Forum Spring 2013

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Greetings!  It’s that time of year.  We’re getting ready for our annual conference in Atlanta, GA.    This edition of forum includes the call for papers for the annual conference as well as outlining all the exciting opportunities available for MSSA members.  These include the Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award, The Stanford M. Lyman Scholarship and the graduate and undergraduate paper competition.  Please take a moment to check out the information below and help us distribute far and wide!

39th Annual MSSA Conference

Action Sociology:
Opportunities in a (Post) Modern World

October 23-26, 2013 - Atlanta, GA

Call for Papers and Participation

Deadline: Friday, June 7, 2013

Program Chair:  Dr. Timothy B. Gongaware   University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
(midsouthsoc@gmail.com)

The Mid-South Sociological Association invites both sociology professionals and students to present their scholarship at the 39th Annual MSSA Conference in Atlanta, GA.

 Authors should submit their name, affiliation, contact information, working paper title and abstract directly to one of the relevant session organizers listed below.  The deadline for submissions to the organizers is June 7, 2013.

More information about the conference can be found at www.midsouthsoc.org including announcements of exciting events and workshops, a discussion of the conference theme, and descriptions from session organizers.  If you do not see a session in the list below that is related to your paper, please contact the Program Chair at the email address above.  Additionally, if you have developed a session idea that is not in the list below, please contact the Program Chair and we will certainly consider adding it to the program.

  •  Action Sociology: Effecting Social Change

Timothy Gongaware, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, tgongaware@uwlax.edu

  • Aging in the 21st Century

Shanta Sharma, Henderson State University, sharma@hsu.edu

  • Anarchist Sociology: Theory and Practice

Richard Simon, Jacksonville State University, rsimon@jsu.edu

  • Animals and Society

James Gadberry, Athens State University, james.gadberry@athens.edu

  • Community Sociology: Spatial Analysis of Social Data,

Jeremy Porter, City University of New York, jeremy_r_porter@yahoo.com

  • Contemporary Immigration Patterns

Erin Rider, Jacksonville State University, erider@jsu.edu

  • Contemporary Theory

Jeremy Ross, Jacksonville State University, jeremyros@gmail.com

  • Creating Sociology Internships that Foster Critical Thinking and Awareness

Toni Sims-Muhammad, Livingstone College, tsims-muhammad@livingstone.edu

  • Crime

Rhonda Evans, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, rde8498@louisiana.edu

  • Crime Mapping

Shelly A. McGrath, University of Alabama Birmingham, smcgrath@uab.edu

  • Deviance

Rhonda Evans, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, rde8498@louisiana.edu

  • Doing Ethnography

Michael Spivey, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, michael.spivey@uncp.edu

  • Education, Science, and Social Justice

Willie Pearson, Georgia Institute of Technology, kingvassie@comcast.net

  • Environmental Sociology

Paul Namaste, High Point University, pnamaste@highpoint.edu

  • From Both Sides of the Fence (Part 1) – Student experiences with undergraduate field research methods courses

From Both Sides of the Fence (Part 2) – Approaches to teaching qualitative field research methods: a panel discussion

Lachelle Norris, Tennessee Tech University, LNorris@tntech.edu

  • Gender

Rhonda Evans, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, rde8498@louisiana.edu

  • Gender and Social Deviance

Jackie Eller, Middle Tennessee State University , Jackie.Eller@mtsu.edu

  • Gender Research In Progress

Tina Deshotels, Jacksonville State University, tdeshotels@jsu.edu

  • Gender, Race and Crime

Anita Bledsoe-Gardner, Johnson C. Smith University, abgardner@jcsu.edu

  • Global Processes/Local Impacts

David Jaffee, University of North Florida, djaffee@unf.edu

  • Global Sociology

Samuel Adu-Mireku, Fayetteville State University, sadu-mireku@uncfsu.edu

  • Guns and Violence: Where are we at and where are we going?

Jackie Eller, Middle Tennessee State University, Jackie.Eller@mtsu.edu

  • Health and Aging

Ollie Christian, Southern University, ogchristian@yahoo.com

  • Healthcare Services and Health Disparities

Dawood Sultan, University of Southern Florida, dsultan@health.usf.edu

Claire Norris, Xavier University of Louisiana, cnorris@xula.edu

  • Homicide Studies

John Boulahanis, Southeastern Louisiana University, john.boulahanis@selu.edu

  • Microsociology

Steven Seiler, Tennessee Tech University, sseiler@tntech.edu

  • Mentoring Women Faculty Panel/Workshop

Katie Ross, Oklahoma State University, kwormanross@gmail.com

  • Problems and Solutions in Higher Education

Mark Konty, mkonty@public-scholar.com  

  • Religion and Deviance

Shondrah Tarrezz Nash, Morehead State University, s.nash@moreheadstate.edu

  • Social Movements in a (Post) Modern World

Ruth Chananie-Hill, University of Northern Iowa, rchill@uni.edu

  • Social Theory, David Knottnerus

Oklahoma State University, david.knottnerus@okstate.edu

  • Sociology of Education and Youth

Frédérique Van de Poel- Knottnerus, Oklahoma State University, frederique.knottnerus@okstate.edu

  • Sociology of Emotions

Paul Namaste, High Point University, pnamaste@highpoint.edu

  • Sociology of Family

Kim Brackett, Auburn University at Montgomery, kbrackett@aum.edu

  • Sociology of Housing

Jessica Pardee, Rochester Institute of Technology, jwpgss@rit.edu

  • Sociology of Leisure

Timothy Gongaware, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, tgongaware@uwlax.edu

  • Sociology of Propaganda

Michael P. Perazzetti, University of West Georgia, mperazz1@my.westga.edu

  • Students of Color at PWIs (Predominantly White Institutions)

Ray Von Roberston, Lamar University, rvrobertson@my.lamar.edu

  • Teaching from a Feminist Pedagogy

Tina Deshotels, Jacksonville State University, tdeshotels@jsu.edu

  • Technology across the Life Course

Kristi Stringer, University of Alabama – Birmingham, kls5n@uab.edu

  • The Role and Relevancy of HBCUs to Black Progress and Empowerment in the 21st Century

Toni Sims-Muhammad, Livingstone College, tsims-muhammad@livingstone.edu

  • Visual Sociology

Terrell A. Hayes, High Point University, thayes@highpoint.edu

PLEASE NOTE: All Presenters, Presiders, Discussants, and Session Organizers must be current members of MSSA and must pre-register for the MSSA conference by September 20, 2013.  Individuals who are not pre-registered for the conference by this date will not have their name or presentation information included in the final program.

Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award

(Deadline: June 1, 2013)

 

The Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award, established in memory of Stanford M. Lyman, honors MSSA members whose work makes a significant contribution to the field of sociology. Please consider nominating one of your colleagues for this prestigious award. Keep in mind the following:

 

  • The author must be a current member of the Mid-South Sociological Association, and a member for a minimum of three years.
  • The book must be an original work and can be either sole authored or co-authored.
  • The work must have been published within the last three years; thus a book published in 2010 or later is eligible.
  • Textbooks and edited editions are not eligible.

 

Please include the following information with the nomination:

 

  • A complete citation for the book (name author(s), date published, title, publisher)
  • Author’s contact information (affiliation, e-mail address and telephone number).
  • A brief description of the book and why you believe it should be nominated.

 

The publisher, author, or individual who makes the nomination should provide a copy of the nominated book to each member of the selection committee.

 

The deadline for submitting a book for consideration by the Book Selection Committee is June 1, 2013. Nominations should be sent (via email) to the committee co-chairs:

 

Dr. Dennis R. McSeveney (University of New Orleans)

dennis.mcseveney@uno.edu

 

            Dr. Dennis L. Peck (The University of Alabama)

dpeck@as.ua.edu

 

Copies of the nominated book should be sent to each of the three committee members at the following addresses:

 

Dr. Dennis R. McSeveney, 6315 Cartier Drive, New Orleans, LA 70122-2227

[home telephone: (504) 286-8238];

 

Dr. Dennis L. Peck; 91 Arcadia Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

[home telephone (205) 553-7475];

 

Dr. David LoConto; Department of Sociology and Anthropology; New Mexico State University; Science Hall 286; PO Box 30001 MSC3WSP; Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001 

[office telephone: (575) 646-3448]

CALL FOR APPLICANTS FOR THE STANFORD M. LYMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

($1,000.00)

The Stanford M. Lyman Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Ph. D. candidates working on a dissertation in specific areas identified below. Qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for this annual award.

Eligibility requirements

  • Ph.D. candidate working on a dissertation in sociological theory, symbolic interaction, race relations, law, or ethics.
  • Applicant must be receiving the degree from an institution within the MSSA member states or from an institution which has active MSSA student/faculty memberships.

Submission information:

Each applicant is to submit the following:

  • Letter of introduction which includes a brief discussion of how the applicant’s work reflects Stanford Lyman’s tradition within sociology
  • Description of dissertation research project, such as a research proposal – approx 5 pages,
  • Letter of support from the applicant’s dissertation committee chair which evaluates the dissertation project,
  • Timetable for completion of the dissertation and degree, and
  • Current vitae.

The scholarship will be announced at the Annual MSSA Conference banquet, but the committee does reserve the right not to award the scholarship in any given year.

The deadline for submission is July 31, 2013.

Submissions should be submitted electronically to: david.knottnerus@okstate.edu

Dr. David Knottnerus

Chair of the Stanford Lyman Scholarship Committee

Department of Sociology, Oklahoma State University


MID-SOUTH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

2013 GRADUATE STUDENT

“PAPER OF DISTINCTION” AWARD

The Mid-South Sociological Association invites the submission of student papers for the annual Graduate Student Paper Session and “Paper of Distinction” Award. The award process is open to graduate students who are members, or become members, of the Mid-South Sociological Association. Among the papers submitted, an award will be presented to any paper that is reviewed and evaluated as possessing a high level of originality and significant potential for contribution to the discipline. If such a paper is so identified, the author(s) will be presented with a “Paper of Distinction” award at the MSSA Banquet, which includes a $50 stipend toward the cost of your conference hotel room. The award will also include editorial review assistance from suitable persons so identified by the Vice President in coordination with the Editors of Sociological Spectrum.

 

Rules for the 2013 Award Process

Papers may be submitted by the graduate student or nominated by faculty, but in any case, each paper must be accompanied by a cover letter[1] requesting consideration for the Graduate Student “Paper of Distinction” Award. The letter must include the title of the paper, author(s) of the paper, the school affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address of the author(s). In addition, author(s) must submit the name and contact information of a faculty sponsor from their institution. The author’s name and title of the paper should be included on the title page only in order to prepare for an anonymous judging process. The title of the paper must be repeated at the top of the first page of the text. Furthermore:

  • The maximum length of an eligible paper shall be 25 double spaced pages of text, not counting abstract, reference, tables, and figures.
  • Papers may be co-authored with a maximum of three student authors, but no faculty.
  • Papers must not have been submitted for publication prior to submission for award consideration.
  • Author(s) must identify a faculty sponsor from their institution. Students are encouraged to seek faculty feedback on their papers prior to submission[2].
  • Author(s) are encouraged to seek conference travel funding through their department, or other sources such as the AKD Travel Award program: http://sites.google.com/site/alphakappadeltainternational/Home/student-travel

 

To receive full recognition for participation, submission must meet deadlines, participants must be members of MSSA and registered for the annual meeting and attend the banquet, must present their papers at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, and they must attend the banquet where winners will be recognized[3]: http://www.midsouthsoc.org/

 

Papers should be submitted as a Word document by email to Dr. DeMond Miller, Vice President, MSSA, at millerd@rowan.edu by July 31, 2013. If you have any questions regarding the competition, please feel free to contact Dr. Miller at the email address above or by phone at (856) 256-4884.

 

Non-competition options: Students may also elect to submit their papers to a) a special non-competition student session4 (indicate this in cover letter); or b) a regular session as identified in the MSSA Call for Papers: http://www.midsouthsoc.org/about-2/2012-annual-conference/ Please choose only one of the three options – competition, non-competition student session, or regular session.


[1] This information should be submitted via email along with the paper submission.

[2] Note: non-competition student authors still need to identify a faculty sponsor.

[3] In cases of financial difficulty, a limited number of free banquet tickets may be provided for those who submit papers for competition. Email millerd@rowan.edu for details.

MID-SOUTH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

 

2013 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION

 

The Mid-South Sociological Association invites the submission of student papers for its annual undergraduate student paper competition. The competition is open to students in the Mid-South Region and to other undergraduate students who are members, or become members, of the Mid-South Sociological Association. A prize of $50 will be awarded for the best paper. The authors of the papers selected will be presented with certificates of merit after presentations of papers at the 2013 MSSA Annual Meeting. Each of the submissions will be evaluated by a committee of scholars based on (1) originality, (2) contribution or potential contribution to the discipline, (3) clarity of arguments, and (4) mechanics (i.e. neatness, use of an appropriate format, grammar, spelling, etc.).

 

Rules for the 2013 Competition

 

Papers may be submitted by the undergraduate student or nominated by faculty, but in any case, each paper must be accompanied by a cover letter[1] requesting consideration for the MSSA Undergraduate Student Paper Competition. The letter must include the title of the paper, author(s) of the paper, the school affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address of the author(s). In addition, author(s) must submit the name and contact information of a faculty sponsor from their institution. The author’s name and title of the paper should be included on the title page only in order to prepare for an anonymous judging process. The title of the paper must be repeated at the top of the first page of the text. Furthermore:

 

ü  The maximum length of an eligible paper shall be 20 double spaced pages of text, not counting abstract, reference, tables, and figures.

ü  Papers may be co-authored with a maximum of three student authors, but no faculty.

ü  Papers must not have been submitted for publication prior to submission for award consideration.

ü  Author(s) must identify a faculty sponsor from their institution. Students are encouraged to seek faculty feedback on their papers prior to submission.

ü  Author(s) are encouraged to seek conference travel funding through their department, or other sources such as the AKD Travel Award program: http://sites.google.com/site/alphakappadeltainternational/Home/student-travel

ü  To receive full recognition for participation, submission must meet deadlines, participants must be members of MSSA and registered for the annual meetings, must present their papers at the 2013 Annual Meeting October 23-26 in Atlanta, GA, and they must attend the banquet where winners will be recognized[2]: http://www.midsouthsoc.org/

 

Papers should be submitted as a Word document (or rich text file [.rtf]) by email to Dr. Jon Epstein, Vice President-Elect, MSSA, at jepstein@kent.edu by July 15, 2013. If you have any questions regarding the competition, please contact Dr. Epstein at the email address above or by phone at 508-681-5242.

 

Non-competition options: Students may also elect to submit their papers to a) a special non-competition student session[3] (indicate this in cover letter); or b) a regular session as identified in the MSSA Call for Papers: http://www.midsouthsoc.org/about-2/2013-annual-conference/ Please choose only one of the three options – competition, non-competition student session, or regular session. Faculty interested in organizing an all-student paper session should contact MSSA President-Elect, Dr. Tim Gongaware: tgongaware@uwlax.edu


[1] This information should be submitted via email along with the paper submission.

[2] In cases of financial difficulty, a limited number of free banquet tickets may be provided for those who submit papers for competition. Email jepstein@kent.edu for details.

[3] Note: non-competition student authors still need to identify a faculty sponsor.

 

One comment
  1. Hello All:
    I am hoping that this gets me to the largest number of MSSA members, particularly those who were active in the 90s.

    I am trying to locate a photograph of Stan Lyman. Stan was not a man who was particularly interested in photo ops, and as such I can not find any of him online. The one or two I had, which were taken at various Mid South Conferences, seem to have gone missing…..
    If you have one, or know where I might get one, drop me a note at jepstein@kent.edu

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