Sociology, Gender and Higher Ed

New research examines women in the professoriate and the impact of athletics on academic performance.

The 'Family Friendly' Bonus

As more colleges have adopted "family friendly" policies for professors, many experts have noted that relatively small shares of those eligible for the flexible arrangements use them. Much has been written about why this is the case, with many observers guessing that young parents, especially women, fear that asking for flexible arrangements may hurt them in the tenure process.

Dueling Data on Women and Work

Yale researcher challenges Times article saying female grads of elite colleges would choose children over jobs.

NCAA Sidelines a Scholarly Conference

Association postpones planned meeting on college sports research, citing inadequate quality of the papers, not their critical nature.

Where the Social Science Jobs Are

Sociologists find that their retirement and unemployment rates are up, relative to other disciplines. Political science jobs show uptick.

Minorities and the Sociology Pipeline

Study finds that minority sociologists disproportionately drop out of academe at the Ph.D. level and again during tenure process.

Sociology Dept. Fails Power Relationships?

At U. of Florida, graduate students complain about inappropriate remarks and bullying by professors.

'The Power of Privilege'


Conventional wisdom and plenty of books tell a story of how the post-World War II years saw a great shift take place in elite higher education: As a result of the G.I. Bill, the civil rights and women's movements, changing demographics, and some forward thinking academic leaders, you no longer needed to have the right ancestors and the right prep school to get into the top universities. Meritocracy emerged as a dominant force.

A Department Skewered

Missouri State asks outside experts to analyze controversial social work program -- and the results aren't pretty.

Students and Faith

Colleges can't be blamed for declines in religious activity, study says, because graduates are more religious than others.


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