Faculty are at the heart of the discipline of sociology. ASA offers resources and programs to support pedagogical success for faculty and teachers across the full range of institutional locations. This includes information on online learning, TRAILS (ASA's online peer reviewed library of high quality teaching resources), and grant opportunities.
CONNECT WITH ASA COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROFESSIONALS
Faculty teaching sociology in community colleges can connect with each other through the ASA Community College Faculty Facebook Group. The group provides a forum for sociologists teaching in community colleges to share ideas and discuss issues in a welcoming environment. The Facebook group seeks to facilitate meaningful exchanges, connections, and networking opportunities for community college faculty across the country.
You can also connect with colleagues through the ASA Community College Listserv, which is free and open to all faculty teaching at community colleges. It is the perfect place to share teaching ideas, classroom and research challenges, and professional development opportunities. To sign up for the listserv,
- Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leave the subject field blank
- In the body of the message, type: subscribe ASA_COMMUNITY_COLLEGE
- Send the message
You will receive an automated e-mail confirmation. You can also email email@example.com with your name, email address, and institutional affiliation. You will receive a confirmation email in 1-2 business days.
ASA TASK FORCE ON COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACULTY - FINAL REPORT
This Task Force was charged with gathering empirical data on faculty teaching sociology at community colleges in order to better understand their characteristics, credentials, professional identity, professional goals, and professional development needs, as well as working conditions and structural arrangements that impact sociology curricula and its implementation in their institutions.
TEACHING SOCIOLOGY ARTICLES
The task force conducted a survey of community college faculty teaching sociology that received more than 700 responses. Results from the survey were reported in three articles published in Teaching Sociology.
Brown, Sonia, Stacye Blount, Charles A. Dickinson, Alison Better, Margaret Weigers Vitullo, Deidre Tyler, and Michael Kisielewski. 2016. “Teaching for Social Justice: Motivations of Community College Faculty in Sociology.” Teaching Sociology 44(4): 244-55.
Kapitulik, Brian P., Katherine R. Rowell, Michelle A. Smith, and Nicole V. Amaya. 2016. “Examining the Professional Status of Full-time Sociology Faculty in Community Colleges.” Teaching Sociology 44(4): 256-69.
Curtis, John W., Cynthia Mahabir, and Margaret Weigers Vitullo. 2016. “Sociology Faculty Members Employed Part-time in Community Colleges: Structural Disadvantage, Cultural Devaluation, and Faculty-Student Relationships.” Teaching Sociology 44(4):270-86.
FREE ACCESS TO ASA JOURNALS FOR ASA MEMBERS
All members of ASA get free access to the 10 journals published by ASA, including Teaching Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Sociology of Education, among others. To access the journals, log in to your My ASA Member Portal using your ASA ID and password. Under the heading ASA Journals, click "Access Your Online Journals." This will open a customized set of links for the journals to which you currently subscribe. Each link provides online access from the current publisher without an additional log in or account setup. If you feel the journals listed here are not accurate, contact the ASA membership department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 383-9005 ext. 389.
ASA members receive online access to all (non-section) ASA journals as a benefit of membership. ASA's journal partners offer current member subscribers access to all online content from 2004 to the current volume of each subscribed journal. New in 2017, ASA members also recieve access to the full ASA journal archive through JSTOR (2014 and earlier).
TEACHING & LEARNING SYMPOSIUM AT THE ANNUAL MEETING
This new annual meeting element was established by ASA Council in response to the recommendations of the ASA Task Force on Community College Faculty in Sociology. The symposium consists of four back-to-back sessions of workshops, roundtable discussions, and poster presentations focused on teaching and learning in the discipline. Unlike regular annual meeting submissions, proposals to present at the symposium (which are due in January of each year) consist of only a 300-word structured abstract. The symposium creates new pathways to engage a broader array of sociologists in discussions of teaching and learning in the discipline—including both community college faculty for whom developing a full paper confers little professional benefit, and faculty in research intensive universities who care about teaching but whose areas of research do not include teaching and learning. The symposium will be scheduled either the day before or the day after the main day of sessions organized by the Section on Teaching and Learning. The result will be two full days of programming focused on teaching at the annual meeting.
Community college faculty are also eligible for a substantially lower cost annual meeting registration fee.
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