THE BULLETIN

A Publication of the North Carolina Sociological Association
Volume 32, Number 3                            October 2006
THE 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 late winter or early spring. Dues for one calendar year are $15 (professional) and $5 (student). For more information about the NCSA, please visit its main page.

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Call for Papers
2007 Himes Awards

The NCSA seeks papers that represent excellence in sociological analysis from both undergraduate and graduate students. This competition comes with a monetary award ($150 for the winning undergraduate papers, $250 for the top graduate paper), and a certificate of recognition from the association. Three awards are available: one for graduate students, and one each for undergraduates at four-year institutions, and two-year institutions.

Award winners are recognized at the NCSA annual meeting and their papers are published on the official NCSA website. Faculty mentors are also recognized at the annual meeting, and department chairs and college deans are forwarded award information for contract and promotion purposes.

Eligibility requirements are simple: Any current student enrolled in a community college, four-year college,  or university in North Carolina may submit a paper for consideration. Also, students who graduated in the previous Spring or Summer Sessions are eligible to submit a paper for consideration of awards that will be conferred in the following academic year.

  1. Co-authored papers written by graduate students are eligible for the graduate paper award and co-authored papers written by undergraduates are eligible for the undergraduate award. Cash awards will be evenly split among authors of award winning papers.
  2. Co-authored papers between students and faculty and between graduate students and undergraduate students are ineligible.
  3. The same individual may be eligible to win the undergraduate award once and the graduate award once.

Judgment criteria include:
· accurate, focused, and thorough review of the pertinent sociological literature
· use of method related to topic
· appropriate use of evidence in drawing conclusions
· ability to use theoretical analysis and interpretation
· insight and creativity
· writing skill, clarity, and coherence and
· proper use of citations and documentation

Please send four (4) blind copies of papers with a cover letter describing the student’s year in school, institutional affiliation, & faculty mentor information to: Rebecca Bach,  Department of Sociology,  Box 90088, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0088.   Submission may also be made via email to rbach@soc.duke.edu.  Please include the student’s name, year in school, institutional affiliation, and faculty mentor name in the text of the email with the paper attached in a word document.  The deadline for submission is January 15, 2007.  Direct questions to Rebecca Bach (919  660-5606).

Call for Nominations:
Contributions to Sociology Award

Each year the NCSA presents an Award for Contributions to Sociology. This award recognizes excellence in teaching, service, research, or other activity. It is open to members of the NCSA in academic, research, or applied positions.

Nominations may be made by an individual other than the nominee, an academic department, government agency, or employer. The nomination should include a summary of appropriate evidence, including information about items such as:

  • Teaching evaluations by students, peers, and administrators.

  • Developing and improving teaching techniques.

  • Advising and supervising students and serving as a mentor.

  • Developing, administering, evaluating and marketing courses and programs.

  • Fostering improved teaching through research, publications, conferences, and workshops.

  • Outstanding scholarly contributions through books, articles, or other publications.

  • Service to the academic community or one's place of employment.

  • Service to the profession of Sociology through work with either state, regional, national or international associations.

  • Community service at the local, state, regional or national level. This could include work with both nonprofit and profit organizations where the outcome demonstrated a significant contribution to sociology or to bettering society.

  • The application of sociological knowledge to a critical societal problem and its solution.

The winner will be recognized at the annual meeting and receive a plaque and NCSA lifetime membership.  Send nomination letters and supporting materials to Rebecca Bach (rbach@soc.duke.edu), Department of Sociology, Box 90088, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0088.  Deadline for submission is January 15, 2007.

JOIN NCSA NOW!

Whether a new member or a renewing member, please send your dues now. We keep the cost of membership low to keep our membership high! Faculty, applied sociologists outside the academy, graduate students, undergraduate students, and anyone else interested in Sociology is welcome in NCSA!

2007 NCSA Membership Application/Renewal Form

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NCCCSPA Will Meet in Raleigh Nov. 1-3

by Heather Hebert
President, NCCCSPA

            For those of us that teach psychology and sociology, we know that the world is our classroom now more than ever. With that in mind, the theme for the North Carolina Community College Sociology and Psychology Association Conference is Teaching in the 21st Century: Going Global. Our conference will be held in Raleigh, NC on November 1-3, 2006. We selected Raleigh this year because it is centrally located and Raleigh’s 20th International Festival is November 4-6, 2006. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Brownstone Hotel & Conference Center. To make your hotel reservation, please call (800)331-7919 or (919)828-0811. State room rates are available until October 11. Please mention NCCCSPA in order to assure state rates. A limited number of rooms are available at state rate so please be sure to call early to receive the state rate.              Registration and social time will begin on Wednesday, November 1 at 8 PM in the hospitality suite.  A drop-in continental breakfast and registration will be Thursday morning from 7:45-8:45 in the hospitality suite with our opening session following at 9 AM. The concluding session will end on Friday, November 3 at 12:15. Throughout the conference there will be numerous opportunities for learning, sharing, networking, relaxing, and exploring the Raleigh area. Please plan to join us!
           A tentative conference program, along with registration and hotel reservation information, is available on our website, http://www.ncccspa.org. The website also contains information about our organization, including membership information and photos from our previous conferences. Also check out our teaching tips section which includes links to newspapers around the world and movies to use to illustrate sociology and psychology concepts.
            We are also seeking volunteers to run for eastern and western representatives. The position is a two year term. Please do not hesitate to contact me (hsh@carteret.edu) if you have any questions or ideas for our organization. We hope to see you in Raleigh! 

FMU Hosts Family Empowerment Conference

Florida Memorial University will sponsor the Family Empowerment Conference and Community Empowerment Fair on Nov. 9-11. The Conference will take place on the FMU campus located at  15800 NW 42 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054. It features 20 concurrent sessions. Dr. Andrew Billingley will be the keynote speaker. For additional information, contact Dr. Mary Williams, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Florida Memorial University at 305-623-1438 or mwilliam@fmuniv.edu.

 

 

  NCSA Will Meet in Wrightsville Beach on Feb. 8-9, 2007

          Join us in Wilmington, N.C. for the NCSA Annual Meeting, February 8-9, 2007!  We will have a welcome reception in the new Fisher Student Center overlooking the center of campus at The University of North Carolina Wilmington on Thursday evening, February 8th. On Friday February 9th, the annual meeting will be held at the Shell Island Oceanfront Suites at Wrightsville Beach, N.C..  Rooms will be available at the Shell Island facility for overnight stays.  Wrightsville Beach is located 10 miles from downtown Wilmington with UNCW equidistant between the two. Downtown Wilmington offers a scenic riverfront ambience and charming historic district with many unique shops and quality restaurants. Shell Island Oceanfront Suites are located on the northern end of Wrightsville Beach with magnificent panoramic views and access to the ocean, salt marsh, and inlet areas

            The theme of the meeting is "Contexts, Connections, and Change" and will highlight sociology done in and about North Carolina. Among other general sessions, we anticipate having sessions on the changing demography of North Carolina, effects of globalization in North Carolina, Max Weber's trip to North Carolina, as well as sessions on graduate school and job opportunities in sociology. For more information, contact Steve McNamee at UNCW (mcnamee@uncw.edu; 910-962-3660).

Max Weber Video Available

            The Fall 2006 issue of Sociation Today, to be released in November 2006, will make available the video on Max Weber's trip to North Carolina.  The video, by Larry Keeter and Stephen Hall of Appalachian State University, has been recently translated into the DVD format from the old half-inch videotape format for use by professors and researchers interested in historical sociology and other areas of sociology.  Included in the presentation are interviews by several of Max Weber's relatives who were actual witnesses to Weber's visit to Mt. Airy.   By making the video available online, professors can assign the material to students to view as a course assignment and/or as a research resource.   For more details on the content of the video, please consult the May 1995 issue of Sociation, which describes the background for the project.  The current video presentation has been professionally produced by Professors Keeter and Hall, and the old interviews from 1975 have been archived also. 

            Videos are increasingly used as a teaching tool.  Sociation Today in the past has published articles about videos professors have found useful in teaching, but such videos have not been readily available online.  Since Weber's visit to North Carolina will be available online with the Fall 2006 issue, Sociation Today would like to review articles by professors on how they have integrated the information on Weber's visit into their on-going sociology courses.  Further, any articles enlarging on Weber's visit to the United States including his comments and observations about America's residential segregation in urban areas would be of interest. Another question is important would be the degree to which Weber's theory of urban life is useful in today's postmodern world.  How different is Weber's view of urban life and American residential segregation from other classical writers of sociological theory? 

            In conclusion, the oral history project which started as an class project in Larry Keeter's sociology classes is an important, significant and useful starting point for the reassessment of Weber's position in sociology today.  By making the video available for general use, it is hoped that Weber's position in sociology can be reexamined and integrated into sociology courses which will have an increased interest to students, professors and the general public.

Need to Contact Members of the NCSA Council?

NCSA Officers:
Current President: Miles Simpson, NC Central University. msimpson@nccu.edu
President-Elect: Stephen McNamee, UNCW. mcnamee@uncw.edu
Past President:Rebecca Bach, Duke
University. rbach@soc.duke.edu
Treasurer: Cathy Zimmer, UNC Chapel Hill
. cathy_zimmer@unc.edu
Secretary: Lori D. Heiger, Alamance Community College, heigerl@alamancecc.edu

NCSA Publications:
Editor, THE BULLETIN: Lee Dodson, Rockingham Community College. dodsonl@rockinghamcc.edu
Editor, SOCIATION TODAY: George H. Conklin, NC Central University. george@ncsociology.org

Council Members:
Al Dunkleman, Cleveland Community College. dunkleman@cleveland.cc.nc.us
Earl Smith, Wake
Forest University. smithea@wfu.edu
Ken Spenner, Duke
University. kspen@soc.duke.edu
Ella Keller, Fayetteville State University. ekeller@uncfsu.edu
Dana Greene , Appalachian State
University. greenedm@appstate.edu
Shelly Brown, UNC-Greensboro. slbrown2@uncg.edu
Lori Heiger, Alamance Community College. heigerl@alamancecc.edu
William (Bill) Smith, NC State
University. wr_smith@ncsu.edu
Ken Wilson, East
Carolina University. wilsonk@mail.ecu.edu

Web Managers:
Jammie Price, Appalachian State University. pricejl@appstate.edu
George H. Conklin, NC Central University. george@ncsociology.org

NCSA Needs Permanent Recording Secretary

At its most recent meeting, the Executive Council of the NCSA received the resignation of Caroline Whitehead from the post of Recording Secretary. Whitehead, who had held the post since the division of the office of secretary/treasurer into two separate offices, resigned for personal reasons. Lori Heiger, who currently serves on the council, agreed to accept the post for a temporary appointment of one year. Members of the Executive Council are now seeking someone willing to accept this post on a more permanent basis. The office of secretary is an appointed one; holders of this office serve at the behest of the council. The secretary is expected to attend council meetings (usually 3 to 5 per year) in various locations and to record and disseminate the minutes. Details of maintaining the membership list and handling the dues of the NCSA are handled by its treasurer. Please contact any officer or member of the council if you are interested in learning more about this volunteer job.

Check Out the Complete NCSA Website

NCSA members and the general public can access the association’s web site at www.ncsa.appstate.edu/. Information to be included in THE BULLETIN should be sent to its editor at dodsonl@rockinghamcc.edu or mailed to him at RCC, P.O. Box 38, Wentworth, NC 27375. General information for the NCSA web site should be sent to its webmaster, Jammie Price (pricejl@appstate.edu, 828-262-6935).

Join Our Electronic Information Service

To subscribe to the NCSA list, send a one-line message to listproc@listproc.appstate.edu containing the text: sub NCSA Firstname Lastname. To send a message to the list, send the message to ncsa@listproc.appstate.edu. To unsubscribe to the NCSA list, send a one-line message to listproc@appstate.edu containing the text: unsubscribe ncsa. You may also e-mail Beth Davison with your request (davisonb@appstate.edu).

Position Opening at Appalachian State University
Department of Sociology and Social Work

 The Department of Sociology and Social Work at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure-track nine-month faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2007. Candidates who are ABD will be considered, but the position requires completion of all doctoral requirements in sociology by August 15, 2007. Preference will be given to applicants with specializations in two of the following areas: criminology, inequality, and family. A willingness to teach methods is also desirable. Instructional duties will include student advisement and curriculum development and may include on-line instruction and/or instruction at off-campus sites. In addition to instructional duties, faculty members are expected to maintain an active program of scholarship as well as participate in service activities.

Appalachian State University is a member institution of the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina System. Located in Boone, North Carolina, the university has approximately 15,000 students and has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 15 among southern regional universities since the rankings first appeared in 1986. Additional information about the Department of Sociology and Social Work, the University, and the surrounding area is located at: www.soc.appstate.edu.

Applicants must send a completed application consisting of a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for at least three references to:
W. Edward Folts, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology and Social Work, 209 Chapell Wilson Hall, Boone, NC 28607.

Initial application review will begin December 1, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled. Appalachian State University is an equal opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Opening at Fayetteville State University

The Department of Sociology at Fayetteville State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin in August 2007. Ph.D. in Sociology required. ABD candidates who will receive the Ph.D. by May 2007 will be considered. The successful candidate's primary teaching area will be social statistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Preference will be given to applicants who can integrate SPSS into the statistics course. Secondary area of teaching is open. Areas of research specialization are also open. Other responsibilities include: advising students; pursuing an ongoing research agenda resulting in publication; and providing service to the university, community, and profession. To apply, please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts of all college classes, three current letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations, and Faculty or Non-Faculty EPA Application Form available at http://www.uncfsu.edu/humres/HRForms.htm to: Search Committee, Department of Sociology, Fayetteville State University, 1200 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301-4298. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled. Fayetteville State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Fayetteville State University is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Openings at Virginia Commonwealth University

The Sociology Program in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applicants for two faculty positions. A PhD in sociology required; strong ABD's considered provided PhD in hand by August 15, 2007. The sociology program offers a BS and an MS degree in Sociology that focuses on social problems and social change and combines training in both basic and applied research. The program includes a post-baccalaureate Certificate In Gender Violence Intervention and a Resource Center on Sexual and Domestic Violence. The program is also developing an interest in public sociology. Sociology faculty members have opportunities for involvement in the interdisciplinary doctoral program in public policy, as well as in the programs in the School of Public Health.

            Position #1: Assistant Professor level position. Specialty areas: Criminology or Medical Sociology; develop courses Inside the focus of gender violence; teach one or more of the following upper-division and graduate sociology courses: Criminology, Deviance, Juvenile Delinquency, Medical Sociology, Research Methods, Statistics, Sociological Theory, Urban Sociology, Social Movements, and Self and Society.

            Position #2: Assistant or Associate level position. Specialty area: Demography and Population Studies: teach one or more of the following upper-division sociology courses: Population Dynamics, Population Studies, Demography, Labor Studies; Urban Sociology, Research Methods, Statistics, Sociological Theory, Social Movements and Self and Society.

            Salary is competitive and is dependent upon qualifications and professional experience. VCU is an urban university with a diverse student body. For more information about the university visit www.vcu.edu, the program visit www.has.vcu.edu/soc/ or the Wilder School visit http://www.has.vcu.edu/gov/index.html. Candidates should submit: (1) a letter outlining their qualifications for this position, especially their research agenda and experience with/potential for external funding; (2) a Curriculum Vitae; (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness (i.e., course syllabi, student evaluations, and handouts); and (4) three letters of recommendation to: Search Committee Chair, Department of Sociology, P.O. Box 842040, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284. Review of applications will begin November 1,2006. Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Tulane Invites Applications for Two Positions

Tulane University. The Sociology Department of Tulane University invites applications for two full time, tenure track positions at the assistant professor level, beginning in the Fall of 2007. Candidates who have completed a Ph.D. in sociology at the time of application will be will be preferred, although consideration will be given to those who will have completed the degree by fall 2007. We seek candidates with specializations in urban/community sociology or race/ethnicity.  The positions will involve teaching two courses per semester. Candidates should have strong research orientations and a willingness to teach courses at various levels.  Interest in teaching undergraduate research methods will be advantageous.  Tulane is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.  These positions are subject to a final university determination on funding. Applicants should send a letter of interest describing background and qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and writing samples to Carl L. Bankston III, Department of Sociology, 220 Newcomb Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, La. 70118.  Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address.

Ohio University Seeks Applications for Term Position

Ohio University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites applications for a term position in sociology beginning January 2007 for the Winter and Spring Quarters.  Candidates should demonstrate ability to teach undergraduate research methods and a substantive course in the core areas of sociology, such as social psychology, sociology of the family, or population studies.  Ph.D. in sociology is preferred but ABD in sociology will be considered.  We seek a candidate with a commitment to working effectively with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. Ohio University is a Research Extensive institution located seventy-five miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio. Enrollment on the Athens Campus is approximately 19,500. The College of Arts & Sciences includes 340 tenure-line faculty members and contains 19 departments, most of which offer graduate degrees. Further information about Ohio University is available at http://www.cas.ohiou.edu/socanth/. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2006, and continue until the position is filled. Ohio University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. To view this position and apply online go to www.ohiouniversityjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=52067.  

Emory University Seeks Senior Professor in Social Psychology

The Department of Sociology at Emory University invites applications for a senior position at the Full Professor or Associate Professor level, to begin in August, 2007 pending approval of funding. We are seeking candidates in social psychology, whose substantive interests lie in health or race. An outstanding record of excellence in research, teaching, and service is required. Send vita, a summary of research accomplishments and plans, and evidence of teaching quality to Karen Hegtvedt, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Sociology, 1555 Dickey Drive, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322. Letters of recommendation and publications may be included but are not required for the initial review. We will begin screening applications after Nov. 06, 2006. Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages  applications from women and minorities.

 

 

 

 

Contact Information:

The editor of THE BULLETIN is Lee Dodson, Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rockingham Community College, P.O. Box 38, Wentworth, NC 27375-0038
336-342-4261, ext. 2155

dodsonl@rockinghamcc.edu

 

Let Us Know!

Members of the NCSA are encouraged to contact any member of the NCSA Executive Council to suggest state sociological issues they would like the organization to address. Contact Miles Simpson,  NCSA president.

 

Call for Nominations for 2007 SSS Honors

            Please consider nominating sociologists for the SSS Honors, described below. All nominations and supporting documents should be sent  electronically (where possible) to Jammie Price, Sociology and Social Work, Appalachian  State University, Boone NC 28608-2115.

Roll of Honor

            The greatest recognition given by the Southern Sociological Society is an appointment to the Roll of Honor. This award recognizes a career of distinguished intellectual contribution to Sociology. Awardees must be members of the Southern Sociological Society (or made significant contributions to Sociology while a member of SSS) and have made stellar contributions to the discipline across their career.

            Nomination Procedure:1) Nominations can be submitted by any member of  the Society to the chairperson of the Honors Committee; 2) At least five letters of nomination, the majority being from current members, shall be received and reviewed by the Honors Committee. These letters should  address the purpose and qualifications stated above and should be accompanied by supporting documentation. The letters of nomination will be presented to the honoree when the award is made; 3) Nominations may be made at any time during the year. To be considered for an award to be made at the next meeting of the Society, they must be complete by  January 15.

Charles S. Johnson Award

            This award recognizes distinguished scholarly contributions on race and the South. The individual’s contribution may be an exceptional single work, several pieces of work, or a significant career of professional achievement. This award includes the opportunity for the recipient or others on their behalf to arrange a session at the next annual meeting if appropriate and desired.

            Nomination Procedure: Any member of the SSS may submit a nomination but self-nominations are not accepted. The primary nominator should submit a package including several letters endorsing the nomination (the majority of them from current SSS members), the nominee’s curriculum vitae, particular publications and/or other supporting documentation. Nominations must be submitted by January 15.

Odum Awards for Undergraduate and Graduate Papers

            The Odum Award recognizes outstanding research papers by undergraduates and graduates in the southern region or by students outside the region whose work is mentored by current SSS members. The award caries a cash prize of $100 and up to an additional $200 toward expenses of attendance at the SSS meeting. One annual award may be given each year for the best undergraduate paper and best graduate paper submitted on any sociological topic.

            Eligibility: The paper must have only one author and conform to the style guidelines and length conventions of /Social Forces/. The student author need not be a member of the SSS. It is expected that the author will not have presented the paper at another professional meeting. Papers will be judged on the basis of originality, clarity of exposition, conceptualization and analysis. Faculty are asked to nominate no more than one student paper in each category per year. Students who have gone on to graduate or professional school are eligible for the undergraduate paper award if the paper was written when they were enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.

            Authors of the Odum award-winning papers are expected to attend the SSS Annual Meeting to receive their award. Students are expected to present their papers at the annual meeting. If the winning paper had not previously been submitted and accepted for presentation at the time the committee makes its award decision, the paper will be added to the program.

            Nominating Procedure Undergraduate Papers: The undergraduate papers should be submitted by a member of the SSS who attests that the author meets the conditions of eligibility. The paper should be submitted by December 15.

            Nominating Procedure for Graduate Papers: Graduate students may submit their own papers. Their submission should come with the endorsement of a member of their graduate institution’s faculty who is a member of the SSS and who attests that the author is a student in good standing. The paper should be submitted by December 15.

Katherine Jocher-Belle Boone Beard Award

            This yearly award recognizes distinguished scholarly contributions to the understanding of gender and society. The award honors a single work, several pieces of work or a significant career of professional achievements. This award includes the opportunity for the recipient or others on their behalf to arrange a session at the next annual meeting if appropriate and desired.

            Nomination Procedure: Any member of the SSS may submit a nomination but self-nominations are not accepted. The nominee must be a member of SSS. The primary nominator should submit a packet of materials including several letters endorsing the nomination (the majority of them from current SSS members), the nominee’s curriculum vitae, particular publications and other supporting documentation. Nominations must be submitted by January 15.

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award

            The purpose of this award is to honor individuals, departments, schools, institutions, or other collective actors for their outstanding contributions to the teaching of sociology at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. The award may recognize contributions over the course of a career, over the history of a program, or for a specific project or projects. Teaching is broadly defined to include: classroom instruction, curriculum design, directing and mentoring students, developing instructional materials, producing educational films or videos, creating educational software or web sites, writing or editing textbooks or teacher manuals, conducting workshops on pedagogy, training student teachers, and publishing teaching-related research.

            Recipients of the award are expected to have excelled in one or more of these areas, and have a minimum of five years teaching experience (or be a program that has been in existence for at least five years). This is not an award simply for being an outstanding classroom teacher at one’s own institution, but is intended to honor individuals or collective actors whose contributions, though they may result from classroom teaching, go beyond their institutions to benefit the discipline as a whole. This award includes the opportunity for the recipient, or others on their behalf, to arrange a session at the next annual meeting if appropriate and desired.

            Nomination Procedure: Nominations should include: 1) the name(s) and address(es) of the nominee; 2) three letters of recommendation (one of which is from the nominator) explaining how the nominee has excelled in the teaching of sociology; 3) the nominee’s curriculum vitae or, in the case of collective actors, program description, which includes a list of activities that fall under the areas above; and 4) relevant supporting materials (syllabi, student evaluations, textbooks, manuals, and any other evidence that demonstrate contributions to the teaching of sociology). Nominees may also independently send supporting materials.

            Both the nominee and the nominator must be members of the Southern Sociological Society.

The Martin L. Levin Distinguished Service Award

            The purpose of the award is to honor outstanding service to the Southern Sociological Society. This honor recognizes those members who have made exemplary contributions to the Southern Sociological Society through direct service over a lifetime or significant portion of their professional careers. Their contributions should have been vital in fulfilling the Society’s mission and sustaining its annual meetings. Their record may include serving in major fiduciary and organizational leadership roles, either as an officer or chair/member of committees, or as a program chair, session organizer, discussant, etc.; or it may involve providing leadership for innovative changes in the organization and functioning of the Society, in building the Society’s membership, or in other ways. Recipients of this award are expected to have been members of the Society for a considerable portion of their careers.

            Nomination Procedure: Nominations should include: 1) the name and address of the nominee; 2) three letters of recommendation (one of which is from the nominator) highlighting the nominee’s service to the Southern Sociological Society; 3) the nominee’s curriculum vitae; 4) relevant supporting documents illustrating contributions to service. Both the nominators and the recipient must be members of the Southern Sociological Society. This award need not be presented annually but will be offered in years when the Honors Committee determines that a nominee truly merits this recognition. The deadline for nominations is January 15.

Distinguished Lectureship Award

            A new award, The Southern Sociological Society Distinguished Lectureship Award, may be awarded annually to a member of the Southern Sociological Society in recognition of his/her excellence as a scholar and lecturer. This award has three key goals. First, it allows the Society to honor one of its distinguished scholar/teachers in a public manner. Second, it allows SSS to provide a much-needed resource to departments that typically lack the resources to bring distinguished scholars to their campuses. Third, it serves to promote SSS.

            The criteria are twofold: first, the nominee must be a distinguished scholar who is recognized as having made a significant contribution to the discipline through major publications. Second, evidence must be provided which demonstrates that the nominee is an excellent lecturer. The honoree, who receives an honorarium of $500 and the honorific title of Southern Sociological Society Distinguished Lecturer for the year awarded, must commit to giving a minimum of two public lectures at SSS region colleges/universities in that year. As with similar awards, the location of the lectures will be chosen on a competitive basis by a selection committee; institutions with fewer resources will be given priority. Ideally, expenses will be shared by institutions and SSS. The latter will help support the lecture series by contributing up to $1,000 to subsidize travel and other expenses. The honoree may also deliver a lecture in a special session dedicated to that end at the SSS annual meeting in the year following his/her designation.

            Nomination Procedure: Any member of the SSS may submit a nomination but self-nominations are not accepted. The nominee must be a member of SSS. The primary nominator should submit a packet of materials including several letters endorsing the nomination (the majority of them from current SSS members), the nominee’s curriculum vitae, particular publications and evidence of excellence in teaching (student evaluations, syllabi and other materials).