2013 MSSA Annual Conference Pre-registration Deadline


Greetings everyone!!

I apologize for the cross postings, but I wanted to make sure that no one missed the pre-registration deadline for the 39th Annual Mid South Sociological Association Conference to be held October 23-26 in Atlanta, GA.  The conference looks like it will be very well attended, with nearly 200 presentations, numerous professional development opportunities and, of course, the Alpha Kappa Delta Teaching and Learning Symposium (details below).

Pre-registration materials need to be postmarked by this Friday, September 20.  Information on where to send them is on the membership and registration form which you can find at:  http://www.midsouthsoc.org/conference/registration-membership-and-reservations/
Information is also available on that page for making hotel reservations.  While hotel reservations must be made no later than October 14, rooms are going fast and I would encourage everyone to reserve their room as soon as possible.

As always, I hope everyone is well and I look forward to seeing everyone at the conference next month!
Take care,

Alpha Kappa Delta Teaching and Learning Symposium

Thursday, October 24 4:40pm – 6:00pm
Friday, October 25, 8:30am-10:00am

We are incredibly excited to have teamed up with Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociological Honors Society to bring everyone an opportunity to attend a Symposium on Teaching and Learning that they have organized and brought to our conference.  Information about registering for the symposium is on the main conference registration form and we invite everyone to take part in this event:

Do you know how learning happens? The primary focus for Thursday October 24, 4:30p – 6:00p will be on how people learn.  Led by Melinda Jo Messineo (Ball State University) this will include a review of learning theories and research on the brain science on learning.  Prior to the symposium, registrants will receive a link to an article to be read beforehand to prepare for this in-depth exploration.

How does teaching impact learning?  On Friday, October 25, 8:00a – 10:30am we will delve into the impacts of teaching on learning.  To lead us on this exploration, MSSA members from all over the region will facilitate roundtables.  Registrants can attend up to three roundtables covering the topics below.  In addition to the roundtables there will be a discussion of the relevant SoTL literature and a chance for everyone to share their successes and challenges with teaching and learning.

  • Learning associated with methods and theory – Writing Intensive
    • Kim Brackett, Auburn University at Montgomery  (Montgomery, AL)
  • Learning associated with teaching a difficult topic – Why are people poor?
    • Barbara Combs, University of Mississippi  (Oxford, MS)
  • On learning associated with a small class (cap 35) – Reading, Critical Thinking, and Writing
    • Tina Deshotels, Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL)
  • On learning associated with getting students to read – Let’s talk about last night’s reading
    • Richard Ellefritz, Oklahoma State University
  • On learning associated with collaborative projects with individual elements – Mine, Yours, and Ours
    • Anna Hall, Delgado Community College (Covington, LA)
  • Learning associated with hybrid course design – On campus or online?
    • H. David Hunt, Georgia Regents University (Augusta, GA)
  • On learning associated with a large class – Active learning
    • Melinda Messineo, Ball State University (Muncie, IN)


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