Call for Contributions: The Publicizer

Our newsletter The Publicizer is always looking for content–contact editor Dennis Watson to contribute to upcoming issues. Possible topics:

  • Short articles on your research, work and graduate programs
  • Essays on public sociology
  • Book publication announcements
  • Member news: promotions, moves, grants, new projects and awards
  • Conference highlights essays with photos
  • Short bios of award winners and pictures
  • Useful web links
  • Conference announcements
  • Calls for papers
  • Calls for nominations
  • Short job opening announcements

Call for Section Award Nominations (May 15, 2017)


THE WILLIAM FOOTE WHYTE AWARD is for up to two individuals who have made notable contributions to sociological practice and public sociology, which can include several of the following elements: outstanding clinical, applied or public sociological work, exceptional service to the section, publications that advance both the theory and methods of sociological practice or public sociology, or mentoring and training of students for careers in sociological practice or public sociology. Please send nominations by May 15, 2017 to Kimberly Fox, the ASA SPPS Section Chair at (kfox at Please also cc our Section Secretary/Treasurer Jennifer Chernega (jchernega at Self-nominations are welcome.

THE ROBERT DENTLER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT is for up to two graduate students who have made a promising contribution to the field, such as a project or paper in the areas of sociological practice and public sociology. Work done within the three years prior to the conferral of the award will be considered. Products of graduate-level classes, internships, or independent projects are eligible. An award recipient who attends the 2014 ASA Annual Meeting will receive a cash award of $500 to offset travel expenses. Nominations should consist of a letter detailing the nominees contributions, a copy of the paper or other project, and supporting materials such as a curriculum vitae or resume, and/or other additional letters of support. Please send nominations by May 15, 2017 to Kimberly Fox, the ASA SPPS Section Chair at (kfox at Please also cc our Section Secretary/Treasurer Jennifer Chernega (jchernega at Self-nominations are welcome.

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

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 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.
-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.
-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

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.


• 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

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