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, includes registration for annual meeting). For more information about the NCSA,
please visit its main page.
Recruiting Applicants for Your School’s Graduate
Program in Sociology?
Contact Cheryl Brown (336-272-7102, ext. 292 or
about bringing and displaying materials on your program for our
undergraduate members to pick up at the meeting.
the Awards Banquet!
Our annual awards banquet is the time in the program when we
recognize our colleagues for their contributions to sociology and our
students for excellent papers and projects. Please join us for lunch.
The cost of the meal is included in the registration fee this year.
Pre-registration is encouraged!
Going to the Meeting?
Here’s How to Get There!
From I-40 East (Boone/Winston-Salem) From I – 40 E take 40
Business through Greensboro. Take exit 41 at Lee Street (old exit 128).
Turn left onto Lee Street. Just past the interstate exit to your right
you will see Cedar Park Road on your right. Turn onto Cedar Park Road.
Just up the hill is the Convention Center, Quality Inn and Holiday Inn
From I-40 West (RDU/RTP/Wilmington) Take I-40/85 west towards
Greensboro. Where I-40/85 turns south you need to stay to the right and
remain on I-40 Business. Take exit 41 (old 128) at Lee Street. At the
bottom of the exit – take a right. A very short distance down on the
right is Cedar Park Road. Take a right on Cedar Park Road. Just up the
hill is the Convention Center, Quality Inn and Holiday Inn Express.
From I-85 North (Charlotte)Take 85 North to Greensboro. When
you can see the Grandover Hotel to your left near town start paying
attention. You need to be in the right lane. Take exit 120A for Business
85 and follow the signs through Greensboro. Take Exit 41 – Lee Street
(old exit 128). Turn left onto Lee Street. Just past the interstate exit
to your right you will see Cedar Park Road on your right. Turn onto
Cedar Park Road. Just up the hill is the Convention Center, Quality Inn
and Holiday Inn Express.
See You in Greensboro!
"All of our sessions are focused on how we as sociologists find and
nurture our passion from our undergraduate years to today, wherever we
--Cheryl Brown, Program Chair
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Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rockingham Community College, P.O. Box 38,
Wentworth, NC 27375-0038
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Dr. Cathy Zimmer, The Odum Instutitue, Campus Box 3355, Chapel
Hill, NC 27599.
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Dr. Dana Greene at North
Carolina Central University.
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NCSA Will Meet in Greensboro on Feb. 19-20Igniting the Passion:
by Cheryl Brown
What an amazing time to be a sociologist! Since our
last annual meeting we have witnessed a political season culminating in
the January inauguration of Barack Obama and the implosion of our
economic system. We have seen the world come together in Beijing for the
Olympics and Gaza explode. Now comes the chance for us to get together
and recharge our batteries for the adventures the coming year promises.
Please join us for the 2009 Annual Meeting of the
North Carolina Sociological Association to be held February 20 in
Greensboro. The theme of this year’s meeting is "Igniting the Passion:
Sociology Today." We’ve included the preliminary program so you can
start deciding now which sessions you want to make sure you get to early
for the best seat.
My address will introduce you to a project I’m
passionate about – Vidas de Esperanza (Lives of Hope). I’ll be talking
about the challenges and rewards of designing and implementing a
sustainable international program. All of our sessions are then focused
on how we as sociologists find and nurture our passion from our
undergraduate years to today, wherever we find ourselves. We’ve designed
the day so folks at every level can have an experience that best
reflects and serves their needs. Students can explore life after their
BA in session one and career options utilizing sociology in the
non-profit world and law enforcement (session three). Faculty can
explore ways to challenge themselves with new teaching methods, research
topics or techniques, and areas to explore outside academe.
Plan to travel to Greensboro on Thursday, February 19
and relax at the conference site.
Two different hotels share the facility and both will
be available for reservations. Those attending may choose Holiday Inn
Express Hotel and Suites, 336-697-0101 (direct line), 1-800-HOLIDAY
(corporate). Rates are $69.00 per room plus 9.75% tax. Room are also
available at Quality Inn & Suites, 336-697-4000 (direct line),
1-800-4CHOICE. Rates are $89.99 per room plus 9.75% tax.
The welcoming reception will be held at the Guilford
Convention Center from 6 – 8:30 pm on Thursday evening. We’ll be having
terrific appetizers and beverages from Above & Beyond Catering and a
spirited conversation about the state of our nation and world.
If you are planning on arriving early and coming to
the reception (especially if you plan to bring a bus-load of students
with you!), please contact Cheryl Brown (336-272-7102, ext. 292 or
and let her know how many to expect so that she will have a better idea
of how much food to order!
The lunch on Friday will also be catered by Above & Beyond Catering
and will start with salad and breadsticks. We’ll move to the pasta bar
for entrees of baked spaghetti, vegetable lasagna and Santa Fe Chicken
with tea and dessert to follow. This year in order to streamline the
process, the luncheon fee will be included in the registration fee for
both faculty and students. This, however, makes it very important that
everyone pre-register if at all possible, so we can provide the catering
company with pretty firm numbers. A registration and membership renewal
form is provided inside this issue of THE BULLETIN.
More Bang for Your Professional Development Buck!
"Given the economic belt tightening most of our colleges and
universities are currently experiencing, we believe that our NCSA annual
meeting is the best bang for our professional development buck available
today. While we have increased fees slightly to try and offset the many
higher fees we face, we strive to remain affordable to all our
constituencies so everyone can continue to participate in record
Igniting the Passion: Sociology Today
2009 NCSA Annual Meeting
Tentative Schedule of Activities
Guilford Convention Center, 3114 Cedar Park Road
Greensboro, NC 27405
Thursday, February 19, 2009
6 - 8:30 PM: Welcome Reception
Guilford Convention Center
Friday, February 20, 2009
8:15 - 9 AM: Registration and Exhibits
Coffee, Pastries and Muffins
9 - 9:10 AM: Welcome and Program Overview
Kenneth C. Land, Duke University, NCSA President
9:10 - 9:45 AM: Presidential Address
"Passion wasn’t dead, it was just hiding in Mexico"
Cheryl Lynn Brown, President-Elect, Greensboro College
9:45 - 10 AM: Coffee Break, Exhibits and Mingle
10-11 AM: General Sessions
Session 1: "I have a BA and a passion for sociology, now what? A
student’s guide to finding a job or heading to graduate school"
Dana Greene from North Carolina Central University and Kathryn
Schmidt from Valdosta State University will provide participants with
strategies for successfully navigating the job market or applying to
Session 2:"Passionate teaching: A master class for junior and
Gwen Hunnicutt, University of North Carolina Greensboro, and Donald
Gregory, Reinhart College, will provide expertise on teaching techniques
utilizing graphic novels and qualitative exercises. Others to be
11 - 11:15 AM: Coffee Break, Exhibits and Mingle
11:15 - 12:15: General Sessions
Session 3: "Finding your passion outside academe"
Ascary Arias, President and Co-founder of Vidas de Esperanza; Robin
Robertson of United Way; Jean Leslie of the Center for Creative
Leadership; and Gerald Thomas of the North Carolina State Bureau of
Investigation will discuss how they use their sociological perspective
and skills in a variety of job settings.
Session 4: "The Passionate Researcher: Laying the groundwork for
Panelists to be announced
12:30 - 1:45 PM: Luncheon Banquet and Awards
Honors and Awards, Business Meeting
Kenneth C. Land, President
2 - 3:30 PM: Plenary Session: "A passion for the visual"
Beth Davison, the new Co-Director of University Documentary Services
at Appalachian State, will show some of the work being produced by
students and faculty around the south and show us how to use these
techniques in our classes.
3:30 PM: Meeting Adjourns
SOCIATION TODAY Features Articles on W.E.B. DuBois
by George Conklin
Editor, SOCIATION TODAY
The Spring 2009 issue of SOCIATION TODAY will
feature four articles on W. E. B. Du Bois, the pioneering early African
As the official journal of the North Carolina
Sociological Association, the journal is especially interested in
articles for the Fall 2009 issue featuring issues facing the state
today, including economic challenges, population changes and
stratification. Since videos have moved from academic settings to places
like YouTube, professors who use such sources in teaching are especially
encouraged to submit an article.
The journal can be found at <http://www.sociationtoday.org>.
Articles are indexed in Sociological Abstracts and online at the
Directory of Open Access Journals, <www.doaj.org>.
Sociation Today is peer-reviewed. Open access means we do not charge to
read it, nor do authors pay any fees to have their work reviewed.
Please consider assigning articles from
SOCIATION TODAY to your
classes. Students can read the journal off campus and at home, unlike
traditional journals which require memberships and/or subscriptions.
Here Are the Candidates for NCSA President, Executive
The members of the NCSA Executive Council are pleased
to announce the candidates for the NCSA 2008 election. We are truly
fortunate to have excellent NCSA members who are willing to serve the
organization as President-Elect and as members of the Executive
Council. We are confident that the NCSA will be in good hands in the
coming years. Please read the brief biographical statements below and
vote using the ballot included with this newsletter.
Candidate for President-Elect
The president-elect of the NCSA will serve as the
program chair for next year’s annual meeting. Following a year as
president, this person will serve for one year as a member of the
Ken Spenner is Professor of Sociology and Psychology
at Duke University and is the founding director of the Markets &
Management Studies Program at Duke, an interdisciplinary certificate
program administered by the Department of Sociology. He is a past Chair
of the Department of Sociology at Duke. His research interests include
work, technology, organizations, market transitions, and higher
education. In 1991 he was the recipient of Duke’s Howard Johnson
Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2007, he was the recipient of the
Contributions to Sociology Award from the North Carolina Sociological
Association. He has been active in ASA, SSS, and NCSA for several
"My vision for the North Carolina Sociological
Association is twofold," he said. "First, it should foster and enhance
the sociological enterprise in North Carolina at all levels, including
community colleges, four-year colleges and universities. Second, NCSA
should offer a forum for students, faculty and practitioners to network
and exchange ideas. And, along the way, we should have some fun."
Candiates for NCSA Executive Council
The membership will elect three of the following
candidates to serve three-year terms on the NCSA Executive Council.
Please use the enclosed ballot. You may write in candidates if you wish.
Carol Jo Evans
Carol Jo Evans is originally from Elizabeth City, NC.
She received her BA in socio/cultural anthropology from East Carolina
University, her MA in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of
Tennessee, and her PhD from the University of Kentucky. For the last
five years Evans has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Social Sciences and Coordinator for the Program of Sociology at
Elizabeth City State University. She returned to her home town after
fifteen years of graduate work and extensive travel on community
development projects to teach at ECSU. Her fields of interests include
applied sociology, community and economic development, medical
sociology, public policy, and conflict resolution.
Afaf Omer is an Associate Professor of Sociology at
UNC-Asheville. She received the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the
University of Michigan with specialties in social organization and
population. Her professional affiliations include African Studies
Association, Association of Black Sociologists, American Sociological
Association, Middle East Studies Association of North America,
Population Association of America, and Sociologists for Women in
Society. She has written extensively on gender, work and violence in
Muslim countries, most recently focusing on women’s perspectives on the
"genocide" in Dafur. She has spoken both to professional and community
groups regarding these issues.
Ian Taplin is Professor of Sociology and International
Studies at Wake Forest University and visiting research professor at
Bordeaux School of Management (France). His current research interests
focus on the growth of NC wine industry and the role of networks as
knowledge brokers amongst luxury wineries in Napa Valley, California.
Both projects come from an interest in general economic sociology and
how markets and networks operate in emerging industries and how
cooperative frameworks enable cluster growth. Taplin teaches courses on
Global Capitalism and Business and Society. "I am interested in the NCSA
because I believe local associations provide an important link for
members with very different educational affiliations to come together
and share information," said Taplin. "If I am to talk about vision, it
is that such an association can become a more viable and inclusive part
of the professional sociology scene in the state."
Official ballots are enclosed in the
mailed copy of THE BULLETIN received by all dues-paying members.
Ballots and registration forms must be postmarked by Feb. 12, 2009.
Pre-registration is strongly advised for the Awards Luncheon. On-site
registration will be available Feb. 19-20; however, a place at the table
is not guaranteed for those who wait!
Ballot Now Available as a PDF document.
who did not receive a mailed copy of the ballot may vote by printing out
this document, marking their choices, and returning it to Cathy Zimmer,
NCSA treasurer, at the registration desk before the start of the annual
meeting on Feb. 20.
Membership Form is available as a PDF document.
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