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At its August 25-26, 2015, meetings in Chicago, ASA Council welcomed seven new Council members: President-Elect Michèle Lamont, Vice President-Elect Kathleen Gerson, Secretary-Elect David Takeuchi, and Council Members-at-large Daniel Chambliss, Cynthia Feliciano, Mignon Moore, and Wendy Ng. Pending Council approval and online posting of the minutes, the following is a brief snapshot of key decisions and information.
Minutes. Meeting minutes for February 7, 2015, were approved. All Council minutes are posted online at www.asanet.org/about/Council_Minutes.cfm.
Audit. The audited financial statement for Fiscal Year 2014 was approved and is available online at www.asanet.org/about/audit.cfm.
Annual Report. The 2014 ASA Annual Report was distributed at the ASA Bookstore during the 2015 Annual Meeting. The online version is posted on the ASA website and will also be available through iTunes later this fall.
Awards. The Committee on Awards was requested to review and prepare a recommendation for the March 2016 Council meeting regarding a proposal from the ASA Dissertation Award Selection Committee that dissertations receiving the award be made publicly available in the year that the dissertation receives the award.
Executive Office. In response to the Executive Officer’s letter of resignation, effective May 2016, the Committee on the Executive Office and Budget (EOB) reported on its plans to commence the search for a new Executive Officer.
- Added free access to TRAILS as a new member benefit for 2016.
- Approved giving new sociology PhDs a free one-year membership to ASA and one section of their choice for a two-year trial period (2016 and 2017 membership years).
- Approved the Volunteer Opportunities in a Collaborative Environment (VOICE) proposal as a future member benefit.
- Approved a COLA adjustment in 2016 dues.
Journal Subscription Rates.
- Approved no increase in Member rates, which remain at 2010 levels.
- Approved institutional subscription rate increases of 5 to 6 percent for 2016 as negotiated with the publishers.
Annual Meeting. Fees for registration, events, and services for the 2016 Annual Meeting will remain at 2015 levels.
Job Bank. A new fee structure was approved for job listings and individual non-member subscriptions.
- Approved an updated statement of mission for Sociological Theory.
- Affirmed the Secretary’s approval of additional pages for the 2015 volume of Sociological Methodology.
- Established a joint subcommittee to explore alternate business models for Contexts that would be revenue neutral; the subcommittee will be comprised of members of Council, the Committee on Publications, the EOB Committee, the Task Force on Engaging Sociology, and Executive Office staff.
- Approved the Committee on Publications recommendation that the submission process for all ASA journals include a requirement that authors be asked to write short statements on: IRB approval (whether required or not by research institution), data-sharing, funding source(s) for the research, and any conflicts of interest in research or funding.
Committee and Task Force Appointments.
- Accepted the recommendations of the Committee on Committees, ASA Secretary, and ASA Executive Officer for 2016 appointed Association positions.
- Affirmed the long-standing policy that Council members are ineligible to serve on committees for which they have appointive authority.
- Approved President-Elect Michèle Lamont’s recommendation of the following members for the 2017 Program Committee: Sada Aksartova, David Grusky, David Harding, Ann Morning, Kristen Schilt, Graziella Moraes Silva, Yasemin Soysal, and Anna Sun; and ex-officio members Kathleen Gerson (ASA Vice President-Elect), Mary Romero (Secretary), David Takeuchi (Secretary-Elect), and Sally T. Hillsman (Executive Officer).
- Renewed the Committee on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Persons in Sociology for another five-year term; changed the committee’s name to “Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) People in Sociology”; and approved the committee’s amended mission statement.
High School Sociology. The proposed National Standards for High School Sociology, prepared by the High School Sociology Planning Program, were approved. The standards focus on four broad learning domains, each of which includes 3-4 assessable competencies.
Sections. The collaboration of the ASA Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities with the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University was authorized, if their grant proposal for a mentoring program is approved by NSF.
- Expressed deep appreciation for the work of the Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change in producing the edited volume, titled Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives (Oxford, 2015).
- Received updates on the activities of the Task Force on Engaging Sociology, the Task Force on Community College Faculty, and the Task Force on Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major, 3rd edition.
New Business. Following review of a business meeting resolution asking for the establishment of a task force on contingency faculty, Council asked the ASA Research Department to prepare a summary report on the state of knowledge about contingent employment in sociology, resurrect the report from the previous task force on contingent faculty, and draft in consultation with ASA officers a charge for a possible new task force to be considered by Council at its next meeting.
Next Council Meeting. The next Council meeting will be held on March 12-13, 2016, in Washington, DC.
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