ERIC Number: EJ851555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
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The Status of Sociology within the Academy: Where We Are, Why We're There, and How to Change It
Downey, Dennis J.; Wagner, William E., III; Hohm, Charles F.; Dodson, Chaka J.
American Sociologist, v39 n2-3 p193-214 Sep 2008
We present data from a survey of deans at colleges and universities throughout the USA on the relative status of disciplines. Findings indicate that the relative status of Sociology within the academy is low, although there are several specific areas of high status--namely, concerning community involvement and engagement. Our analyses also investigate which areas of activity are most closely associated with the overall prestige of disciplines. Findings indicate that research-oriented activities are the most influential, while student-oriented activities have a more ambivalent association with status. Based on those findings, we offer suggestions for raising the status of the discipline, based on the cultivation of natural synergies linking research, community engagement, student training, and focusing on the benefits of establishing social science research centers associated with Sociology departments.
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Educational Research, Community Involvement, Sociology, Surveys, Deans, Higher Education, Colleges, Universities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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