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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.


The Interdisciplinary Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies (ICIIS) is a Chilean research center that seeks to contribute to the country with high level studies about the problem of intercultural relations. This is carried out with an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and dialog-oriented perspective and a respect for cultural diversity.  The ICIIS has the support of the Financing Fund of Excellence Centers in Research (FONDAP), which depends on the National Commission of Technological and Scientific Research (CONICYT).

The ICIIS-FONDAP Center invites applications for a postdoctoral position to work on a collaborative project with a principal or associate researcher of the Environment and Development Track, interested in developing comparative regional analysis that will expand the knowledge on the cultural recognition of diversity, intercultural, and frontier processes.    We are seeking a highly qualified and motivated candidate from the social sciences (preferably anthropologist, geographer or sociologist) with knowledge and experience of quantitative methods of social research and analysis capabilities with complex databases.

The successful candidate must have a PhD at the time of the appointment (awarded from 2010) and a demonstrated record of publications. Salary is approximately US$ 30,000 per year. The appointment may begin as soon as May 2016, and will be for an initial period of one year, with renewal for up to two years, contingent upon satisfactory progress.

Interested candidates should send (1) CV (including list of publications), (2) reprints of selected publications, and (3) a short statement of research interests (max of 3 pages) to indicating in the subject: “PD002”. Applicants should also request for at least 2 letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the referees. Full consideration will be given to applications received by April 30th, 2016.

ESMOAS Program Academic Conference 2016

Inter-American Relations: Past, Present, and Future Trends

Call for Papers:
In conjunction with the 20th Annual Eugene Scassa Mock Organization of American States Conference and Competition, the ESMOAS Faculty Steering Committee is now accepting papers for our first annual academic conference on Inter-American relations, to be held at Texas State University on November 3-5, 2016. The conference is open to presenters at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty level.  Please submit your abstract on any subject related to the subject of Inter-American political or cultural relations before June 20, 2016.  After approval of your abstract, your full paper (of no more than 25 pages) must be submitted by October 7, 2016 to After that time, you will be assigned a panel and a presentation time.

Conference Information:
Sponsor: The Eugene Scassa Mock Organization of American States Program
Conference: 20th Annual ESMOAS Conference and Competition
Location: Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
Date: November 3-5, 2016
Open to: Undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Faculty
Paper Length: 25 pages maximum
Abstract Length: 250 words maximum
Submit Papers to:
Submit Abstracts: Online,
Paper Topic: Inter-American Relations (political, historical, or cultural)
Registration Fee: $150 per presenter, Due Date October 7, 2016

Submit Abstracts Online at Our Conference Website:

Special Issue of Catalyst, Volume 7, Issue 2

Remaking Social Sciences:
Rebuilding the Core Disciplines
 to Discover what is Humanly Possible and How to Achieve It

Catalyst:  A Social Justice Forum, will turn its attention in a forthcoming special issue to articles that offer critiques of any one of the five core social science disciplines combined with proposals for catalyzing reform of that discipline.  The journal seeks articles offering specific measures and proposals for rebuilding each of the five core social science disciplines to focus on discovering the “scientific” theories and “laws” of human group and individual behaviors as a basis for designing technologies for social justice and social betterment.

The journal offers this special issue based on the debatable assumption, to be used as a starting point for argument sake, that the five core social science disciplines studying human behavior at the level of groups (anthropology, and the sub-sectoral disciplines of economics, political science and sociology) and of individuals (psychology) have been diverted from their missions as social science disciplines or have stagnated in paralyzing (co-dependent) critiques.  The journal seeks articles on how to hold these specific disciplines accountable to the principles of social science objectivity for long-term, measurable human betterment.

The starting assumption is that three of the pure social sciences of human group behaviors (economics, political science, and,  partly, sociology), while claiming to be “scientific” have actually worked as pseudo-sciences to promote political ideologies of industrialization, production, homogenization, and social control, while the fourth has been transformed to offer counter ideologies and “inclusiveness” (e.g., anthropology and many new spinoff “disciplines” associated with it) in ways that turn it into a “humanities” with no scientific method or thinking; as simply critique, philosophy, advocacy or journalism.  Psychology may be the closest to a real science, but many of its applications do not meet universally established goals for social justice and have been used, instead, for social control (e.g., criminology, advertising).  Several new disciplines have now emerged but without a clear link to a social science core (peace studies, human geography, sustainability studies, legal studies, development).  Disciplines today claim to use scientific tools or specific methods, but few really meet the definition of “science” or “discipline” – hypothesis testing, real/non-ideological or culturally biased variables, results applicable outside of specific cases – or focus on larger human concerns – cultural survival, development of the full human potential, political equity, environmental protection, social equity, and peace, among them. 

Authors ready to use the basic assumption of this issue as a starting point are welcome to submit pieces for the issue with a deadline of May 1, 2016.  Articles for the issue may be of any length, form and methodology.  While longer, substantive pieces with critique and proposals are preferred, there may be room for short commentaries or reviews, as well as historic overview and review pieces (including a comparison of changes in Psychology as a discipline compared to the other social sciences).  Overflow for the issue could appear in subsequent issues of Catalyst and authors are also welcome to consider submitting pieces for future issues of the journal.

Authors may discuss submissions with the special issue editor, Dr. David Lempert, at: before submitting articles on the Catalyst website:

Catalyst also welcomes peer reviewers to register with the journal, noting their fields and sub-fields.  Given the nature of the journal as inter-disciplinary with a specific action mission, the review process is one of constructive, collaborative and creative support once pieces meet the basic test of fit with the journal, scholarly merit, clear writing, and innovative ideas.

Sociology between the Gaps: Forgotten and Neglected Topics (SBG)

Providence College

Sociologists/social scientists are invited to submit articles for the online journal, Sociology between the Gaps: Forgotten and Neglected Topics (SBG). Volume One was on the theme of Adoption and Families: National and International Perspectives. Access to the articles in Volume One, the description of the theme for Volume Two, and manuscript guidelines for submissions to SBG are available at

The deadline for submissions to Volume Two is August 15, 2016.


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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