American Sociological Association



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  1. What’s Happening in Your Department with Assessment?

    The third in a series of reports based on ASA's Academic Year 2006-07 Survey of Academic Departments, this research brief examines the prevalence and types of student assessment tools used in sociology programs, with some comparisons to data from a previous Academic Department Survey.

  2. What is Happening in Your Department? A Comparison of Findings from the 2001 and the 2007 Department Surveys

    This research brief presents comparative findings on sociology department characteristics and structure, from ASA's Academic Years 2000-01 and 2006-07 Survey of Academic Departments.

  3. What’s Happening in Your Department: Who’s Teaching and How Much?

    Based on ASA's Academic Year 2006-07 Survey of Academic Departments, this research brief presents data on faculty course loads, as well as mean number of faculty by type (permanent, adjunct, graduate teaching assistant) and institutional class.

  4. What’s Happening in Your Department? Department Resources and the Demand Side of Hiring

    The fourth in a series of reports based on ASA's Academic Year 2006-07 Survey of Academic Departments, this research brief examines multiple types of resources available to sociology faculty, as well as sociology departments' ability to hire new faculty.

  5. Departures and Replacements: Are Sociology Departments Downsizing in a Period of State Budget Shortfalls?

    Based on ASA's Academic Year 2000-01 Survey of Academic Departments, this data brief addresses questions such as whether sociology departments will face increased hiring freezes, even as faculty retire.

  6. Are Master’s Programs Closing? What Makes for Success in Staying Open?

    This research brief investigates whether Master’s programs in sociology are facing cancellations or closings, given cutback efforts at universities. Based on a survey of directors of graduate studies, this brief focuses on the characteristics of successful programs that are most likely to stay open. It also examines the differences in curriculum and activities between different types of Master’s programs, namely those that are considered professional or applied and those that are more traditional.

  7. What Can I Do with a Master's in Sociology? The Department as Context

    Sociology departments provided data about the characteristics of their master's programs in a 2009 survey conducted by the ASA research department. Results from that survey, including a comparison of 'traditional' versus 'applied' program characteristics, are presented in this brief.

  8. Paying Attention to the Master’s Degree in Sociology

    An ASA taskforce was appointed to find out ways that sociology departments can strengthen their master's programs as the number of degrees awarded declined by about 13 percent by 2006. This research brief looks at characteristics of master's students, including their reasons for pursuing this degree, what they learned and how satisfied they were with their programs, and how they paid for their education.

  9. Program Assessment with Benchmarks: Using Data from the ASA

    This presentation draws upon Phase I and Phase II of ASA's Bachelor’s and Beyond studies (2005 and 2012), as well as other ASA data, to better understand student assessment in sociology programs.

  10. Strong Ties, Weak Ties, or No Ties: What Helped Sociology Majors Find Career-Level Jobs?

    This research brief examines the use and effectiveness of social capital (including strong, weak, and impersonal or non-ties) in the pursuit of career-level jobs by recent sociology graduates.