The fall 2021 edition of forum, the official newsletter of the mid-south sociological association is now available.

Inside you’ll find an introduction from our incoming president, Shelly McGrath, the 2021 Plenary Address from past president, Tina Deshotels, teaching spotlights, attendee profiles, award winners, and MORE!!



Past President Tina Deshotels Committee on Nominations Lauren Norman
Current President Shelly McGrath Committee on the Profession Andrea Hunt
President-Elect Meredith Dye Committee on Small & Community Colleges Ashraf Esmail
Vice President Nicola Davis Bivens Women, Gender & Sexualities Committee Sarah Donley
Vice President-Elect Melencia Johnson Spectrum Editor Kevin Breault
Secretary-Treasurer Erin Rider Forum Editor Andrew Tatch
Committee on Membership Justin Martin Technology Committee Ruth Chananie
Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities Kristie Perry


Contact us

Shelly McGrath, MSSA President
Meredith Dye, MSSA President-Elect
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:
Shelly McGrath, President