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At its August 19-20, 2014, meetings in San Francisco, ASA Council welcomed six new Council members: President-Elect Ruth Milkman, Vice President-Elect Barbara J. Risman, and Council Members-at-large Tanya Golash-Boza, Margaret Hunter, Peter Kivisto, and Adia Harvey Wingfield. Pending Council approval and online posting of the minutes, the following is a brief snapshot of key decisions and information.
Minutes. Meeting minutes for March 1-2, 2014, and submission of amicus briefs were approved. All Council minutes are posted online at www.asanet.org/about/Council_Minutes.cfm.
Agenda. Beginning in 2015, the tentative agenda for each Council meeting will be posted online in advance of the meeting.
Audit. The final audit for Fiscal Year 2013 was accepted and is now available online at www.asanet.org/about/audit.cfm.
Annual Report. The 2013 ASA Annual Report will be posted online and available for free through iTunes later this fall.
Conflict of Interest Policy. The Committee on Publications was added to the list of elected officers who must sign the ASA Conflict of Interest statement, and all elected officers and staff who must sign the Conflict of Interest statement do so annually.
- Approved leeway for two ASA award selection committees (Excellence in Reporting Social Issues, and Distinguished Contributions to Teaching) to accept nominations from members without supporting materials and to help develop full nomination packets/portfolios collaboratively with nominators.
- Revised the schedule for making the Dissertation Award to be on the same calendar as the other ASA awards
- Approved online access to all ASA journals as an automatic benefit of ASA membership
- Recommendations from the ASA Committee on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons in Sociology for additional changes in Gender categories for the member profiles were approved for the 2016 membership year.
- Approved no increase in Member rates, which remain at 2010 levels.
- Approved institutional subscription rate increases of 6 percent to 25 percent for 2015 as negotiated with the publishers.
Department Affiliates. Approved offering a new benefit of free membership for one year to first year graduate students in current ASA Department Affiliates.
- Approved a $10 increase in 2015 Annual Meeting registration fees for full member/non-member categories and guests, and a $5 increase for student and related categories (retired/emeritus, unemployed, secondary school teacher).
- Approved a $5 increase in fees for events and services for the 2015 Annual Meeting.
- Initiated the appointment of a temporary subcommittee to consider the issues raised by a recent petition to Council on the timing, sites, and cost of Annual Meetings in preparation for a full Council discussion at its winter 2015 meeting.
- Mandated that the Committee on Publications have an annual discussion of the current program of ASA journals in relation to the needs of the discipline to be included in the Secretary report to Council.
- Reviewed recommendations for the editorship of the new open access journal.
- Approved a copyright policy change for the Journal of World Systems Research, an online section journal, to allow authors to retain copyright of their articles.
Committee and Task Force Appointments.
- Accepted the recommendations of the Committee on Committees, ASA Secretary, and ASA Executive Officer for 2015 appointed Association positions.
- Approved President-Elect Ruth Milkman’s selection of the following members of the 2016 Program Committee: Kathleen M. Blee, Aixa N. Cintron-Velez, Peter Dreier, Gay W. Seidman, Kristen Schilt, Francesca Polletta, Vincent Roscigno, and Celeste M. Watkins-Hayes, and ex-officio members Barbara J. Risman (ASA Vice President-Elect), Mary Romero (Secretary), and Sally T. Hillsman (Executive Officer).
- Made minor adjustments in membership terms for two status committee.
- Extended the Task Force on Community College Faculty for an additional year.
- Added a subcommittee on public policy to the existing Task Force on Engaging Sociology (formerly the Task Force on Using Social Media to Increase the Visibility of Sociological Research).
- Established a task force charged with creating a revised and expanded 3rd edition of ASA’s Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major.
- Affirmed the current limit of no more than five awards per section.
- Required that all section award recipients hold current membership in ASA at the time the award is given, except where the award is specifically intended for a category of persons who are non-members/non-sociologists.
- Stipulated that all section awards must include the section’s name in the title of the award.
Social Media. An informal update on the activities of the Task Force on Engaging Sociology highlighted subcommittee activities in progress to support a refresh of the ASA website, compile a directory of sociological blogs, recommend improvements in the meeting app, develop resources on best practices for using social media, and draft a white paper on evaluation of public communications for promotion and tenure.
- Issued a resolution honoring the 40th Anniversary Year of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) and recognizing the achievements of the program and the contributions to the discipline made by those the program has supported.
- Adopted a resolution of appreciation for Cora B. Marrett’s outstanding service to the discipline of sociology.
Next Council Meeting. The next Council meeting will be February 7-8, 2015, in Washington, DC.
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