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Important Updates for SALC and the 2022 ASA Conference

Dear SALC members:

I am providing an update of SALC governance activities for ASA in Los Angeles.

First, I am pleased to announce new Section officers elected for 2022-2023:

  • Miles Taylor (Florida State University) Chair-Elect
  • Mieke Thomeer McBride (University of Alabama at Birmingham) Secretary/Treasurer
  • Emma Zang (Yale University) Council Member
  • Marc Garcia (Syracuse University) Council Member
  • Kagan A. Mellencamp (Bowling Green State University) Student Representative

Congratulations to all and thank you for your service to SALC!

Second, the proposed amendment to the Section bylaws has passed to formalize and regularize SALC positions of Chair and members of the Professional Development and Mentoring Committee, Facebook Manager, Twitter Manager, and Web Manager.

I look forward to seeing you at our SALC events and sessions at ASA. Our Council meeting is scheduled on Monday, August 8 at 7:00-7:45AM (yes, I know that’s early, but the time was assigned by ASA). The business meeting is scheduled for the same day from 3:00-3:45PM. As a reminder, our Mentoring Dessert Reception is 8:00-10:00PM that evening at the Marriott conference hotel (room to be announced).

For your convenience, here is the full list of Section Day activities:

Monday August 8, 2022:

7:00-7:45AM: SALC Council Meeting
8:00-9:30AM: Cross National Differences in Life Course Dynamics and Aging—Paper Session
10:00-11:30AM: SALC Roundtables
2:00-3:00PM: Matilda White Riley lecture (Ellen Idler)
3:00-3:45PM: SALC Section Business Meeting
4:00-5:30PM: Caregiving Careers in an Era of Family and Social Change—Paper Session
8:00-10:00PM: Mentoring Dessert Reception

Till then I hope you have a great start to summer!

Merril Silverstein, SALC Chair


Give the gift of SALC to a student or colleague!

Reminder that Gift Memberships are due July 31! Give the gift of SALC to a student or colleague! Instructions are below:

Gift Memberships: Deadline Is July 31, 2022

You can gift an ASA membership to students, or a Section membership to existing ASA members of any membership type. The deadline is July 31, 2022.  However, the sooner you give a gift membership, the sooner the recipient can begin to enjoy the benefits of membership and learn more about the Section. Detailed explanations regarding how to purchase gift memberships, the deadline, and Section counts can be found below.

Sections may not use their operating budgets to fund gift memberships. However, if a Section receives an unrestricted gift from a member or another source, those funds may be used in support of gift memberships.

Purchase a gift ASA membership for students. Once you have accessed the member portal, click “Purchase a gift membership for a student” under Contribute/Give. Search for the student by name. You can also create a new contact record if you can’t find the student in the database.

Your gift will be redeemable by the recipient for an ASA student membership. The recipient will receive an email with the gift credit immediately after your purchase. Recipients will need to complete a membership form through the ASA member portal in order to redeem their gift membership. Gift memberships are not refundable. Gift memberships are not tax deductible.

The deadline to gift ASA membership to students is July 31, 2022.

Purchase a gift Section membership. Once you have accessed the member portal, click “Purchase a gift section membership” under Contribute/Give. Select the Section and search for your recipient by first and last name.

Section membership requires a current ASA membership. Only ASA members who do not already have a membership in that Section are eligible to receive the gift. Immediately after you make your payment, the recipient will receive an email that includes your name along with the notification of the Section gift. Recipients do not need to take any action to redeem gift Section membership. Gifts are not tax deductible.

The deadline to gift Section membership is July 31, 2022.


2022 Award Winners Announced!

Please see the updated Awards page with information on the winners, honorable mentions, and nomination procedures.


The Winter 2022 Newsletter is now available!


2021 Council Meeting Minutes are Posted

Please see the updated Meeting Minutes page for the 2021 ASA SALC Council Meeting Minutes and Business Meeting Minutes.


Congratulations to our recently elected section leaders!

Chair-elect: Stefanie Mollborn (University of Colorado Boulder)
Council: André Christie-Mizell (Vanderbilt University); Anna Muraco (Loyola Marymount University)
Council, Student Representative: Melanie Zoraida Plasencia (University of California, Berkeley); Vesna Pajovic (Western University)

Thank you to all those who ran for these different positions for their willingness to step forward to serve the section and the association. We look forward to your future contributions.


Renew your ASA Membership!

If you have not yet renewed your ASA membership (or joined!), please do so now! 

Joining or renewing your SALC membership will ensure that you get the benefits of membership for 11 months. It will put/keep you on the listserv where you will receive news about the annual meeting, job and postdoc openings, awards, conferences, publications, and other news that will keep you abreast of what is happening in the study of aging and the life course.

Let your vote count and renew online by visiting https://asa.enoah.com. If you encounter any problems, please contact the Membership department at membership@asanet.org.


Mission Statement

Sociology of Aging and the Life Course provides an analytical framework for understanding the interplay between human lives and changing social structures. Its mission is to examine the interdependence between (a) aging over the life course as a social process and (b) societies and groups as stratified by age, with succession of cohorts as the link connecting the two. This special field of age draws on sociology as a whole and contributes to it through reformulation of traditional emphases on process and change, on the multiple interdependent levels of the system, and on the multidimensionality of sociological concerns as they touch on related aspects of other disciplines. The field is concerned with both basic sociological research on age and its implications for public policy and professional practice.