Congratulations to Guang Ying Mo and her coauthors who were recently awarded one of the Emerald Literati Networks Award for Excellence, 2016!  Mo and her co-authors, Zach Hayat and Barry Wellman, received an Outstanding Author Contribution Award in the Book Series, Studies in Media and Communications. Their award-winning book chapter is: “How Far Can Scholarly Networks Go? Examining the Relationships between Disciplines, Motivations, and Clusters.”

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While ASA encourages the sharing of job opportunities, we would like you to be aware of current policy regarding job listings:

  • Section listservs may include job announcements if they choose to do so, but only if the positions have been posted in the online ASA Job Bank. This is to ensure that all ASA members are given equal opportunity to review and apply for available positions that are known to the ASA, and to keep Section Listserv postings from negatively affecting the financial viability of the online Job Bank which all ASA members support with their dues.
  • Exceptions may be made occasionally for available positions that do not specifically require a PhD (or other degree) in sociology or closely related discipline or that would not otherwise be expected to be advertised in the ASA Job Bank.
  • Section listserv managers are responsible for implementing this policy. It is recommended that they require persons submitting job announcements for the listserv to provide the ASA Job Bank IDs (easily available at or by emailing or a specific reason why the particular announcement is an exception.

Note that all employers posting a position in the ASA Job Bank are given the opportunity to request information on that position be submitted to up to two section listservs.

From now and until January 31, 2017, ASA is accepting nominations for its nine major awards.  Each August the American Sociological Association proudly presents awards to individuals and groups deserving of recognition.  ASA members are encouraged to submit nominations for the following ASA awards. The deadline for nominations is provided with each award criteria. Each award selection committee is appointed by Committee on Committees and approved by ASA Council. The award selection committees are constituted to review nominations. These awards are presented at the ASA Annual Meeting each August. Remember! The deadline for submission of nominations is January 31, 2017. Currently, the ASA presents the following awards:

Any questions or concerns should be sent to Governance at We hope you will help us find those special sociologists who disserve this kind of recognition.

Section member, Kumiko Nemoto, recently published a new book: Too Few Women at the Top: The Persistence of Inequality in Japan (ILR/Cornell University Press, 2016)


The number of women in positions of power and authority in Japanese companies has remained small despite the increase in the number of educated women and the passage of legislation on gender equality. In Too Few Women at the Top, Kumiko Nemoto draws on theoretical insights regarding Japan’s coordinated capitalism and institutional stasis to challenge claims that the surge in women’s education and employment will logically lead to the decline of gender inequality and eventually improve women’s status in the Japanese workplace.

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Please join the Sociology of Medical Education Interest Group for an informal gathering at ASA! We will meet on Saturday, August 20th from 7:30-9:00pm in the Sheraton Hotel Bar.

Our group members conduct research on health professions and medical education (training, socialization, or professionalization, broadly defined). For more information or to be added to the Google group, please contact Kelly Underman (UIC), Laura Hirshfield (UIC) or Alexandra Vinson (Northwestern).

by Donald Tomaskovic-Devey

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has opened with the Federal Register a second and final 20 day comment period on the expansion of private sector employer data collection to include pay data. These pay data will make it possible for social scientists, the EEOC and other regulators to observe workplace specific gender and racial pay gaps.

Please go to the Federal Register and submit your recommendations.

In the first comment period social scientists were almost entirely absent. The business community, however, were quite active arguing that these data were not needed, overly burdensome, or with little value. In fact, there are no alternative general population workplace level sources of data on earnings inequalities for the U.S., the burden is light because most employers have digitized personnel systems already capable of producing these data, and the value to the regulatory and scientific community are immense.

I am asking all social scientists who understand the importance of identifying the organizational sources of pay inequalities to weigh in during this second and last comment period. You can read the proposed data collection, previous comments and weigh in with your expert opinion here:

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When:  Friday August 19, 2016; 8:30 – 5pm

Where:  Seattle, WA (specific location TBA)

We invite you to apply to a free 1-day PIAAC Research Training event funded by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) and organized by Portland State University, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and Educational Testing Service (ETS). Visit PIAAC Research Training Events for more information.

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