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National Survey of Course Evaluation in Higher Education

Yes, it’s that time again! The annual National Survey of Course Evaluation in Higher Education is now open. Will your school be willing to complete the survey in exchange for the detailed results? Simply reply and say “I’m in” or you can add your name to the register list at

NEW this year: You can still receive a summary of the 2017 Course Evaluation findings even if NOT participating in the survey – how good is that! Just CLICK HERE to register and if you do not complete the survey we will still send you a summary (NOT the full report) in mid-April. Just in time to use the best advice from hundreds of your colleagues towards your end-of-term evaluations!

We need to know which colleges and universities are participating so please go to the response page soon at and choose either:

  1. I WILL participate: click the URL above and enter your name and email in the fields
  2. SOMEONE ELSE at my school will participate: If others have more knowledge about or interest in the course evaluation process, please forward this request along

AND... In appreciation that you read all the way to this point, please accept our gift of the 2013 Report on Course Evaluation (n=237 colleges). It can be downloaded at the bottom of this page:

Many thanks!  

Your colleagues,
Matthew Champagne, Ph.D., Embedded Assessments
Stephen Schepman, Ph.D., MBA, Central Washington University
Jeffrey Nicholas, Ph.D., Bridgewater State College

Call for Papers

Sociology between the Gaps: Forgotten and Neglected Topics (SBG) is a new, innovative, peer-reviewed, open-access, cross-disciplinary, independent online journal published in English. This not-for-profit journal will be published electronically.

This year's volume -- on the theme of  Cultural Lag:  An Underestimated Issue in Postmodern Society, should be of special interest to sociologists and other social scientists who are involved with using and teaching about technology and social change.
Learn More...

4th Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology

The Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology is a meeting of stream ecologists held approximately every four-five years aiming to further the scientific study of stream ecosystems in urban landscapes. The fourth symposium will be held at Haw River State Park, Browns Summit, NC on May 31-June 3, 2017. Learn More...

Job Announcement

Lecturer, Social Science
Arizona State University

The Social Science faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts on the Polytechnic Campus at Arizona State University invites applications for a Lecturer for the 2017-2018 academic year. The successful candidate will provide social scientific instruction on the relationships between science, and society. Course assignments may be at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels, and may occur in a variety of modalities (online, on-ground, hybrid), on the Polytechnic campus. In addition to a typical course load of four (4) courses a semester, the successful candidate will also be expected to participate in service to the institution and profession as appropriate. Course load is determined by the faculty head. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure eligible position renewable on an academic year basis contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the university. Salary is competitive commensurate with experience. Candidate must reside in Arizona, or be willing to relocate. Learn more...

Job Announcement

Manager, Social Scientist
Altria - Richmond, VA

Altria is a Fortune 200 Company currently looking for a Consumer and Marketplace Insights Manager, Social Scientist at our headquarters in Richmond.  The selected candidate will be a critical resource in supporting our consumer perceptions and harm reduction platforms and requires an excellent working knowledge on key research topics such as consumer science models, survey methodology, and perception and behavior research that lead to actionable consumer insights that support the Operating Companies.

The position requires an advanced in degree in Psychology, Sociology, Quantitative Methods, or related fields (PhD preferred), and 8 to 10 years of relevant work experience (Background in CPG, Biostatistics, Public Health Policy a plus). To apply, please visit and locate req number 16576BR.

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Invites you to participate in the International Forum of Social Science 2017 to be held on May 4 – May 6, 2017 at Andel’s Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic. We welcome scholars, researchers, as well as academics and scientists to present their research works or just attend.

The primary goal of the conference is to create ideal conditions for the exchange, comparison and synthesis of knowledge, information and ideas in the areas of politics and economics.

The intention is to discuss the current expert topics having an impact throughout the entire society. At the conference, the participant will receive international peer-reviewed proceedings containing the papers of all speakers and other authors, which is an exclusive expert deliverable output to be used further in practice. The conference participants will have an opportunity to confront their opinions and views with others and to acquire new contacts. Come and listen to the opinions, be there to discuss and reflect on the topics that are particularly sensitive and up-to-date for the modern society! For more information, visit

San José State University
San José, California
Subject to Budgetary Approval                                                                                         
Specialization: Asian American Studies
REVISED: January 15, 2017
Job Opening ID (JOID): 23727
Open (Tenured/Tenure-track)


The Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences seeks to hire a faculty member whose specialization is in Asian American Studies with an open secondary area of competence. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. from an accredited university in Social Science or a related discipline by start of appointment; a commitment to and demonstrated potential for teaching excellence; research productivity or potential, as might be demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications or presentations; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and a commitment to program development. Desired qualifications include a strong record of teaching excellence, experience in program development, and a record of service. Those seeking advanced rank must show evidence of Asian American Studies program
development, teaching, service, research, and publications appropriate to rank and tenure. Applicants should have an awareness and sensitivity to the educational goals of a diverse multicultural student population through training, teaching, or other similar experience.


The successful candidate is expected to teach the two-semester General Education course sequence: “Asian Americans in the US: Historical and Political Process” and a course in area of expertise. Other teaching related duties include developing new courses appropriate to an interdisciplinary department and General Education and program assessment.

Faculty at SJSU have a four course per semester teaching load; those on the tenure track can expect to have their teaching load reduced during their first years. Other responsibilities include maintaining an active research agenda as well as service and shared governance activities appropriate to rank. Candidate must address the needs of a student population that is diverse in terms of age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language, and academic preparation. Attention to these needs can be demonstrated through course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

STARTING DATE: August 21, 2017

ELIGIBILITY: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Application Procedure: For full consideration submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/philosophy and research plans, and at least three letters of reference with contact information by January 15, 2017 to

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.
Questions may be directed to:
Interim Chair Carlos E. Garcia
Department of Sociology & Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0122

The Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (SISS) offers BA degree programs in Sociology (concentrations in Community Change, Social Interaction, Race and Ethnic Studies, and Women, Gender, & Sexuality); Social Science (Multiple Subject and Single Subject Teacher Preparation); MA degree in Sociology; Minors in Asian American Studies, Sociology, Sociology of Education, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University enrolls approximately 30,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for
applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The latest San José State University Safety 101 Uniform Campus Crime and Security Report is available.

You may request a copy of San José State University’s annual safety report by contacting the University Police Department at (408) 924-2222 or by visiting the University Police Department website at (

Employment Opportunity

The Institute of Sociology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

The Institute calls for applications for a full-time position (44 weekly hours) of Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology. Contact Paola Langer for more information.


Harvard University invites applications from Ph.D. level scholars with exceptional research skills and backgrounds in social science, behavioral science, or educational research to advance Harvard’s research on assessing and improving residential, blended, and open digital learning environments. The research scientist will work as part of team conducting original research, synthesizing and applying relevant extant research, and developing and implementing assessments aligned with Harvard’s core teaching and learning mission.

This is one year term appointment, with strong likelihood of renewal.

Applicants must have:

  • interest in social science research and doctorate in economics, education, psychology, political science, public policy, sociology, statistics, or related field;
  • experience using quantitative methods, including some combination of non-experimental, quasi-experimental, and experimental program evaluation, assessment, and surveys;
  • strong writing, presentation, interpersonal, and technical skills (particularly using software like R, Matlab, or Stata); and
  • expertise working with large datasets (preference).

For more information or to apply, please visit:

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A Perfect Trip

     All five of us agreed that this San Diego trip in August 2014 was “a perfect trip.” Terry Lovelace, President of the National Social Science Association this year, and her husband Bill Curtis, along with Dr. Bill Kirtley, our 1st Vice-President, and his wife Pat, and I enjoyed nearly a week in the beautiful, historic, enchanting, and cool San Diego, California. As usual, Jerry Baydo, N.S.S.A. Executive Director, and his staff performed a myriad of tasks to enable our meeting—e.g., securing the reservations for us with an upscale hotel located on the shoreline and close to many attractions, processing the many proposals and registration, arranging for our free breakfasts, providing technical support for any members using electronics, arranging for the ocean-going dinner tours and trolley tours, and establishing and maintaining an open, supportive, professional, and congenial atmosphere throughout. Our Summer Seminar was held at the wonderful Wyndham Bayside Hotel, located just across the street from the huge bay. We had participated in the N.S.S.A. Summer Seminar and had listened to dozen of interesting professional presentations. Our own presentation was a five-member panel on “Grief” and included many different international rituals for dealing with grief. After the sessions, we spent our late afternoons and evenings all around San Diego.

     On Monday evening, nearly seventy of us walked across the big avenue to the seaside and boarded a medium-size ship. We journeyed out into and around the harbor aboard the Hornblower. While enjoying a very delicious meal accompanied by music, we cruised quite a ways up and around the harbor. On Tuesday evening, we walked to the left about one-third of a block to Hazelwoods that sells hamburgers for about ten dollars each. (Yes, the hamburgers are big and delicious, and the condiments are plentiful and tasteful.) We talked for over an hour. Then, we walked across the big avenue to the shoreline. As we walked southward, we viewed several vessels parked in the harbor. On the shuttle to the hotel, we had already seen the great warship U.S.S. Nimitz parked in the harbor. At the shoreline just across from our hotel, we viewed the Star of India, a famous, heroic, and ancient sailing ship about 100 years old. Then, there was the ship that Russell Crowe commanded in Master and Commander. Next to it was a ship that was used in Pirates of the Caribbean series. A little further, we viewed a parked submarine. Finally, we came to the Hornblower, the vessel that had provided us with the great meal, music, and journey around the harbor.

     By the next morning, another submarine and a U.S. Coast Guard ship had been parked in the vicinity of the other ships. On that day, Wednesday, I took the morning off to take the Old Town Trolley trip around the San Diego area. The guide, Hatch, was a superb guide. His broadcast explanations were laced with personal anecdotes. He recalled a period of his life when he lived atop the continental divide: he described the extremely harsh conditions of daily living there. He asserted that in that town, “The men were real men, and so were half the women!” His nonstop commentary introduced us to historic sites in downtown San Diego. He offered several stories of who and when very large tracts of land were sold for very little money. From downtown, he took us to the Old Town Market where we saw dozens of artisan shops with unique pieces of art in various materials—e.g., ceramic, leather, silk, etc. A café specializing in Mexican American cooking was doing a landside business. We moved over to another section of the shoreline where one could book visits to areas in the harbor where seals lived. We redirected back into downtown San Diego to the huge Convention Center and the giant hotels. Hatch gave us the history of the Horton Center which offered a wide variety of restaurants, clothiers, movies, specialty shops, and, even, ice skating. The Center’s parking lot was amazing. In the Gaslight Quarter, we saw very old Victorian homes located side by side skyscrapers with dozens and dozens of restaurant, offices, bars, residences, art galleries, theaters, museums, and retail outlets. Then, we went to Coronado Island (although it is really a peninsula). We travelled over one bridge that is so high that U.S. Navy ships can travel underneath it. Of course, Coronado was a magnificent site to behold. (I had trained at Coronado for my Chief Petty Officer Indoctrination Course a few years back. I had been amazed at how many of the SEALS and other residents ran every day—at least 50 miles per day while some averaged over 100 miles per day.) Hatch took us by the Balboa Park Zoo and relayed its origin and history. (I had seen my first Kiwi bird at that Zoo in 1954. I had thought that I was looking at a plant, but a friendly soul explained that I was looking at a Kiwi. At he had explained, whenever a Kiwi bird feels threatened, he ducks his head under one wing and stands on one leg. Surely, as I inspected more closely, I could make out the wings and the leg. After I had waited for several minutes and after the crowd had moved on, the little bird stood upright with his head high and walked over to a meal.) As we moved past the Zoo, Hatch gave us the history of the section known as Little Italy, three times as large as the Little Italy section of New York City. Italians had flocked to this section of San Diego back when the tuna fishing was still so profitable. Upon departing, I thanked and tipped Hatch; on the “feedback card,” handed out to each rider, I characterized Hatch as “the best” and most knowledgeable guide that I had ever listened to as I had travelled through all the states and the Federal District and 31 foreign countries. I took another trolley to get back to the Wyndham. As I departed, I walked across the big avenue to Anthony’s to eat 2 large fish tacos and a big bowl of rice and a big bowl of black beans. I didn’t eat supper that night.

     I had intended to take one day off from the conference to go to the Balboa Park Zoo, but I had just run out of time (and energy). The next morning, I took the hotel’s free shuttle to the airport and waited for my flight. As I sat there, I remembered that when I had joined the Marines in 1954, we had travelled by plane from Texas to San Diego. Then, we travelled by military bus for 18 miles or so to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. In those days, anyone living west of the Mississippi River traveled to MCRD for Basic Training. As I mused about waiting for my flight, I remembered that, just a few days earlier, my plane had landed and then had taxied by the MCRD; I had immediately recognized the yellowish buildings located to the side of the airport. I was not surprised that San Diego had grown so much in 6 decades. I decided then that not only was this trip a much-delayed “homecoming” for me but that it was, indeed, as four of my very best friends had agreed, “a perfect trip.”

Lem Londos Railsback, Ph.D.; YNC—USMC&USNR—RET; O.S.M.

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