Spring/Summer 2017 Publicizer Newsletter available for download

The Spring/Summer 2017 Newsletter for SPPS is published here and available for reading.


Call for Contributions: The Publicizer

Our newsletter The Publicizer is always looking for content–contact editor Dennis Watson to contribute to upcoming issues. Possible topics:

  • Short articles on your research, work and graduate programs
  • Essays on public sociology
  • Book publication announcements
  • Member news: promotions, moves, grants, new projects and awards
  • Conference highlights essays with photos
  • Short bios of award winners and pictures
  • Useful web links
  • Conference announcements
  • Calls for papers
  • Calls for nominations
  • Short job opening announcements

Call for Section Award Nominations (May 15, 2017)


THE WILLIAM FOOTE WHYTE AWARD is for up to two individuals who have made notable contributions to sociological practice and public sociology, which can include several of the following elements: outstanding clinical, applied or public sociological work, exceptional service to the section, publications that advance both the theory and methods of sociological practice or public sociology, or mentoring and training of students for careers in sociological practice or public sociology. Please send nominations by May 15, 2017 to Kimberly Fox, the ASA SPPS Section Chair at (kfox at Please also cc our Section Secretary/Treasurer Jennifer Chernega (jchernega at Self-nominations are welcome.

THE ROBERT DENTLER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT is for up to two graduate students who have made a promising contribution to the field, such as a project or paper in the areas of sociological practice and public sociology. Work done within the three years prior to the conferral of the award will be considered. Products of graduate-level classes, internships, or independent projects are eligible. An award recipient who attends the 2014 ASA Annual Meeting will receive a cash award of $500 to offset travel expenses. Nominations should consist of a letter detailing the nominees contributions, a copy of the paper or other project, and supporting materials such as a curriculum vitae or resume, and/or other additional letters of support. Please send nominations by May 15, 2017 to Kimberly Fox, the ASA SPPS Section Chair at (kfox at Please also cc our Section Secretary/Treasurer Jennifer Chernega (jchernega at Self-nominations are welcome.

Sociological Practice and Public Sociology Sessions at the ASA Annual Meeting

The 110th meeting of the American Sociological Association took place on August 22nd through 25th, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Below is a list of sessions and meetings that were sponsored by our section.

Saturday, August 22nd

2016 Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology, 4:30-6:10pm

Reception 6:30-8:30pm

Sunday, August 23rd

Roundtable Session, 10:30-11:30am

Business Meeting, 11:30-12:30pm

Sociology in Action (paper session), 12:30-2:10pm

  • Evaluation of a Collaborative Policy Initiative to Address Homelessness and Incarceration – Angela A. Aidala, William McAllister, Maiko Yomogida, & Virginia Shubert
  • Sociology, Political Activism, & Public Policy: Ending Homelessness in Rhode Island – Eric Hirsch
  • Why Sociologist Should Study MOOCs – Caren Arbelt & Laura Horn
  • Building Us Up Stronger: Creating Relationship Norms through a Relationship Education Program – Sarah Halpern-Meekin

Disseminating Research Beyond the Academy (invited session), 2:30-4:10pm

  • Doing Sociology in the Public Sphere – Philip N. Cohen
  • After Lean In: Reflections on Public Sociology – Marianne Cooper
  • Sharing and Using Data to Shape Policymaking Regarding Substance Abuse Prevention – Eric R. Wright
  • Promoting Economic Alternatives via Public Sociology – Juliet B. Schor
  • Community-Engaged Environmental Health Resarch and Practice – Phil Brown

Summer 2015 Newsletter

Check out our most recent newsletter The Publicizer Summer 2015 where Dennis Waston and Douglas Clayman have curated original essays and member action updates. Read Joyce Miller’s essay on Cultural Intelligence, and learn more about member research on labor movements and song, writing for online media, applied research and more.

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