Saturday, November 18, 2000, 1-3PM
Westin St. Francis, San Francisco
Meeting brought to order by President Ronald Huff, 1:00PM. Attending
Roland Chilton, Past President; Larry
Sherman, President Elect; Lynne Goodstein, Treasurer; Doris MacKenzie, Executive Secretary; Chris Eskridge,
Executive Director; Christy Visher, Vice- President Elect; Todd Clear, Vice-President; Robert Bursik, Jr., Editor,
Criminology; and Executive Counselors Sally Hillsman; Julie Horney; Candace McCoy; Cathy Spatz Widom; Steve
Messner; John Braithwaite, and Cheryl Maxson.
President Ronald Huff called the meeting to order. He stated that
his two highest priorities for
his year as ASC president were: (1) improving diversity within ASC with respect to our
membership, especially with respect to racial and ethnic diversity and (2) recognizing “global
diversity” in criminology by pursuing closer organizational linkages between the ASC and other
scholarly societies in our field. With respect to diversity of the membership, he initiated a
discussion with the Minority Affairs Committee which led to Orlando Rodriguez’s report
(summarized below) and a discussion with Chris Eskridge leading to Chris’s contacting
publishers in our field to determine their interest in helping ASC fund an initiative to increase
our diversity. With respect to global diversity, he appointed ASC representatives to a large
number of related professional societies around the world.
1. COSSA Report. Howard Silver presented a report on COSSA’s
activities including: an
overview of changes due to national elections, NSF changes, federal budget
(appropriation for research, large amount earmarked), and human subject protection
(accreditation of institutions and institutional review boards, certification of researchers)
and dues structure for COSSA membership. The Board discussed the COSSA dues
2. Undergraduate mentoring proposal. Orlando Rodriguez presented the Minority Affairs
Committee report. There is a strong interest in attracting more minorities to the field.
The board requested the Minority Affairs Committee to work with Chris Eskridge
to develop a proposal for a minority initiative that would improve the diversity of
3. Comments on 2000 Annual Meeting (Deborah Baskin) Approximately 2800 attended.
Few problems were reported. A survey asking panel chairs to report on attendance at
their panels was conducted. A formal business meeting as required in the ASC by-laws
was not scheduled but since the meeting is usually poorly attended no one seemed to
notice it until too late. The Board thanked the Program Chairs for their work.
4. 2001 Annual Meeting program. Valerie Jenness reported two concerns about next
year’s meeting. First, the due date for paper submissions has changed from March 31 to
March 1. Some people worry that this will lead to confusion on paper submissions. The
question is how to manage late papers. Placement on a panel is not guaranteed if papers
arrive late. The Board discussed panel scheduling and the overlap of topics at the same
time period. The Board requested that Al Avery attempt to work on this problem so that
panels on similar topics would not be scheduled at the same time period. A “Dunk the
Editor” game is being considered during the annual meeting. The Board asked Chris
Eskridge to investigate: (1) whether Dell or other computer company would set up
computers at the Annual Meeting in the book exhibit for members to check their
email and (2) ways to increase the number of employers in the employment
exchange who place their advertisements on the web.
5. ASC Division Reports.
A. Critical Criminology (Martin Schwartz) No report was submitted. The Division
will be asked to submit a report for the next ASC Board Meeting.
B. International . (William Chambliss) Previously, there had been some
complaints about where international members have been place on panels and
time and day of international panels. This problem was discussed at the Program
Committee Meeting. The Division has two awards: Lifetime Award and
Outstanding Book Award. International members also had a discussion on the
ASC journal Criminology and the concern that few international papers get
published in the ASC journal. A suggestion was made that international members
should be encouraged to submit more manuscripts to the journal.
C. People of Color and Crime. (Stephanie Bush-Baskette) There was a concern
that previously there had always been a representative of the Board at the
luncheon. This year there was no representative there; a Presidential Plenary was
scheduled at the same time as the luncheon and this may be the reason no
representative attended. Other conflicts in the schedule occurred. The Division
asks that next year the schedule be reviewed more carefully in order to eliminate
such problems. The Division changed the Constitution and By-Laws so that
officer terms would be for two years. The Division expressed a concern about the
tenure and promotion procedures at universities and how these affected their
D. Women and Crime. (Nancy Wonders) The Division asked about the resolution
on women and incarceration that they had presented to the Board. The resolution
had been sent to the National Policy Committee with a request that they respond.
The Board voted to ask the National Policy Committee to inform the Board of
their response to the resolution from the DWC.
E. Corrections and Sentencing. (Doris MacKenzie) The Division voted to give
three awards: Student Paper Award, Distinguished Investigator Award and New
Investigator. The Division was considering the possibility of having an official
journal. The Board voted to inform Chairs of each Division that the ASC
Constitution does not allow Divisions to have official journals. The Division
plans to organize a prison visit and asked the Board if the visit could be one of the
official ASC Program Tours. ASC will not be scheduling tours as part of the
Annual Meeting. The Board voted that the DCS organize a prison visit if they
6. International Linkages. Bill Chambliss and the International Division will
prepare a list of international criminology organizations with whom ASC might want to
establish links. In 1995 and 1996, the International Society of Criminology asked ASC
to have a joint meeting; this did not occur. Larry Sherman asked ASC to consider having
a joint meeting at the World Congress of the ISC in August 2003 in Rio or August 2005
in Philadelphia. One advantage is that they have simultaneous translation at some
sessions. The idea of a video conference was discussed; however, it was pointed out that
flights are not prohibitively expensive.
7. 2008 Site Selection . Chris Eskridge reported that four cities are being considered:
Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, New Orleans. The Site Selection Committee will make
a report at the mid-winter board meeting.
8. 2000-2001 ASC Budget (Chris Eskridge and Treasurer Lynne Goodstein) The Budget
was approved by the Board.
9. Proposal Re: ASC Policy Papers/publications: Larry Sherman proposed that ASC have
a separate journal focusing on policy relevance. This would be a second ASC journal
possibly named “Criminology and Public Policy.” The Board voted to inquire of the
editor of the new NIJ journal (Todd Clear) whether there is any interest in having
ASC own this journal and that NIJ and the Editor consider changing the name of
the journal in light of the future possibility of ASC owning the journal. Motion
accepted with two abstentions. The Board discussed budget implications, advantages,
disadvantages and alternatives. The Board asked Larry Sherman to submit a proposal
for the new journal addressing the Board’s concerns.
10. Appointments to Criminology Board. (Robert Bursik, Jr.). Sally Simpson and Diana
Fishbein will be added to board. The Board accepted the appointments to the
11. Code of Ethics (Lynne Goodstein). The Code of Ethics was presented to the Board last
year and Board members were asked to familiarize themselves with the code. Todd Clear
revised the code but these revisions have not been sent to the Code of Ethics Committee.
The Board requested that Todd Clear’s suggested revisions be submitted to the
Committee and to Lynne Goodstein for comment. Lynne Goodstein asked that
mention of the Code of Ethics in the Board Minutes over the last few years be
presented to the Board.
12. ASC email list, member directory, abstract book. The Board voted to eliminate the
publication of the abstract book. The Board voted to eliminate the printed version of the
13. Next Meeting. April 27-28 at Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia.
Doris L. MacKenzie
ASC Executive Secretary