A collection of resources from ASA and other relevant sources to support department success.
Curriculum and Assessment
Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major Updated (2005)
Includes ASA guiding recommendations for sociology curriculum at the BA level. (88 pages) Also available as a booklet.
Creating an Effective Assessment Plan for the Sociology Major (2005)
Concise, clear advice on assessment, plus a large number of examples of assessment plans from sociology programs around the country. Also available as a booklet.
Sociology Assessment Resources
Sociology program assessments from institutions across the country
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
An information-rich resource for planning and implementing campus assessment processes and activities
Sociology and General Education (2007)
A series of 6 recommendations on various ways sociology can continue to impact general education learning requirements, as well as how to utilize general education learning requirements to further develop majors.
Report of the ASA Task Force on Sociology and Criminology Programs (2010)
Discusses various structural arrangements between sociology, criminology and criminal justice in academia, examines potential benefits and challenges of arrangement types, includes recommendations to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of these arrangements.
Models and Best Practices for Joint Sociology-Anthropology Departments (2006)
Explores the range of organizational structures in these joint departments, challenges and opportunities, and suggestions for management.
ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Anthropology and Sociology Students
Clear goals and measurable outcomes for promoting information literacy through curriculum
What Counts? Evaluating Public Communication in Tenure and Promotion (2016)
Guidance for evaluating sociologists' contributions to social media and public sociology in merit, promotion, and tenure.
Motivations to be Chair of a Graduate Department of Sociology (2011)
This essay outlines the important role of Department Chair.
Hiring Department Faculty (2006)
Straight forward advice on managing a complicated task.
Sociology Club Guide: Ideas for Generating Student Involvement in Departments of Sociology (2010)
A collection of information to help departments strengthen the professional socialization of their students, starting with student handbooks, clubs, and special activities. The Sociology Club Guide a revision of the
Consider honoring one or more students in your department who have done particularly well with the ASA Department Prize!
Department Sponsored Student ASA Memberships
Encourage an identity shift from student to sociologist. (Note that all first year students in Department Affiliates receive a free year of ASA membership. Learn about the Department Affiliates)
Student Awards--With recognition from your department and the ASA
Recognize outstanding students, build their morale and assist in their professional development.
Department Funding Opportunities
Sorokin Lecture Grants
Apply for funds to bring an ASA Award Winner to your campus for a special lecture.
Howery Teaching Enhancement Fund Grants
Departments as well as individuals can apply for funding to support projects that advance the scholarship of teaching and learning in sociology.
Library Assessment Tools
Level 1 ACRL Assessment Tools for Sociology Collections and Services in Academic Libraries (2010)
For institutions that offer only courses in sociology and not a minor or major.
Level 2 ACRL Assessment Tools for Sociology Collections and Services in Academic Libraries (2010)
For institutions that offer an undergraduate minor or major in sociology.
Level 3 ACRL Assessment Tools for Sociology Collections and Services in Academic Libraries (2010)
For Institutions that offer graduate level (MA or PhD) instruction in sociology.
Level 4 ACRL Assessment Tools for Sociology Collections and Services in Academic Libraries (2010)
For Institutions where the library defines itself as maintaining a comprehensive collection in sociology.