Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor Position at John Jay College of the City University of New York

ASA Job ID: 16096
Application Deadline: 11/15/2019

Performs teaching and related faculty functions in area(s) of expertise as noted below. Shares responsibility for committee and department assignments including administrative, supervisory, and other functions. Position begins in Fall 2020.

The Law and Society major, housed in the Department of Political Science at John Jay College of the City University of New York, invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning Fall 2020 in Law and Society. The hiring rank is Assistant Professor. A Ph.D. is required, although outstanding ABDs will be considered. The Ph.D. discipline is open, provided candidates are demonstrably grounded in the Law and Society scholarly tradition. We especially welcome candidates who can add to the disciplinary diversity of the current program, which has three full-time sociologists and one full-time geographer. Candidates holding only a J.D. will not be considered.

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Member Publication

Please check out the following recent publication from OOW members Robert Perrucci, Carolyn Cummings Perrucci, and Mangala Subramaniam: “Publication in Four Sociology Journals, 1960-2010: The Role of Discipline Demographics and Journal Mission,” Sociological Focus, Vol. 52, Issue 3 (2019): 171-185.

ABSTRACT:

In this paper, we focus on the stratification system impinging on scholarly publications, but we move beyond viewing gatekeeping as a product of professional idiosyncrasies or preferences for certain methodologies to give greater attention to the institutional forces shaping relations among universities, academic departments, academic journals, and individual scholars. To illustrate the operation of institutional factors, we examine data on the affiliations (elite and non-elite departments) of editors and authors over a 50-year period in four sociology journals, and our findings indicate clear evidence of over-representation by faculty from elite departments of sociology. We interpret these data through the theoretical lens of social closure, which may be shaped by discipline demographics and the “missions” of the academic journals.

Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor Position at California Polytechnic State University

The Sociology program in the Department of Social Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, invites candidates to apply for a full-time tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in Sociology. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at the time of appointment, which starts on September 10, 2020. REVIEW BEGIN DATE: 12/2/2019. EOE.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a broad and critical appreciation of the field from a critical race perspective and with an appreciation of intersecting inequalities. They will be expected to teach classes on American Ethnic Minorities, Quantitative Research Methods, and Social Theory and develop undergraduate classes based on their own research interests.

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Call for Papers: 2020 Industry Studies Association Annual Conference

June 3 – 5, 2020 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, MA, USA

Submission Deadline: January 17, 2020

The Industry Studies Association (ISA) cordially invites submissions of individual paper abstracts and proposals of panels for the 2020 ISA Annual Conference to be held June 3 – 5, 2020 at the Samberg Conference Center on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus. Industry studies research is grounded in observations of firms and workplaces and in a deep understanding of the markets, institutions, and technologies that shape the competitive environment. It draws on a wide range of academic disciplines and fields including economics, history, sociology, and other social sciences, management, marketing, policy analysis, operations research, engineering, labor markets and employment relations, and other related research and policy areas.

The conference welcomes research from all disciplines that incorporates this approach. ISA is especially interested in organized panels and papers that are unique in their emphasis on observation and insight into a particular industry or that consider how knowledge gained in studying one industry can provide insights into other industries.

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Just Launched: NGO Knowledge Collective Data Portal

We are happy to announce the launch of the NGO Knowledge Collective (NKC) Data Portal: ngoknowledgecollective.org.  This website catalogues 3,400 journal articles on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in development published in English from 1980-2014. Users can identify individual or sets of articles by country or region of study or by searching more than 200 keywords related to sectors and development issues. Each article is tagged with the frequency of selected keywords in the text, allowing users to fine-tune their searches and analyze the prevalence of these keywords in relation to citation information. Each article entry in the data portal contains a link to the article permanent DOI location on the internet.  We continue to add articles published from 2015 forward.

The portal also includes a topic model visualizer, allowing users to identify literature using topics pre-generated through machine-learning, rather than just keywords.  For example, the topic model visualizer allows users to identify articles from the early 1980s on NGOs providing small loans before the term “microcredit” entered the literature.

The NKC works against the “silo” effect in the study of NGOs. The data portal builds on a four-year effort to collect and synthesize journal articles across social science disciplines, geographies, and methods.  We hope that the NKC Data Portal will be the “first stop” in research on NGOs, making it easy for researchers to identify the full range of articles on topics of interest, as well as to identify unanswered questions.  We invite you to use the data portal – let us know when you do, and we will add your published work to our bibliography. Help us further build the intellectual community studying NGOs in development.

PIs of the NGO Knowledge Collective are Allison Schnable and Jennifer Brass (Indiana University), Rachel Sullivan Robinson (American University), and Wesley Longhofer (Emory University). Read the findings from our systematic review of the NGO Literature from 1980-2014 in World Development, or contact us at ngoknoweldge@gmail.com.

Job Postings: Postdocs at the Institute for Research on Innovation & Science

The Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) invites applications for two Postdoctoral Research Fellows. These one-year fellowships are funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of a grant to develop and support the research community using the IRIS UMETRICS dataset (Universities Measuring the EffecTs of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Science). The focus of the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will be developing and pursuing novel research using the UMETRICS dataset, which is described in more detail on the IRIS website at https://iris.isr.umich.edu/research-data/. Applicants must have successfully completed a dissertation defense and earned a Ph.D. before beginning the fellowship. Fellows will be part of the IRIS research team and will report directly to IRIS Executive Director Jason Owen-Smith.

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of Gender & Society

Special Issue of Gender & Society: “Gender Transformations of Higher Education Institutions”

Guest Editor: Julia McQuillan (University of Nebraska)
Guest Deputy Editors: Sheryl Skaggs (University of Texas, Dallas) and Kevin Stainback (Purdue University)

In 2001, the National Science Foundation (NSF) started to fund “Institutional Transformation” grants as part of a program called “ADVANCE” in recognition that the underrepresentation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields required changes in institutions and not just individuals. Since the ADVANCE program started, numerous gender scholars have brought a sociological gender lens to programs designed for institutional change in higher education. The goal of the NSF ADVANCE program was to recruit, retain, and promote more women in STEM fields. Research and publications on gender and STEM in organizations have burgeoned in the last two decades. Feminist and gender scholars often collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to report the results of their efforts, often publishing in interdisciplinary journals that focus more on outcomes than theories. Only a handful of articles use intersectional frameworks.

It is now time to assess what we know about the success and weaknesses of the attempts to transform higher education in feminist directions. We need to have theoretical explanations that help to predict success and failure at organizational attempts to bring women and people of color into STEM disciplines. We need to develop theories that integrate and guide understanding of the transformation of higher education institutions.

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