MSSA Ensuring the Future Campaign

Greetings MSSA members and friends,

As some of you may know, the Mid-South Sociological Association faces a very challenging environment where hotel and venue costs continue to increase. The Covid-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these challenges. In fact, there is a possibility that the MSSA may be required to cover all costs for Charlotte 2021, even in the event of cancellation, if the COVID-19 crisis persists. This possibility, on top of budget cuts implemented by state governments and college/university administrations, have put the MSSA in a precarious situation. Because of these fears and a desire to have a long-term goal of modernization of the association, we are now asking you, our members, for help.

To that end, several anonymous members will match donations dollar for dollar up to $8,500.  For example, a donation of $100 will yield the MSSA $200. By raising $8,500 we will be able to match for a total of $17,000!!!  For quick donation link, please click here:  Donate to MSSA

While we appreciate large donations, all donations, no matter the size are important for our success. Indeed, having 75% of our membership donate $5.00-10.00 would yield ~$4,200 after matching! But more importantly having a plurality of members donate also signals a broad-based support that will truly ensure our ability to sustain and grow.

The variety of cutting-edge topics, quality of networking and mentorship, as well as the way we were able to build our sociological community and continue our tradition of connecting our members to important resources in this last virtual meeting is a testament to the importance of sustaining the MSSA. In addition, MSSA rewards excellence of our members through numerous monetary awards, including:

  • Graduate Student Paper of Distinction Award
  • Undergraduate Paper Award
  • Stanford Lyman Memorial scholarship
  • Committee for Racial and Ethnic Minorities Travel/Registration Scholarship
  • Women, Gender, and Sexualities Committee Travel/Registration Scholarship

On top of those monetary awards and scholarships, the MSSA has been integral to networking and mentoring in the Mid-South region and beyond.If you have benefited from the MSSA or its related activities, please consider contributing to our matched funds Ensuring the Future campaign! 

The campaign will end on December 11, 2020. Though donations of at least $1000 automatically result in Silver-Level Lifetime Membership, any amount is greatly appreciated!  For those of you who can, please consider giving up that weekly cup of coffee or lunch to ensure that the MSSA continues to thrive and provide valuable opportunities to its members, including many graduate and undergraduate students!


Past President Jason Ulsperger
Current President Jessica Abbott
President-Elect Tina Deshotels
Vice President Patricia Gleich
Vice President-Elect Lauren Norman
Secretary-Treasurer Jessica Pardee
Committee on Membership Cassidy Cooper
Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities Melencia Johnson

Committee on Nominations Boniface Noyongoyo
Committee on the Profession John Boulahanis
Committee on Small & Community Colleges Nicola Bivens
Women, Gender & Sexualities Committee Sarah Donley
Spectrum Editor Kevin Breault
Forum Editor Andrew Tatch



Contact us

Dr. Tina Deshotels, MSSA President-Elect and Program Chair
Dr. Jessica Abbott, MSSA President
Dr. Jessica Pardee, MSSA Secretary-Treasurer

Organizational Identity Statement

The Mid-South Sociological Association, Inc. (MSSA, Inc.), founded in 1975, is a 501-C-(3) non-profit organization providing both professional support to, and a forum for sociologists who teach, conduct research and reside in the Mid-South region of the US. Through its publications, annual conference, academic support and collegial networks, MSSA, Inc. promotes the advancement of sociological research, the diffusion of knowledge, innovative service and teaching.  From its inception, MSSA, Inc has been and continues to be committed to mentoring and enabling the growth of the next generation of sociologists in the value of high-quality research and engagement, and ethical, professional service.

Organization Inclusion Statement

The Mid-South Sociological Association Inc. embraces diversity and promotes inclusion by recruiting, including, and valuing people of all races, genders and gender identities, sexualities, ethnicities, religions, economic and employment statuses, abilities, and other dimensions. The MSSA celebrates all expressions of diversity and identity and strives to provide an environment conducive to free expression of ideas without fear of judgment in any way. Moreover, the MSSA does not tolerate any action from any member or conference participant that encourages or promotes hatred and/or intolerance in any form. Further, to the extent that the Board determines that it is not detrimental to the best interests (financial and otherwise) of the association, the MSSA will use the economic power of the annual conferences and other activities to select locations and enter into agreements with businesses that have policies and practices that reflect the values of the MSSA.

Contact MSSA:
Tina Hebert Deshotels, President