Sociological Practice and Public Sociology Sessions at the ASA Annual Meeting

The 110th meeting of the American Sociological Association took place on August 22nd through 25th, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Below is a list of sessions and meetings that were sponsored by our section.

Saturday, August 22nd

2016 Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology, 4:30-6:10pm

Reception 6:30-8:30pm

Sunday, August 23rd

Roundtable Session, 10:30-11:30am

Business Meeting, 11:30-12:30pm

Sociology in Action (paper session), 12:30-2:10pm

  • Evaluation of a Collaborative Policy Initiative to Address Homelessness and Incarceration – Angela A. Aidala, William McAllister, Maiko Yomogida, & Virginia Shubert
  • Sociology, Political Activism, & Public Policy: Ending Homelessness in Rhode Island – Eric Hirsch
  • Why Sociologist Should Study MOOCs – Caren Arbelt & Laura Horn
  • Building Us Up Stronger: Creating Relationship Norms through a Relationship Education Program – Sarah Halpern-Meekin

Disseminating Research Beyond the Academy (invited session), 2:30-4:10pm

  • Doing Sociology in the Public Sphere – Philip N. Cohen
  • After Lean In: Reflections on Public Sociology – Marianne Cooper
  • Sharing and Using Data to Shape Policymaking Regarding Substance Abuse Prevention – Eric R. Wright
  • Promoting Economic Alternatives via Public Sociology – Juliet B. Schor
  • Community-Engaged Environmental Health Resarch and Practice – Phil Brown

Summer 2015 Newsletter

Check out our most recent newsletter The Publicizer Summer 2015 where Dennis Waston and Douglas Clayman have curated original essays and member action updates. Read Joyce Miller’s essay on Cultural Intelligence, and learn more about member research on labor movements and song, writing for online media, applied research and more.

3 open positions with the Episcopal Health Foundation

The Episcopal Health Foundation, a new foundation based in Houston that is focused on engaging a social transformation approach to philanthropy, has three job opportunities located in the Impact Division:

· The Evaluation Officer will be focused on developing metrics and evaluation processes for the Foundation’s work—we want to make a difference, and we want to be able to track progress and improve how we allocate resources;

· The Learning Officer will be focused on identifying capacity development needs and supporting training for technical and social change processes to advance community health with Foundation grantees and partners, building such initiatives into the Foundation’s work plans and grant-making cycles, and strengthening internal organizational effectiveness;

· The Diocesan Liaison will be focused on working with the leadership of the Episcopal Church in Texas and strengthening the impact of over 1,400 community outreach congregational ministries located within the 57 counties of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas to support community health.

There are different combinations of training and skills required—experience working with indicators related to health and social transformation, community organizing, quantitative and qualitative analysis, adult learning techniques, Spanish skills, etc. Specific information on requirements for each position can be found at www.episcopalhealth.org/career-opportunities.

The Impact Division, as with the broader Foundation, will work as a team with significant interconnection of work among the roles. The Foundation seeks significant progress toward healthy communities within the Episcopal Diocese of Texas—which stretches from Austin to the Northeast corner of Texas and down to Matagorda on the Southeastern coast—and recognizes that this will require ways of working that often have not been tried in Texas, at least not on a large scale. EHF’s three goals are to create a strong health system, empowered communities, and an engaged Diocese of Texas. Texas in general, and East Texas in particular have some of the worst health outcomes and health disparities in the country. We need a creative, energetic, thoughtful team that can keep their eye on the prize throughout this journey.

Please feel free to circulate information on these job opportunities. All of the positions require at least 5 years of experience in the field, and applicants with more experience than the minimum are strongly encouraged to apply. The Foundation offers highly competitive salaries based on experience level, with good benefits. Deadline for applications is September 12. Go to www.episcopalhealth.org/career-opportunities for more information and instructions for applying.

Job Opening – Survey Research Manager

Survey Research Manager
Opinion Dynamics, a leading consulting firm specializing in energy program evaluation and market research, is growing. We are looking for survey research manager or research analyst to work on market research and evaluation efforts focusing on energy efficiency issues. If you are looking to put your analytic skills to work for a good cause, then this job is for you.
Responsibilities
-Advise project teams on use of different survey research methods, questionnaire and sample designs
-Program telephone and web surveys in our web based survey software.
-Clean, format, and manage samples and large customer databases.
-Test, monitor, and implement surveys with our telephone interviewing center as well as with web survey participants.
This position requires strong survey research skills and computer skills, including expert knowledge of Excel and proficiency in a statistical package such as SPSS or STATA. The candidate must have an understanding of survey statistics, strong analytical skills, be detailed-oriented, and able to work a fast paced environment.
The ideal candidate will have 5-7 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility in survey research or related field and experience managing projects. This position is ideal for a self-starter looking for a position that has potential for significant career advancement. The position is available in our Boston-area office.
Requirements
-Master's Degree in social sciences or survey research and 5-7 years professional survey research experience. Candidates with bachelor’s degrees will be considered with more extensive survey research work experience.
-Work experience designing and managing large-scale survey projects.
-Experience with telephone survey design and methodology including knowledge of cell phone sampling and industry best practices.
-Experience with survey methodology and survey operations, such as questionnaire design, cognitive interviews, survey administration, and data analysis
-Experience using survey platforms and/or javascript for forms development
-Competency with Excel and experience with a statistical package (SPSS, SAS, R, STATA)
-Candidates should have strong writing and interpersonal communication skills
-Supervision, leadership, and team building skills
-Experience estimating survey project costs
-Ability to communicate effectively about survey methods and findings to both technical and non-technical audiences
-Ability to work as part of a team and oversee multiple tasks
-Excellent oral and written communication skills
Opinion Dynamics offers competitive salaries and a bonus structure along with a matching 401K plan.
Please send resumes and salary requirements to:
Opinion Dynamics Corporation
1000 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451
Attn: Survey Research Position
Or via e-mail: careers
No phone calls, please.
Tami Buhr
Vice President
Opinion Dynamics
tel 617 492 1400 x 254
fax 617 497 7944
1000 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451
www.opiniondynamics.com

Environmental Social Science Position Available

Environmental Social Science Research Assistant – Charleston, SC

Seeking a social science research assistant for a contract position with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) Oceans and Human Health Branch for work on research projects focused on the human dimensions of coastal environments.

Key Tasks include:

• GIS applications and visual reporting.

• Experience in social science data life-cycle.

• Preparation of presentations and reports.

Requirements:

• Master’s degree in geography, sociology, anthropology. Must have a combination of education and relevant work experience. Job experience equivalent to a Master’s degree is also acceptable.

• Progressively responsible work experience

• Applicants should have a social science background and demonstrate interest in environmental research.

Position Category: Scientific Support/ Marine Sciences

Education Level: Master of Science

Location: Charleston, SC NOAA CHHR/HML Facility (Contractor Position with JHT INC )

For more information, please contact:

Ann Skradski,

Program Manager NOAA NCCOS, JHT, Inc.

Phone: 843-762-8540

Email: askradski

Award Winners for 2014

The William Foote Whyte Distinguished Career Award is presented to

Herbert J. Gans

for his lifetime of research and writing that communicates to broader audiences an understanding of both the current social fabric of American society, and possibilities for a more equitable future

The Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement is presented to

Amanda L. Freeman

Department of Sociology, Boston College for her exceptional research and writing on the challenges facing low-income, single mother-headed families, and her communication of sociological research and its policy implications to broader audiences

The Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement is presented to

David M. Ciplet

Department of Sociology, Brown University for his broad-ranging research and writing on, and engagement in, local and global networks addressing inequities in climate change impact and policies.

Sociological Practice and Public Sociology Events at the ASA Meetings

Sociological Practice and Public Sociology at the ASA Meetings

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Join us on “section day” for panels, round tables, the business meeting, awards and reception!

Meeting the Challenges of Inequality through Sociological Practice
8:30am-10:10am
Presider, Dennis P. Watson, Indiana University

  • A Theory-guided Study of the Role of Food Workers in U.S. Food Safety. Megan L Clayton, Johns Hopkins University
  • Priming Support for Access and AccessUVA: Lessons Learned from Public Opinion Research on Affirmative Action. Jennifer Poole, University of Virginia
  • The Place of the Empathy/Altruism Hypothesis in Sociological Practice. Jay A. Weinstein, Eastern Michigan University and University of North Florida

Roundtables (read more about roundtable topics below)
10:30 to 11:30am

Business Meeting
11:30am to 12:10pm

Preparing Graduate Students for Careers as Academics and/or Practitioners
4:30-6:10pm

Session Organizer: Augusto Diana, Department of Health and Human Services

  • Meredith Conover-Williams, Humboldt State University
  • Jennifer Eichstedt, Humboldt State University
  • Robert T. Granfield, State University of New York-Buffalo
  • Marv Finkelstein, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville – Making Sociology Work: Applying Sociology to the Workplace.

Awards and Reception
6:30-7pm (Hilton)
7:00-9pm (The Urban Tavern, 333 O’Farrell, next door to the Hilton)

Thank you to our Award and Reception Co-Sponsors

Roundtable Presenters

Session Organizers: Laura Nichols, Santa Clara University and John B. Diamond, Harvard University

Table 1. Open Discussion on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology
Table Presider: Philip Nyden, Loyola University-Chicago

Table 2. Assessing Public Health(s): Methodological Issues, Theoretical Choices
Table Presider: Kathleen C. Oberlin, Indiana University

  • Advancing Black Feminism in Public Health-from Margin to Center. Quinn M. Gentry, Messages of Empowerment Productions
  • Futile Knowledge: The Abyss Between Evidence-based Research, Policy and Practice in Health. William Dane Cabin, Richard Stockton College

Table 3. Studying the U.S. Population: Implications for Communities
Table Presider: Lauren Apgar, Indiana University

  • What is the Relationship of the Population Changes in Texas due to Population Dynamics? Amy M. Romanus,Texas Woman’s University
  • Working Class in a Post-Industrial Economy No Worker Left Behind? Tales from the Rustbelt. Michelle Marie Proctor, Madonna University

Table 4. Practicing Theorists
Table Presider: Christine C. George, Loyola University-Chicago

  • Activism in Sociological Theory: How Weber, Durkheim, and Schutz Foster Activist-Oriented Thought and Action. Sara Strickhouser, University of Central Florida
  • George Herbert Mead: Public Sociologist. David W. Woods,New York University Polytechnic School

Table 5. Practicing Sociology Outside Our Imaginary Walls

Table Presider: Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, Alliant International University and Coherent Change Consulting

Practicing Sociology Outside Our Imaginary Walls: Making Connections Across Boundaries of Professional Organizations. Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, Alliant International University and Coherent Change Consulting

Table 6. Participatory Research
Trust As a Component Of Ethical Community Based Participatory Research. Dmitry Khodyakov, RAND Corporation; Elizabeth Bromley, University of California-Los Angeles; Lisa Mikesell, State University of New Jersey-Rutgers

Co-sponosored with Urban Sociology Section
Table 7. DREAMers Undocumented Immigrant Students as Community Partners in Research
Table Presider: Thomas Pineros Shields, Brandeis University

Table 8. Community Food Security, Nutrition, and Urban/Suburban Agriculture
Table Presider: Sarah N. Gatson, Texas A+M University

Table 9. Organizing for Educational Change Inside and Outside of Schools
Table Presider: John B. Diamond, arvard University

Table 10. Publishing Community-Based Research
Table Presider: Charlotte M. Ryan, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Job Opening – Research Associate, The MassINC Polling Group

The MassINC Polling Group is seeking to hire a full time Research Associate. The Research Associate will work under senior staff members on all phases of polling and survey research. The successful candidate will have a strong interest in politics and policy and a working knowledge of statistical and opinion research concepts.

Strong analytical and writing skills are required. Day to day tasks will include working with senior staff on questionnaire design, data processing using SPSS and Excel, report writing, and administrative tasks, as assigned. The candidate must be able to digest and summarize complex datasets in narrative style for a variety of written products. This may include blog posts, briefings, press releases, memoranda, full length reports, or other products.

We focus on hiring people who are intensely engaged with politics and policy. We offer a salary commensurate with experience, a competitive benefits package, and flexible work arrangements.

Preferred qualifications:

  1. Three or more years of experience in polling or survey research.
  2. Familiarity with SPSS, preferably with syntax module.
  3. Familiarity with moderately advanced statistical concepts.
  4. Knowledge of public opinion polling concepts.
  5. Knowledge and experience in the Massachusetts political and policy environment.

Required qualifications:

  1. Ability to summarize complex political and policy concepts in writing.
  2. Bachelor’s Degree.

To apply for this job, email your resume and cover letter to jobs.

The MassINC Polling Group is an equal opportunity employer.

Veterans are especially encouraged to apply.

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