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Seminars, Courses, and Workshops

Look 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. Seminar topics and leaders are listed below. All sessions are run seminar-style; there will be NO hands-on computer work.

Attendance at each seminar is limited to 50 registrants. Prepaid registration is required; fees are $30. The schedule and description of each seminar is posted on the ASA website. Please check the posted schedule carefully to make sure that you don’t sign up for a seminar when you are scheduled to present your own paper.

  • Counterfactual Causal Modeling
    Sunday, August 14, 2:30 - 4:10 pm
    Felix Elwert, Harvard University

  • Ensemble Statistical Methods for Data Mining in the Social Sciences
    Saturday, August 13, 2:30 - 4:10 pm
    Richard Berk, University of California-Los Angeles

  • Event History Analysis
    Sunday, August 14, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
    Trond Petersen, University of California-Berkeley

  • Fuzzy Sets and Case-Oriented Research
    Monday, August 15, 10:30 am - 12:10 pm
    Charles Ragin, University of Arizona

  • Qualitative Analysis and Qualitative Software: Strategies for Integrating
    Monday, August 15, 8:30 - 10:10 am
    Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Boston College; and Raymond Maietta, ResearchTalk, Inc.

  • Structuring Discovery: A Model and Method for Multisite Team Ethnography
    Tuesday, August 16, 10:30 am - 12:10 pm
    Linda Burton, Pennsylvania State University; Stephen Matthews, Pennsylvania State University; and Debra Skinner, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


    This educational component provides opportunities for attendees to get in-depth training in special subject areas. These day-long intensive sessions are led by expert faculty who have prepared a comprehensive curriculum to engage participants on all levels. Registrants will receive certificates documenting their participation and completion of these courses.

    Courses are held prior to the first full day of program sessions. Attendance limits and fees are noted below, and prepaid registration is required. Reservations are accepted in order of receipt in the ASA Executive Office. Fees are non-refundable after July 13.

  • Teachers Teaching Teachers (co-sponsored by the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology)
    Friday, August 12, 8:30 am – 12:00 noon; 2:00–6:00 pm
    Fee: $50; Attendance Limit: 25
    Leaders: Jeanne Ballantine, Wright State University; Greiss Weiss, Roanoke College

    Graduate students and beginning teachers will focus on the teaching and learning process in this one-day course. Experts in the field will present panels, workshops, breakout discussion groups, and small group mentoring for approximately 25 participants. Participants will select from workshop and discussion topics including how successful teachers teach, process of creating courses, dealing with controversial issues in the classroom, managing classroom dynamics, learning styles/multiple intelligences, assessment in teaching, evaluating teaching performance, writing and presenting on teaching and learning, getting a job, and tips for successful teaching from award winning teachers. This pre-conference course will be supplemented by ASA sessions on teaching during the Annual Meeting. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis; fees cover course materials and refreshments. For further information about course content, contact Jeanne Ballantine ( or Greg Weiss (

  • Key Developments in Sociology of Gender
    Friday, August 12, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
    Fee: $50; Attendance Limit: 40
    Leaders: Judith A. Howard, Karen Rosenberg, Alesha Durfee, and Julie Brines, University of Washington

    This course will assess recent developments and emphases in the sociology of gender, moving also to speculations about major priorities for the future. Among these emphases are the growth of both transnational and global analyses of gender; the relationship between transnational analyses of gender and U.S.-based diversity studies of gender; the role of activism and civic engagement in the sociology of gender; and the connections between disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarships of gender. The couse facilitators will use a variety of pedagogical techniques, illustrationg by example ways of teaching sociologyies of gender.

  • Sociological Work on Global Warming and Climate Change
    Friday, August 12, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
    Fee: $50; Attendance Limit: 40
    Leaders: Penelope Canan, University of Denver; Melanie Hartman, Global Carbon Project; Stephan Scholz, Global Carbon Project and University of Arizona; Robert Brulle, Drexel University

    Human practices since the Industrial Revolution have had such a large impact on the planet that the Earth has moved well outside the range of the natural variability exhibited over the more than half million years. Already we are dealing with the impacts of just a one-degree rise in the global temperature and associated extreme weather events. Predictions for increasing global warming over the next few decades vary, but each scenario is alarming. Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use (industrialization, transportation, urbanization) and the loss of carbon sinks (deforestation) are major culprits. What do we as sociologist have to say about theoretical directions for social change to alter the patterns of a global carbon culture?

    We will produce a collection of examples of sociological work relevant to global warming, the carbon cycle, and climate change. Participants will be asked to prepare a brief oral overview of an assigned selection. We anticipate that selections will include contributions covering environment and… demographic change, energy consumption patterns, equity, impact analysis, carbon culture, land use changes (deforestation), urbanization, and globalization.

  • Multicultural Infusion into Introductory Sociology Curriculum
    Friday, August 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
    Fee: $50; Attendance Limit: 40
    Leaders: Susan St. John, Corning Community College-SUNY; Elijah Anderson, University of Pennsylvania; Carol Jenkins, Glendale Community College; and Lynn Weber, University of South Carolina

    Designed to provide instructors with strategies and resources to develop multicultural teaching modules for basic sociological concepts. Multicultural infusion is a modification of curriculum designed to heighten awareness of cultural differences without polarizing students. We will explain how multicultural infusion differs from simply presenting singular race/ethnic, class, or gender lessons. Distinguished faculty will help participants move from selectively “highlighting” minority issues toward lectures and activities that bring multiple perspectives into a single lesson. Faculty will discover how to adapt sociological concepts they already teach, such as, socialization or social stratification, to encompass diverse perspectives. This approach connects faculty to a wider range of students and students, especially minorities, see themselves in the curriculum they are presented. In addition, multicultural infusion enhances critical thinking, draws from local history and experiences relevant to various student populations, and provides historically more accurate description of social phenomena. There will be time for “hand-on” curriculum development and sharing of ideas with workshop presenters and participants.


    From teaching challenges to using major data sets to career advice and beyond, the 2005 Program features a robust selection 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 in the online preliminary program schedule on the ASA website.

    Departmental Issues

  • Approaches to Service-Learning in the Sociology Major
  • ASA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Major
  • Directing Theses and Dissertations: How Faculty Can Be Most Helpful?
  • Opportunities and Obstacles to Faculty Professional Development at Community Colleges
  • Recruiting and Retaining Quality Majors
  • Sociology and General Education: Can We Do Better?
  • Teaching Honors Sociology (a college-level course) in High School (co-sponsored by the Task Force on the AP Course in Sociology)
  • Teaching Online Courses
  • Teaching Research Ethics
  • Using Distance-Learning Education and Other Virtual Resources in Sociology Courses

    Grants and Research

  • Belmont II: Best Practices for Social Science IRBs
  • Doing Sociological Research Abroad
  • Scientific Foundations for Qualitative Research
  • The Status of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) (co-sponsored by the ASA Committee on Professional Ethics)
  • “Surfing the Net”: How to Do So Efficiently and Effectively for Research
  • Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

    Using Major National Data Sets

  • Add Health: New Educational Data
  • ASA and Regional Association Annual Program Database
  • ICPSR and Maximizing the Use of Archives
  • Panel Study of Income Dynamics: An Introduction to its Potential & Use
  • Using Census Data
  • Using the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series in Research (IPUMS)
  • Using Web Based Tools to Access the NCOVR Data Center
  • Wisconsin Longitudinal Study

    Teaching Research Skills

  • Resources on Computational Modeling and Social Simulation
  • Successfully Teaching Statistics without Watering Down
  • Teaching Research Methods and Making It Exciting
  • Teaching Social Research across the Undergraduate Curriculum
  • Undergraduate Student Research: Lessons from IDA
  • Using Census Data in Teaching Undergraduate Sociology (co-sponsored by ASA’s Integrating Data Analysis Project)
  • What’s New with Student CHIP: An Update for Experienced Users and an Introduction for Newbies

    Professional Development

  • Developing Your Leadership Skills
  • Fundamentals of Program Evaluation
  • Serving as an Expert Witness in Courts
  • Teaching as a Calling: Developing the Materials, Skills, and Confidence to be a Master Teacher

    On Publishing Opportunities

  • Communicating Research to the Media (Co-sponsored by the ASA Spivack Program)
  • Getting Your Book or Journal Article Published
  • Writing Sociology for a General Audience

    For Graduate Students and New Professionals

  • Bridges to Policy-Makers
  • Balancing Work and Family Careers in Academia (Co-sponsored by Sociologists for Women in Society)
  • Ensuring a Successful First Teaching Experience as a Graduate Student
  • Getting in and Staying in Graduate School
  • Launching an Academic Career in an Uncertain Economy: Advice from the Experts
  • Making the Most of Your Dissertation: Publishing Opportunities
  • Navigating the Graduate Admission Process
  • Preparing for Promotion and Tenure
  • Preparing your Credentials for Teaching-Oriented Faculty Positions (designed for advanced graduate students)
  • Strategies for Getting Tenure (Co-sponsored by Sociologists for Women in Society)
  • Thesis and Dissertation Accomplished, Practical Steps to Getting Done

    Employment and Career Issues

  • Building a Career with a “Lavender Vita” (co-sponsored by the Sociologists’ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus)
  • Life on the Smaller Side: Balancing Responsibilities and Preparing for Tenure and Promotion in Smaller Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Minority Experiences in Academia
  • Negotiating Retirement
  • Negotiating the Job Market
  • Portfolio Preparation (Co-sponsored by Sociologists for Women in Society)
  • Working Outside the Discipline: Careers in Interdisciplinary Departments

    Careers in Sociological Practice

  • Career Opportunities for Sociologists in State Government
  • Careers for Sociologists in the Criminal Justice System
  • Employment Trends for Sociologists: Doing Sociological Work in Different Venues
  • Job Search Strategies Outside the Academy
  • Organizational Consulting

    Teaching about Sociological Practice

  • Civic Engagement in the Classroom
  • Community-based Research: A Framework for Empowerment
  • Developing an Internship Program in Applied Sociology
  • Effective Clinical Sociology: From Practitioners to Programs
  • The Place of Theory in Applied Sociology
  • Teaching Applied Sociology
  • Teaching Social Policy Issues: Work and Family Policies

    Teaching Sociology Courses

  • Innovative Strategies for Teaching Introduction to Sociology
  • Teaching the Sociology of Death and Dying
  • Teaching the Sociology of Education
  • Teaching the Sociology of Work and Occupations
  • Teaching about Families
  • Teaching Criminology (co-sponsored by the ASA Section on Crime, Law, and Deviance)
  • Teaching Marxist Sociology
  • Teaching Latino/a Studies (co-sponsored by the ASA Section on Latino/a Sociology)
  • Teaching the Sociology of Mental Health (co-sponsored by the ASA Section on Medical Sociology)
  • Teaching Medical Sociology (Co-sponsored by the ASA Section on Medical Sociology)
  • Teaching the Sociology of Sex and Gender (Co-sponsored by the ASA Sex and Gender Section)
  • Teaching Social Psychology
  • Teaching the Sociology of Peace, War, and Social Conflict
  • Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocide
  • Teaching Sociology of the Middle East
  • Teaching Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • Teaching Youth Culture

    Teaching Techniques and Innovations

  • The ASA Centennial as a Teaching Resource (co-sponsored by the ASA Section on History of Sociology)
  • Constructing Cross-Cultural Gender Studies Courses
  • Facilitating Teamwork in Sociology Courses
  • Including Sociology of the Future in the Undergraduate Curriculum
  • Integrating the Contributions of Queer Studies into the Sociology Curriculum
  • Sequencing Writing across the Sociology Major
  • Teaching about Controversial Subjects
  • Teaching an Advanced Introductory Course for Majors (and Transfers)
  • Teaching and Performance
  • Teaching Courses Collaboratively and Electronically with Colleagues in Other Countries
  • Teaching Public Sociologies (co-sponsored by the ASA Task Force on the Institutionalization of Public Sociology)
  • Teaching Sociology and Disability Studies
  • Using Active Learning Exercises to Teach Sociology
  • Using Popular Music in Sociology Courses