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ASA Council Briefs

February 4-6, 2005

The Council of the American Sociological Association held its winter meeting February 4-6, 2005 in Washington, DC. Prior to the formal start of the meeting, members of Council met Friday evening to discuss the selection process for editors of ASA journals and how best to ensure that editorial candidates for ASA journals reflect the diversity of the association membership. Over the course of Saturday and Sunday Council received many reports and updates on important issues, and acted on many items. Key actions taken included (but are not limited to) the following:

  • In follow-up to a member resolution introduced during the August 2004 Business Meeting, Council directed the Executive Office to give special weight to hotel/meeting facilities or service proposals that include unionized employees. Council also directed the Executive Office to attempt to negotiate a freestanding strike clause in all future hotel/facility contracts that would substantially reduce the likelihood that ASA meeting attendees would be faced with crossing picket lines or violating a boycott.
  • Selected editors for Contemporary Sociology, the Rose Series, and Sociology of Education.
  • Adopted a balanced budget for 2005.
  • Received reports from and then renewed for an additional five years the Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities in Sociology and the Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Sociology. The status committees on GLBT Persons in Sociology and Women in Sociology were previously considered and renewed for an additional five years.
  • Created a new Task Force on the Master’s Degree in Sociology to assess the current state of Masters Degree programs generally (and undertake specific work outlined in the proposal).
  • Created a new Task Force on Sociology and General Education to develop models and rationales for how sociology courses can, do and should contribute to general education requirements and liberal arts skills.
  • Approved a proposal that any member who purchases at least two ASA journals be given free electronic-only subscriptions to all other ASA journals.
  • Considered recent remarks by Lawrence Summers, President of Harvard University, and authorized a 3-person Council sub-committee to draft a statement on this issue (statement was approved February 28th; see separate story in this issue).
  • Directed the Executive Office to explore reversing the locations of the 2006 and 2007 Annual Meetings.
  • Approved in principle the development of a college-level high school course.