Teaching Sociology

Teaching Sociology

2015 Impact Factor: 0.559
2015 Ranking: 174/231 in Education & Educational Research | 100/142 in Sociology
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data
Published in Association with American Sociological Association

Stephen A. Sweet Ithaca College

eISSN: 1939862X | ISSN: 0092055X | Current volume: 44 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly
Teaching Sociology publishes articles, notes, and reviews intended to be helpful to the discipline’s teachers. Articles range from experimental studies of teaching and learning to broad, synthetic essays on pedagogically important issues. The general intent is to share theoretically stimulating and practically useful information and advice with teachers.

The American Sociological Association (ASA), founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. With nearly 15,000 members, ASA encompasses sociologists who are faculty members at colleges and universities, researchers, practitioners, and students. About 20 percent of the members work in government, business, or non-profit organizations. ASA hosts an annual meeting with more than 6,000 participants and publishes 10 professional journals and magazines.

As the national organization for sociologists, ASA, through its Executive Office, is well positioned to provide a unique set of services to its members and to promote the vitality, visibility, and diversity of the discipline. Working at the national and international levels, ASA aims to articulate policy and implement programs likely to have the broadest possible impact for sociology now and in the future.

Deputy Editor
Michele Lee Kozimor-King Elizabethtown College
Editorial Board
Sarah Becker Louisiana State University, USA
David D. Blouin Indiana University South Bend
Joslyn Brenton Ithaca College
Michael J. Chavez California State University, Long Beach, USA
Elizabeth Cherry Manhattanville College
Jeffrey Chin Le Moyne College
Jessica Crowe Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA
Shannon N. Davis George Mason University
Paul Dean Ohio Wesleyan University
Michael DeCesare Merrimack College
Anne Frances Eisenberg SUNY Geneseo
Leslie Elrod University of Cincinnati, USA
Sarah Epplen (Rusche) Minnesota State University, Mankato
Judson Everitt Loyola University Chicago, USA
Joseph C. Ewoodzie Davidson College, USA
Susan J. Ferguson Grinnell College
Nancy A. Greenwood Indiana University, Kokomo, USA
Cherise A. Harris Connecticut College, New London
Deborah A. Harris Texas State University, USA
Suzanne Hudd Quinnipiac University
Shirley A. Jackson Portland State University, USA
Nikki Khanna University of Vermont
Kate Linnenberg Beloit College, USA
Betsy Lucal Indiana University South Bend
Janice McCabe Dartmouth College
Stephanie Medley-Rath Indiana University, Kokomo
Melinda Jo Messineo Ball State University, USA
Ed A. Munoz University of Utah
Matthew Oware DePauw University
Heather M. Parrott Long Island University Post, USA
Daphne Pedersen University of North Dakota
Julie Pelton University of Nebraska, Omaha
Sadie R. Pendaz-Foster Normandale Community College
Chavella Pittman Dominican University
Deidre L. Redmond Wayland Baptist University, USA
Ashley Rondini Franklin & Marshall College, USA
Katherine R. Rowell Sinclair Community College
Alicia Elena Suarez DePauw University
Mary Nell Trautner University at Buffalo, SUNY
A. Javier Trevino Wheaton College
Craig Upright Winona State University, USA
John F. Zipp University of Akron
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  • Teaching Sociology uses an online submission process. With the exception of book and video reviews submit all manuscripts by following this link: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ts.


    Article Submissions
    Article submissions are research-based and, inclusive of all content, are approximately 25 pages double spaced with one inch margins using Times New Roman font size 12. Articles intended to demonstrate specific teaching applications are expected to include analysis of assessment data. Articles are evaluated using combinations of the following criteria:

    1. Originality
    2. Likely interest among the journal’s readership
    3. Potential magnitude of impact on teaching and learning, considering
        A. Specific contexts of instruction (size of classes, content of classes, type of institution, prerequisite courses, etc.)
        B. Prospects of transferring the pedagogy to other social settings,     
        C. Implications relating to scholarship of teaching and learning in sociology
    4. Quality of the literature review including
        A. Comprehensive review of articles previously published in Teaching Sociology
        B. Inclusion of relevant scholarship beyond Teaching Sociology
    5. Quality of data analysis or assessment
    6. Quality of writing and presentation

    Notes Submissions
    Notes submissions summarize the application of specific teaching strategies or approaches, and do so in a more restricted manner than research articles. They are approximately 15 pages double spaced with one inch margins using Times New Roman font size 12. Notes are evaluated on the same basis as Article submissions (summarized above), but with an expectation of more restricted content (most commonly in the literature review). Assessment or relevant data analysis is expected, but may be less ambitious than would be expected in an Article submission.

    Conversation Submissions
    Conversation submissions are written to stimulate lively, thoughtful and informed discussion of issues that are subject to debate and controversy. Conversation submissions can be as long as 25 pages double spaced with one inch margins using Times New Roman font size 12, but will typically be much shorter. Conversation will be evaluated in a manner similar to Article submissions, but do not necessarily need to include analysis of data or assessment.

    Application Submissions
    In the past, Teaching Sociology occasionally published applications of current research with the intent to make sociological research accessible to undergraduate students by providing instructors with pedagogical tools for incorporating current research in their courses. Applications included learning activities, discussion questions, and other student-centered learning techniques. Applications are no longer solicited by Teaching Sociology as these types of publications are disseminated through Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology (TRAILS).

    Book, Video and Website Reviews
    Teaching Sociology publishes book, video, and website reviews. Authors and publishers can send publications to be considered for review to the deputy editor.

    Michele Lee Kozimor-King
    Deputy Editor, Teaching Sociology
    Department of Sociology and Anthropology
    Nicarry Hall , Room 225
    Elizabethtown College
    1 Alpha Drive
    Elizabethtown, PA 17022

    Materials received will not be returned. The deputy editor selects books and videos to be reviewed as well as solicits reviews from impartial critics with experience in the use of comparable resources. Unsolicited reviews will not be published. Reviews are typically 2 to 4 pages in length, double spaced, in Times New Roman 12 point font. Reviews can be longer if multiple resources are critiqued in the same review. Decisions to publish reviews are made at the discretion of the deputy editor and editor.

    Ancillary Materials
    Articles and Notes commonly reference or describe curricular materials that may be too numerous, lengthy, or otherwise unsuited to publication in Teaching Sociology. To maximize prospects for access of these resources, the editor may request that authors prepare ancillary materials for submission to the Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology (TRAILS). Ancillary materials do not need to be submitted to TRAILS in advance of submitting Articles or Notes to Teaching Sociology. Decisions to publish in TRAILS follow the normal TRAILS review process.

    Use of Human Subjects
    Not all manuscripts will be based on use of human subjects, but those that do need to address any relevant ethical issues. Institutions of higher education vary in ethical policies regarding the use of grades or content analysis of student work in research intended for publication. Articles and Notes that rely on human subjects should include an explanation of conformance to the author’s institution’s policy as well as comply with the ASA’s CODE OF ETHICS.

    Style Guides
    All submissions should conform to the American Sociological Association’s Style Guide 4th Edition. Below are sources of common errors that should be addressed in advance of manuscript submission.

    Creation of a Blinded Manuscript
    Manuscripts need to be fully blinded, meaning that the reviewers will not be able to discern the identity of the author(s). To create a blinded manuscript, prepare the following prior to submission:
    1. A cover page will that includes a running head shortened title; the full title of the article; author names and institutions; word count; name/address/email address of the corresponding author; acknowledgements/credits/grant numbers.
    2. An abstract, maximum 150 words.
    3. A manuscript that contains only the title, text body, footnotes/endnotes, references, and tables/figures (in that order), but no author names or other identifying information. Blind any other identifiers, such as the name of the author’s institution if it is in the text, footnotes, tables, or figures. Instead, use "Author's Institution" or some similar placeholder text. If references to specific publications could reveal the author’s identity, these should also be shielded, replacing the in-text reference with “authors names withheld” and omitting the citation from the references.

    Font, Spacing, Margins and Page Numbers
    Submissions should be double spaced, including references and tables, in Times New Roman font 12 point, margins at 1 inch on all sides. Page numbers are located bottom center.

    Heading Structure
    FIRST-LEVEL HEADS are all capitalized and left justified.
    Second-Level Heads are italicized, initial capitalized and left justified.
    Third-level heads. are italicized, sentence style capitalization, indented and followed by a period.

    Common In-Text Citation Examples
        …in another study by Duncan (1959).
        …whenever it occurred (Gouldner 1963).
        …Kuhn (1970:71).
        …(Martin and Bailey 1988).
        …Veblen ([1899] 1979) stated that….

    Common Reference Format Examples
    Journal Articles.
    Kalleberg, Arne L., Barbara F. Reskin, and Ken Hudson. 2000. “Bad Jobs in America: Standard and Nonstandard Employment Relations and Job Quality in the United States.” American Sociological Review 65(2):256-78.

    Hagan, John and Ruth D. Peterson, eds. 1995. Crime and Inequality. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

    Chapter in a Book.
    Riley, Matilda White. 1985. Women, Men, and the Lengthening Life Course.” Pp. 333-47 in Gender and the Life Course, edited by A.S. Rossi. New York: Aldine.

    Common Errors

    • One space after periods ending sentences, not two.
    • Spell out all numbers through nine. Express numbers 10 and up as numerals.
    • Spell out all ordinals through ninth. After 10th, express as ordinals (e.g., 10th, 20th).
    • Spell out "percent." Always use a numeral with "percent" even if it is a number below 10, as in "3 percent."
    • Avoid biased language. For example, use first-year or lower-level students rather than freshmen.

    Statement Of ASA Policy On Multiple Submissions
    "Submission of manuscripts to a professional journal clearly implies commitment to publish in that journal. The competition for journal space requires a great deal of time and effort on the part of editorial readers whose main compensation for this service is the opportunity to read papers prior to publication and the gratification associated with discharge of professional obligations. For these reasons, the ASA regards submission of a manuscript to a professional journal while that paper is under review by another journal as unacceptable." Section II.B4, ASA Code of Ethics

    Manuscipt Processing Fee
    A processing fee of $25.00 is required for each paper submitted, except reviews. (Fees are waived for student members of the ASA.) This practice reflects a policy of the ASA Council and Committee on Publications. During the online submission process, the author will be asked to pay the manuscript processing fee using either a credit card or PayPal. The fee must be paid in order to initiate manuscript processing.

    Manuscript Submission And Processing
    Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ts. Submitting authors are required to set up an online account on the SageTrack system powered by ScholarOne. Manuscripts that are accepted for review will be sent out anonymously for editorial evaluation. Obtaining permission for any quoted or reprinted material that requires permission is the responsibility of the author. The online process requires submission of a separate title page, a main manuscript document, and supplementary files. Authors will be required to pay the manuscript processing fee via credit card at the time of manuscript submission. The author will receive a confirmation of manuscript submission via e-mail. Authors can also log-on to Manuscript Central any time to check the status of their manuscript. Authors will receive an e-mail once a decision has been made on their manuscript.

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