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Teaching Sociology

An official journal of the American Sociological Association

eISSN: 1939862X | ISSN: 0092055X | Current volume: 52 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly
Teaching Sociology publishes articles, notes, and reviews intended to be helpful to the discipline’s teachers. Articles range from experimental studies of teaching and learning to broad, synthetic essays on pedagogically important issues. The general intent is to share theoretically stimulating and practically useful information and advice with teachers.

The American Sociological Association (ASA), founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. With 12,000 members, ASA encompasses sociologists who are faculty members at colleges and universities, researchers, practitioners, and students. About 20 percent of the members work in government, business, or non-profit organizations. ASA hosts an annual meeting with more than 6,000 participants and publishes 14 professional journals and magazines.

As the national organization for sociologists, ASA, through its Executive Office, is well positioned to provide a unique set of services to its members and to promote the vitality, visibility, and diversity of the discipline. Working at the national and international levels, ASA aims to articulate policy and implement programs likely to have the broadest possible impact for sociology now and in the future.

Teaching Sociology publishes articles, notes, and reviews intended to be helpful to the discipline’s teachers. Articles range from experimental studies of teaching and learning to broad, synthetic essays on pedagogically important issues. The general intent is to share theoretically stimulating and practically useful information and advice with teachers.

Michele Lee Kozimor Elizabethtown College
Deputy Editor
Barbara F. Prince Lebanon Valley College
Editorial Board Members
Tennille Nicole Allen Lewis University
Joslyn Brenton Ithaca College
Cliff Brown University of New Hampshire
Jeffrey Chin Le Moyne College
Elizabeth T. Culatta Augusta University
Shannon N. Davis George Mason University Korea
Paul Dean Ohio Wesleyan University
Michel Estefan University of California-San Diego
Sylvia L. Flores South Texas College
Catherine V. Fobes  
Robert Donald Francis Whitworth University
Raj Andrew Ghoshal Elon University
Alanna Gillis St. Lawrence University
Kaya Hamer-Small Hillsborough Community College
David J. Hutson Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington
Erin N. Kidder Eckerd College
Colby R. King University of South Carolina-Upstate
Kathleen Odell Korgen William Paterson University
Laura Krull Saint Norbert College
Nik M. Lampe University of South Florida
Jessica A. Leveto Kent State University-Ashtabula
Greggor Mattson Oberlin College
Matthew May Oakland University, Rochester, MI, USA
Betty McCall Lycoming College
Matthew H. McLeskey SUNY-Oswego
Melinda Jo Messineo Ball State University
Amanda A. Mireles University of California-Merced
Ed A. Munoz University of Utah
Kristjane Nordmeyer Westminster College
Alexandra Catherine Hayes Nowakowski Florida State University
Shiri Noy Denison University
Daphne Pedersen University of North Dakota
Sadie R. Pendaz-Foster Inver Hills Community College
Diane L. Pike Augsburg University
Chavella T. Pittman Dominican University
Janis Prince Saint Leo University
Rachel Romero Texas State University
Laura Ann Sanchez Bowling Green State University
Josh Seim Boston College
Carrie Lee Smith Millersville University
Mehmet Soyer Utah State University
Robert Werth University of Southern California
Cameron Thomas Whitley Western Washington University
Jacqueline M. Zalewski West Chester University
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Teaching Sociology uses an online submission process. With the exception of book and video reviews submit all manuscripts by following this link:

Ethics: Submission of a manuscript to another professional journal while it is under review by TS is regarded by the ASA as unethical. Significant findings or contributions that have already appeared (or will appear) elsewhere must be clearly identified. All persons who publish in ASA journals are required to abide by ASA guidelines and ethics codes regarding plagiarism and other ethical issues. This requirement includes adhering to ASA’s stated policy on data-sharing: “As a regular practice, sociologists share data and pertinent documentation as an integral part of a research plan. Sociologists generally make their data available after completion of a project or its major publications, except where proprietary agreements with employers, contractors, or clients preclude such accessibility or when it is impossible to share data and protect the confidentiality of the research participants (e.g., field notes or detailed information from ethnographic interviews)” (ASA Code of Ethics, 2018).


Article Submissions
Article submissions are research-based and, inclusive of all content, are approximately 25 pages double spaced with one inch margins using Times New Roman font size 12. Articles intended to demonstrate specific teaching applications are expected to include analysis of assessment data. Articles are evaluated using combinations of the following criteria:

1. Originality
2. Likely interest among the journal’s readership
3. Potential magnitude of impact on teaching and learning, considering
    A. Specific contexts of instruction (size of classes, content of classes, type of institution, prerequisite courses, etc.)
    B. Prospects of transferring the pedagogy to other social settings,     
    C. Implications relating to scholarship of teaching and learning in sociology
4. Quality of the literature review including
    A. Comprehensive review of articles previously published in Teaching Sociology
    B. Inclusion of relevant scholarship beyond Teaching Sociology
5. Quality of data analysis or assessment
6. Quality of writing and presentation


Notes Submissions
Notes submissions summarize the application of specific teaching strategies or approaches, and do so in a more restricted manner than research articles. They are approximately 15 pages double spaced with one inch margins using Times New Roman font size 12. Notes are evaluated on the same basis as Article submissions (summarized above), but with an expectation of more restricted content (most commonly in the literature review). Assessment or relevant data analysis is expected, but may be less ambitious than would be expected in an Article submission.

Conversation Submissions
Conversation submissions are written to stimulate lively, thoughtful and informed discussion of issues that are subject to debate and controversy. Conversation submissions can be as long as 25 pages double spaced with one inch margins using Times New Roman font size 12, but will typically be much shorter. Conversation will be evaluated in a manner similar to Article submissions, but do not necessarily need to include analysis of data or assessment.

Application Submissions
In the past, Teaching Sociology occasionally published applications of current research with the intent to make sociological research accessible to undergraduate students by providing instructors with pedagogical tools for incorporating current research in their courses. Applications included learning activities, discussion questions, and other student-centered learning techniques. Applications are no longer solicited by Teaching Sociology as these types of publications are disseminated through Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology (TRAILS).


Book, Video and Website Reviews
Teaching Sociology publishes book, video, and website reviews. Authors and publishers can send publications to be considered for review to the deputy editor.


Michele Lee Kozimor-King
Deputy Editor, Teaching Sociology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Nicarry Hall , Room 225
Elizabethtown College
1 Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022


Materials received will not be returned. The deputy editor selects books and videos to be reviewed as well as solicits reviews from impartial critics with experience in the use of comparable resources. Unsolicited reviews will not be published. Reviews are typically 2 to 4 pages in length, double spaced, in Times New Roman 12 point font. Reviews can be longer if multiple resources are critiqued in the same review. Decisions to publish reviews are made at the discretion of the deputy editor and editor.


Ancillary Materials
Articles and Notes commonly reference or describe curricular materials that may be too numerous, lengthy, or otherwise unsuited to publication in Teaching Sociology. To maximize prospects for access of these resources, the editor may request that authors prepare ancillary materials for submission to the Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology (TRAILS). Ancillary materials do not need to be submitted to TRAILS in advance of submitting Articles or Notes to Teaching Sociology. Decisions to publish in TRAILS follow the normal TRAILS review process.

Use of Human Subjects
Not all manuscripts will be based on use of human subjects, but those that do need to address any relevant ethical issues. Institutions of higher education vary in ethical policies regarding the use of grades or content analysis of student work in research intended for publication. Articles and Notes that rely on human subjects should include an explanation of conformance to the author’s institution’s policy as well as comply with the ASA’s CODE OF ETHICS.

Style Guides
All submissions should conform to the American Sociological Association’s Style Guide 7th Edition. Below are sources of common errors that should be addressed in advance of manuscript submission.

Creation of a Blinded Manuscript
Manuscripts need to be fully blinded, meaning that the reviewers will not be able to discern the identity of the author(s). To create a blinded manuscript, prepare the following prior to submission:
1. A cover page will that includes a running head shortened title; the full title of the article; author names and institutions; word count; name/address/email address of the corresponding author; acknowledgements/credits/grant numbers.
2. An abstract, maximum 150 words.
3. A manuscript that contains only the title, text body, footnotes/endnotes, references, and tables/figures (in that order), but no author names or other identifying information. Blind any other identifiers, such as the name of the author’s institution if it is in the text, footnotes, tables, or figures. Instead, use "Author's Institution" or some similar placeholder text. If references to specific publications could reveal the author’s identity, these should also be shielded, replacing the in-text reference with “authors names withheld” and omitting the citation from the references.


Font, Spacing, Margins and Page Numbers
Submissions should be double spaced, including references and tables, in Times New Roman font 12 point, margins at 1 inch on all sides. Page numbers are located bottom center.


Heading Structure
FIRST-LEVEL HEADS are all capitalized and left justified.
Second-Level Heads are italicized, initial capitalized and left justified.
Third-level heads. are italicized, sentence style capitalization, indented and followed by a period.


Common In-Text Citation Examples
    …in another study by Duncan (1959).
    …whenever it occurred (Gouldner 1963).
    …Kuhn (1970:71).
    …(Martin and Bailey 1988).
    …Veblen ([1899] 1979) stated that….


Common Reference Format Examples
Journal Articles.
Kalleberg, Arne L., Barbara F. Reskin, and Ken Hudson. 2000. “Bad Jobs in America: Standard and Nonstandard Employment Relations and Job Quality in the United States.” American Sociological Review 65(2):256-78.

Hagan, John and Ruth D. Peterson, eds. 1995. Crime and Inequality. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.


Chapter in a Book.
Riley, Matilda White. 1985. Women, Men, and the Lengthening Life Course.” Pp. 333-47 in Gender and the Life Course, edited by A.S. Rossi. New York: Aldine.


Common Errors

  • One space after periods ending sentences, not two.
  • Spell out all numbers through nine. Express numbers 10 and up as numerals.
  • Spell out all ordinals through ninth. After 10th, express as ordinals (e.g., 10th, 20th).
  • Spell out "percent." Always use a numeral with "percent" even if it is a number below 10, as in "3 percent."
  • Avoid biased language. For example, use first-year or lower-level students rather than freshmen.


Manuscipt Processing Fee
A processing fee of $25.00 is required for each paper submitted, except reviews. (Fees are waived for student members of the ASA.) This practice reflects a policy of the ASA Council and Committee on Publications. During the online submission process, the author will be asked to pay the manuscript processing fee using either a credit card or PayPal. The fee must be paid in order to initiate manuscript processing.

Manuscript Submission And Processing

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Submitting authors are required to set up an online account on the SageTrack system powered by ScholarOne. Manuscripts that are accepted for review will be sent out anonymously for editorial evaluation. Obtaining permission for any quoted or reprinted material that requires permission is the responsibility of the author. The online process requires submission of a separate title page, a main manuscript document, and supplementary files. Authors will be required to pay the manuscript processing fee via credit card at the time of manuscript submission. The author will receive a confirmation of manuscript submission via e-mail. Authors can also log-on to Manuscript Central any time to check the status of their manuscript. Authors will receive an e-mail once a decision has been made on their manuscript.

Name Change Policy

SAGE has introduced a policy to enable name and pronoun changes for our authors. ASA journals published by SAGE follow this policy. Going forward, all requests to make a name or pronoun change will be honored. This includes, but is not limited to, name changes because of marriage, divorce, gender affirmation, and religious conversion. For more information, read SAGE’s Name Change Policy


As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.


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