January 25, 2012
This year, the ASA Research Department will be conducting a new survey of sociology departments and programs. We are asking departments for their input as we begin drafting the 2012 questionnaire. What would you like to see addressed in the new survey? What are the issues that your department or program are currently facing? What information does the Dean want to know?
Please post your comments.
November 14, 2011
The latest findings from our longitudinal study of the diffusion of innovation in and adoption of cutting-edge teaching materials by teaching and learning networks are now available in the Powerpoint presentation, The Effects of Technology on the Growth of a Teaching and Learning Network. These findings were presented last month at the 2011 Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE) PI Meeting in Pentagon City.
(photo credits: EERA_ECER)
October 26, 2011
The ASA Research Department has a Facebook page! Give us your thumbs up to receive updates about new publications, meetings, funding opportunities, and other happenings in the department. Also, if your department or organization has a Facebook page, please let us know.
September 6, 2011
Moving Towards Change: Findings from the 2010 Job Bank Survey is now available on our website. In it, we discuss what happened to the jobs available to newly minted PhDs that were advertised through the ASA in 2010. This year, we also compare specializations requested by employers to the academic interests of our student membership, as indicated on membership forms. Have a read and feel free to post your comments here. We are always interested to hear what you may be interested to learn from these surveys in the future.
February 1, 2011
Roberta Spalter-Roth and Nicole Van Vooren recently wrote a Footnotes article on sociology PhDs employed in non-academic positions. (See “Should New PhDs Consider Non-Academic Careers?”). Given that last year’s Job Bank Survey showed that junior sociologists faced a difficult job market, the article asks if there any signs of movement within the sociological community to encourage new sociology PhDs to consider and pursue professional sociological careers in research, practice, or policy outside of the academy?
This year, we will be conducting a new survey of non-academic PhDs, the planning of which will include a focus group here in DC this spring to discuss what issues and questions should be in the subsequent questionnaire. ASA members are also encouraged to send suggestions to email@example.com.
October 12, 2010
Author Ron Arons recently published Wanted! U.S. Criminal Records Sources & Research Methodology, a renference guide targeted for genealogists, criminologists, sociologists, historians, and even true crime writers searching for prison records, criminal court documents, parole records, pardon records, execution information, investigative files, and more. The book also contains examples of documents you can find in repositories and a primer on how to conduct genealogical research on criminals. For more information or to purchase this text, visit the author’s website at www.ronarons.com.
September 29, 2010
Our colleague, Melissa Hotlzman, an associate professor of sociology at Ball State University, is preparing a Master’s-level grant-writing course for the Spring semester and is interested in hearing from those who presently teach (or will be teaching) similar courses.
You may contact Dr. Hotlzman directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 2, 2010
Not to be confused with social network analysis (although we are now undertaking that as well), but the American Sociological Association has set up shop on Twitter and Facebook. (You can also track ASA Twitter posts on this blog on the panel on the right of the screen. These will be maintained by our press department.) Be sure to check them out, subscribe to the feeds, and join the group!