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It has been a very tough decade for the sociology job market, and faculty jobs are getting tougher to land. At the same time, doctoral students often feel discouraged from pursuing a career outside of the academy. One viable response may be to reconsider old attitudes about a career in applied sociology. In this episode, we discuss the applied field with Karen Albright, former President of the Associate for Applied and Clinical Sociology and former Chair of the ASA’s Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology.
Photo Credit. Assembly line at the Ford Motor Company’s Highland Park plant. Highland Park Michigan, ca. 1913. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2011661021/.
Today, The Annex meets Rob Santos, Chief Methodologist at the Urban Institute and incoming President of the American Statistical Association. We discuss concerns about the politicization of the 2020 Census, and pursuing careers in private research. Special guest co-host Joshua De La Rosa, Senior Data Scientist for the City of New York and Adjunct Lecturer at Queens College’s Data Analytics Program.
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Donnell Butler a Senior Dean at Franklin & Marshall, discusses the executive track as a career path for sociology academics, and how perspectives on higher ed differ between faculty and administrators. We also discuss recent conflict on campus free speech.