Downloads, Web Links, and Ideas for Department Success

Downloadable Resources

Report from the ASA Subcommittee on the Evaluation of Social Media and Public Communication (2016)
This report considers how one might evaluate 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Hiring Department Faculty (2006)
Straight forward advice on managng a complicated task.

Library Assessment: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.

Library Assessment :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.

Library Assessment: 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.

Library Assessment: 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.

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 Promotion Opportunities Through the ASA

Sorokin Lecture Grants
Apply for funds to bring an ASA Award Winner to your campus for a special lecture.

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

Student Awards--With recognition from your department and the ASA
Recognize outstanding students, build their morale and assist in their professional development.

Online Resources

ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center
Information on leadership, faculty issues, budget management, legal matters, and more.

AAC&U Diversity Resources
An interactive resource hub for higher education

ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Anthropology and Sociology Students
Clear goals and measurable outcomes for promoting information literacy through curriculum

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
An information-rich resource for planning and implementing campus assessment processes and activites

Anthropology and Sociology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

Sociology Assessment Resources
Sociology program assessments from institutions across the country