2013 Annual Meeting

North Central Sociological Association

2013 Annual Conference
April 4-7, 2013

2013 NCSA Program

AKD Pre-Conference Workshop on Teaching and Learning
“From Initial Design to Final Assessment: Increased Learning through Intentional Pedagogy”
Thursday, April 4th 2013, 8:30am-4pm
More information at: NCSA Teaching Resources

LOCATION: Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station, Indianapolis, IN
123 West Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225

LIBRARY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE is organizing the book exhibit
for the 88th annual meeting of the North Central Sociological Association

April 4-7, 2013 • Indianapolis, IN

This year’s North Central Sociological Association meeting will feature a special book exhibit organized and managed by LIBRARY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE. Founded in 1990, Library of Social Science has developed a unique paradigm for bringing together a comprehensive collection of the latest and most significant books and journals in the field. By showcasing major publishers and authors, our exhibit contributes substantially to our conference, enriching the meeting experience and enhancing its intellectual value.

Authors and publishers who wish to participate in the NCSA book exhibit, please contact Mei Ha Chan at lssbookexhibits@earthlink.net or (718) 393-1075. For additional information on Library of Social Science Book Exhibits, please contact Hugh Galford at hgalford@libraryofsocialscience.com or (718) 393-1104.

THEME: In Defense of Theory

Our title, “In Defense of Theory,” is an attempt to push NCSA members to consider the central, overarching role that theory plays in defining and developing the field of Sociology in the human sciences. Over the last few decades, concerns have arisen regarding the declining significance of theory in the development and application of scholarly research as well as its’ role in sociological training for the coming generation of scholars that will shape Sociology and distinguish it from other fields of inquiry. Does theory need to be defended? And, if so, defended against what?

This year we invite contributors to engage important questions regarding the state of sociology today and push the presence of theory beyond the first slide in the power point and the first page of the literature review. Am ong the kinds of topics and questions we want to focus on during this conference are the fol lowing:

What are the most important and exciting new directions in sociological theory?

How can sociologists better engage with and build theory with their empirical work? How can sociologists best apply and approach, methodologically approaches such as postmodernism, feminism and symbolic interactionism?

How to integrated theory within sub-disciplines?

How to bridging the gap between large traditions such as positivism and relativism?

We welcome contributors to this year’s conference to consider broadly the ways that sociological theory contributes to and shapes our discipline,specifically the way in which theory helps set sociology apart from other explorations of knowledge. While this year’s theme highlights theory we welcome a broad range of substantive, methodological, and applied sessions.  We look forward to an exciting conference in Indianapolis and a stimulating group of discussions.

2003 Ruth and John Useem Plenary Address to be delivered by
Sheldon Stryker

In 1985, Sheldon Stryker was named Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. This followed a distinguished career that began in 1950 when Stryker joining the IU faculty as a teaching fellow. He held a postdoctoral fellowship from the Social Science Research Council in 1959-60. During 1966-67, he the year in on a Fulbright research grant. He was named to the departmental chairmanship in 1969, holding that position until 1975. He was a Fellow for the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavior Sciences, 1986-87. He directed the IU Institute for Social Research from 1965-1969 and from 1989-1994. He directed the National Institute of Mental Health sponsored training program in social psychology for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows from 1977 through 2002.

Stryker’s groundbreaking publication Structural Symbolic Interaction (1980) expanded upon Mead’s Symbolic Interactionism theory by introduced the concept of “identity theory” to describe how social structures influence an individual’s role behaviors. In his landmark book, Self, Identity, and Social Movements (2000), co-edited with Timothy J. Owens and Robert W. White, Stryker emphasizes how self and identity can influence social movement recruitment, activism, and maintenance. He has edited the American Sociological Review, Sociometrics, and the Rose Monograph Series. Stryker has written six research monographs and he continues to be a regular contributor of articles to professional publications.Stryker is the past president of the Sociological Research Association (1983-94). In 1986 he received the Cooley-Mead Award for lifetime contributions to social psychology from the American Sociological Association. In 2000 he received the George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Contributions from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. In 2007 Stryker was awarded The Lifetime Career Award for Contributions to the Study of Self and Identity from the International Society for Self and Identity.


If you are interested in organizing a session, submit an on-line request for your session by September 15, 2012.

NOTE: Special consideration will be given to sessions that address the 2013 theme “In Defense of Theory”
as well as session topics that have not been on the conference program in the last 2 years.

If you have any questions about whether your session would be appropriate or would like to organize a session directly related to the conference theme of Pragmatism in Research and Education, please contact:

Research Paper Sessions Organizer
Todd Callais,NCSA Vice President and 2013 Program Chair, tcallais@gmail.com

Teaching Sessions Organizer

Melinda Messineo, Ball State University mmessine@bsu.edu

Panels and Workshops Organizer

Rachel Kraus, Ball State University, rmkraus@bsu.edu

High School Workshop Co-organizers

Kathy Rowell, Sinclair Community College, katherine.rowell@sinclair.edu
Debra Swanson, Hope College, swansond@hope.edu
Lissa Yogan, Valparaiso University, Lissa.Yogan@valpo.edu

Local Arrangements and Presentations

Aimee Zoeller, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis, anzoelle@iupui.edu

Preparing Future Faculty Panels

Melinda Messineo, Ball State University, mmessine@bsu.edu

North Central Student Sociology Conference (NCSSC)

Gail McGuire, Indiana University–South Bend,


Paper sessions: Completed papers of scholarly work typically presented (not read) in a 15-20 minute presentation of key findings; the presentation of papers is followed by discussion from audience and/or discussant.

Panels: Prepared presentations on thematic topics; 3-5 panelists followed by discussion with audience.

Workshops: Designed and facilitated by one or two scholars with full active engagement by audience in discussion, activities, and products.

Roundtables: Facilitated opportunities to share ideas on scholarly work not yet sufficiently developed for a paper, such as common challenges, idea sharing, teaching concerns, and sharing tips for effective teaching and scholarship.

Posters: The poster sessions will be organized as an event and should model professional visual presentation. Contact Joyce Lucke, ncsa@paragonme.net for additional information.

Questions about the hotel, A/V, conference logistics, advertising, sponsorships, questions/problems with online submissions,
contact: Joyce Lucke, NCSA Conference Coordinator, 812-390-6912.

NCSA 2013 Conference Deadlines

May, 2012
Call for Organizers circulated
June 1, 2012 Online organizer/session submission form opens

September 15, 2012 Session Organizers have session information to Conference Organizer

October 15, 2012 Call for Papers circulated

November 15, 2012 Hotel reservation line opens

December 15, 2012 Paper and Presenter information Due to Session Organizers
NOTE: deadline for submissions extended until early January

January 5, 2013 Organizer approval of papers due to Program Chair

January 15, 2013 Notification of Acceptance of Papers, Panels, and Workshops sent to primary author

March 7, 2013 Hotel Registration Deadline

March 20, 2013 Online conference preregistration form closes

Thursday, April 4th 2013, 8:30am-4pm: The First Annual AKD Pre-Conference Workshop on Teaching and Learning
“From Initial Design to Final Assessment: Increased Learning through Intentional Pedagogy”

April 4-7, 2013 NCSA Conference in Indianapolis


This is the official call for organizers for the 2013 NCSA Annual Conference. When you submit a proposal for a session, you and all presenters accepted into the session are agreeing to and will abide by the expectations and guidelines outlined below.

The program policies listed below apply to all organizers, paper authors, panelists, discussants, and other session participants.

Proposals for sessions and papers on any topic related to or any sub-field of sociology are welcome. Special consideration will be given to sessions that address the 2013 theme “In Defense of Theory” as well as session topics that have not been on the conference program in the last 2 years.  All information requested on the submission form must be completed to ensure thorough review by the 2013 Program Chair.

All proposals must be submitted online by September 15, 2012. All proposals will receive an email acknowledgement of their submission.

Persons organizing a session are expected to serve as session moderators. This includes be in attendance at the session, moderate the session and keep all presenters within their time limit. Sessions organizers/ moderators are responsible for starting and ending the session on time. The lead organizer (the person submitting the proposal) will be notified if the session has been accepted and will be included in the call for papers. Notification will be sent via email.

You will need to provide an email address to submit your proposal. Please use the email address you check most often over the course of week and plan to check over the course of Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 in particular. This will ensure you are made aware of meeting updates that may affect your travel or time at the conference. We will NOT be sending any meeting information via the mail, so a valid email address is of particular importance.

If you are submitting a closed session (you have recruited and confirmed presenters for your session), as the lead organizer it is your responsibility to forward conference information to all other persons participating in your session. Please read the acceptance information carefully to ensure everything is correct.

When you register for the conference, don’t forget to also join or renew your NCSA membership. All persons who appear on the conference program are to be NCSA members.

NOTE ON AUDIO/VISUAL SUPPORT: An overhead projector and a screen will be available in each session room (except for roundtable and poster sessions). Since roundtable and poster presentations are held simultaneously, no audio-visual equipment is supplied or permitted in those sessions. Other audio-visual equipment is available if ordered in advance. However, NCSA will NOT supply computers/data projectors for PowerPoint, or music/sound equipment. If you bring your own equipment, NCSA and the Crowne Plaza will not be responsible for the security of equipment unattended or set-up/trouble-shooting of non-venue equipment.

Research and Teaching sessions will be limited to between three (3) and five (5) papers per session. Topics that receive more than five (5) papers may be split into two sessions; however, no session will be placed on the conference program with fewer than three (3) papers.

Research and Teaching sessions will have a 15 minute Q & A built into the session, intended for a general discussion at the end of the session.

Please be courteous to other by preparing your session and/or presentation accordingly. Be aware that the session following yours will begin promptly 15 minutes after the published end of your session. Please remove equipment you brought for your presentation and return the room to its original configuration quickly so the next presenters may set up and start their session at the scheduled time. Everyone at the conference will thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Panels, workshops and round table sessions will be allocated 90 minutes each.

It is recommended that individuals limit their participation to no more than three (3) appearances in sessions submitted to the program. This should include all types of participation-except being listed as organizer of a session. A “participant” is anyone who is listed as a session organizer, paper or poster author, discussant, panelist, roundtable facilitator, workshop presenter, or any other substantive role on the program.

All session participants listed accepted onto the conference program must register
prior to March 1, 2013 to be kept on the program

A preliminary program will be posted on the NCSA website after February 1.

NCSA will send meeting reminders and updates to all organizers and presenters via email.

If the title, presenter list, or description change is necessary, please contact Joyce at ncsa@paragonme.net. No title, presenter or description changes may be made to the conference printed program after March 15, 2013. Changes received between March 16 and March 30, 2013 will be included in a conference addendum sheet, and made available to all registered attendees.

As of March 15, 2013 the conference program will be final. Note: once the programs are final – session days or times will not be changed. Once a participant has registered as they have been accepted onto the program, no refunds will be given.

Before you go online to submit your proposal, make sure you have all necessary information on-hand. The following is what you will be asked to provide:

What type of session are you proposing?  (select one)

Research session       Panel      Teaching session      Workshop     Roundtable     Poster session

Lead Organizer Information

Last name, First name; Institution; Email most often checked; Day phone; Evening phone; Mailing address : City/State/Zip

Co-Organizer(s) Information (if applicable)

Last name, First name; Institution; Often checked Email

Session Title

Session Abstract General description of the kind of papers you are hoping to attract during the open call for papers (approximately 150 words or less).
Also note whether this is an open or closed session

Is this an Open or Closed session?

Open – I will accept papers from others;
Closed – I have confirmed papers already lined up for this session.

If your session receives more than five (5) papers, are you willing to organize and moderate two sessions of no less than three (3) papers each?

Yes    No

Audio/visual needs (select one)

  1. No A/V equipment neededSlide projector and screen (for 35mm slides)DVD player with TV screenOverhead projector and screen (for transparencies)

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