Award Winners, Election Results, a Fantastic Conference and Member Kudos

[sorry for the repost. . .caught a typo]

Greetings Members of the Mid-South Sociological Association

The  Baton Rouge conference was a rousing success with intriguing papers, wonderfully interactive sessions, and informative plenary events.  Read Admiral Clara Cobb, of the US Public Health Service, provided a thought provoking talk and Friday’s Distinguished Panel seems to have sparked excitement for community engagement.  We reflected with fondness upon our times with friends and colleagues who are now gone – most recently Drs. Cliff Bryant and Larry Hall – and then savored each others company at our annual banquet.   To all of you who attended, thank you for making it such an exciting affair, and for all those who didn’t make it – trust me when I say that your absence was noted and you were missed. While the minutes of the meetings will be posted to the website soon enough, we thought we should notify everyone of award and election winners, of the dates for the 2011 conference to be held in Little Rock, Arkansas, and of a few kudos to MSSA members.

Award Winners

Stanford Lyman Memorial Scholarship

Racist Medicine and Contested Citizenships: Migration Of Indian Physicians To The United States And The Paradox Of Return

Wasudha Bhatt, University of Texas at Austin

Graduate Paper Award

The Second Shift and the Nonstandard Shift: How Working Nonstandard Hours Affects the Relationship between Divisions of Household Labor and Fairness Perceptions

Katie James, University of Georgia

 Undergraduate Paper Award

Parental Incarceration:  Broader Implications for Children of Offenders Educational Aspirations and Achievements

Devon Tyron Wade, Louisiana Statue University


Election Results

  • President Elect: Mark Konty
  • Vice President Elect: Ruth Chananie-Hill
  • Chair of Nominations: Kim Davies
  • Chair of Committee on Professions: David Knottnerus
  • Chair of Committee on Women: Shirley Rainey-Brown.
  • Chair of Committee on Small and Community Colleges: Kathy Smith and Anita Bledsoe-Garner

In order to increase the number of members who vote in the elections (there were only 32 voting members this year) we will now be doing online voting when the time comes.

Between now and then, however, please send your nominations for President-Elect, Vice President, the Chair of the Committee on Minorities, the Chair of the Committee on Membership, and the Chair of the Nomination Committee to Nomination Chair Kim Davies.


2011 Annual MSSA Conference

Conference Theme:  Southern Exceptionalism

October 26-29, 2011
Little Rock, Arkansas

Doubletree Hotel
424 West Markham
Little Rock, Arkansas  72201
(501) 372-4371


Member Kudos 

Finally, when I post things to the website, I’d love to be able to highlight the many accomplishments of our members.  So, if you, or a member you know, recently published an article or a book, gave a talk, received an award and/or put on a special event, please send the information to me so that I can include it in the Member Kudos.  This month, I found out that our Chair of the Committee on the Profession has been a rather busy and productive scholar lately: 

  • Knottnerus, J. David. Forthcoming. Ritual as a Missing Link: Sociology, Structural Ritualization Theory and Research (November 2010). Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
  • Ulsperger, Jason S. and J. David Knottnerus. Forthcoming. Elder Care Catastrophe: Rituals of Abuse in Nursing Homes – and What You Can Do About It. (November 2010). Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
  • Varner, Monica K. and J. David Knottnerus. Forthcoming. American Golf and the Development of Civility: Rituals of Etiquette in the World of Golf (August 2010).  Koln, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.


Well, that’s it for now.  As promised, we are going to do our best not to abuse this newsletter function and will keep the posts down to only about one per month or everyother month depending on what’s going on.  If you want to discuss what’s happening, ask questions or just converse with other MSSA members, don’t forget about the MSSA-L Listserve.

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