Job Announcement: Professor and Department Chair, Sociology and Anthropology at Clemson University

Date position is available:  July 1, 2016

Listing active:  January 20, 2016 – March 7, 2016

Title: Department Chair

Department: Sociology and Anthropology

Company:  Clemson University

Academic Position:  Full Professor

Region:  Southeast

Salary range: Competitive and commensurate with rank


The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Clemson University invites applications for the position of Professor and Department Chair to begin on July 1, 2016.


The department offers BA and BS degrees in both Sociology and Anthropology and a MS in Applied Sociology. A new undergraduate degree in Justice Studies will be initiated in Fall 2016.  The position includes academic and administrative leadership for a department of 14 tenure-track faculty and five lecturers and senior lecturers who serve approximately 200 sociology majors, 40 anthropology majors and 10 graduate students. Faculty represent diverse disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, criminal justice, and social work. Departmental faculty are actively engaged in research and interdisciplinary collaborations across the university. We also actively contribute to the university’s mission to enhance its status as a top R-1 U.S. public research university.


The Department Chair is expected to provide leadership and foster excellence in all departmental efforts. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: promoting the academic success of students; shared administration of undergraduate and graduate programs; recruitment, mentoring, and evaluation of faculty; management of budget and departmental resources; planning, assessment and reporting; and maintenance of accreditation for instructional programs. The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with rank.  


By July 1, 2016, The Chair will report directly to the Dean of the newly established College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences (CBSHS). CBSHS includes the following departments: Communication Studies; Nursing; Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Political Science; Psychology, Public Health Sciences; Sociology and Anthropology; and Youth, Family and Community Studies. The Chair represents the Department on the College leadership team, and is an advocate for the Department with College and University administration.


Applicants must have the qualifications and record to be hired at the rank of full professor in the department, meet the departmental qualifications for tenure, and hold a Ph.D. in one of the disciplines represented in the department. Candidates should have a strong commitment to strengthening a multi-disciplinary department and the university’s mission of teaching, research, and service at a R-1 (Highest Research Activity) institution. The ideal applicant has administrative experience and/or evidence of potential for effective administration and communication; a national reputation for excellence in research and teaching; an active research agenda and experience in securing major grants; and strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills.


Clemson University ( is a state land-grant institution with nearly 18,000 undergraduates and over 4,000 graduate students, located near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For more information about the Clemson University, please see The departmental website is   


Applicants should provide a cover letter that addresses their academic and administrative qualifications for this position and includes a leadership philosophy and a vision for the department, a CV, and a reference page that includes contact information for five references. All material should be submitted as a single pdf file and addressed to the search committee and submitted to To ensure full consideration, please submit applications by March 7, 2016.  Review of applications will begin on March 7, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.


Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

CALL FOR PAPERS An International, Interdisciplinary Conference Development in Question: Challenges for the 21st Century


An International, Interdisciplinary Conference Development in Question: Challenges for the 21st Century

October 6 – 8, 2016, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

The 5th Annual Conference of the ASA Section on the Sociology of Development

This is a time of critical re-thinking about the nature and meaning of Development. Contemporary challenges such as climate change, global food crises, growing populations, widespread environmental degradation, geo-political instability and concerns over energy management have heightened uncertainty around – and contestation over – the future. In October 2015, the United Nations unveiled the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of ambitious, much-discussed goals that follow on the heels of the prior Millennium Development Goals (2005–2015). According to the website, the SDGs “converge with the post 2015 development agenda.” This raises the question: what is the post-2015 development agenda, who is included and how are the boundaries constructed?

Notwithstanding the billions of dollars, thousands of consultants and considerable institutional infrastructure, development work raises as many questions as it answers. Thinking of development as a policy, a set of objectives, groups of people, or a national and international set of goals, raises old and new questions of inequality, social change, colonialism, war, rights, environmental degradation, distribution, and more. To address the questions of what is development, what or who is to be developed and why, Cornell University is hosting a conference on “Development in Question” to be held October on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, NY. The conference organizers invite papers that think critically and creatively about contradictions, challenges and opportunities within the concept and practice of development. Contributions that engage in original ways both empirically and theoretically with key ideas, practices and categories of Development at different or multiple scales will be privileged.

Throughout the conference there will be keynote plenary talks or panels on the following topics:

The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals: Sustaining what, whom and why?

Doing Development: The international community, national state and emerging actors

The Tools of Development: Definitions, measurement and (e)valuation

Development in Movement: From migration to refugees, the demographics of development

Marketing Development: Global trade and the commodification of everything

In addition to the plenary sessions, the conference will consist of parallel paper sessions on a wide range of topics. We welcome abstracts from all scholars, including academics, activists, organizers and policy-makers. The following themes will guide the selection of abstracts although we are open to all work on Development:

  • Development, Conflict and War
  • Trade Flows and Illicit Economies
  • Doing Development Differently: Activists, Policy and Academics
  • Pedagogies of Development
  • South-South Development: Genealogies and Implications
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Privatization
  • Social movements and mobilization
  • Gender, race and ethnicity in the new development era
  • Climate Change and the Nature of Development
  • Infrastructure and Extractive Development
  • Knowledge, Expertise and Power
  • Precarity and the Politics of Poverty
  • Migration, Mobility and Environmental Change
  • Urban infrastructure and lives

Instructions for submission of abstracts or panel proposals*:

The deadline for submitting abstracts or panel proposals is February 08, 2016.

Please send proposals (no more than one page for a single abstract, no more than two pages for a panel proposal as a word or pdf document to

Include full contact details (email, affiliation and address for contact) Notifications and initial programs will be sent out mid-March 2016 *

Panel proposals should include between 3 to 5 presenters; if 3 presenters are suggested, conference organizers may add up to 2 additional members.

**Note: There is no fee for registration. Hospitality grants will be provided to some participants, but they are limited. Please specify whether you would like to be considered for partial funding. During the conference, all meals and materials will be provided for participants

The Sociology of Development Section’s Graduate Student Paper Award

Please submit a brief letter of nomination (self-nominations are encouraged), electronic copy of the paper and a letter from faculty advisor or department to certify graduate status to the award committee members by March 1, 2015.

Papers should be 20-30 pages, 12 pt font, double-spaced, inclusive of all notes and references. At the time of submission, the author must be a graduate student. The following submissions will not be considered: co-authored papers with faculty members and dissertation proposals or excerpts. If the paper is published, the copyright date must be 2013, 2014 or 2015. Author/s must be member of the Sociology of Development section (if co-authored with other graduate students, only the primary author needs to be member of the Section).

Award Committee Members:

David Brown (Chair)
Department of Development Sociology
Cornell University
222 Tower Road
Academic Surge A-123
Ithaca, NY 14853

Jennifer Hsu
10-16 HM Tory Building
Department of Political Science
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H4


Development Section Announcements

Below are the section announcements. It includes a call for papers and job announcements.


Call for Participants

“Connecting Students to the Labor Movement”
Annual Meetings of the Southern Labor Studies Association
March 6–8, 2015
Washington, DC – The George Washington University

Deadline: February 9, 2015
(Papers not necessary)

We invite labor activists and academics alike to participate in a panel to discuss how they have used the classroom as a conduit to engage students in the labor movement. This session, open to activists and academics, will offer lessons for new or emerging collaborative projects and can serve as a bridge between activists/scholars working independently but with similar goals. Participants may wish to address such questions as: What do unions need from student volunteers? What can students, faculty, and universities gain from working with unions? What can students contribute to fights for economic justice, both when workers on campus are seeking student support and when students contribute to campaigns removed from their campus? What obstacles do academic-activist collaborations present and how can they be overcome?

If you have questions or are interested in joining us in Washington, DC this March, contact Jeff Larson ( or Kate O’Neil (


13th Chinese Internet Research Conference
May 27-28, 2015
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Call for Papers

The University of Alberta’s China Institute invites paper proposals for the 13th annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC) to be held in Edmonton, Canada on May 27-28, 2015. While following the CIRC tradition of welcoming a wide range of general submissions, this year’s conference will highlight the themes of “(un)civil society” and “Chinese internet or internet in China?”

(Un)civil Society

To date, much research on the Chinese Internet has focused on internet censorship as well as state-society confrontations. While these issues continue to hold importance, a new generation of research could help to unpack the multilayered and multidimensional reality and contradictions of the Chinese Internet. As the population of Chinese netizens has surpassed 600 million, not only has the Chinese internet become a contentious medium for the state and an emergent civil society, it has also given voice to controversial exchanges between various social groupings along ideological, class, ethnic, racial and regional fault lines. Some examples include the internet flame war between Han Han and Fang Zhouzi that defamed “public intellectuals” in China, the Left-Right debate amongst China’s intellectual communities that occasionally spill over into street brawls, online breach of privacy (e.g. certain instances of “human flesh search engine”), conflict between “haves” and “have-nots,” contention between Han and ethnic minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang, racial discourse on mixed-race Chinese and immigrants, and debate over the “sunflower movement” in Taiwan and the “umbrella movement” in Hong Kong. Papers on this theme will shed light on uncivil exchanges online that fail to produce consensus or solutions and the social/cultural/political schisms that complicate the promise of constructive citizen engagement and civil society in China. Conversely, papers that illustrate, analyze and reflect on overcoming incivility online, without curtailing citizens’ rights to speech, security and safety are also welcome.

Chinese Internet or Internet in China?

Papers on this theme could consider the extent to which internet applications and user patterns in China are unique or simply representative of global trends, with local variations in terms of technology use and the associated cultural meanings. They might also address the growing popularity of Chinese internet applications among users abroad. Put differently, how “unique” and how “Chinese” is the “Chinese internet?” Should we be talking about a “Chinese internet” or the “internet in China?” Comparative perspectives as well as the development of fresh theoretical angles are encouraged.

Papers may be submitted outside these two themes. Researchers are invited to submit proposals on any aspect of the development, use, and impact of the internet in China. Topics may include the economic, political, cultural, and social dimensions of internet use in China, may focus on interpersonal, organizational, international, or inter-cultural dimensions; and may explore theoretical, empirical, or policy-related implications.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

Internet business, entertainment, and gaming
Research methods, web metrics, “big data” analysis, and network analysis
The digital divide along class, gender and rural-urban lines
The globalization of such Chinese internet firms as Baidu, WeChat, and Alibaba
Cultural activities or cultural tensions expressed through such popular mediums as microblogs (weibo), and WeChat (weixin)
The China Institute will sponsor participants’ meals during the conference dates, but is unable to cover travel costs. A limited number of university accommodations are available at reduced rates on first-come-first-served basis. There is no registration fee for this conference. As in past years, top single-authored papers by graduate students will receive awards. Participants are also invited to join in a three-day, self-paid trip to the Canadian Rockies after the conference. Please submit paper proposals of no more than 400 words in length with the subject line of “CIRC proposal” by February 15, 2015 to Acceptance notices and panel information will be released in March 2015.

CIRC 2015 Organizers

Ashley Esarey, University of Alberta
Min Jiang, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
CIRC Steering Committee

Ang Peng Hwa, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Hu Yong, Peking University
Randy Kluver, Texas A&M University
Jack Linchuan Qiu, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law, and founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School

Website link:


Job Announcement: National University in San Diego, CA

Job ID:

Title: Sociology Faculty
Department: Department of Social Sciences
Company: National University
Job Position/Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor
Special Program and Areas of Faculty Expertise: Science and Technology, Environmental Sociology
Region: West (San Diego)
Salary Range: Negotiable

Job Description:

The Department of Social Sciences in the College of Letters and Sciences at National University in San Diego, CA invites applications for a FULLTIME Sociology position at OPEN RANK (Assistant/Associate/Professor) determined by experience. Initial full-time appointment with benefits is for two years, renewable for longer-term contracts. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in sociology, university-level teaching experience, and evidence of an active research agenda. While areas of specialization are open, we have particular interest in science/technology/medicine, sustainability/environment, and/or globalization. To apply, please send as attachments a current CV, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Margaret Greer ( Application deadline: February 28, 2015. Applications considered until position is filled. National University is a private, non-profit university accredit
ed by W
ASC and an equal opportunity employer.

For additional information on this position (including how to apply), visit the ASA Job Bank at

Call for papers: Section on the Sociology of Human Rights – Mentored Roundtables

The Human Rights section will be sponsoring mentored roundtables at the ASA meetings in Chicago in 2015! If your research is focused on human rights, please consider submitting an abstract (including works in progress), and your specific areas of interest to the session organizers, so that we may pair you with a more advanced scholar with shared interests for feedback and discussion. We encourage a wide variety of human rights frameworks, types, forms, and concepts, and we invite both students and junior scholars to submit. The Human Rights Sections roundtables are designed to ensure a productive engagement with your work!

As a special incentive to encourage scholars at all levels to take part in mentoring, we also offer the valuable opportunity of matching beginning scholars with early career scholars willing to serve as personal mentors. Personal mentors volunteer to provide critical feedback on academic writing drafts, share insight about navigating academia, discuss job market strategies, consult about developing and pitching book proposals, and/or suggest effective networking styles. Collaborative scholarship is also encouraged, though is not required. Due to time constraints, early career scholars may either submit an abstract as a mentee OR act as a mentor – submitting an abstract indicates you would like to be paired with a personal mentor.

Submissions should be made online, and will be accepted between Dec. 5, 2014 and January 7, 2015 (3:00 p.m. EST) for presentation at the ASA Annual Meetings in Chicago (August 22-25, 2015).

Submission information and links can be found here:


Any junior, advanced, or senior scholar desiring to participate as a Roundtable Mentor and/or Personal Mentor should contact the session organizers:

Call for Papers Qualitative Sociology Special Issue on Gender and Globalization

In the past decade, pressing social changes have brought issues of gender, sexuality, and globalization to the fore, many of which are just beginning to be studied sociologically. New social movements addressing issues of gender and sexuality are being organized at a global level – including LGBTQ activism, anti-trafficking activism, and domestic worker advocacy – and inciting contentious debates. The Arab Spring and turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa have raised new questions about women’s agency and rights in Muslim societies and struggles over democratization. In some parts of the world, masculinity is going through significant shifts. Revitalized religious movements have gained influence across the globe, sparking renewed debate over gender and sexuality within these traditions.

Yet too often there is disconnection between studies that examine transnational institutions and movements and those that focus on the transnational dimensions of social phenomena in particular places. Additionally, sociologists who focus on different world regions or disciplinary subfields are not always in conversation. Finally, gender and sexuality in the United States are rarely studied with a transnational lens.

This special issue of Qualitative Sociology aims to address these gaps and highlight cutting-edge research on gender and sexuality in diverse global contexts. The goal is to deepen global/transnational sociology with a gendered lens, and help to advance a theoretical agenda for understanding how gender and sexuality are both constitutive of and constituted by contemporary global and transnational social relations.

This special issue seeks papers based on qualitative research on the transnational dimensions of gender and sexuality and/or that contribute to theorizing gender and globalization. Articles on the Global South are especially welcome. Empirical and theoretical issues may include (but are not limited to):

n  New forms of gendered labor and the global economy

n  Gender and class in global contexts

n  Transnational social movements addressing gender and sexuality

n  Agency in an age of globalization

n  Sexuality

n  Civil society

n  Migration

n  Health and Disease

n  Nationalism

n  Religion

n  Intimacy and Relationships

n  Globalization and Masculinities

n  Methodological Issues (especially in understanding links between the transnational and local)

The deadline for submissions is: April 1, 2015.

Submission Instructions: All papers should be submitted through: and should comply with the journal’s standard editorial guidelines. When submitting an article, please send a note to Rachel Rinaldo and Manisha Desai (addresses below), and cc Rebecca Hanson ( Be sure to select the article type “Special Issue: Gender and Globalization” when you submit your paper through Editorial Manager.

Address questions to:

Rachel Rinaldo

University of Virginia

Manisha Desai

University of Connecticut