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2013 MSSA Annual Conference Paper Submission Deadline Extended

Greetings Everyone,

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.

 

Some additional deadlines (note some minor adjustments) coming up:

  • MSSA Undergraduate Student Paper Competition: July 31, 2013
  • MSSA Graduate Paper of Distinction Award: July 31, 2013
  • Stanford Lyman ($1000) Memorial Scholarship: July 31, 2013
As always, I hope everyone is doing well!!!
Take care,
Tim

39th Annual MSSA Conference

Action Sociology:

Opportunities in a (Post) Modern World

October 23-26, 2013 - Atlanta, GA 

Call for Papers and Participation

Deadline: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 

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

The Mid-South Sociological Association invites both professionals and students to present their sociological scholarship at the 39th Annual MSSA Conference to be held October 23-26, 2013, in Atlanta, GA.  To be considered for inclusion in the program, authors should submit their name, affiliation, contact information, working paper title and abstract directly to one of the relevant session organizers listed below.  Deadline for submissions to the organizers is June 7, 2013.

Where necessary, session organizers have included descriptions of the sessions they are organizing. These can be found at Session Descriptions.

  • 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

  • Post-Racial Society? Race and Racism in Society

Thomas Hochschild, Valdosta State University, trhochschild@valdosta.edu

  • Problems and Solutions in Higher Education

Mark Konty, mkonty@public-scholar.com

  • Mentoring Women Faculty Panel/Workshop

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

  • Religion and Deviance

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

  • Representations of Disaster, Climate Change or the Environment.

Ashleigh McKinzie, University of Georgia, amckinzie19@gmail.com

  • 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

If you do not see a session that is related to your scholarship in the list above, please contact the Program Chair at midsouthsoc@gmail.com. Additionally, if you have developed a session idea that is not in the list above, you can contact the Program Chair and we will work with you to include it in the program.

PLEASE NOTE THAT 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 not pre-registered for the conference by this date will not have their name or presentation information included in the final program.

MSSA May Conference Call for Papers

Greetings Everyone,

Just a reminder that we’re quickly approaching the June 7 deadline for submitting papers to be presented at the 2013 MidSouth Sociological Association’s Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, (October 23-26). Below is the call for papers to this message for you to read through and forward to your colleagues.  You’ll note that there are two new sessions added to the list: Representations of Disaster, Climate Change or the Environment organized by Ashleigh McKinzie (University of Georgia) and Post-Racial Society? Race and Racism in Society organized by Thomas Hochschild (Valdosta State University)

Some additional deadlines coming up:
  • Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award: June 1, 2013
  • MSSA Undergraduate Student Paper Competition: July 15, 2013
  • MSSA Graduate Paper of Distinction Award: July 31, 2013
  • Stanford Lyman ($1000) Memorial Scholarship: July 31, 2013
As always, I hope everyone is doing well!!!
Take care,
Tim

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 professionals and students to present their sociological scholarship at the 39th Annual MSSA Conference to be held October 23-26, 2013, in Atlanta, GA.  To be considered for inclusion in the program, authors should submit their name, affiliation, contact information, working paper title and abstract directly to one of the relevant session organizers listed below.  Deadline for submissions to the organizers is June 7, 2013.

Where necessary, session organizers have included descriptions of the sessions they are organizing. These can be found at Session Descriptions.

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • Post-Racial Society? Race and Racism in Society

Thomas Hochschild, Valdosta State University, trhochschild@valdosta.edu

  • Problems and Solutions in Higher Education

Mark Konty, mkonty@public-scholar.com

  • Mentoring Women Faculty Panel/Workshop

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

  • Religion and Deviance

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

  • Representations of Disaster, Climate Change or the Environment.

Ashleigh McKinzie, University of Georgia, amckinzie19@gmail.com

  • 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

If you do not see a session that is related to your scholarship in the list above, please contact the Program Chair at midsouthsoc@gmail.com. Additionally, if you have developed a session idea that is not in the list above, you can contact the Program Chair and we will work with you to include it in the program.

PLEASE NOTE THAT 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 not pre-registered for the conference by this date will not have their name or presentation information included in the final program.

MSSA Forum Spring Issue 2

Greetings everyone,
With the spring semester winding down, I wanted to remind you of the exciting plans for the 2013 MSSA Annual Conference (October 23-26 in Atlanta, GA).  The conference theme “Action Sociology:  Opportunities in a (Post)Modern World promises to raise a range of questions for us as sociologists to consider as we contemplate whether the science of sociology can or should have an explicit focus on the connection of research and action as well as the consequences of an interventionist and non-interventionist sociology within a democratic society and the impact of intervention and non-intervention.  Program Chair and President Elect Tim Gongaware is pulling together an impressive itinerary of events.  As with any organization it takes a  community to make  it effective.  I encourage each of you to help spread the word about the exciting opportunities the Mid-South Sociological Association has to offer (The Call for papers, the Graduate Student Paper of Distinction, Undergraduate Student Paper Competition, The Stanford Lyman Memorial Scholarship, and The Stanford Lyman Distinguished Book Award).   To that end, I’ve created the attached fliers to help spread the word.  As a dedicated member of the association you can help by posting in your department and sending the attached flier to any and all interested parties.   Thank each of you for all you do to make this organization and our upcoming meeting successful. Download your flyer here:   MSSA Fliers Spring 2013

 

 

Forum Spring 2013

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.

 

MSSA 39th Annual Conference Call for Papers

39th Annual MSSA Conference

Call for Papers and Participation

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, June 7, 2013

Action Sociology: Opportunities in a (Post) Modern World

October 23-26, 2013

Atlanta, GA   –   Holiday Inn: Atlanta Capitol Conference Center

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

The Mid South Sociological Association welcomes submissions of papers for presentation and participation in panels and workshops for the 39th Annual MSSA Conference.  The conference is shaping up to include a number of very exciting sessions which are listed below, and the session organizers are looking forward to receiving submissions for presentations.  More information about the conference can be found at the website (www.midsouthsoc.org) including conference activities, a short discussion of the conference theme and session descriptions that were provided by organizers.
All individuals interested in presenting in a session should email the session organizer directly and submit their name, contact information, presentation title and an abstract of their presentation.  If you are unable to locate an appropriate session below, or if you would like to organize a session that is not currently listed, please contact Program Chair, Tim Gongaware, at midsouthsoc@gmail.com

SESSIONS AND ORGANIZERS 

  • 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, Georgia Institute of Technology, 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

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

  • 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

  • Problems and Solutions in Higher Education

Mark Konty, mkonty@public-scholar.com

  • Mentoring Women Faculty Panel/Workshop

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

  • Religion and Deviance

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

  • Social Movements in a (Post) Modern World

Ruth Channanie-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

In addition to the many research presentation sessions and panel, there are a number of workshops being organized for this year’s conference.

  • Becoming an ASA Department Resource Group Consultant
  • Horror Stories: Tips on How to Successfully Procure Tenure and Promotion
  • The Importance of Mentoring and Networks in Graduate School and the Early Career
  • Publishing in Academic Journals
  • Mentoring the Thesis/Dissertation: Mentor Expectations for Students – Student Expectations for Mentors

If you think you can aid in the development of these workshops or would like to be involved in them, please let the Program Chair know and he can put you in touch with the organizers.

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

2013 MSSA Second Call for Session Organizers

Hey Everyone – Sorry if you’ve received this a number of times through cross-listings.  I just wanted to make sure everyone receives a copy and has the opportunity to propose a session.  The Atlanta conference should be very exciting and should have very good attendance for us to present and explore our research and projects.  Please note that the deadline for session proposals is January 18, 2013.  Hope your year is off to a fantastic start!!

39th Annual MSSA Conference

Call for Session/Workshop Organizers

Deadline for Proposals: January 20, 2013

Action Sociology: Opportunities in a (Post) Modern World

October 23-26, 2013

Atlanta, GA   –   Holiday Inn: Atlanta Capitol Conference Center

Program Chair:  Dr. Timothy B. Gongaware   University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
(tgongaware@uwlax.edu)

The Mid-South Sociological Association invites proposals for sessions and workshops to be held at the 39th Annual MSSA Conference in Atlanta, GA.  In addition to the important standard sessions, we encourage the development of thematic sessions that address the action of sociology, and, in particular, the studies of those who may already be engaged in action sociology.  More information about the theme can be found on the MSSA website (2013 Annual Conference), but such sessions could potentially include:
  • Identifying areas in our social world where action sociology takes place.
  • Explaining how action sociology is or may be engaged.
  • Exploring opportunities for action sociology to be created.
  • Examining experiences of those who take advantage of action opportunities on a local, regional, national or  international stage.
  • Theorizing the place of action sociology in relation to traditional and/or modern sociological engagement.
  • Studying the benefits and repercussions of engaging in action sociology.
Whether the session topics directly relate to action sociology, or to any one of the many forms of sociological practice, explorations of all opportunities and conditions in our (post)modern world are welcome.
In addition, we are seeking individuals who would be willing to help organize short workshops on professional development topics.  Such workshops may include a single speaker, a panel or experts and/or other activities.  Topics may include, but not limited to: Grant Writing, Balancing Work/Life, Balancing Research/Teaching/Service, Chairing Small/Large Departments, Graduate Student Mentoring, The Post-Doc Experience, Surviving Graduate School, Finishing the Thesis/Dissertation, Applying to Graduate Schools.
Please send all session and workshop proposals directly to Program Chair, Dr. Timothy Gongaware, at tgongaware@uwlax.edu.  Proposals must include your name, affiliation, contact information, a tentative session title, and a very brief description of what the session will attempt to include.

2013 MSSA Conference Call for Organizers

Hey Everyone – it’s time to start thinking about what conversations, discussions and debates we’ll have at next year’s conference!!  At this point we’re putting out a general call for people to propose conference sessions of all types.  We hope you’ll all consider putting a session together and sending your proposal to the Program Chair.

39th Annual MSSA Conference

Call for Session/Workshop Organizers

Action Sociology: Opportunities in a (Post) Modern World

October 23-26, 2013

Atlanta, GA   –   Holiday Inn: Atlanta Capitol Conference Center

Program Chair:  Dr. Timothy B. Gongaware   University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
(tgongaware@uwlax.edu)

The Mid-South Sociological Association invites proposals for sessions and workshops to be held at the 39th Annual MSSA Conference in Atlanta, GA.  In addition to the important standard sessions, we encourage the development of thematic sessions that address the action of sociology, and, in particular, the studies of those who may already be engaged in action sociology.  More information about the theme can be found on the MSSA website (2013 Annual Conference), but such sessions could potentially include:
  • Identifying areas in our social world where action sociology takes place.
  • Explaining how action sociology is or may be engaged.
  • Exploring opportunities for action sociology to be created.
  • Examining experiences of those who take advantage of action opportunities on a local, regional, national or  international stage.
  • Theorizing the place of action sociology in relation to traditional and/or modern sociological engagement.
  • Studying the benefits and repercussions of engaging in action sociology.
Whether the session topics directly relate to action sociology, or to any one of the many forms of sociological practice, explorations of all opportunities and conditions in our (post)modern world are welcome.
In addition, we are seeking individuals who would be willing to help organize short workshops on professional development topics.  Such workshops may include a single speaker, a panel or experts and/or other activities.  Topics may include, but not limited to: Grant Writing, Balancing Work/Life, Balancing Research/Teaching/Service, Chairing Small/Large Departments, Graduate Student Mentoring, The Post-Doc Experience, Surviving Graduate School, Finishing the Thesis/Dissertation, Applying to Graduate Schools.
Please send all session and workshop proposals directly to Program Chair, Dr. Timothy Gongaware, at tgongaware@uwlax.edu.  Proposals must include your name, affiliation, contact information, a tentative session title, and a very brief description of what the session will attempt to include.

MSSA Forum: December Announcements

Greetings MSSA Members and Friends

Well, the year is almost over.   The 2012 conference in Mobile was a wonderful event filled with intriguing papers, conversations and activities.  An exciting addition to the daily schedule (one we hope we might continue) was the free breakfast on Thursday and Friday where members were able to get a good start to their day and spend time catching up with each other.  What fascinated me most as I wandered through the room, was to hear the ideas on project, papers and sociological practice that were already being discussed – from the very start of our day we were deep into intellectual pursuits.  With such an excellent conference, it’s hard to know where to start and what to include, but we certainly need to provide you with the highlights.

Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award

Dr. Dennis McSeveney and Dr. Dennis Peck had the honor of co-chairing the committee and presenting  year’s Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award.  During the awards banquet, they took the time to talk about the many excellent submissions and a link to their discussion is on our website (2012 Stanford Lyman Book Award Presentation).  This year’s winner is:

Hazardous Wastes, Industrial Disasters and Environmental Health Risks: Local and Global Environmental Struggles by Francis O. Adeola, University of New Orleans.  (Palgrave MacMillan).  You can find it on Amazon.com

Drs. McSeveney and Peck will continue on as co-chairs of this committee for 2013, and, following the MSSA procedures, President-Elect Tim Gongaware announced that Dr. David LoConto will serve as chair of that committee in 2014.

Sociological Spectrum Paper of the Year Award

Although Dr. John Lynxwiler, Editor of Sociological Spectrum, was unfortunately unable to attend this year’s conference, as always he provided his detailed and informative end of year report, and we were able to announce at the banquet that the winner of this year’s Sociological Spectrum Paper of the Year Award is Dr. Amy Chasteen-Miller, from the University of Southern Mississippi, for her paper “On the Margins of the Periphery: Unassisted Childbirth and the Management of Layered Stigma” (Sociological Spectrum 32(5): 406-23).

Stanford M. Lyman Memorial Scholarship

Graciously stepping into the position as Interim Chair of the Stanford M. Lyman Memorial Scholarship, Dr. Stan Hodges made presentations to not one, but two scholarship award winners.

  • Basudhara Sen (Jhumi), Oklahoma State University, Ethnic Identity Formation and Ritual Dynamics: An Analysis of First Generation Asian Indian Immigrants in the United States.
  • Kristi L. Stringer, University of Alabama – Birmingham, Motherhood Stigma and Illicit Substance Use: The Impact of Socially Constructed Ideas of Motherhood on Treatment Seeking among Substance Using Women.

We thank Dr. Hodges for his efforts and for quickly filling this position when asked.  Going forward, Dr. J. David Knottnerus, Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University, has agreed to serve the four year term of Chair for this important scholarship committee.

Student Paper Awards

Vice-President Ruth Chananie-Hill and Vice-President-Elect DeMond Miller indicated that the student paper competitions went very well and they thanked all of their judges for their considerable help in choosing a winner from what sounded like excellent groups of papers.  The winners of the awards are:

  • The Graduate Paper of Distinction was awarded to Melani Duvall, from the University of Louisville for her paper “Peer versus Professional Trainers: Educating Fraternities about Rape and Sexual Assault.”
  • The  Undergraduate Paper Award was presented to Mary Wygle, from Centenary College of Louisiana, for her paper “Sex Toys, Child-raisers, and Home-makers: Hegemonic Gender Norms and College Women’s Sexual Experiences.”

Congratulations to both of these scholars!!

Other Announcements

Always important to the health of our organization are the leaders we choose from among our membership.  Nominations Chair, Tina Deshotels, announced the names of those recently elected to office:

  • President-Elect:  Dr. Timothy B. Gongaware
  • Vice-President Elect: Dr. Jon Epstein
  • Women’s Chair: Dr. Claire Norris
  • Professions Chair: Dr. Jackie Eller
  • Nomination Chair: Dr. Nicole Carr

In addition to these elected positions, Dr. Tina Deshotels was appointed to take over the dual position of MSSA Forum Editor and Webmaster. She will be transitioning into this position over the course of the next two months.

A full list of all Executive Committee members can be found on the website (Council Members).  Please remember that all committee chairs will need to put together their committees over the course of the next few months.  If you are interested in serving on a committee (and we sure hope you are), please do not hesitate to let the chair of the committee know.  They are always on the look out for people to help fill or round out their committees.

Related to this, our new Chair of Nominations, Nicole Carr, is not only putting together the nominations committee, but is hard at work soliciting and compiling nominations for next year’s elections. Please contact her directly with nominations and/or if you are able to serve on the committee.

The Executive Committee will hold the mid-year meeting on February 16, 2013. If you have anything that you would like to have addressed at this meeting, please feel free to contact one of the board members so that they can make sure it’s on the agenda and they can get all the information together that would be needed.

Finally, MSSA President-Elect and Program Chair, Dr. Timothy B. Gongaware, announced that the theme for next year’s conference (in Atlanta, Georgia!!!!) is “Action Sociology: Opportunities in a (Post) Modern World.” As the call for sessions and papers come out, as well as any other pertinent information, we will be sure to post it to the website and send announcements to the listserve.

We all sincerely hope that everyone’s year is winding down nicely and that this next year finds you as productive and engaged as you want to be ;)

Conference Excitement, New Sociological Spectrum Editors and Open Positions

Greetings MSSA Members and Friends!

With just two weeks to go until the start of our 38th annual conference, we’re all getting rather excited!  Given the gathering of colleagues, the paper presentations, the special speakers and, of course, the lure of Mobile, Alabama, our time there is definitely something to look forward to.  As you may have seen via the MSSA listserve, the deadline for reserving a room at the hotel has been extended to November 1.   You may call the hotel directly at (251) 438-4000 or via their toll free number 1-800-922-3298. You will need to reference the event name (Mid-South Sociological Association) to receive the conference rate.

New Editors

The excitement this fall has been further increased by the appointment of new editors for our journal, Sociological Spectrum.  With John Lynxwiler’s impressive and much appreciated tenure as Editor of Sociological Spectrum having come to an end, he and a committee of MSSA members worked together to identify a new editor.  I am pleased to announce that the result of their considerable efforts is the appointment of co-editors: Dr. Kevin D. Breault and Dr. Brian Philip Hinote from Middle Tennessee State University.  All submissions to Sociological Spectrum, or inquiries about editing special issues, should be directed to them at the following address:

Sociological Spectrum
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU PO Box 10
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Email:   kbreault@mtsu.edu and bhinote@mtsu.edu

Welcome to Drs. Breault and Hinote, and special thanks to the Search Committee for helping pull together and sort through what I understand were a good group of very impressive applications.

Open MSSA Positions

MSSA Webmaster and Forum Editor

Since I will soon be taking on the duties of President-Elect after the conference in Mobile, I can no longer serve as webmaster and MSSA Forum editor.  The two positions have effectively become one and the MSSA Forum Editor is a voting position on the Executive Committee.  While there may be people who would like to have two votes on committees, I am not one of them.  So, I am putting out this call to ask people to contact me or another member of the Executive Committee if they are interested (or if they know someone who would be interested) in serving in this position.  With the combining of Webmaster and MSSA Forum Editor into one position, and the help of our website guru Heather Hopkins at Augusta State, the duties of this job have been nicely streamlined.  Such duties include updating information on the website (no coding or special programs needed) and sending out periodic notices (via the website’s “post” function) with calls for participation and important announcements.  If you have any questions about this position, please feel free to contact me at tgongaware@uwlax.edu.

Elected Positions

As happens every year, a new group of people take office and we begin to think about who to elect to other positions.  This year we will need to identify people to run for the following offices:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Nomination Committee Chair
  • Committee on Minorities
  • Membership Committee

 

As always, I hope everyone is well, and I look forward to seeing all of you – or at least as many of you as possible – two weeks from now in Mobile.

MSSA 2012 Annual Conference Reminders & Updates

Greetings MSSA members and friends!

Well, we’re getting closer to the 38th Annual MSSA Conference, and entering the final phases as we get ready for the conference.  So, it seemed important to provide just a couple reminders.

First, the deadline for making your hotel registration is Monday, October 8th.

Conference Site:  Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel

64 South Water St.
Mobil, Alabama  36602
251-438-4000
($135/night)

For Information on Reservations, Parking and Transportation see:
Renaissance Riverview Fact Sheet

Second, the deadline for conference preregistration is October 15.

Membership and Conference Form 2012-2013

Finally, a revised draft of the Annual Conference Program has been released, and is available on the website.

2012 MSSA Preliminary Program Revised

If you take a moment to look through the program, you’ll find there are many very interesting and exciting events planned.   There are 37 scheduled sessions Thursday through Saturday that address a myriad of sociological topics.  Additionally, there is the welcome on Thursday from Mobile Mayor Samuel Jones followed by an exciting presentation by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva from Duke University, a reception Thursday evening, and the banquet on Friday evening where awards will be presented for the Undergraduate and Graduate paper competitions, the Lyman Memorial Scholarship and the Lyman Book Award.  As always, the MSSA Executive Committee will be meeting on Wednesday and on Saturday.  If you have something specific you would like the leadership to address, please contact President Mark Konty, President-Elect Earl Wright or any one of the other Executive Committee members.

I’m certainly looking forward to the conference, and I hope all of you are as well!

BTW – for those who may not have noticed, MSSA has a Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/MidSouthSoc).  As various announcements, kudos and important events come up, we post those there as well.  So, please feel free to head over there and “like” us.

Take care,

Dr. Timothy B. Gongaware
MSSA Forum Editor and Webmaster