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Seminars, Courses, and Workshops, Oh My!

Chart a path to this year’s Annual Meeting for development and training across research, teaching, publishing, and a host of other important professional issues.


To help sociologists keep abreast of recent scholarly trends and developments, the Program Committee creates specialized seminars. Experts considered to be at the forefront of a given field are invited to conduct these sessions.

Attendance at each seminar is limited to 50 registrants. Prepaid registration is required; fees are $25, except for the pre-meeting seminar co-sponsored with ICPSR. Just indicate your seminar choice(s) on the Events & Services portion of the registration form and return it with your fee payment and Annual Meeting registration, using the form in this newsletter, or register online.

Seminar topics and leaders are listed below. The schedule and description of each seminar is posted on the ASA website.

  • An Interaction on Interpreting Interactions . . . Statistical, That Is
    Robert L. Kaufman, Ohio State University
  • Bayesian Methods in the Social Sciences (all-day pre-meeting, co-sponsored with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research and the ASA Section on Methodology)
    Adrian Raftery, University of Washington; and University of Florida
  • Computer Assisted Software for Qualitative Data Analysis II
    Sharlene J. Hesse-Biber, Boston College; and Raymond C. Maietta, ResearchTalk, Inc.
  • Developments in the Study of the Future of Human Society
    Wendell Bell, Yale University
  • Doing Qualitative Analysis with Computer Assisted Software: An Introduction
    Sharlene J. Hesse-Biber, Boston College; and Raymond C. Maietta, ResearchTalk, Inc.
  • Ecometrics: New Strategies for the Collection and Analysis of Contextual Data
    Robert J. Sampson, University of Chicago; and Stephen W. Raudenbush, University of Michigan
  • Latent Class Analysis
    Jay Magidson, Statistical Innovations Inc.; and Jeroen Vermunt, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • Multilevel Models
    Peter V. Marsden, Harvard University
  • Research on the Internet and Other Information Technology
    Meyer Kestnbaum, Alan Neustadtl, and John P. Robinson, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Theorizing: Interpretive Work in Qualitative Analysis
    Diane Vaughan, Boston College
  • Time Diary Methodology
    John P. Robinson and Suzanne M. Bianchi, University of Maryland, College Park; and Diane Herz, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Publishing Seminar Application Deadline Extended

The “Elements of Sociological Publishing: Reader/Writer Partners” seminar, co-sponsored with the Association of Black Sociologists, is still open for applications. This seminar is intended to assist junior scholars with manuscripts-in-progress, offering criticism, feedback, and suggestions from editors of several leading social science journals, including the American Sociological Review, Journal of Health & Social Behavior, Race & Society, and Social Psychology Quarterly. Seminar-related activity will begin before the Annual Meeting, which will allow reader/writer partners to correspond and work on manuscripts prior to meeting in Chicago.

Enrollment is limited to ensure that participants and reviewers interact on a one-on-one basis as much as possible. Interested authors should submit the following application materials: (1) a cover letter that includes the author’s contact information, including current institutional affiliation, and specifies which journal the author would like to work with; (2) a draft manuscript in the journal’s format; and (3) a $25 check made payable to ASA for the seminar fee. Attendees who are ASA members must also register for the Annual Meeting.

The new application deadline is June 25, 2002. Send application materials to: ASA Meeting Services, Attn: ABS/ASA Writing Seminar, 1307 New York Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-4701.

The selection of reader/writer partners to participate in the seminar will be made by the journal editors. Applicants should be aware that acceptance into the seminar is not a promise of manuscript publication. Applicants will be notified by July 5 regarding the status of their applications.


Human Research Protections in Sociology and the Social Sciences
Thursday, August 15, 8:30 am-5:30 pm (preregistration and fee payment required)

Faculty: Felice J. Levine, American Educational Research Association; Richard T. Campbell, University of Illinois, Chicago; Jeffrey Cohen, Office for Human Research Protections, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Karen A. Hegtvedt, Emory University; Joyce Miller Iutcovich, Keystone University Research Corporation; Judith A. Levy, University of Illinois, Chicago; Paula Skedsvold, American Sociological Association

In this intensive day-long course, participants will get hands-on training in human subjects protection in the conduct of research by examining the federal regulations, the principles undergirding the regulations, the ethical standards provided by ASA’s professional code, and special issues related to human subjects protection in the social sciences.

This course is a must for anyone seeking more in-depth training and knowledge than general courses or web-based seminars can provide. Participants will receive a certificate documenting training in human subjects research protections. The course meets or surpasses most institutional and federal agency requirements; however, participants are responsible for ensuring that their institution’s training standards are met.

Teaching Profiling, Disparities, and Discrimination
Sunday, August 18, 8:00 am-6:10 pm (preregistration and fee payment required

Faculty: Deborah K. King, Dartmouth College; and Michael Omi, University of California, Berkeley

This day-long workshop will prepare you to teach about racial profiling across institutions. The morning will be devoted to intensive study of the concepts, theories, and empirical evidence on the subject. At 12:30 pm, you will join the ASA Plenary Session on Profiling, followed by your choice of one of six concurrent thematic sessions. From 4:30-6:10 pm the workshop group will reassemble for a closing session on teaching resources and strategies.

This course offers a wonderful opportunity to meld cutting-edge work on profiling with ideas for teaching this important topic effectively at the college level (and even advanced high school level). Participants will receive some preparatory reading. All those who fully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.


From teaching challenges to using major data sets to career advice and beyond, the 2002 Program features a robust variety of workshops. All workshops are open to all meeting registrants. An overview of workshop topics is listed below. Workshop schedules, leaders, and descriptions are posted on the ASA website.

Career Issues and Opportunities

  • Building a Sociological Career in the Federal Government
  • Exciting Opportunities in Teaching-oriented Institutions
  • Getting the Mentoring You Want and the Skills You Need in Graduate School
  • Navigating Entry and Early Career at a Research University and at a Four-Year College
  • Opportunities in Institutional Research
  • Preparing Yourself for the Tenure Decision
  • Searching for and Succeeding in an Assistant Professor Position
  • Timing Careers, Becoming Parents
  • Why Pursue a Postdoc?
Challenges in Teaching
  • Integrating Writing Training into the Sociology Course
  • Teaching about Ascription in Undergraduate Courses
  • How to Select a Textbook
  • Integrating Economic Sociology in the Curriculum
  • Including Sociology in Interdisciplinary Learning Communities
  • Teaching Sociology in the Community College
  • Teaching Sociology with a Purpose: Issues in Curriculum Design and Outcomes Assessment
  • Research on Learning and the Implications for Teaching Sociology
  • Teaching a Terrorism Course: Unique Challenges
Department Leadership and Management
  • Assessment of Faculty
  • Dealing with Race and Diversity Issues in the Sociology Curriculum
  • Department Strategies to Preparing Future Faculty
  • Effective Advising and Mentoring Programs for Undergraduates
  • Employment Issues for Persons with Disabilities (co-sponsored with the ASA Committee on Society and Persons with Disabilities)
  • Integrating Research into the Undergraduate Career
  • Managing Interdisciplinary Departments
  • Mentoring New Faculty
  • Preparing for and Surviving Program Review
  • Sociology Curricula and Mission: Making the Right Decisions for Your Department
  • Training Teaching Assistants
Enhanced Teaching of Sociology
  • Teaching the Sociology of Children and Childhood
  • Teaching Undergraduates about the Complexities and Diversities of American Rural Life
  • Teaching Sociology of Disabilities
  • Teaching Sociology of Health to Undergraduates
  • Graduate Theory Courses
  • Teaching Research Methods to Undergraduates
  • Teaching about Social Inequality and Social Policy
  • Teaching the Undergraduate Field Methods Course
  • Teaching Introductory Sociology for the First Time
  • Teaching Sociology of Education
  • Teaching the Required Theory Course(s) for Undergraduate Majors
  • Teaching about Sexuality and Sexual Orientation in Sociology Courses
  • The Capstone Course in Sociology
  • Teaching about the Future and Utopias
  • Teaching Proseminars in Sociology: Graduate and Undergraduate Programs
Ethical Practice
  • Ethical Guidelines about Authorship Credit and Attribution
  • Navigating IRBs across Academic Sectors
  • Ethics of Research on Violence against Women
  • Reflections on Research Conduct
  • Including Persons with Disabilities in Research Project Planning and Data Collection
Grant Writing and Funding
  • Research Directions and Funding Opportunities on Research Integrity and Misconduct
  • Research Support and Federal Funding Opportunities for Sociology
  • Writing a Successful Grant Proposal
  • Winning Small Grants for “Cutting-edge” Sociological Research and Related Activities: The ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline
Innovative Teaching Techniques
  • Community-Based Research Methods Courses and Experiences
  • Effective Discussions and Group Work in the Classroom
  • Planning and Running Effective Classroom Based Exercises
  • Service Learning and Undergraduate Sociology
  • Simulation and Gaming and the Teaching of Sociology
  • Sociology Through Active Learning
  • Student Empowered Teaching, To Go (co-sponsored by the Association for Humanist Sociology)
  • Teaching Critical Thinking in a Sociological Context
  • Teaching Sociology through Film
Professional Skills
  • Preparing Professional Presentations
  • Working with the Media and Getting Sociology in the News (co-sponsored by the Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy)
Publishing Advice
  • The How and Where of Publishing Your Scholarly Article
  • Negotiating and Publishing Your Scholarly Work
  • Writing for Sociologists and Beyond
  • Publishing Your First Book
Technology and the Classroom
  • Teaching on the Internet
  • Enhancing Large Lecture Courses with Multimedia
  • Reaching and Teaching Adult Learners through Distance Education
  • Effective Use of Technology in the Undergraduate Curriculum
  • Web Design for Teaching Sociology: Advanced Techniques
Using Major National Data Sets
  • American Community Survey
  • Add Health Wave III
  • Wisconsin Longitudinal Study
Please refer to the online Searchable Program for details on all the sessions and events on this year’s program roster.