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Major Activities for Department Leaders

The Annual Meeting affords a special opportunity for ASA to work with leaders of the profession, especially Department Chairs, Directors of Graduate Study, and Undergraduate Advisers.

ASA Chair Conference
The ninth annual ASA Chair Conference will focus on “Transition.” Designed for new and current chairs at all types of institutions, the conference provides “briefings” on issues of critical importance for departmental leadership. Panels, roundtables, and informal conversation facilitate sharing information and advice. Attendees also meet with chairs from similar institutions to discuss common issues. In addition, the ASA Research Program on the Discipline and Profession presents data on important trends.

The conference begins on Thursday, August 15, at noon and concludes at 12:10 p.m. on Friday, August 16. Preregistration and fee payment are required. Fees are $65 for Chairs from Department Affiliate departments; $95 for Chairs from non-affiliate departments. The registration fee include all conference materials, coffee breaks, and breakfast on Friday.

Special Forum for Directors of Graduate Study
Directors of Graduate Study (DGS) are important leaders in shaping department policies and opportunities for effective graduate programs. On Sunday morning, August 18, ASA?s Academic and Professional Affairs Program has planned a series of events for sociologists in the DGS role, focusing on such issues as data trends in graduate education, effective mentoring and professional development, preparing graduate students for the job market, MA programs in sociological practice, and more.

Sessions open only to Directors of Graduate Study require preregistration and fee payment. Fees are $25 for DGS from Department Affiliate department, $45 for non-affiliate DGS. The registration fee includes continental breakfast and all conference materials.

Undergraduate Advisers and Their Students, Take Note . . .

Poster Session Showcasing Graduate Programs
This poster session features exhibits on graduate training from over 30 PhD programs. Held at 3:30-5:30 pm on Sunday, August 18, it is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate advisors, undergraduate students, and MA-level students to see displays on graduate programs and meet directly with representatives.