American Sociological Association

Academic and Professional Affairs

The ASA Department of Academic and Professional Affairs has two broad sets of responsibility. On the academic side, it works to advance sociology in colleges and universities, strengthen departments and their programs, and engender effective communication and collaboration between the ASA and sociology departments. It also works to identify and promote best practices in education, training, and teaching.

On the professional affairs side, it collaborates with the other departments in the ASA Executive Office to support and foster sociologists' careers at all levels—from recent Bachelors degree recipients to full professors. Academic and Professional Affairs is committed to advancing sociological careers both within academia and in society at large.

The department is responsible for TRAILS (Teaching Resources and Innovation Library for Sociology), Department Affiliates, Department Resource Group, Howery Teaching Enhancement Grants, and the annual Department Chair and Director of Graduate Study Conferences, as well as publications related to teaching, curriculum development, career, and department management. We also lead initiatives to support high school teachers of sociology and community college faculty


Teresa Ciabattari, Ph.D.
Director, Academic and Professional Affairs

Diego de los Rios, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Academic and Professional Affairs

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