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MSSA Call for Submissions

We are now taking submissions for The 40th Annual MSSA Conference (Sociology and Globalization:  Exploring Diversity, Paradigmatic Shifts and Critical Frameworks from a Social Context).  This year the meetings will be held at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel located in downtown Mobile at 64 S Water Street.  Mobile boasts of historical presence and the finest cuisine in the South with an impressive flare. In addition to the stimulating sessions, Anita Bledsoe-Gardner has an impressive itinerary of events including a reception on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, breakfasts Thursday- Saturday (complimentary for the first 50 guests), and  an exquisite annual banquet. And back by popular demand, MS State University will host the best party in the land.

In addition, the MSSA hosts an impressive array of awards for our members (The Stanford Lyman Memorial Scholarship, The Stanford Lyman Book Award, The Undergaduate Student Paper Competition as well as a Graduate Student Paper of Distinction Award).   For more information about these exciting opportunities, see:  MSSA 2014 awards.

For more information, see the MidSouth Sociological Association’s website at:

“Sociology and Globalization: Exploring Diversity, Paradigmatic Shifts and Critical Frameworks from a Social Context” Call for Papers

“Sociology and Globalization: Exploring Diversity, Paradigmatic  Shifts and Critical Frameworks from a Social Context”

November 5-8, 2014

Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel

Mobile, Alabama


If you are interested in presenting in a session, please forward an abstract of your paper directly to the organizer identified below.  The organizer will inform you about the acceptance of your paper.

If you are unable to locate an appropriate session below, please forward your paper/poster abstract to: Anita Bledsoe-Gardner (

Click here for a pdf version:  2014_Call for Papers_MSSA

 “Children and Youth: Disparities of Health Risks and Treatment”

Hugh Floyd (

“Crime and Deviance”

David May (

“Critical Criminology”

Ray Von Robertson (

“Critical Theory”

Jennifer Schlosser (

“Disproportionate Minority Contact”

Phyllis Gray-Ray (

“Education and Crime:  Correctional Programs”

Erica Ross (

“Environmentalism and Public Health Concerns”

Francis Adeola (

“Environmental Sociology”

DeMond Miller (

“Ethnography:  Social Change and Globalization”

Michael Spivey (

“Family and Health”

Melanie Sberna Hinojosa and Ramon Hinojosa (

“Food Systems: From Global to Local and Back Again”

Christopher Freed (

“Fun, FanFare, and Maybe Even a Free Lunch: Getting Undergraduates to Participate in the

Research and Writing Process”

Theresa Davidson (

“Globalization and Environmental Inequalities”

Francis Adeola (

“Health, Aging, and Public Policy”

Ollie Christian (

“Health Disparities: The Influence of Social Determinants”

Claire Norris and Dawood Sultan (

“Historical Sociology”

Earl Wright II (

“Homicide Studies”

John G. Boulahanis (

“Human/Animal Studies:  The Diversity of the Worlds We Live In”

James H. Gadberry (

“HyperIndustrial Societies”

Frank Elwell (

“Juvenile Rehabilitation”

Virginia Seay (vs184852@my.ncwc)


Steven Siler (

“Pan African Culture: Providing A Historical and Contemporary Lens”

Phylllis Gray-Ray (


Jackie Eller (

“Qualitative Methods”

Jennifer Schlosser (

“Qualitative Sociology”

Earl Wright II (

“Race, Class, and Gender”

Anita Bledsoe-Gardner (

“Sex, Sexuality and Deviance”

Jackie Eller (

“The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Sociology”

Andrea Hunt (

“Science and Technology: Its Influence on Culture”

Dennis Peck (

“Social Dimensions of Labor and Birth”

Richard Simon (

“Social Theory”

David Knottnerus (

“The Sociology of Black and White In American Society”

Bobby Mills (

“Sociology of Education”

David Hunt (

“Sociology of Leisure”

Timothy Gongaware (

“Sociology of Social Movements”

Timothy Gongaware (

“Sports, Leisure, and Recreation”

David Hunt (

“Teaching Sociology: Student Perceptions of Sociology Courses that Explore Critical Thinking and Awareness about Social Movements/Protests”

Toni Sims-Muhammad (

“Understanding the Dynamics of HBCUs”

Claire Norris (

“Visual and Photographic Sociology”

Nicolas Davis Bivens (

“Wanna Get Published?: Tips from the Insiders”

Earl Wright II & Thomas C. Calhoun (

“Wanna Get Tenured and Promoted?: Tips from the Insiders”

Earl Wright II & Thomas C. Calhoun (

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL Presenters, Presiders, Discussants, and Session Organizers must be current members of MSSA and must pre-register for the conference by October 15, 2014. Individuals not pre-registered for the conference by this date will not have their name or presentation information included in the final program.

Samford University Department of Sociology Department Chair

Samford University’s Department of Sociology seeks a department chair, effective August 2014.  Samford University is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution of higher education in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the university was founded in 1841 and has nearly 300 full time faculty and more than 4,800 students.

Qualifications:   We seek a chair with strong interpersonal and organizational skills and who understands the current issues in the discipline. Ph.D. and at least six years of teaching experience is required. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of department and school leadership, including directing academic programs, serving on major committees, participation in accreditation activities, and involvement in the development of new programs and initiatives.  A strong record of scholarly publication and excellence in teaching are also expected. Candidates must be willing to support the university’s Christian mission.

Specialization is open. Interested candidates need to become familiar with the department curriculum and staffing in order to strengthen or usefully complement the department’s current offerings and curriculum. The department has students with global career interests. Courses for future consideration that might be included are social change, sociology of globalization, sociology of immigration, public sociology, and political and economic sociology.

Social work and public health are departments in Samford’s new College of Health Sciences. The Department of Sociology anticipates possible instructional and research partnership with these programs.

Duties:  Department chairs are responsible for curriculum development, faculty mentoring and evaluation, assessment of learning outcomes, student recruitment and retention, and other activities which strengthen the department’s academic and professional standing.  The department chair should lead by example in teaching, research and service, and should be active in professional organizations.

Salary:  Competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Department of Sociology:  The department has 3 full-time faculty (including chair) and approximately 50 majors and minors in sociology.

Applications:  Please incorporate into a single PDF, a letter of application, curriculum vitae, dissertation abstract, one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Theresa Davidson

Samford University

800 Lakeshore Drive

CALL FOR SESSION ORGANIZERS: 40th Annual Mid-South Sociological Association Conference

“Sociology and Globalization: Exploring Diversity, Paradigmatic Shifts, and Critical Frameworks from A Social Context”  DEADLINE: December 13, 2013

The substantive program for the 2014 Annual Meeting is now taking shape under the leadership of President-Elect Anita Gardner and the 2014 Program Committee. The theme of “Exploring Diversity, Paradigmatic Shifts, and Critical Frameworks from a Social Context” invites participation across the discipline and provides many opportunities to bring together a variety of sociological work in diverse formats.

The spectrum of sessions on the Annual Meeting program reflects the MSSA’s commitment to facilitate intellectual communication and the transmission of knowledge, information, and skills relevant to the field of sociology and aligned social sciences.

Members are now encouraged to submit session proposals. Members are encouraged to submit proposals that reflect global and critical frameworks within the context of sociology. All session ideas are welcome. With the collective input of MSSA members, the 2014 Annual Meeting program will achieve a high mark of excellence.

There are five different types of invited sessions:

Thematic Sessions examine the meeting theme. These sessions are broad in scope and endeavor to make the theme of the meeting come alive. Ideas for Thematic Sessions are due by Friday, December 13, 2013. Special Sessions focus on new areas of sociological work or other timely topics which may or may not relate to the theme. They generally address sociological issues, whether in research or its application, of importance to the discipline or of interest beyond.

Regional Spotlight Sessions provide opportunities to look at issues pertinent to the host site for the Annual Meeting. With Mobile, Alabama, as the site of the 2014 Annual Meeting, there are many opportunities to develop interesting session topics with invited panelists, as well as ideas for local tours and site visits.

Workshops/Roundtables provide practical advice or instruction to sociologists at every professional level. Topics focus on careers and professional growth, academic department strategies, research skills and use of major datasets, teaching challenges, publishing advice and tips, grant opportunities and grant writing skills, enhanced teaching of standard courses, ethical issues, and more. If you have tried a pedagogical approach that has been effective, developed insightful career advice, or have wisdom to share about using sociology in applied and research settings, please volunteer to organize and lead a workshop. Workshops are open to all attendees; no fees are involved.

Courses are designed to keep sociologists abreast of recent scholarly trends and developments. These intensive sessions are led by expert instructors who are considered to be at the forefront of a given field. Course instructors are urged to prepare reading lists, teaching materials (e.g., handouts, etc.), and to use the same sort of techniques they would use in advanced courses. If you have cutting-edge methodological or theoretical knowledge in an important area, or know a colleague who has such expertise, please submit a proposal for a course. Participants in courses register in advance and pay a small fee to cover cost of materials.

Guidelines for Submitting Session Proposals Information:  Session Organizer_Nov   

MSSA Conference in TWO WEEKS!

Greetings Everyone!

That’s right, only TWO WEEKS until the 39th Annual Mid South Sociological Association Conference. Alright, maybe I’m a little over excited, but having had the chance to help create the conditions for everyone to bring together paper sessions, panels and workshops has been a real joy. The people in our organization and our region are incredibly bright and do some fascinating scholarship.  Of course, I’m also a bit eager for other activities such as the sponsored breakfasts, the receptions, finding out who the winners are of this year’s awards, hearing Dr. Rob Benford (University of South Florida) present on Classroots Social Action: From Activist Pedagogy to Student-Led Mobilization for Change AND, about attending the…
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Symposium on Teaching an Learning which is Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.  Information on the symposium as well as an application to apply for fellowship money to attend can be found. at:  Remember, we have not scheduled any conference sessions during the symposium in order to give everyone a chance to attend.  The folks at AKD, including our own Dr. Kimberly Brackett, have put together an excellent examination with a particular focus on learning and I would encourage everyone to consider checking it out.  Those who sign up for the event prior to the conference will be receiving an email from AKD at some point next week with some information about the symposium.
Although the preregistration deadline has passed, you can still send in your membership/registration form with the MSSA conference fees, or you can pay at the conference itself.  The form to fill out can be found at:
Also, if you still need to make Hotel Reservations, I would encourage you to make those reservations before October 11 by going to the following link:
Let me know if you have any questions :)
Take care,

Timothy B. Gongaware, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology
President-Elect and Program Chair, Mid-South Sociological Association

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:
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)


Jacksonville State University Tenure Track Position

The Department of Sociology and Social Work at Jacksonville State University invites applications for a tenure track position in sociology beginning in August 2014.  The campus is located in the scenic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains about 1.5 hours by car from both Birmingham and Atlanta.  The successful candidate will have an active research agenda and teaching focus in areas that complement the program including but not limited to introductory level sociology, sociological methods, family, religion, crime and juvenile delinquency.  To apply, use this link: and click on the red text “Apply to this Job” For more information contact Dr. Tina Deshotels, Sociology Program Coordinator, Department of Sociology at: .

Georgia State University Tenure Track Position(s)

The Department of Sociology at Georgia State University invites applications for two positions in urban sociology beginning in August 2014, pending budgetary approval, one at either the Assistant or Associate Professor-level and the other at the Assistant Professor-level.  A successful candidate for Assistant Professor must have a demonstrated research agenda that can lead to external funding and a successful candidate for Associate Professor should have a proven record of scholarship and external funding.  Located in the heart of Atlanta, we are a Ph.D. granting department with a research‑active faculty and a diverse graduate and undergraduate student body.  We enthusiastically encourage applications from minority candidates.  Applicants should submit: 1) a letter outlining their qualifications; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) two samples of their scholarly work; 4) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., course syllabi, student evaluations, and statement of teaching philosophy); and 5) three letters of recommendation.  A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment.   An offer of employment will be conditional on background verification.  Send materials to: Recruitment Committee, Georgia State University, Department of Sociology, P.O. Box 5020, Atlanta, GA 30302-5020,  Deadline for application is October 7, 2013.  Georgia State University, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution and an EEO/AA employer


 You could help to make the AKD Teaching and Learning conference a huge success. If you have visited the MSSA website recently, you know that Tim Gongaware is planning for an outstanding meeting in October. One of the new elements this year is the Alpha Kappa Delta Teaching Conference. It will be held in conjunction with the MSSA meetings and offers a unique opportunity to explore the issues of how learning occurs and what role the instructor plays in the process. Additionally, we will be talking about the assessment of learning. In order to provide “real and relevant” examples, I am looking for 4-6 individuals in the Mid-south region who could do an evidence-based presentation on teaching strategies that work. In other words, what activities do you use that are truly effective with your students? 

If you are interested in being a facilitator/presenter, please contact me by August 30. Feel free to email or call for additional information and to express your interest in being a facilitator.


Kim Brackett, Ph.D.

AKD, Region 4 Representative

Associate Dean,School of Liberal Arts

Auburn University at Montgomery

PO Box 244023

Montgomery, AL 36124-4023

(334) 244-3943


MSSA Flyers

The response to the 2013 Mid South Sociological Associations Annual Conference (October 23-26 in Atlanta, GA) Call for Papers has been wonderful with many intriguing and important presentations being submitted from both in and outside of our region. So, in order to be as accommodating as possible and to encourage even more participation we have decided to extend the deadline for paper submissions.

The new paper submission deadline is:
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013.

We also have many exciting opportunities for our members.  Please help us spread the word by posting, forwarding and/or printing the attached flyers to any and all interested parties!  MSSA Flyers revised