The 2010 NCSA Annual Meeting will be held at the Durham Hilton.
New Issue of SOCIATION TODAY Is Now Available
by George Conklin
Editor, SOCIATION TODAY
current Fall/Winter 2009 issue of "Sociation Today"
was released on October 15. It contains eight articles on a variety
of topics. Two specifically address the role of African Americans,
while one gives an analysis of problems immigrants to the United
States must face. While altruistic behavior is considered a social
good, it would appear that people who do good expect benefits from
it, according to ethnographic material from New Jersey. If you have
ever been hospitalized, or a loved one has, check out the article
entitled "On Being Sick in a Sick Place." Two examples of how
research might benefit economic development in North Carolina are
discussed. Lastly, why some groups are more politically engaged
than others is the focus of one article.
journal is the property not of the organization which publishes it,
but of the readers who submit articles. "Sociation Today" is an
open-access, peer-reviewed refereed journal. Open access means we
do not charge for anyone to read the information, unlike the usual
publishers. So far for the Spring 2010 issue we have four articles
by current and past presidents of NCSA, but there will be other
articles as well. Please do submit your articles to the journal,
and please remember that "Sociation Today" is an excellent student
resource which should be included in your course outlines. Do not
forget the Weber video which is often of great interest to
Recently I filled out an elaborate paper questionnaire on the future
of libraries at colleges and universities. It asked if, in five
years, college libraries should keep paper copies of journals. I
replied, "No." "Sociation Today" is years ahead of that curve and
represents the future of publishing.
Please remember to use
"Sociation Today" in
your course outlines, since students do not need specialized
permissions to access the complete articles. This is our 14th
issue and the index for all articles can be located from DOAJ,
listed on the left column of each page.
We are an open-access journal, meaning that
we do not charge for anyone to read the material, including, of
course, students and the public.
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
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:
evaluations by students, peers, and administrators.
and improving teaching techniques.
supervising students and serving as a mentor.
administering, evaluating and marketing courses and programs.
improved teaching through research, publications, conferences, and
scholarly contributions through books, articles, or other
the academic community or one's place of employment.
the profession of Sociology through work with either state, regional,
national or international associations.
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
application of sociological knowledge to a critical societal problem
and its solution.
will be recognized at the annual meeting and receive a plaque and NCSA
lifetime membership. Send nomination letters and supporting materials
Cheryl Brown, Greensboro College,cbrown@
greensborocollege.edu. .The deadline for submission is
November 23, 2009. If you have any questions, please contact Professor McNamee.
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.
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
The treasurer of the NCSA is
Dr. Cathy Zimmer, The Odum Instutitue, Chapel
Hill, NC 27599.
Questions about membership should be directed to Dr. Zimmer.
Dana Greene is the
NCSA recording secretary. She is on the faculty at NCCU.
to return to
NCSA Will Meet in
Durham on February 12, 2010
"Stretching the Boundaries:
Interdisciplinarity, Internationalization, and Knowledge in Service of
Society in North Carolina Sociology"
By Ken Spenner
NCSA President Elect
Greetings from Durham! Higher education
continues in a time of challenge, change, and even crisis, given the
events in the larger economy. The Program theme for this year's annual
meeting aims to capture both the changing boundaries of our profession,
and how our profession is responding to the challenges and, at times,
crisis around us.
With this message I warmly invite you to
attend the 2010 Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Sociological
Association to be held in Durham at the Durham Hilton February 12,
2010. The Program theme is, "Stretching the Boundaries: Interdisciplinarity, Internationalization, and Knowledge in Service of
Society in North Carolina Sociology." Increasingly, our teaching,
research and service activities stretch these three boundaries, drawing
insight and inspiration from other fields, engaging projects and
phenomena from around the globe, and bringing our professional skills
and knowledge to bear on real world problems. The preliminary program
below testifies to the exciting range of projects underway by colleagues
from across the state that stretch these three boundaries of the
My own address features the development
and evolution of the Markets and Management Studies Program at Duke,
which offers a liberal arts based approach to undergraduate business
education, and is administered by the Department of Sociology. Now in
its 20th year, the Program includes strong elements of
interdisciplinarity, internationalization, and knowledge in service of
society. Other morning sessions are dedicated to internationalization
and interdisciplinarity (one session each) and two sessions feature
people and projects that embody sociological knowledge in service of
society. Two afternoon sessions give us strategies for surviving the
financial crisis --- one providing perspectives of administrators with
three academic administrators from across the state, and the other
session on finding jobs for sociology graduate and undergraduate
The luncheon on Friday will be catered by
the Durham Hilton. The menu starts with a garden salad, followed by
choice of fried chicken, Alabama meatloaf, corn on the cob, corn bread,
red beans and rice macaroni and cheese, and green beans. If you are
still hungry, there will also be assorted cobblers. I encourage you to
preregister so we will have an accurate head count for the luncheon. A
registration and membership renewal form is provided with this copy of
Should you wish to come in the day
before, two hotels (one onsite and the other close) are recommended:
Hilton Durham, 3800 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC 27705, phone:
NCSA Room Rate $99.00 plus taxes.
La Quinta Inn & Suites, 4414 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC 27707,
phone: 919-401-9660. Approx Room Rate $90.00 plus taxes.
If people are coming in the day before
and would like to gather for food at a local restaurant the night
before, let me know and I will make arrangements (email@example.com). The Hilton website identifies a number of area attractions from
gardens and museums to shopping.
See you in Durham!
Tentative Schedule of Sessions
2010 NCSA Annual Meeting
Stretching the Boundaries:
and Knowledge in Service
of Society in North Carolina Sociology
February 12, 2010, Durham Hilton Hotel
3800 Hillsborough Road, Durham, North Carolina
Friday, February 12, 2010
8:15--9:00 AM: Coffee, Pastries and Muffins
Cheryl Brown, NCSA President, Greensboro College
9:05--9:10: Speaker Introduction
Kenneth Land, Former NCSA President, Duke University
9:10--9:45: Presidential Address
Kenneth Spenner, President Elect, Duke University
9:45--10:00: Coffee Break, Exhibits and Mingle
10:00--11:00: General Sessions I and II
"Internationalization in North Carolina Sociology"
Bill Markham, University of North Carolina, Greensboro,
"Internationalizing the Curriculum: The Global Social Problems
Concentration at UNCG."
Gary Gereffi, Duke University, Director, Center for
Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness
Session II: "Knowledge in Service of Society in North Carolina
Rebecca Bach, Duke University and Dana Greene, North
Carolina Central University, "Inter-University Service Learning
[second speaker to be announced]
11:00--11:15 : Coffee Break, Exhibits, Mingle
11:15--12:15: General Sessions III and IV
III: "Interdisciplinarity in North Carolina Sociology"
Heather Griffiths, Fayetteville State University, "Students,
Reading, and Interdisciplinary Cooperation."
Cameron Lippard, Appalachian State University.
Lynn Smith-Lovin, Duke University, Faculty Fellow, Social Science
Session IV: "More Knowledge in Service of Society in NC Sociology"
Ken Land, John Franklin Crowell Professor, Duke University,
"How Bad Can It Get: Forecasting the Effects of the 2008-2009
Recession on Child Well-Being."
Paul Luebke, Professor, UNCG; Representative, NC House of
12:30--1:45: Banquet and Awards
Honors and Awards, Business Meeting
Cheryl Brown, President
1:45--2:00: Break and Mingle
2:00--3:15: General Sessions V and VI
"Surviving the Financial Crisis: Perspectives of
Stephen McNamee, UNC Wilmington, Former Chair and Former
Associate Dean, UNC Wilmington
Angela O'Rand, Duke University, Former Chair and Current Dean of
Maxine Atkinson, North Carolina State University, Head,
Department of Sociology
Session VI: "Surviving the Financial Crisis: Jobs for Sociology
Graduate and Undergraduate Students"
[2-3 panelists to be announced]
3:15: Meeting Adjourns
Call for Papers
2009 Himes Awards
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
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
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
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.
papers between students and faculty and between graduate students and
undergraduate students are ineligible.
- The same
individual may be eligible to win the undergraduate award once and the
graduate award once.
--accurate, focused, and thorough review of the pertinent sociological
--use of method related to topic
--appropriate use of evidence in drawing conclusions
--ability to use theoretical analysis and interpretation
--nsight and creativity
--riting skill, clarity, and coherence and
--proper use of citations and documentation
Please email a blind copy of the paper (as a Word, Word Perfect, or
PDF file attachment) along with a separate cover letter (as an
attachment) describing the student's year in school, institutional
affiliation, & faculty mentor information to:
Cheryl Brown, Greensboro College,
The deadline for submission is January 15, 2010. If you have any
questions, please contact Professor Lamb by email or by phone
Those attending the 2010
NCSA meeting may want to visit the campus of nearby Duke University.
Pictured above is Duke Chapel, located on the West Campus.
NORTH CAROLINA SOCIOLOGICAL
President: Cheryl Brown, Greensboro College.
President-Elect: Ken Spenner, Duke University.
Past-President: Ken Land, Duke University.
Treasurer: Cathy Zimmer, UNC Chapel Hill.
Secretary: Dana Greene, North Carolina Central University.
Editor Newsletter: Lee Dodson, Rockingham Community College.
Editor Sociation Today and Webmaster: George H. Conklin, NC
2010 Akbar Aghajanian, Fayetteville State University
2010 Vicki Lamb, North Carolina Central University.
2010 Robert Puckett, Cape Fear Community College.
2011 Gwen Hunicutt, UNC-Greensboro.
2011 Kwaku Twumasi-Ankrah, Fayetteville State University.
2012 Carol Jo Evans, Elizabeth City State University.
2012 Afar Omer, UNC-Asheville
2012 Ian Taplin, Wake Forest University.
Webmaster: George H. Conklin, NC Central University.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR NCSA OFFICES
The NCSA Executive Council is accepting nomination for NCSA Offices
for the 2010 election. Nominations are needed for the Office of
President of the NCSA for the year 2011 and for three members of the
Executive Council to serve for three years through 2013. Send
nominations to Cheryl Brown, Greensboro
Membership Form is available as a PDF document.
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NCSA Needs Web Master
For the last several years, George Conklin
has done "double duty" as editor of SOCIATION TODAY and as "temporary"
webmaster. Members of the NCSA Executive Council (and George himself)
believe it is past time to find a more "permanent" webmaster. Therefore,
they invite nominations and volunteers for this post. Please help us
find an individual as described in the following position announcement!
The NCSA needs a dedicated individual to
serve as web master for its organizational website. The webmaster holds
an unpaid, appointive office and serves at the behest of the NCSA
Executive Council for an indeterminate term. Council members are seeking
an individual who can commit to serving at least 3 to 5 years in this
capacity. The web master is responsible for maintaining the
organization's website (www.ncsociology.org),
posting and updating materials as needed by the organization, as well as
checking and maintaining the various posted links and layers of the web
site. Experience with web design and HTML and available technical and
logistical support from the candidate's home institution are strongly
recommended. Interested candidates may contact any member of the
email addresses are listed on the website.
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