American Sociological Association

Information for SAN Volunteers


Sociologists from the full range of employment sectors and career stages are welcome, including those working in academia and in practice settings. Volunteers may be early in their careers, they may be mid-career scholars, or they may be retired. Regardless of background, career stage, or age, to volunteer with SAN you must meet the following minimum requirements: 

  • Be a member of the American Sociological Association
  • Hold a Ph.D. in sociology 
  • Have strong endorsements from three references regarding your qualifications, experience, integrity, and judgement. 
  • Be a good communicator, both verbally and in writing. 

What are the requirements for a SAN project?

  • Sociological skill must be central to the project. 
  • The outcome of the project must be a tangible work product, such as a research report, a program evaluation report, or a survey design. 
  • The primary goal of the project must be advancing the work of the organization and the people it serves. 
  • The project must have a specified, bounded time frame, although the duration may vary considerably.  The range is likely to fall between one day and two years. 

What else should you know? 

  • You will be providing your time and expertise on a pro bono basis.  Responsibility for any expenses associated with your volunteer position (such as travel, materials, transcriptions, etc.) must be negotiated by you and the host organization.  
  • Expectations for both volunteers and host organizations should be explicitly discussed. We recommend you look at the model agreement documents found under the “Resources” section of the SAN website. 
  • In order to encourage fruitful collaboration, all parties will comply with policies and expectations.  

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