The ASA Department of Research on the Discipline and Profession:

Current and Future Projects

Want to know what the ASA Department of Research on the Discipline and Profession is up to? Click on a topic below to learn more about our current and upcoming projects. You can also stay updated with our Department blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.


Be Part of the Discussion: The Research Department Blog and Facebook Page

ASA Department Blog Current Projects Header ImageWe invite you to be part of the discussion about the sociology discipline and profession on the ASA Research Department Blog  and Department Facebook page, and Twitter feed. Past topics include work-family policies and the impact on faculty careers, department concerns about assessment, student and faculty experiences with mentoring, the sociology job market, and Past topics have included work-family policies and their impact on faculty careers, department concerns about assessment, student and faculty experiences with mentoring, the sociology job market, use of survey data in the classroom, and satisfaction with career prep.

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Research on the Job Market in Sociology

Job Market in Sociology Current Projects Header Image

The Research Department conducts several annual studies on the job market throughout the year. These include tracking faculty salaries in sociology and other social sciences, exploring the post-graduation paths of graduates of sociology programs, reporting on jobs advertised through the ASA, and surveying departments to determine placement for academic positions open to new PhDs. 

New data on the post-graduate careers of master's students will be available shortly on the What Can I Do With a Master's Degree in Sociology? page. Data on the post-graduate careers of baccalaureate majors is available on the What Can I Do With a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology? page. 

 Recent Findings on the Sociology Job Market:

PDF logo Some Sociology Faculty Salaries Edge Up: 2012-2013 Faculty Salary Brief for Sociology and Other Social Science Disciplines
Findings from the ASA 2011-2012 Job Bank Survey
PDF logo On the Upswing: Findings from the ASA 2011-2012 Job Bank Survey
PDF logo Two Years of Lost Purchasing Power: 2011-2012 Faculty Salary Brief for Sociology and Other Social Science Disciplines
PDF logo Moving Toward Recovery: Findings from the 2010 Job Bank Survey
PDF logo Falling Behind: Sociology and Social Science Faculty Salaries, AY 2010-2011
Findings From ASA Surveys of Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD Recipients: Implications for Departments in a Jobless Recovery
 Beyond the Ivory Tower: Professionalism, Skills Match, and Job Satisfaction in Sociology

Additional publications and presentations are available on the Briefs and Articles page.

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Exploring Networks of Sociologists

Faculty Networks Current Projects Header ImageThe staff of ASA sociologists has embarked on several National Science Foundation-funded research projects using network analysis. These projects include: (1) Diffusion of Innovation in Digital Libraries, (2) Production, Diffusion, an Use of STEM Teaching Materials; and (3) Mentoring, Networks, and Under-represented Minorities in the Science Pipeline.

Recent Findings on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Mentoring and New PhDs
PDF logo The "Down-the-Hall" Phenomenon: Preparing the Next Generation of Faculty to Use Innovative Pedagogy
PDF logo What Do We Know About the Dissemination of Information on Pedagogy?: 2008, 2010, and 2011
The Effects of New Technology on the Growth of a Teaching and Learning Network
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PDF logo  The Impact of Cross Race Mentoring for "Ideal" and "Alternative" PhD Careers in Sociology
Homosociality or Crossing Race/Ethnicity/Gender Boundaries? Pipeline Interventions and the Production of Scholarly Careers
PDF logo Networks and the Diffusion of Cutting-Edge Teaching and Learning Knowledge in Sociology
PDF logo Teaching Alone? Sociology Faculty and the Availability of Social Networks

Additional publications and presentations are available on the Briefs and Articles page.

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Sociology Majors: Before and After Graduation

Bachelors and Beyond Current Projects Header Image

In the longitudinal survey, What Can I Do With a Bachelors Degree in Sociology? we followed the post-graduation paths of sociology baccalaureates from the class of 2005 as they prepared for careers, graduate and professional degree programs, or both. In May 2012, we completed a new longitudinal survey. Social Capital, Organizational Context, and the Job Market for Sociology Majors focuses on the job search strategies used by sociology baccalaureates from the class of 2012, including their contacts and connections, and marketing of sociological skills and concepts.

Click the links below to learn more about these surveys, view findings, and download questionnaires:

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What Can I Do With a Master's Degree in Sociology?

Masters Degree Current Projects Header ImageOver 1,400 Master's candidates were invited to participate in a two-year survey designed to learn what become of graduates of these programs after they obtain their degree. The first year of the survey (Phase I) examined characteristics of the Master's programs. Phase II examined employment and additional education outcomes. Phase III examined job characteristics, job satisfaction, PhD fields, use of sociological skills and concepts, and master's program evaluation.

Visit the What Can I Do With a Master's Degree in Sociology? homepage to learn more about the survey, view findings, download questionnaires, and purchase the Task Force report.

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Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) 

FAD Funding Current Projects Header ImageThe Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) is supported by the National Science Foundation with additional funds from the American Sociological Association. FAD awards provide scholars with “seed money" for innovative research that has the potential for challenging the discipline, stimulating new lines of research, and creating new networks of scientific collaboration. The award is intended to provide opportunities for substantive and methodological breakthroughs, broaden the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and provide leverage for acquisition of additional research funds. 

Visit the FAD homepage to learn more about the program and application process, read about previously funding projects, and view demographic and institutional characteristics of past award recipients.

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What's Happening in Your Department?

Department Findings Current Projects Header ImageIn late June 2012, we deployed a follow-up to our 2008 survey of sociology departments. Based on the feedback from department chairs across the country, this new survey has been tailored to the current information needs of sociology departments. This survey is aimed at almost 1,000 academic sociology departments in the United States, and focuses on specific issues including assessment and changes in resources and curricula. Read more about the changes to the 2012 survey.

Findings from the 2012 survey are available below. We will contact respondents of completed surveys and allow them to receive data about their institutions, and allow them to select 10 “peer” departments (provided that we have information on these departments) as well, which we will aggregate so that chairs can compare their own departments with aggregated peer departments and provide these data to their Deans and other administrators for purposes of planning and evaluation.

2012 Department Survey (Findings and General Information):

PDF logo Academic Transformations: A Decade of Change in Department Structures and Teaching Loads: The AY 2011-2012 Department Survey
PDF logo The Victory of Assessment? What's Happening in Your Department?: The AY 2011-2012 Department Survey
PDF logo Changes in Technology, Courses, and Resources: What's Happening in Your Department?: The AY 2011-2012 Department Survey
PDF logo Final Survey Instrument
PDF logo Pre-survey Notification Letter to Department Chairs

Findings from the 2002 and 2008 Department Surveys:

PDF logo A Comparison of Findings From the 2001 and 2007-2008 Department Surveys
PDF logo Who's Teaching and How Much?
PDF logo What's Happening in Your Department with Assessment?
PDF logo Department Resources and the Demand Side of Hiring

Additional publications and presentations are available on the Free Briefs and Articles page.

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Academic and Non-Academic PhDs in Sociology

Looking at Sociology PhDs Current Projects Header ImageThese studies examine the career trajectories of sociology PhDs. The longitudinal study of academics focuses on work/family issues. Beyond the Ivory Tower (PPT) examines characteristics of non-academic positions and whether these positions reflect theoretical and methodological skills learned in PhD programs. We will begin conducting a new study of non-academic PhDs in 2012.


 Recent Findings From Surveys of Academic and Non-Academic PhDs
PhDs at Mid-Career: Satisfaction with Work and Family
Resources or Rewards? The Distribution of Work-Family Policies
Gender in the Early Stages of the Sociological Career
New Doctorates in Sociology: Professions Inside and Outside the Academy
Beyond the Ivory Tower: Professionalism, Skills Match, and Job Satisfaction in Sociology

Additional publications and presentations are available on the Briefs and Articles page.

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