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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
Professor Cameron Lippard. The
deadline for submission is Dec. 3, 2010. If you have any questions,
please contact Professor Lippard by email or by phone (828-262-6396).
Sociation Today Seeks Submissions Dealing with "Social Capital"
The spring, 2011 issue of Sociation
Today will be devoted to new ways of engaging the theoretical
framework of "social capital."
We welcome submissions that demonstrate new and innovative ways of
engaging and / or applying the concept both theoretically and / or
If you are working with this concept and have ideas for a paper please
contact Earl Smith, PhD, at Wake Forest University e-address:
The first draft for papers will be January 1, 2011.
Fall Edition of
SOCIATION TODAY Offers Himes Article and Video
The Fall 2010 issue of
Sociation Today (www.sociationtoday.org)
will feature a second article by the NCSA founding president, Joe
Himes. Professor Himes writes about his interpretation of black
leadership styles. In addition, we have a short video of Dr. Himes
discussing the politics of the American Sociological Association. It is
the only known video of Professor Himes.
Other articles deal with academic
politics, the sociology of the abuse of over-the-counter drugs and the
2009 Presidential Address.
The Spring 2011 issue is going to be
focused on social capital. Please keep in mind that any journal
reflects the interests of readership as indicated by the subjects of the
Please also remember that as an open
access journal, we do not charge for submissions nor to read the
journal, unlike the so-called "standard" sociology journals, which will
charge you about $30 to read an article, which was submitted by a
professor getting none of the $30 and also having to first pay a fee to
even get his/her work reviewed. Sociation Today can thus
be assigned in your course outlines to students, who can read the
material at home without worrying about behind a university firewall.
The public, through Google and Google
Scholar (and DOAJ, EBSCO and Sociological Abstracts), can get a refereed
article on a subject and avoid web sites which are frequently heavily
involved in partisan politics. If you are interested in reviewing
articles for Sociation Today, please let George Conklin (firstname.lastname@example.org),
its editor, know.
Join Us at Wrightsville Beach for
the 2011 Annual Meeting of the NCSA!
Shell Island Resort at Wrightsville Beach will
again be the site for the 2011 NCSA annual meeting. The last time we
met here, many members found the beach too much to resist and headed
out for a quick walk after the awards luncheon.
Join us for the 2011 annual meeting of the North Carolina
Sociological Association! This year, the NCSA will meet at the Shell
Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC. There will be a Presidential
Reception on Thursday evening (Feb. 17, 2011) at the home of Steve
and Christine McNamee in Wilmington followed by a full day of
sessions with an awards luncheon on Feb. 18. Steve McNamee is a past
president of the NCSA.
Our theme this year is "Public Sociology within and beyond the
Academy." We are proud to feature Dr. Roberta Spalter-Roth, Director
of Research and Development at the American Sociological
Association, as a plenary speaker on the program this year. She will
be presenting on: "Findings from ASA Surveys of Bachelor's,
Master's, and PhD Recipients: Implications for Departments in a
Roberta Spalter-Roth (left) will be the plenary
speaker for the program this year. Paul Luebke (center) will take
part in the "Author Meets Critics" session. Kim Cook (right) serves
as President-elect of the NCSA and program chair for the 2011 annual
Our program will include an "Author Meets Critics" session
discussing the book: Public Sociology: Research, Action &
Change, jointly edited by Phil Nyden and Leslie Hossfeld.
Contributors to that book include North Carolina sociologists:
Leslie Hossfeld, Paul Luebke, Jean-Anne Sutherland, Susan Bullers,
Donna King, as well Roberta Spalter-Roth from the ASA.
There will be a session debating the merits of public sociology, and
another session on sociological careers beyond the academy, as well
as a student/alumni panel discussion of life after college.
Finally, we will offer the opportunity for conference participants
to tour the UNCW-WHA Community Campus in the Hillcrest neighborhood;
this is the location for our public sociology program where members
of the tour will see where we do our work and what types of programs
Although the major outlines of the conference are already in place,
we invite anyone interested in participating in the various panels
and sessions to contact NCSA President-elect
Kimberly Cook, Professor and
Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the
University of NC Wilmington for more information. Her surface
address is 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403. She
may be reached by phone at 910-962-3785 (office) or by FAX at
We also invite you to join us for a Presidential Reception on
Thursday evening (February 17, 2011) at the home of Steve and
Christine McNamee in Wilmington. This home is located in the
historic district of Wilmington and has been used as a set for
various television and movies productions filmed in this area.
Call for Papers
2011 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
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
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.
Co-authored 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
--insight and creativity
--writing skill, clarity, and coherence and
--proper use of citations and documentation
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: Professor Cameron
Lippard. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2011. If you
have any questions, please contact Professor Lippard by email or by
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Dr. Cathy Zimmer, The Odum Instutitue, Chapel
Hill, NC 27599.
Questions about membership should be directed to Dr. Zimmer.
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NORTH CAROLINA SOCIOLOGICAL
President: Ken Spenner, Duke University.
President-Elect: Kim Cook, UNC Wilmington,
Past-President: Cheryl Brown, Greensboro College.
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
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.
2013 Cameron Lippard, ASU,
2013: Steve Gunkel,
2013 Stephen Sills, UNC
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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR NCSA OFFICES
The NCSA Executive Council is accepting nomination for NCSA Offices
for the 2011 election. Nominations are needed for the Office of
President of the NCSA for the year 2012 and for three members of the
Executive Council to serve for three years through 2014. Send
nominations to Ken Spenner, Duke University.
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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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