The Role of Professional Societies in the Advancement of Science Professional societies seek to grow and develop the knowledge base of their respective fields, and to disseminate that information widely.
American Society of Criminology - The Societies roots can be traced back to informal discussion groups that emerged in early 1930’s, based in the San Francisco Bay area - A formal association was established in 1939 - The organization was re-defined in December of 1941 at a meeting held in the home of August Vollmer in Berkeley, California - The name of the organization became the American Society of Criminology in 1957
American Society of Criminology Currently 3,750 members 60+ countries30% students 15% non-U.S. based scholars
To fulfill its mission and purpose, the American Society of Criminology: - Holds annual meetings - Encourages the establishment of Divisions - Publishes journals and newsletters - Maintains a webpage - Promotes the Oral History Project
To Fulfill its Mission and Purpose, the American Society of Criminology: - Supports and encourages scholarship - Seeks cooperative partnerships - Integrates the scientific within the public sector - Adopts a strategic model of growth and development - Maintains a professional, populist, cost- effective orientation
Annual Meeting Held in November 4,500+ participants 40+ countries 35 to 40% students 1,100 sessions and workshops Book display (usually around 40 publishers) Employment exchange (around 120 jobs advertised) External group and ASC Division meetings Numerous receptions and social events
Divisions There are currently 14 divisions All have committees and officers All have webpages, journals, newsletters All organize sessions at the Annual Meeting Many hold social events at the Annual Meeting
Publications All of the Divisions have journals and newsletters The Society publishes two journals and a newsletter for the membership at large: - Criminology (est. 1963) - Criminology & Public Policy (est. 2001) - The Criminologist (newsletter)
Webpage The webpage has a membership directory, lists of conferences and workshops, calls for papers, professional employment information, links to all of the Society Divisions, and a variety of Society information. All the Divisions have webpages as well.
Oral History Project More than 100 videos are now posted of interviews with individuals who have had a marked impact on the field.
Supporting and Encouraging Scholarship The Society recognizes, supports, and encourages young scholars with the following awards and scholarships: - Peterson Fellowships - Peterson Fellows’ Development Program - CavanYoung Scholar Award - Carte Student Paper Award
Supporting and Encouraging Scholarship The Society recognizes and encourages more established scholars with the following awards: • Bloch Award (contributions to the Society and the field) • Fellows • Hindelang Book Award • Outstanding Paper Award • Sellin-Glueck (non-U.S. research contributions) • Sutherland Award (lifetime achievement) • Teaching Award • Vollmer Award (public criminology contributions)
Supporting and Encourgaing Scholarship Every Society Division sponsors numerous awards and scholarships None of the Society-wide or Division awards are limited to American-based scholars One award (Sellin-Glueck) is earmarked only for non- American based work
Cooperative Partnerships The Society is active nationally and internationally and has connections with numerous professional criminological societies and associations worldwide. The future growth and development of our field is built upon the foundation of collaboration and cooperation.
Integration of the Scientific Within the Public Sector - Criminology & Public Policy - White Papers - Lobbying Efforts • Congressional Briefings • COSSA membership • Crime and Justice Research Alliance • Stance on Capital Punishment • Executive Board statements
A Strategic Model of Growth and Development - A cross-national, ubiquitous academic orientation - Connectivity - An interdisciplinary emphasis - An evidence-based perspective - Integration of the scientific within the public sector
Professional, Populist, Cost Effective Orientation Professional: Full-time staff, stable office operations, and contracts with external professionals Cost Effective: Dues and meeting registration fees are low, particularly for students Populist: Membership involvement in every possible organization context is encouraged; yields high levels of ownership and commitment (30 committees, 14 divisions, 17 journals and newsletter, 15 webpages, executive board)
American Society of Criminology The American Society of Criminology is an extraordinarily dynamic organization filled with committed members who are growing the literature and actively fulling their collective roles of advancing the professional interests of criminology around the world.