September/October 2013 Issue • Volume 41 • Issue 6

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Think Ahead to 2015!

Invited Session Proposals Are Solicited for the 110th Annual Meeting! Deadlines are November 13 and February 5.

The substantive program for the 2015 Annual Meeting is now taking shape under the leadership of President-Elect Paula England and the 2015 Program Committee. The theme of “Sexualities in the Social World” invites participation across the discipline and provides many opportunities to bring together a variety of sociological areas in diverse formats.

The spectrum of sessions on the Annual Meeting program reflects the ASA’s commitment to facilitate intellectual communication and the transmission of knowledge, information, and skills relevant to the field of sociology and aligned social sciences.

Members are now encouraged to submit session proposals for the components of the program where participation is by invitation only. That is, proposals should include both the topic for a session and the name of individuals who will be invited to speak at the session. Please keep in mind that the process of submitting proposals is competitive. The Program Committee often has many more session proposals than can be accepted, but we truly appreciate hearing from members. We recommend submitters confer with the members of the proposed session to ensure that they are available and ask them to submit a tentative paper or “talk” title. Those who wish to volunteer to serve as organizers for Regular Session topics, which are open to paper submissions, should watch for an announcement in mid-December 2013.

The ASA meeting is a program of the members, by the members, for the members. But a meeting of this size and scope requires advance planning. Think ahead and propose session topics and organizers now. With the collective input of ASA members, the 2015 Annual Meeting program will achieve another high mark of excellence.

There are six different types of invited sessions:

Thematic Sessions examine the meeting theme. These sessions are broad in scope and endeavor to make the theme of the meeting come alive. Ideas for Thematic Sessions are due by November 13, 2013. The ASA Program Committee works actively on these sessions, but proposals from members are welcome.

Special Sessions focus on new areas of sociological work or other timely topics which may or may not relate to the theme. They generally address sociological issues, whether in research or its application, of importance to the discipline or of interest beyond. Proposals for sessions co-sponsored with sister sociological associations are usually accommodated under this component.

Regional Spotlight Sessions provide opportunities to look at issues pertinent to the host site for the Annual Meeting. With Chicago, Illinois, as the site of the 2015 Annual Meeting, there are many opportunities to develop interesting session topics with invited panelists, as well as ideas for local tours and site visits.

Author Meets Critic Sessions are designed to bring authors of recent books deemed to be important contributions to the discipline together with discussants chosen to provide different viewpoints. Books published during 2011-2014 are eligible for nomination. Only ASA members may submit nominations; self-nominations are not acceptable.

Workshops provide practical advice or instruction to sociologists at every professional level. Topics focus on careers and professional growth, academic department strategies, research skills and use of major datasets, teaching challenges, publishing advice and tips, grant opportunities and grant writing skills, enhanced teaching of standard courses, ethical issues, and more. If you have tried a pedagogical approach that has been effective, developed insightful career advice, or have wisdom to share about using sociology in applied and research settings, please volunteer to organize and lead a workshop. Workshops are open to all attendees; no fees are involved.

Courses are designed to keep sociologists abreast of recent scholarly trends and developments. These intensive sessions are led by expert instructors who are considered to be at the forefront of a given field. Course instructors are urged to prepare reading lists, teaching materials (e.g., handouts), and to use the same techniques they would use in advanced graduate courses. If you have cutting-edge methodological or theoretical knowledge in an important area or know a colleague who has such expertise, please submit a proposal for a course. Participants in courses register in advance and pay a small fee to cover cost of materials.

Guidelines for Session Proposals

Thematic Sessions, Special Sessions, and Regional Spotlight Sessions proposals must include:

Author Meets Critics session proposals must include:

Workshop proposals must include:

Course proposals must include:

Organizer Eligibility. All session organizers must be members of ASA. Students are not eligible to serve as sole organizers of invited sessions.

Deadlines. Proposals for Thematic Sessions are due by November 13, 2013. Proposals for all other sessions are due by February 5, 2014.

Submission. Proposals should be submitted through the online module located on the 2015 Annual Meeting website. The module will ensure the proper transmission of proposals to the Program Committee; do not mail or email proposals directly to Program Committee members.

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