American Sociological Association

Contingent Faculty

The American Sociological Association is committed to supporting sociologists working as contingent faculty. If you have a suggestion for a resource you would like to see posted on this page, please email Diego de los Rios at

Task Force on Contingent Faculty Report

ASA Council has approved the final report from the Task Force on Contingent Faculty. Members of the task force spent three years researching and analyzing data to better understand the dynamics and implications of the recent growth of contingent employment among sociologists and used this research to make recommendations. You can read the full report below.

Full Report

Recommendations for Department Leadership

Contingent Faculty Listserv

The listserv is a space where people can share and discuss resources, announcements, and thoughts on issues related to contingent faculty. This list is open to anyone, regardless of membership status.

To sign up for the listserv, please follow these instructions:

  • Send a message to
  • Leave the subject field blank
  • In the body of the message, type: "subscribe ASA_contingent_faculty"
  • Send the message


Teaching Resources


All ASA members have free access to TRAILS, an online peer-reviewed library of high-quality teaching resources. Resource types include syllabi, class activities, assignments, lectures, and more. Submitting resources for publication in TRAILS provides evidence of teaching excellence. Subscriptions are available for non-members. Learn more

Sociological Insights Videos

ASA has put together a number of videos highlighting sociological research that are great for in-class use. Click here to see the full collection. 


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