Sociology

Tenure and the Public Sociologist

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A growing movement within the discipline raises questions about promotion, peer review, the nature of research and the future of the field.

Pessimistic Views on Academic Freedom

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Social scientists are more worried now than during McCarthy era, survey finds. Sociologists consider why and what to do about it.

New Numbers on Underrepresented Faculty Members

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Research on women and minorities in the sciences and social sciences examines the entire population of professors at top 100 departments in 15 fields.

Pentagon Provides Details on 'Minerva'

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When Robert M. Gates, the secretary of defense, announced plans for the Minerva Consortia last month, he surprised many social scientists. Gates proposed the creation of a series of university-based consortiums to support research on questions of importance to the military, but said that the research would be unclassified and would not be subject to political litmus tests.

Sociology Jobs Plentiful, But Do They Match?

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Overall supply of positions suggests new Ph.D.'s have options, but criminology appears more popular with hiring committees than with grad students.

Women in Sociology -- Satisfied, but Not Equal

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10 years after they have earned their Ph.D., females in the field are achieving success, but survey finds key gaps in family and professional life.

When a University Kills Suicide Research

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Is watching someone help others take their own lives the same as helping them yourself -- or is it a legitimate role for a researcher? If such observing is banned, what other research is at risk?

Us vs. Them in Academe

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What do administrators think about professors? That they should be move involved in campus governance, but lack the knowledge and perspective to do so, survey finds.

Legacy Admits: More Money, Lower Scores

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Analysis suggests extent of advantages of alumni children doesn't necessarily extend to ability to ace courses as college freshmen.

Sociology's Crime Problem

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At one large public university, more than 600 undergraduates are currently classified as sociology majors. Students pick among five concentrations, and one -- criminal justice -- attracts more than half of the majors. Yet of the 30 faculty members, only 3 specialize in criminology. The department is "trying to bring the criminology majors in the fold of sociology" but finding that many of the students interested in criminal justice aren't necessarily interested, said a professor in the department.

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