ASA offers a variety of services and information useful to department chairs and administrators of sociology programs in colleges and universities.
The Department Affiliates Program provides a department-level link between academic institutions and the American Sociological Association.
Michele Lamont’s comments on the Department Affiliates Program:
“The past year has been marked by increasing political polarization, proliferating hate crimes, and rising economic inequality. As a department leader, you know that delivering on the promise of sociology in these difficult times requires strong sociology programs and a strong national association backing them up. For that reason, I’m writing to ask you to make sure that your department is a part of the ASA’s Department Affiliates Program.” Read the entire letter (.pdf).
Department Leaders' Toolbox
ASA has curated and compiled useful resources on a wide range of topics of interest to department chairs and administrators. These include materials on: program assessment, ideas for department renewal, student recruitment, connecting with other department chairs, managing joint departments, and assessing your library's sociology collection.
Department Resources Group
Department Resources Group (DRG) is currently composed of over 40 sociologist/consultants who assist departments with a wide variety of needs, including:
- external reviews
- curriculum development
- department retreats
- teaching workshops
In addition, the DRG Mentors Program is available to assist individuals who have taken on a leadership role in the department, such as department chair, division coordinator, or graduate studies director.
The ASA bookstore offers a wide range of publications to assist departments with curriculum development, assessment, developing service learning and internship courses, graduate student socialization, and preparing future faculty.
MCAT and Sociology
Starting in 2015, the new MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) will include a required section on the social and behavioral sciences. 30 percent of that section is specifically about sociology. This may mean that pre-medical curricula across the country will start requiring Introduction to Sociology, as well as Introduction to Psychology. It certainly means that there will be increasing numbers of pre-med students in sociology classes.
Department Chairs Preconference
New and current chairs at all types of academic institutions are invited to attend the ASA Department Chairs Conference at the ASA Annual Meeting. Topics rotate annually.
Director of Graduate Studies Preconference
At the Annual Meeting, the ASA hosts the Director of Graduate Studies Conference. This half-day event focuses on the organizational challenges of managing MA and PhD programs in sociology, as well as current issues in higher education.
Information about the 2018 Chairs and DGS preconference themes will be posted in the Annual Meeting area of the website.
Update Your Department Record
Log in to the ASA Member Portal with your department's ID. If your department is an ASA Affiliate, this is located in the header of recent Chairlink newsletters. If not, send an email to ASA customer service.
Type your department zip code.
Update information as needed. Please be sure to include an email address for the current department chair, as well as a general email that will not change over time.
For additional assistance updating your account, please view our step-by-step instructions with screen shots.