BULLETIN is a publication of the North Carolina Sociological Association. The NCSA
is open to any person engaged in teaching or research in sociology, or in a field of
applied sociology, as well as to any student whose major interest is sociology. Members
receive THE BULLETIN and are invited to attend the annual meeting of the association in
early spring. Dues for one calendar year are $15 (professional) and $5
(student, includes registration for annual meeting). For more information about the NCSA,
please visit its main page.
Cameron Lippard was elected to serve as president-elect
and 2014 program chair by NCSA members who voted on electronic ballots.
Hideki Mooraka, Ken Muir, and Cecile Yancu were elected to serve
three-year terms on the NCSA Executive Council.
NORTH CAROLINA SOCIOLOGICAL
President: Robert Puckett,
Past-President: Ian Taplin, Wake Forest University.
President-elect: Cameron Lippard, Appalachian State University,
Treasurer: Cathy Zimmer, UNC Chapel Hill.
Secretary: Sue Pauley, Wingate University.
Editor Newsletter: Lee Dodson, Rockingham Community College.
Editor Sociation Today and Webmaster: George H. Conklin, NC
Central University Emeritus.
2014 Kristen DeVall, UNC Wilmington,
2014 Arielle Kuperberg, UNC Greensboro,
2014 Sandra Rogers, North Carolina Central University.
2015 Raven Bruno, UNC Wilmington,
2015 Sarah Daynes, UNC Greensboro,
2015 Amy Dellinger Page,
Appalachian State University
Ken Muir, Appalachian State University,
Fayetteville State University,
Cecile N. Yancu, Winston-Salem State University,
The editor of THE BULLETIN is
Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rockingham Community College, P.O. Box 38,
Wentworth, NC 27375-0038
336-342-4261, ext. 2155
The treasurer and membership
secretary of the NCSA is
Dr. Cathy Zimmer, The Odum
Institute, Campus Box 3355, Chapel
Hill, NC 27599.
Questions about membership should be directed to Dr. Zimmer.
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President-Elect Looks at the Future of the Association
by Cameron Lippard
Appalachian State University
Hello, North Carolina Sociologists! Thank you so much for choosing me to
be the President-Elect of the North Carolina Sociological Association.
It is a great honor. I can only hope that I will carry forward the
traditions of this great association. As you may know, I grew up in
western North Carolina and love this state. I also believe that
this state is full of great sociologists who are some of the best in our
profession in the nation. With colleagues like these we can surely
bolster our accomplishments in teaching, research, and service.
As your president-elect, I would like to address a few items in the next
couple of years. Of course, I can only complete these tasks with you by
my side, providing great advice and skills. First, I hope to have a
great annual conference in Boone, North Carolina for 2014! The last time
NC sociologists came to Boone was in February of 2003 with Dr. Beth
Davison at the helm. I hope to work with the Executive Council to
develop at great program focusing on the "Traditions of Sociology" (more
information to come in the fall edition of THE NCSA BULLETIN). The
Executive Council and I are also considering whether to have the meeting
a little later in March instead of in February to avoid some rather
harsh winter weather in Boone. If you have ideas about sessions,
comments about when to have the meeting, or just questions, please feel
free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org
or 828-262-6396). I hope to send out a "save the date" e-mail for the
conference dates this summer.
Second, as any association will attest, it can't exist or continue its
work without members. With the direction of the Executive Council and
past presidents, I hope to do another membership drive for NCSA. In
fact, I challenge all past and present members to recruit at least
one new member from their department or community to join and attend the
conference in 2014. I think the NCSA can do some work to determine some
"incentives" for joining and attending state conferences in a time when
budgets are tight and obligations abound; so, again look out for an
e-mail about what NCSA can offer a you or a new member.
Finally, I want to continue to bolster our public appearance in the
state, the region, and the national scene. We can do this by
keeping some traditions flourishing while looking for new ways to reach
our colleagues throughout the state and region. Two of our publications
have contributed to the association's presence on the web. Our
newsletter, The Bulletin, and the online peer-reviewed journal,
Sociation Today, have reached out to many on-line. As you
may have heard at the annual meeting, Lee Dodson, long-time editor of
the newsletter, will be retiring within the year. We thank him most
heartily for his dedication and service. When someone who has served the
association as the editor of our newsletter for over 25 years retires,
we need a great person (or persons) to step in and help keep this
newsletter going. If you would like to volunteer, then please contact me
Dodson will continue to edit the newsletter through the fall issue.
Whoever takes on this position would do well to shadow him for his final
issue in order to prepare to edit our winter/spring issue for 2014.
We also need to continue to support our online journal and attract more
submissions and even consider some special issues. We should consider
the possibility of using some new software for the journal to give it a
"fresh look" while still supporting our mission of providing open access
to quality research and writing for professionals, students, and the
public at-large. Here's an example of a fresh look from the Georgia
Sociological Association's online journal:
http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/jpps/. Software of this kind is
available at all of our UNC-system schools. It can help us maintain
online submissions, put the articles in pdf format, and still maintain
the protocols of the DOAJ network. Of course, any decision about such
innovation falls first with our editor George Conklin and the editorial
board. We will be working together to consider the pros and cons.
like the association to consider ways of increasing our public appearance--making sure that we
tout our association every chance we get. For example, we might consider
putting in ads for our online journal or our association in the regional
and national conference programs. Perhaps our member could tell folks
about the NCSA when they are working with other professional
associations. We could then see how networking with them could foster
great teaching, research, and service. We should continue using social
media like our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NCSOCIOLOGISTS?fref=ts)
and find ways to just remind folks that we are here to encourage
While all these ideas may sound ambitious, I wanted share them with you
in hopes that you will suggest other ways to move our association
forward. Please feel free to contact me with your concerns and ideas. I
look forward to seeing you all in Boone, North Carolina!!
Ken Wilson Honored for
"Contributions to Sociology"
Former NCSA President Ken Wilson (center) receives the Contributions
Award from Ian Taplin (left) and George Conklin (right).
am proud to announce today the North Carolina Association's
'Contribution to Sociology' award has been awarded to Professor Kenneth
R. Wilson of East Carolina University," announced George Conklin at the
2013 NCSA annual meeting in Wilmington, NC. Conklin continue to
summarize Wilson's many qualifications and contributions.
"Dr. Wilson's expertise in
the field of applied sociology has been nationally significant, with an
emphasis on improving the quality of human life. Dr. Wilson has focused
upon a number of specific issues in which applied sociology may
contribute, including procedures for basic research, emergency responses
during natural disasters, access to health care, and high technology
premised upon the problems of unequal socio-economic status. Dr.
Wilson has received $1,000,000 in contracts to address these social
issues through applied sociology.
"In order to spread the knowledge of how applied
sociology works, Dr. Wilson has published over 32 articles and a
half-dozen book chapters.
"Dr. Wilson has served the profession. He is
past-president of the North Carolina Sociological Association as well as
past-president of the university-wide UNC Faculty Assembly. He has
supported the NCSA-sponsored journal, SOCIATION TODAY. As founding
director of the Sociology Community Survey Lab in the sociology
department at East Carolina University, Dr. Wilson has educated many
students whose applied skills have led directly to jobs. For example RTI in the Research Triangle currently employs more than 15 such
students. For sociology students who go on to doctoral programs in
sociology and related fields, the same core courses taught by Dr. Wilson
provide a fundamental foundation of skills upon which students
continue to build.
"Lastly, Ken Wilson is highly thought of as a
colleague. He was described as follows: 'He is a friendly, kind,
generous and upbeat person, while maintaining a pragmatic, optimistic
and cynical outlook. I deliberately use this list of descriptive
words in an effort to convey the complexity of his character.
These cultivated traits are well-suited for studying and understanding
our social world and contribute to successful interactions. Our
discipline is well represented by Ken.'"
Authors Meet Critic: "Life After Death Row"
Authors Saundra Westervelt (UNCG) and Kimberly Cook
(UNCW) took part in a panel where they answered questions from critic
Cameron Lippard (ASU) about their book "Life After Death Row." This book
explores wrongful convictions in capital cases, and all proceeds are
donated to a non-profit for victims who have been wrongfully convicted.
Cook presented the sociological themes in the book:
how do these individuals rebuild their lives? What about the impact and
the consequences of the wrongful conviction? The nature of these
questions led the researchers to their method, a qualitative study using
emerging perspectives from feminism. These perspectives informed their
research in the following ways:
Looking at the research participants, not as subjects;
prioritizing contact after the interview to maintain trust;
demonstrating an ethic of care; and prioritizing issues of inequality
(race, class, gender) in their analysis.
Westervelt explained that they began in 2003 with
eighteen in-depth interviews. Their contacts have since expanded to
over 140 interviews with these original participants. The researchers
included 1) practical concerns, such as how to live. They described
their relationships, their experiences of grief and loss as well as
other emotions such as depression, survivor guilt and PTSD. They were
also concerned with 2) theoretical issues such as understanding their
coping strategies, coping with stigma and identity issues. Their third
concern dealt with policy orientations.
Elaborating on some of these concerns, Westervelt
described this situation as a "sustained catastrophe" and asked, "how do
they manage this?" Their strategies included avoidance/withdrawal which
involved numbing their pain through substance abuse, for example.
Others chose incorporation/embracing the situation by going public,
identifying with others in similar circumstances, and making meaning out
of it by becoming advocates.
The issue of stigma faced at least half of the
participants; some reported feelings of guilt over having been
incarcerated. Trying to regain their reputations and their identity as
innocent persons was especially difficult, depending on the length of
time of their incarceration and whether or not the real perpetrator had
Lippard characterized their work as exemplifying
the sociologist's aims of asking "who cares?", challenging common sense
ideas, giving voice to marginalized groups such as these trauma
survivors, telling us that good research works, and utilizing an
Recognize Two Undergraduate
Papers, One Graduate Paper
Each year, the NCSA
recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate student papers with
the presentation of the Himes Award. This year, two papers by
undergraduate students received awards as did one paper by a graduate
"More Parties, More Problems: Evaluating Party Conflict and Recession
Legislation in Eighteen Western Democracies from 1971-2010" by Abbey
Keener, Wake Forest University (email@example.com).
Supervisor: Hana Brown.
"Burley Tobacco Culture: A Visual Sociological Analysis of One Family's
Perseverance in a Precarious Industry" by Hannah Scott, Duke University
Supervisor: Katherine Hyde.
"The Limits of Solidarity: Wealth and Bounded Solidarity Among
Immigrants in the U.S." by E. Paige Borelli, Duke University (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Supervisor: Lisa A. Keister.
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NCSA Presidential Address
"What Can't You Do with a Sociology Degree?"
welcomed sixty-eight NCSA members and guests to the 2013 Annual World
Conference at the Coast Line Center on the waterfront in downtown
Wilmington. In contrast to the chilly, rainy weather, a warm collegial
spirit characterized the group which remained together in the large
meeting hall for all the sessions.
To begin the new presidential duties, Puckett
articulated his vision for the organization, building on Helen Keller's
wise words, "What is worse than being blind? Having no vision." His
focus will be on maintaining and enhancing the organization, working on
retention with former students, for example, as well as moving forward
with reaching out to community college instructors and establishing
collaborations with local community colleges. He gave the following
charge to the current members, "What can we do to encourage more
In developing the conference theme, "2,3,6,8; what do
you do when you graduate," Puckett asked, "What do you tell students
about their future prospects with their degree?" Illustrating one
career trajectory, he described his journey from part-time student and
Army vet, to full-student, car salesman, then to industrial sales and
machine repair, next to graduate school and finally a position as a
sociologist at Cape Fear Community College. Along the way he
experienced sociological textbook terms in real life: total
institutions, degradation ceremonies, ethnocentrism and culture shock.
All these experiences provided a rich source of examples for his
subsequent classes at CFCC.
His career as a sociologist has evolved along with the
community college system in North Carolina. He began as the only
sociologist at CFCC and there are now 22 in the Social Science
Department which he leads. In response to questions, he shared that
currently the beginning salary is $39,000 a year with an M.A. and no
experience. This is for a nine-month contract to teach eighteen hours a
semester--six classes with two or three preparations and an average
class of twenty-eight students. As the evolution continues, the new
emphasis on STEM courses has the potential to redefine sociology courses
in order to demonstrate their continued relevance.
Although his personal remarks showed the interesting
intersection of biography and history in the community college system
specifically, his conclusion resonated with the wider group: "What
can't you do with a sociology degree?" Subsequent sessions
elaborated on this theme.
Are You Using Sociology to the Fullest Extent Possible?
David Morrison personified the
high ideals and aspirations of a sociology student. A graduate of CFCC,
he is currently a senior at UNCW, interested in non-profit work in North
Carolina. He explained that he integrates sociology into his world
through his involvement in disability issues. For example, he has
organized a career fair with interested employers, and he is dedicated
to advocacy for equality in recreational facilities.
Although confined to a wheelchair by cerebral palsy,
David spoke movingly about his vision for sociology and advocacy for the
disabled. During the Q & A period he noted that there are still major
challenges in social policies which have not been addressed, such as
parking, building access and travel accommodations. He answered that
the role of sociology in advocacy is to understand people and their
environments, thinking outside the box to come up with solutions, and
educating each other on this topic through more research.
Morrison left the audience with this question, "Are you
using sociology to the fullest extent possible?"
Panelists Ponder "Merging Work and
CFCC sociology faculty member, offered her perspective as a sociology
major who began her career with a BA degree working as a social work
case manager in a government agency, providing services to an elderly
low-income population. As a sociologist she was able to see their need
for services within a larger social context. For example, she led the
development of an emergency fuel program for home heating as a result of
witnessing this need in so many individual homes.
In her experience, many social agencies will hire
four-year social science graduates. For example, habilitation
specialists staff a respite house for a mentally challenged population;
specialists in memory-care use effective communication styles to work
with patients; and the court system hires multi-disciplinary teams to
help determine competency.
Gouge related that her sociological training provided
opportunities for her to plan research projects such as evaluating CNA
retention after training. It also gave her a perspective with which to
view the importance of history and culture in dealing with diversity. As
a result of her education and employment experiences, she effectively
transitioned into teaching.
Raven Bruno (UNCW) shared that her service learning
experiences were most helpful in influencing her career choice. Working
in a homeless shelter for women and children, for example, provided
real-world authentic learning. Her current work is guided by these
questions: "How do I use my academic position to help the community?
How do I present information to different audiences?"
do they go from here? Public Sociology in the 'Real' World"
DeVall (UNCW) presented examples of undergraduate and graduate routes
which facilitate the sociology student's movement into a career.
The Public Sociology program takes the traditional
methods of mainstream sociology and brings them to groups and
organizations outside the academy, according to a 2005 ASA Taskforce
report. At UNCW this undergraduate program requires thirty-nine hours:
a Public Sociology Seminar and Practicum, six elective courses in an
area of concentration, along with four core sociology courses in theory
Students also are guided in their professional
development through sessions focused on job searching and creating an
"elevator" speech, a two-minute summary of how their training makes them
the best candidate for a job. This is in preparation for the fortuitous
meeting of the potential employer on the elevator on the way to the
interview. Students are also trained in the effective dissemination of
research findings to multiple audiences, giving oral and visual
presentations to diverse community groups.
DeVall further explained their CAPS program, a terminal
master's degree in Criminology and Public Sociology which consists of
sixteen hours of core courses, twelve hours of elective courses, and a
six-hour credit thesis. Graduates of this program have gone on to Ph.D.
programs, research firms, government agencies and higher education.
In a follow-up Q & A time, additional information about
the programs was clarified. For example, what is the difference between
Public Sociology and Applied Sociology? Public Sociology proceeds from
the ground up, working with the community, using the sociological
training and skills in collaborative projects. Applied Sociology is
perceived as going from the top down, with the academic analyzing
situations and offering solutions. DeVall suggested that faculty need to
train students better in marketing their degrees by connecting with
social issues. For example, their students have partnered with the
Wilmington Housing Authority, working with residents to identify needs
and design programs with a wide range of services.
SOCIATION TODAY Focuses on
Digital Divide and Immigration Issues
by George Conklin
Editor, SOCIATION TODAY
Spring/Summer issue of SOCIATION TODAY will be available in late
June. It will have 7 or 8 articles, depending on final comments from
the referees and revisions from the authors. There will be two articles
on the digital divide and possibly two on immigration. Please remind
the readers of The Bulletin that articles may be submitted at any
should be sent to the webmaster, George Conklin (firstname.lastname@example.org
cumulative, searchable index of SOCIATION TODAY is available from the
Directory of Open Access Journals.