ASA Presidents Joya Misra, Prudence Carter, and Adia Harvey Wingfield defend the value of sociology in response to Florida’s “gross mischaracterization” of the discipline and the state’s decision to eliminate sociology as a core course option.

Want to engage more students using the Socratic method in your classes? Check Chiang-Lopez & Nuñez ‘s (2024) piece on the method’s challenges and strategies to minimize harm and student exclusion.

Struggling with how to assess active learning in the online classroom? Hasnine, Ahmed, and Ueda (2020) provide an analysis on active learning in various global contexts.

How do we implement community-based learning (CBL) in an era of austerity? Sarah Brown (2024) discusses how field trips can be a tool to engage students and achieve the core benefits of CBL.

Struggling to talk with students about the ongoing crisis in Gaza? JSTOR provides a syllabus of background readings to help students begin to make sense of the current and recurring violence.

See Clare Forstie’s (2019) unique take on using TSP’s “There’s Research on That” to teach introduction to sociology and get students to connect research and current events!

Attention Instructors! Prepping a new class and don’t know where to start? Try this Sociological Images resource for course guides, resources for new students, and topical collections designed to engage students’ sociological imaginations.

If teaching an introductory sociology class feels a little big with many directions to go, take a second to review this thorough course guide from Gwen Sharp to help you get started!

The question “what’s weird about where you’re from?” can open students’ sociological imaginations and introduce them to “social facts” using public data. This exercise from Evan Stewart (2020) helps students connect their lives to social/historical context and think about research methods.

Amy Traver (2016) re-emphasizes the link between college and career as she assesses and makes suggestions for integrating vocational skills into introduction to sociology courses at a community college.