in 1952.
In 1948, Wilson began an 18-year period as faculty member at his undergraduate alma mater. Antioch's national reputation of excellence during this period was based, in part, on its distinctive way of bridging the dialectic between theory and practice through its imaginative work-study program for all students. But its reputation was also built on the tremendous contributions of brilliant and dedicated faculty members who "joined teaching and scholarship [and] student with instructor in a single venture that made the [college] a peerless experience in higher education." [From the dedication in his book, Passing on Sociology] The camaraderie and intellectual atmosphere inspired countless students to pursue higher degrees≠among them, sociologists Bill Gamson, Howard Schuman, Gordon Fellman, Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, and Andrea Tyree.
Alas, Antioch as an institution underwent a tumultuous transformation in the mid-'60s with a precipitous decline in the opportunity to work with students who shared Wilson's unquenchable thirst for intellectual challenge and growth. He left Antioch to serve the American Sociological Association as head of its NSF-funded project to develop curriculum materials for high school students. This constituted the first organized effort to include the discipline as an elective course in secondary schools.
In 1968, Wilson came to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He had already established himself as an outstanding pedagogue and scholar. The latter was exemplified by his work as translator of Durkheim, author of a comprehensive and highly literate introductory text, and collaborator with Theodore Newcomb et al on a seminal work on college peer groups. At UNC, he quickly filled three niches. He became the primary instructor of the graduate theory course. In 1972, he took over the reins as editor of Social Forces, the international journal of social research published by the UNC Press. And, most significantly, he designed and was the initial coordinator of the Department's first-in-the-nation formal program for teaching graduate students how to teach sociology.
In this last role, Wilson worked closely with colleague Charles Goldsmid with whom he authored Passing on Sociology, a 400-page scholarly analysis and set of practical guidelines concerning the instructional process as it should apply to our discipline. The book and the UNC course on teaching have provided a lasting legacy to American sociology both for those who have been inspired to go beyond the customary in their roles as teachers and for others, like Ed Kain and Howard Sacks, who have assumed the mantle of Wilsonian discipleship working in their own institutions and through the ASA to "pass on" the methods of teaching sociology to future initiates into the profession.
While at Carolina, Wilson also occupied high office in the state, regional, and national professional associations. He served as president of the North Carolina Sociological Association in 1974; vice-president of the American Sociological Association in 1983; and president of the Southern Sociological Society in 1985. He also received the ASA Distinguished Contributions in Teaching Award in 1980.
Though officially retired since 1982, Wilson continued to give service to the department - most notably as coordinator of its highly successful 75th anniversary celebration in 1995. He was seen often at Hamilton Hall on his way to picking up the daily New York Times on campus, and his cultured demeanor, consummate erudition, twinkle in the eye, and puckish humor were undiminished traits up to the day of his sudden death, only a few hours after his weekly lunch with fellow retired colleague, Amos Hawley.
Wilson is survived by Betty, his wife of 61 years, a daughter and son, three grandchildren, and countless friends and admirers whose lives have been immeasurably enriched by having known him.
Glen H. Elder, Jr., M. Richard Cramer and Richard L. Simpson, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Eleanor Paperno Wolf
Eleanor Wolf was born Eleanor Paperno in Detroit on February 16, 1917. As a teenager, she had spent time in the Soviet Union while her father was an industrial organizer. During that period she learned Russian and became aware of the atrocities of Stalinism, an understanding which she carried throughout her life.
After returning to the United States, Eleanor completed high school ahead of her class, and received BA and MA degrees in sociology from Wayne State University. Eleanor spent the early part of her career in a variety of public service agencies: adult education for the Detroit Board of Education; social work
for the Department of Public Welfare; and Race Relations Specialist and Director for the Michigan Labor Committee for Human Rights.
Eleanor completed her PhD in sociology at Wayne State University in 1959, after which she became a full time member of the Sociology faculty. She had also received training at the National Training Laboratory in Group Dynamics in Bethel, ME, and at the Merrill-Palmer Institute in Detroit. She remained with the department until her retirement in 1983. Eleanor also taught for varying periods of time at Oakland University and the Merrill Palmer Institute, both in the Detroit area.
To say that Eleanor was ahead of her time is an understatement. She was involved in applied sociology during a period in which it was quite unfashionable. Most of her research focused on various social issues: human rights, school desegregation, housing and urban renewal, inter-group relations. She served for several years as a consultant on intergroup relations for the Jewish Community Council.
Her applied approach to sociology was exemplified by a series of studies entitled, Change and Renewal in an Urban Community, which she coauthored with Professor Charles Lebeaux of the Wayne Sate University School of Social Work. Wolf's article in the Journal of Social Issues (Vol. XIII, No. 4, 1957), in which she viewed neighborhood change as a self-fulfilling prophecy, was widely referenced. She was perhaps best known for her book, Trial and Error: The Detroit School Desegregation Case, published in 1981, which was awarded the North Central Sociological Association Distinguished Achievement Award. Eleanor also received an award for academic achievement from the Probus Club of Detroit in 1967.
Eleanor carried with her a life-long commitment to social activism. She once was quoted as saying she had an "overactive conscience." "You've got to look at yourself in the mirror [and say], 'What were you doing when this, this, and the other happened? You didn't try'" (quoted in The Oakland Press, August 26, 1991). Eleanor always felt you had to try. And she did - from her undergraduate days, when she worked for the United Automobile Workers during its early organizing period, to retirement, when she helped develop a wetlands ordinance for her semi-rural subdivision.
Eleanor also was a working mother long before the role was viewed as an appropriate one. She invested as much pride and concern in her husband, Leo, and her two sons, Peter and Thomas, as in her academic work.
Eleanor died of a heart attack on July 27, 1999, while cutting flowers in the garden she loved so much.
Mary Cay Sengstock, Wayne State University
Official Reports and Proceedings
American Sociological Review
Nineteen ninety-nine was a transition year for ASR: The journal's editorial office moved from The Pennsylvania State University to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In February 1999, the ASA Council selected us as Co-Editors to succeed Glenn Firebaugh when his three-year term as Editor expired in the fall of 1999.
Our appointment marks the first Co-Editorship arrangement at ASR since F. Stuart Chapin and George B. Vold of the University of Minnesota briefly shared the editorship more than a half century ago (in 1945-46). We are pleased to serve in this capacity. We come to the editorship from very different corners of the discipline, and we welcome the widest possible range of manuscript submissions - we hope to receive manuscripts representing all theoretical and methodological approaches and reflecting the vitality of contemporary scholarship in all areas of sociology and related fields. In a departure from co-editorship arrangements found in other disciplines, we have opted not to divide manuscript evaluation responsibilities between us, but rather to work together to evaluate all submissions; we will make all final editorial decisions jointly.
By agreement between Glenn Firebaugh and ourselves, the transition of journal operations was phased in gradually. We assumed responsibility for new manuscripts submitted to ASR after July 15, 1999 and for revised manuscripts submitted after October 1. The 1999 data reported here thus reflect journal operations under both editorships.
In terms of daily operations, the move to Wisconsin was a smooth one due to the dedicated efforts of Firebaugh and his Penn State staff and of Karen Bloom, ASR's Managing Editor. Karen was located at the University of Wisconsin prior to the move and was thus able to oversee the journal's relocation. She was assisted by ASR's new Editorial Associate, Sarah E. Barfels, who joined the staff in July. The Wisconsin staff succeeded in keeping ASR's daily operations going without interruption, even as an extended debate emerged among ASA members about the past and future of the Association's "official journal." We anticipate that the constructive aspects of this debate may have long-run benefits for the journal and its readers.
We have continued the policy of our two immediate predecessors (Glenn Firebaugh and Paula England) in widening the editorial decision-making process beyond our home institution by drawing most of our Deputy Editors from other academic institutions. Our Deputy Editors are: Denise B. Bielby (University of California-Santa Barbara), Evelyn Nakano Glenn (University of California-Berkeley), Judith A. Howard (University of Washington), John Allen Logan (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Andrew G. Walder (Stanford University), and David L. Weakliem (University of Connecticut). Diverse in their substantive areas of interest and methodological orientations, this team of Deputies is the largest in ASR's history. With the journal's move to Wisconsin, we have instructed authors submitting papers to ASR to include a diskette copy of their manuscripts. By the use of these computer files and email, our Deputy Editors are now fully involved in assigning manuscript reviewers, a process that is now significantly decentralized (something not previously possible without slowing down the review process). Since ASR's move to Wisconsin, most manuscripts are assigned to reviewers by a Deputy Editor closely matched to the particular paper's substantive area and methodological approach.
We also have enlarged and further diversified ASR's Editorial Board. As of January 2000, the Editorial Board includes scholars not only from the United States, but also from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The Board is also 14 percent larger, up from 44 to 50 members. There are 23 new appointments: Howard S. Becker (UC, Santa Barbara), Richard G. Biernacki (UC, San Diego), York W. Bradshaw (Indiana), John S. Butler (Texas), Stephen W. K. Chiu (CU, Hong Kong), Elisabeth Clemens (Arizona), Marjorie L. DeVault (Syracuse), Frank Dobbin (Princeton), Lauren B. Edelman (UC, Berkeley), Kathryn J. Edin (University of Pennsylvania), Patricia Fernandez-Kelly (Princeton), Kenneth F. Ferraro (Purdue), Renata T. Forste (Brigham Young), Jan Hoem (Max Planck Institute of Demographic Research), Pamela Jackson (Duke), Elizabeth Jelin (CONICET- Universidad de Buenos Aires), Kelly Moore (Barnard College), Silvia Pedraza (Michigan), Arthur Sakamoto (Texas), Gay Seidman (UW, Madison), Marilyn Whalen (Xerox Research), David R. Williams (Michigan), Mary Zey (Texas A&M).
Service on the ASR Editorial Board is a heavy commitment, and we publicly thank all Editorial Board members - new members, members continuing on from Firebaugh's editorship, as well as those whose terms expired in December but who worked with us for the second half of 1999.
ASR considered a total of 528 manuscripts in 1999 (see Table 1). Of these, 49 were already in review when the year began. So, 479 new or revised manuscripts were submitted in 1999; 394 of these were first submissions; 85 were resubmissions (figure not shown in Table 1). This figure for first submissions is up slightly in comparison with the same figure for the preceding five years: There were 361 new manuscripts submitted in 1994, 368 in 1995, 348 in 1996, 358 in 1997, and 359 in 1998 (numbers not reported in Table 1).
Editorial decision time for ASR manuscripts also has remained relatively constant: The mean was 9.09 weeks in 1999 (Table 1), 8.22 weeks in 1998. (This mean turnaround time is very short compared with most journals the size of ASR.) Both under Glenn Firebaugh and in our term so far, editorial decisions are generally reached in well under three months of receipt of a manuscript - exceptions occur mainly when a reviewer fails to complete a review on time, despite multiple reminders (and promises). During 1999, the average lag between manuscript acceptance and publication in the journal fell from 9.03 (1998) to 7.33 months. This drop is most likely due to the earlier-than-normal publication of a few manuscripts at the end of Firebaugh's term. The lag can be expected to increase over the coming year due to a substantial backlog of accepted papers that we have inherited.
The acceptance rate for manuscripts submitted to ASR increased in 1999 compared with 1998. Combining Firebaugh's figures with our own, ASR sent out 443 decision letters during 1999. Of these 443, 63 were "accept" letters - an acceptance rate of 14.2 percent (63/443); for the previous year, 12.1 percent of decision letters were "accepts." This 1999 increase was likely due to a higher acceptance rate for invited comments and replies, which became a somewhat more frequent feature of the journal in the later part of Firebaugh's tenure. More generally, however, ASR's low acceptance rate reflects the commitment of its Editors to publishing only the very best contemporary scholarship, that which meets the highest standards of merit and interest to the profession as a whole.
During 1999, such work continued to arrive from many areas of the discipline - and beyond. Over the course of the year, ASR published 54 articles, comments, and replies on topics that included: birth order effects on social attitudes; economic hardship over the life course; the state and the life course in the People's Republic of China; international income inequality; collective violence in Corsica; memory genres in the Federal Republic of Germany; talent agencies in Hollywood; and American beliefs in life after death. While the journal naturally holds no monopoly over first-rate sociological scholarship, it has continued to publish substantively and methodologically diverse contributions at the frontiers of the discipline.
Our objective is to build on ASR's strengths in this respect, while continually enriching its content, moving the journal into the uncharted and exciting intellectual waters of the new millennium.
Charles Camic and Franklin Wilson, Co-Editors Elect
We review nearly all books by sociologists that are published in English in the U.S. and many published in English by sociologists in other countries. We also review many of the books in sister disciplines of interest to sociologists. Occasionally we review a book written in another language. We have tried to follow through with the goals we delineated in our proposal for the editorship, with symposia that focus on identifying the core of the discipline, spotlighting sociology engaged with and applied to social policy, and highlighting the ways in which sociologists from many traditions help us understand the complexities of social inequalities.
The symposia topics for the year 1999 included cyberspace, border disciplines, immigration, the role of values and politics in the discipline, sociology in book stores, and the relationship between sociology and journalism. The intellectual symposia for the final volume under our co-editorship focus on identifying what should be the goal of the discipline in the coming decades. As always, most of our pages are devoted to book reviews.
One new operational function we have started during our second volume, the consequences of which will be apparent in our final volume, is the appointment of international members to our editorial board. These new editorial board members have the responsibilities of all board members (suggesting reviewers and participating in discussions about symposium development) but also have the unique responsibilities of helping us identify cutting-edge intellectual issues bubbling up in sociology published in other languages. We intend to begin a series of essay reviews of sociology in other languages.
Barbara Risman and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Co-Editors
Social Psychology Quarterly
This year marks the last full year of our term as editors, and we are pleased to report that SPQ is running smoothly. The flow of manuscripts continues to be quite stable from year to year. This year, we considered a total of 194 manuscripts (including the 42 carried over from last year); last year, the number was 198 because there were more manuscripts carried over from the previous year. Of the 152 manuscripts submitted in 1999, 70% were new submissions, and the remainder were resubmissions of revised papers≠ a slightly higher proportion of new manuscripts than last year. Our acceptance rates for the two years are also similar. In 1999, approximately 16% of all of our editorial decisions were acceptances, the same percentage as in 1998. When calculated as a percentage of all final decisions≠ accepts/(accepts + rejects)≠ our acceptance rate for 1999 was 29.7% (compared with 27.8% in 1998).
The mean editorial lag time (the time from submission to decision) dropped slightly, from 10.65 weeks last year to 10.26 this year. This reflects a return to normal, after a slight increase last year due to the special issue on qualitative contributions to sociological social psychology. Our production lag continues to be very short (less than 6 months); from our perspective, it's a little shorter than is comfortable. We hope to increase our queue a bit in the next year, while maintaining the benefits to authors and SPQ readers of prompt publication. Altogether, we published 25 manuscripts: 16 articles, 7 notes, a tribute to the 1998 Cooley Mead Award winner, and an introduction to the special issue on qualitative research (compared to 25 manuscripts in 1998: 15 articles, 9 notes, and the 1997 Cooley-Mead Award tribute).
We are pleased to report that the special issue that we are editing, on "The State of Sociological Social Psychology at the Millennium," has attracted a number of interesting submissions. The purpose of the special issue is to review the state of our field and its understanding of the basic social processes that organize social interaction. We are seeking short, succinct summaries of what we know about important substantive questions and, more importantly, where our future research should take us in the new millennium. The submitted papers currently are in the review process. The special issue is slated for publication as the December issue of 2000, our last official issue.
We anticipate beginning the formal transition to a new editor in July of 2000 and publishing the last issue under our editorship in December 2000. We will be leaving the new editor a queue of roughly six months, about the minimum necessary to allow an orderly beginning to the new editorial term. While we have enjoyed working with the authors, reviewers and production staff of SPQ, we look forward to turning over the journal in a stable, intellectually fruitful form to new hands.
In closing, we would like to thank the many people who support the journal with their time and expertise. Our Deputy Editors, Jeylan Mortimer and David Snow, help us in numerous ways, from major jobs such as editing special issues, to handling manuscripts on which we have conflicts of interest, to offering advice on editorial questions and reviewer selection. We also depend heavily on our excellent editorial board for timely, insightful reviews and various kinds of editorial advice. We particularly want to thank those members whose terms ended in 1999, after three or more years of service to the journal: Linda Carli, William Corsaro, Viktor Gecas, Cathryn Johnson, Michael Macy, Wayne Osgood, Toby Parcel, Carmi Schooler, Marylin Whalen and David Williams. And, we are pleased to welcome the ten new members who joined us in 1999: Diane Felmlee, John Hertiage, Ross Matsueda, Elizabeth Menaghan, Phyllis Moen, Gary Oates, Robert Roberts, Dawn Robinson and Henry Walker.
We also want to thank the wonderful community of social psychologists who are our reviewers, and who faithfully, with no clear rewards, continue to give us informed and helpful evaluations, and to give authors constructive and courteous advice. A strong and dependable pool of reviewers is as essential to a journal's success as an adequate flow of good manuscripts; SPQ has been very fortunate to have both.
Finally, we would like to thank our very able staff. Jo Ann Beard, our managing editor, resigned in December 1999 to concentrate on her literary career. Sherry Enderle will be assuming those production duties until a new managing editor is selected by the in-coming editor. Sherry has extensive experience with sociological editing and production, and her location in Arizona will offer many advantages to the journal during this transition. We look forward to working with her. Dina Okamoto and Gretchen Peterson, our graduate editorial assistants who handle the processing of manuscripts and reviews, remain as a stable, helpful force in the SPQ office.
Linda Molm and Lynn Smith-Lovin, Co-Editors
Sociology of Education
1999 was the first full year of my term as editor of Sociology of Education. The workings of the editorial office have been stable and routine. I have been assisted by two able editorial assistants over the past year, with the first passing the baton to the second in September. I also have benefited greatly from the time and counsel of Deputy Editor Annette Lareau of Temple University. The growing stability of the editorial office is evidenced by a reduction in the median time from receipt of manuscripts to an editorial decision.
I remain committed to reducing this typical elapsed time, although the task has been complicated in several respects. First, international submissions take longer to review, as it often is necessary to have international reviewers who are sufficiently knowledgeable about the workings of a given nation's educational system to advise me about the plausibility of an author's argument. It takes additional time for manuscripts to reach international reviewers, and often additional time to receive international reviews. We are not yet at the point where it is comfortable to transmit manuscripts via electronic mail, although a great many reviewers are electing to send their comments electronically. In a few cases, I have been able to accept international submissions via e-mail, but not on a routine basis.
Second, my efforts to expand the pool of reviewers for SOE beyond the traditional "core" of the sociology of education community have resulted in delays in the receipt of reviews from sociologists whose work lies outside of that core. It may be that reviewers are more timely in reviewing for journals with which they identify closely, and less timely or less committed to filing reviews for journals that they do not see as central to their own work. Of course, one of the purposes of reaching out to sociologists whose work lies outside of the "core" is to spark their imagination, such that they might see SOE as an outlet for their own work. In a few instances, invitations to review a manuscript have resulted in subsequent submissions from reviewers who had either never submitted a manuscript to the journal or not submitted a manuscript to the journal for many years.
The journal published fewer manuscripts in the past year than has been typical, and hence did not approach the total number of pages allocated to it. This is a serious concern, and one that I have discussed with the ASA Publications Committee and several past editors. The major reason is a decline in the number of resubmissions, which in turn is a function of the number of manuscripts issued invitations to revise and resubmit. Because the proportion and absolute number of revise and resubmit decisions have increased over the past year, I believe the problem will be self-correcting. But I have responded by becoming more aggressive in soliciting submissions from both junior and senior scholars, and by instituting a regular "in-house" monitoring of manuscript flow.
SOE historically has had vibrant representation from female, minority and international scholars, in part because of the longstanding inequality of educational opportunity for women and minorities in the U.S.education system. The journal has reached out to women and minorities, and this is reflected in its pages. The authors of the 14 articles published in 1999 included 12 men and 10 women. I cannot identify the racial/ethnic composition of these authors with certainty, but I can say that the authors include at least four members of minority groups. The composition of the editorial board roughly mirrors the composition of the pool of authors. The 1999 editorial board consisted of 25 members, of whom 10 were women, and 6 members of racial/ethnic minority groups. I take special pride in expanding the pool of reviewers for SOE this year. The number of special reviewers (i.e., reviewers not on the editorial board) increased from 67 to 138 in the past year. This increase is paralleled in the greater numbers of women and minorities who served as special reviewers.
We are looking forward to publishing an extra issue of the journal in the first quarter of 2001, underwritten by a grant from the Spencer Foundation to the ASA. We have been gratified by the initial response to the call for papers, and are excited by how this issue will represent the substantive diversity of the field and the diversity of the community of sociologists of education.
Aaron M. Pallas, Editor
During the 1999 reporting period (January 1-December 31), the editorial office of Sociological Methodology moved from the University of Arizona to Columbia University. The transition went smoothly, with a new Managing Editor, Carson Hicks, assigned to the Journal.
The number of submissions has slightly increased over last year. For the 1998 reporting period, 27 submissions were considered, and for the 1999 reporting period 34 submissions were considered.
We continue to have difficulty procuring reviews promptly from reviewers. Though we have several timely reviewers, the majority need several written reminders followed by an e-mail or phone call as a last resort. We have been using email as an option for reviewers who reside out of the country as a more expedient method of obtaining their reviews. Upon receipt, the reviews themselves have proven overall to be thoughtful and reflect a thorough and considered reading of the manuscripts. Those reviewers who decline have been helpful in suggesting alternate reviewers, but the major problem continues to be the lack of timely response from reviews.
Following last year's experience concerning the effort and time required to trouble-shoot the Tracker software program, the managing editor continues to use Tracker for statistical tracking information only, and continues to print all correspondence in MS work and maintain a manual calendar for reminder dates.
The budget for 1999 came in slightly lower than expected, no doubt because of the continued use of email in lieu of postage and long distance telephone calls as an option for reviewers residing outside of the United States.
We continue to have the same editorial board as last year, which is composed of ten members, three of which are women. The ethnic makeup of the editorial board consists of nine white members, and one Japanese/American member.
Mark Becker and Michael Sobel, Co-Editors
This year ends my term as editor of Sociological Theory, and I am pleased to leave the journal in good condition, on budget and with a substantial production queue. Indeed, the queue may be more than the new editor wanted, but it reflects a flow of good work and I'm happy to see that. Indeed, this may be the basis for increasing the number of issues per year. The transition of editorial operations to UC-Riverside occurred between July and October, and is now complete. The final issue under my control (17-3) is now out, and with that I pass the torch definitively to Jonathan Turner.
For the year, we received 92 submissions - a number within our normal range for the past several years. Slightly more than half of those submissions were handled by UC-Riverside after the transition.
I am pleased to be ending my tenure with an issue devoted primarily to the sociology of religion, making good on my call for submissions on the subject two years ago. In our previous issue, we published two articles that resulted from a similar effort to encourage theoretical work on race. In terms of content, this has been an exceptionally strong year for Sociological Theory, and one that bodes well for the future. I trust the journal will continue to encourage a conversation bringing all sorts of sociological theory into juxtaposition.
Craig Calhoun, Editor
1999 was a transition year for Teaching Sociology (TS). In July, Editor-Designate Helen Moore and her team at the University of Nebraska took over the day-to-day operations. Editor Jeffrey Chin and his team at Le Moyne College produced the July and October issues prior to closing the office in Syracuse.
The new address for the journal is: Helen Moore, Editor, Department of Sociology, 715 Oldfather Hall, Lincoln, NE 68588-0324; (402) 472-3631; fax (402) 472-6070; e-mail email@example.com.
The deputy editor is: Laurie Scheuble, Department of Sociology, Doane College, 1014 Boswell Drive, Crete, NE 68333; (402) 826-8220; fax (402) 826-8278; e-mail LScheuble@doane.edu.
In 1999, the TS offices considered 174 papers. Of these, 97 were new submissions, 36 were revisions and 41 were carried over from previous years. The editorial offices made decisions on 132 papers. Three authors withdrew their papers, 56 received a reject (16 without review), 42 received a revise and resubmit, and 34 were accepted. There are 39 papers still in review at this time.
The editorial lag is 11.79 and the median is 10.00. The acceptance rate is 20.45%. The production lag is about 6 months.
In 1999, we published 33 papers. These included: 13 articles, 14 notes, conversations, 22 book reviews, film/video reviews, software review, 1 website review, and unspecified papers in a special section.
I (Chin) would like to take the opportunity to thank all the people who have worked with me on the journal. These include my past and present staff: Amy Grams, Laura Pedrick, Kate Flannery, Mary Radford, Pauline Pavlakos, Rod Radford, Anne Sullivan-Chin, Jane Snyder, Tara Burgess, Noah Webster, and Brianne Carbonaro. Thanks also to the secretaries at Le Moyne, Maryann Demichele and Judy Shoen, who helped out from time to time. Thanks to the associate editors and occasional reviewers who have worked so hard to provide quality feedback to authors. A special thanks to Karen Gray Edwards (ASA) who assisted on every administrative task related to running the journal and Jane Carey (Boyd Publishing) who printed the journal and got it out on time even when we were late. A big thank you to my good friends, Mary Senter (Central Michigan University), who served as deputy editor and has been with me on this journey since 1980 and Carla Howery (ASA) with whom I have worked since 1983 and who encouraged me to apply for this position. Finally, thanks to the members of my department, Janet Bogdan, Ray Bucko, Bob Kelly, Deborah Tooker, and Le Moyne College's Faculty Committee on Research and Development whose support made this endeavor possible.
Jeffrey Chin, Editor, and Helen Moore, Editor-Elect
Editor's Note: Statistical manuscript information is provided in the accompanying table for the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. A feature on the decade in review for JHSB, authored by editor John Mirowsky, will appear in a forthcoming issue of Footnotes.