SRSA NEWS

The 2015 Annual Meeting a Success

Seventy-eight students and professionals participated in the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Southern Rural Sociological Association in Atlanta in early February.  This is the most participants the organization has had in the recorded history of the organization.  The Annual Meeting Program is available on the Archives page.  

SRSA Executive Committee now searching  for JRSS editor

In November, Douglas Constance and Jin Young Choi submitted their resignations as the Co-Editors in Chief of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences. At February's annual meeting of the SRSA an ad hoc committee was formed to search for the next editors.  Simultaneously, D. Clayton Smith, the current managing editor of the journal agreed to step in as interim Editor-in-Chief to give the ad hoc committee an opportunity to explore options.  Individuals interested in becoming the editor of JRSS should contact Douglas Constance, Robert Zabawa, and/or Doug Smith about the opportunity.    

Membership

If you would like to become a member of the Southern Rural Sociological Association, please download a membership application (.pdf). 

Any person with an interest in rural issues may become a member upon application and
payment of dues. Annual membership dues are $20. Dues include the SRSA newsletter and a
reduction of submission fees to the SRSA journal, Southern Rural Sociology. Because SRSA places a very high value on collegiality and interaction around timely issues, it is an ideal first
and lasting affiliation for students.

The Consitution of the SRSA is available for download by clicking here.

SRSA Awards

SRSA Awards for Teaching, Research, Extension, and Public Service

SRSA  recognizes professionals in the association who have made significant contributions in Teaching, Research, Extension, and Public Service. Nominations are currently being sought for the 2016 Awards. The awards for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Research, and Excellence in Extension are made to recognize SRSA members. While the award for Excellence in Public Service may be presented to a SRSA member or non-member.

To nominate an individual, please send a letter with the name of the individual being nominated, the proposed award category, qualifications of the nominee for the award, and other supporting documentation to:

Douglas Clayton Smith
Professor and Department Head, Western Kentucky University
Department of Sociology
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11057
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1057
Tel: (270) 745-3750
Fax:(270) 745-6493
Email: douglas.smith@wku.edu

The nomination letter should document the nominee’s significant contributions as they apply to the appropriate award. The nominator should provide supporting documentation such as a current resume/vitae, publications, project description, and course syllabi, as applicable. In addition, the person making the nomination should seek at least one additional letter of support for the nominee.

A nominee should have been an active member of SRSA for at least two previous years, except nominees in the category of public service, which is open to non-members. The nomination deadline is November 30, 2015. 

Outstanding Student Paper Award

Please encourage your graduate and undergraduate students to submit their papers to the SRSA Outstanding Student Paper Award Competition. The author of the outstanding student paper will receive a framed certificate and a $200 cash award.

Papers will mainly be judged based on:

• Advancement of knowledge;

• Significance of the topic for rural sociology;

• Quality and implementation of the research (if applicable);

• Analysis and interpretation of the findings (if applicable);

• Clarity and organization of the writing.

Requirements:

• Papers can be co-authored with another student but cannot be co-authored with a faculty member;

• Papers should follow the formatting style of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences;

• Papers cannot exceed 25 pages (inclusive of title, abstract, body of the text, list of references, tables and figures);

• All pages must be double-spaced, 12-point font, and have 1 inch margins on all sides;

• Papers must not have been previously presented at a professional conference or published in a proceedings, book, or journal.

Submission procedures and deadlines:

By November 15, 2015, email a letter of intent to submit a full paper to Dr. Douglas Clayton Smith at douglas.smith@wku.edu along with a copy of the abstract submitted to the Program Chair. When submitting the abstract and letter of intent, please include your name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email. All submissions must be accompanied by a letter or email from a faculty advisor or department chair certifying your student status.

By January 8, 2016, a completed paper should be emailed as an attachment to Dr. Douglas Clayton Smith at douglas.smith@wku.edu. The award recipient will be notified by January 22, 2015.

Outstanding Professional Paper Award

The Awards Committee encourages professionals to submit their papers to the SRSA Outstanding Professional Paper Award Competition. The author of the outstanding professional paper will be recognized at the annual meeting during the Awards Luncheon, when he or she will be presented with an award plaque. As with the student papers, professional papers will mainly be judged on:

• Advancement of knowledge;

• Significance of the topic for rural sociology;

• Quality and implementation of the research (if applicable);

• Analysis and interpretation of the findings (if applicable);

• Clarity and organization of the writing.

Requirements:

• Papers can be co-authored with another faculty member and/or a student;

• Papers should follow the formatting style of Southern Rural Sociology;

• Papers cannot exceed 25 pages (inclusive of title, abstract, body of the text, list of references, tables and figures);

• All pages must be double-spaced, 12-point font, and have 1 inch margins on all sides;

• Papers must not have been previously presented at a professional conference or published in a proceedings, book, or journal.

Submission Procedures and Deadlines:

E-mail a copy of the abstract submitted to the Program Chair and letter of intent to submit a full paper to Dr. Douglas Clayton Smith at douglas.smith@wku.edu. When submitting the abstract and letter of intent, please include your name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email. A completed paper should be emailed as an attachment to Dr. Douglas Clayton Smith at douglas.smith@wku.edu. The award recipient will be notified by after the meeting. 

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