Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Scholars Challenge Costly Annual Meetings as Too Exclusive

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 9th, 2014

The American Sociological Association’s annual meeting drew about 6,000 people to San Francisco last month to share and discuss the latest research in the field, make professional connections, and catch up with colleagues. But missing from the crowd were scholars like Julie E. Hartman-Linck, an associate professor of sociology at Frostburg State University, in western Maryland, which provides her with only $200 a year for conference travel.
"I’d love to be connected to my professional association," says Ms. Hartman-Linck. "But it really remains to be seen when I’ll go to an annual meeting again."
Even where professors can get money to travel, they often find it falls short. For those off the tenure track, paltry wages and no access to institutional funds can keep them from attending scholarly meetings altogether.

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