September/October 2014 Issue • Volume 42 • Issue 7

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Council Highlights

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

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

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.



Subscription Rates.

Department Affiliates. Approved offering a new benefit of free membership for one year to first year graduate students in current ASA Department Affiliates.

Annual Meeting.


Committee and Task Force Appointments.


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.

New Business.

Next Council Meeting. The next Council meeting will be February 7-8, 2015, in Washington, DC.


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