Fall 2015 Newsletter

Check out the latest Publicizer featuring an essay by Joyce A. Miller on Cultural Intelligence, updates on our members activities, and more.

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Sociological Practice and Public Sociology Sessions at the ASA Annual Meting

The 110th meeting of the American Sociological Association will take place August 22nd through 25th in Chicago, Illinois. Below is a list of sessions and meetings sponsored by our section. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 22nd

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

Reception 6:30-8:30pm, Location TBA

Sunday, August 23nd

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: Crating 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
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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.

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Harry Perlstadt receives ASA Career Award for the practice of sociology from Ross Koppel

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Family Research Scientist

As part of an interdisciplinary initiative, the University of Utah is seeking applicants for

two tenured faculty positions at the Associate or Full rank that will contribute to a recently

established consortium promoting interdepartmental collaboration and innovative research related to families and health across the lifespan. Additional senior level hires are anticipated in 2016 as part of this transformative cluster hiring opportunity

. http://csbs.utah.edu/health_family.php

Application review will begin on

Oct 1 and continue until positions are filled. For full postings and to apply: https://utah.peopleadmin.com PRN00898F (Quant Methods), PRN00897F (Intervention)

Family-Based Intervention and Evaluation

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We seek scholars who design and evaluate behavioral interventions (e.g., social marketing, clinical trials, personalized medicine) in light of family influences. Interventions may be aimed at preventing, diagnosing, treating, and/or managing disease, and evaluations can examine individual, family, and community effects. The ideal candidate will have expertise in the study of family relationships, including the influence of families on the effectiveness of health interventions.

All scholars fitting this description, regardless of their current discipline, are welcome to apply.

However, the particular department for the hire (location of tenure and teaching responsibilities) will likely be Family and Preventive Medicine, Family and Consumer Studies, Health Promotion and Education, Psychology, or Sociology. For inquiries, please contact search committee co-chairs:

Dr. Robin Marcus (Robin.Marcus) or Dr. Rebecca Utz (Rebecca.Utz).

Quantitative Methods in the Study of Families and Health

. Preferred emphases include statistical

modeling of longitudinal data structures related to familial, life span, historical, or dyadic processes. Candidates must also have substantive research interests in health-related family processes.

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Senior Research and Evaluation position at Annie E. Casey Foundation

Two Senior Associates, in Research, Evaluation and Learning

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is seeking two seasoned Senior Associates in the Research, Evaluation and Learning Unit.

The Foundation’s Research, Evaluation and Learning unit (REAL) develops and manages a wide range of activities related to research, evaluation, performance management, development and use of data systems and organizational learning. The Senior Research Associate will be the lead REAL staff person on a number of research and evaluation projects related to human service system reform and will collaborate with other REAL Team members to support and advance our work around performance management, data development and organizational learning.

The first position will work primarily with the Center for Social Innovation supporting Casey’s investment in Systems Reform.

The second position will support the foundation’s work in advancing economic opportunity for low-income children and their families.

General Research and Evaluation functions, include:

  • · Working with program staff on evaluation prerequisites including logic model, theory of change and evaluation plan development.
  • · Advocate and secure Program Team resources and support for evaluation-related activities including support for grantee evaluation capacity.
  • · Initiating and managing evaluability assessments of Foundation investments in programs, system reform, influence and capacity building initiatives.
  • · Initiating and managing third-party comprehensive evaluations (including process, cost and outcome studies) of complex, multi-site policy reform and program initiatives.
  • · Building the capacity of Foundation grantees, partners and staff to constructively participate in the evaluation process and utilize evaluation products and services.
  • · Collaborating with Senior Research Associates who lead Child Welfare, Family Economic Success and Community Change research evaluation, for cross-project learning.

Support and promote REAL’s unit-wide work by:

  • · Collaborating with REAL staff in advancing the Unit-wide goals and strategies.
  • · Collaborating with REAL staff and consultants in projects designed to increase the diversity and cultural competence of researchers and evaluators in Casey’s fields of interest.
  • · Collaborating with REAL staff and colleagues to promote development of public data resources that support research, evaluation and performance management.
  • · Collaborating with the Senior Associate for Performance Management to operationalize and monitor performance measures for Casey portfolios.
  • · Collaborating with the Senior Associate for Knowledge Management to develop a Foundation-wide Learning Agenda designed to improve our practice as program officers

Promote data-driven, research-based decision making across the Foundation by:

  • · Represent REAL in work groups and advisory committees, meetings and site visits.
  • · Collaborating with colleagues as a Research and Evaluation advisor, technical assistance provider and thought partner.

Contribute to the field of Research and Evaluation by:

  • · Representing the Foundation in Research and Evaluation meetings, conferences and networks and connecting the Foundation to promising practices and resources in the field.

Work Environment

  • · The work is performed primarily in an office setting with approximately 20 percent travel required.

Compensation

  • · This is an exempt position, meaning pay is on a salaried rather than hourly or daily basis. Starting salary is commensurate with experience and earnings history. A strong benefits package will be provided as well.

Senior Associate in Juvenile Justice Qualifications
REAL seeks candidates who have a minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible experience in research and evaluation, with particular interest in foundation, public sector, or non-profit settings and demonstrated interest and expertise in the evaluation of human service systems reform and related activities. An advanced degree in a field relevant to the Foundation’s work is expected.

The ideal candidate should combine:

  • · Ph.D. preferred plus evaluation and research in: Criminal Justice, Psychology, Public Policy, Public Health, Mental Health, Social Psychology, Sociology, Economics or Social Work
  • · Experience in managing complex, multi-year projects involving multiple contractors and stakeholders.
  • · Experience working with public human service systems such as State or County Juvenile Justice systems.
  • · Demonstrated leadership in the field of study including publications or scientific journals and presentations at national research and evaluation conferences.
  • · Familiarity and practice of AEA cultural competence framework http://www.eval.org/ccstatement

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • · Exceptional oral and written communication skills, with particular expertise in communicating research findings, data and issues to non-research audiences.
  • · Strong quantitative and/or qualitative research skills and experience with mixed methods.
  • · Substantive knowledge and expertise in relevant areas such as juvenile justice, human service systems practice and policy.

Senior Associate in Advancing Economic Opportunity Qualifications

REAL seeks candidates who have a minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible experience in research and evaluation, with particular interest in foundation, public sector, or non-profit settings, and demonstrated interest and expertise in the evaluation of human service systems reform and related activities. An advanced degree in a field relevant to the Foundation’s work is expected. In addition,
The ideal candidate should combine:

  • Ph.D. preferred plus evaluation and research in: Public Policy, Sociology, Economics, Early Childhood or related fields.
  • · Experience in managing complex, multi-year projects involving multiple contractors and stakeholders
  • · Experience working with public systems and non-profit agencies that promote Family Economic Success through workforce, asset-building, and early education policies and programs.
  • · 10-15 years direct experience in evaluation design and implementation.
  • Familiarity and practice of AEA cultural competence framework http://www.eval.org/ccstatement

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • · Exceptional oral and written communication skills, with particular expertise in communicating research findings, data, and issues to non-research audiences.
  • · Strong quantitative and/or qualitative research skills and experience with mixed methods.
  • · Computer skills that encompass databases designed for routine grants management, reporting and correspondence and statistical analysis.
  • · Substantive knowledge and expertise in relevant areas such as juvenile justice, human service systems practice and policy.
  • · Familiarity with relevant national databases, on-going studies and technical trends.
  • · Connection to robust and diverse networks of researchers and evaluators in the field of study.

For more information, go to www.aecf.org

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Post-doctoral Diversity Fellow: The effects of war on mental health

Research Program on Children and Global Adversity

The Research Program on Children and Global Adversity is seeking a post-doctoral Diversity Fellow applicant whose interests and career goals for training align with the activities of our recently-funded NICHD R01 in Sierra Leone to study the intergenerational effects of war on mental health and child development. Interested potential applicants with a background in quantitative research skills (field based survey data collection, early childhood assessment, psychometric and multivariate analyses of child and family mental health outcomes) as well as qualitative research skills are encouraged to be in touch with Dayo Spencer Walters (dayospencerwalters at gmail dot com) and Dr. Theresa Betancourt (<a href="mailto:Theresa_Betancourt). The RPCGA and the potential fellow will then work together to co-construct a proposal for funding to NICHD comprising a two-year training and mentored research plan aligned with their career goals and project activities. Of particular interest is the topic of intimate partner and family violence. Applicants must come from an under-represented minority group and be US citizens or green card holders. Willingness to travel for field work as well as prior field based research in Africa or other low-resource settings is preferred.

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Vacancy Annoucement – Environmental & Climate Justice Program Manager

Environmental & Climate Justice Program Manager
Vacancy Announcement

Position Location: Baltimore, MD Travel: Occasional
Reports to: Director, Environmental & Climate Justice Program
Classification: Non-Union FLSA Status: Exempt

Summary:

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The principal object of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality for all. As part of its mission, the NAACP seeks to enforce federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights and to educate persons about their constitutional rights.

The ECJ Program Manager will support provide administrative and managerial support to the ECJ Program through staff supervision, program coordination, partnership cultivation, and facilitation of interdepartmental linkages. The ECJ Program Manager will ensure that the ECJ Program has the necessary infrastructure to effectively advance the objectives of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program. The ECJ Program Manager position is made possible through the generous support of the Hewlett Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications and competencies:

· A passion for and commitment to advocating for the creation of progressive policies and programs as well as for the elimination of social policies and practices that lead to racial and ethnic disparities;
· Experience with and interest in environmental and climate justice is essential;
· Prior staff supervision experience preferred;
· Ability to facilitate interdepartmental as well as external partnership coordination is critical;
· Experience with research and data analysis strongly desired;
· Exemplary attention to details;
· Exceptional writing skills;
· Excellent people skills;
· Experience with constituent support;
· A results-focused approach and commitment to going the extra mile;
· An extremely organized work style;
· Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Prezi, Publisher and other relevant programs;
· Track record of success managing multiple programs and events;
· Ability to travel upon request.
Compensation (salary and benefits) is competitive and will be commensurate with skills and experience. Salary will be paid on a bi-weekly basis through our payroll system and is subject to applicable state, local, and federal taxes.

Nondiscrimination:

It is the continuing policy of the NAACP to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The NAACP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply: Resume, cover letter, writing sample, and salary requirements should be sent to NAACP:

Email: hresources (preferred method)
Mail: NAACP – Human Resources, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215
Fax: (410) 580-5735

Please note that this position is grant-funded and employment is contingent upon the continuation of such funds.

Trish Pinchinat | Senior Manager, Human Resources | NAACP
4805 Mt. Hope Drive | Baltimore, MD. 21215
410.580.5117 Direct | 410.580.5735 Fax
www.naacp.org

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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.

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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
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