American Sociological Association

Department Leaders’ Toolbox

A collection of resources from ASA and other relevant sources to support department success.

Fostering Vibrant Departments

ASA Resources and Initiatives for Department Chairs (2016)
A primer on resources ASA offers to department leaders. 

Family Friendly Departmental Practices (December 2015, Video)
In this webinar Jennifer Glass, a leader in the field of work and gender issues, shares her advice and insights on facilitating a family friendly sociology department. She addresses how she created a departmental environment where those with dependent care responsibilities had their care work honored without burdening their colleagues or generating perceptions of unfairness. 

When Sociology is on the Chopping Block (2015, PDF)
Our current higher education environment is one in which threats to degree programs come in myriad forms and from unexpected sources. It is critical to be appropriately responsive to the source of the threat (e.g., legislators, board members, community leaders, media, administrators) and always with attention to the institutional context.
 

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

 

Personnel

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.

 

Supporting Students

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

Department Prize
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.

 

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