2014 Annual Meeting

2014 Annual NCSA Meeting

April 10 – 13, 2014

Cincinnati, Ohio

LOCATION:  Hyatt Regency

2014 NCSA Final Program

on-line membership and registration


Doing Good:  Positive Behavior, Promising Programs, Promoting Change

Much of sociology examines the negative side of the human experience, such as poverty, inequality, conflict, and crime.  This year’s NCSA theme highlights the beneficial, pleasurable, and good aspects of life, such as healthy relationships, strong communities,altruism, and the joy of engagement.  We invite papers, panels, workshops, and roundtables that illuminate the positive aspects of humanity through sociological theory and research, teaching, and practice.

This conference highlights, but is not limited to, answering such questions as:

Is there a theory of positive sociology?
What social factors contribute to life satisfaction?
How do people develop strong social ties?
How does social solidarity enhance communities and individuals?
How can policies and programs enhance our well-being?
How do people define and develop morality?
How and when do people help each other?
How is social health defined, managed, and maintained?
How do social institutions such as work, family, religion, & media enrich people’s lives?
How do people and organizations resolve conflict and work toward peace?
How can our classes prepare students to become good citizens?
What factors increase and promote understanding among different groups?
How can social and civic engagement reduce social problems?

As always, we welcome presentations addressing this year’s theme and a broad range of substantive, theoretical, methodological, and applied sociological issues.  We look forward to stimulating conversations and an exciting conference in Cincinnati.


This year we are trying something new.  Rather than submitting proposals to specific sessions, participants may submit paper proposals to a broad topic area listed in the online submission form. Participants are also welcome to organize a closed research or teaching session (please see point 5 under submission guidelines for details).

Submission Guidelines

  1. You must be a NCSA member and register for the conference to be on the program.
  2. The NCSA requests that individuals limit their participation to no more than three appearances on the program to accommodate as many participants as possible.
  3. For research or teaching papers, roundtables, or posters, submit the information online at http://tinyurl.com/2014IndyNCSA.  Please enter the author’s first and last name, institutional affiliation, most frequently checked email, and abstract up to 150 words. Please also submit any co-author information, including names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses. Please note the topic that best fits your paper.  If you do not feel your paper fits any of the general research or teaching topics, please note the “other research” or “other teaching” option on the form.  We do not collect finished papers, so papers or posters in progress may be submitted.
  4. For workshops and panels, please submit the information online at http://tinyurl.com/2014IndyNCSA.  Please include a brief description of the workshop or panel.  For all members of your workshop or panel, please enter participants’ first and last names, institutional affiliations, and most frequently checked emails.
  5. To organize a closed research or teaching session, recruit between three and five papers before November 1. For closed research sessions, email Anna Linders at annulla.linders@uc.edu.  For closed teaching sessions, email Jacqueline Bergdahl at jacqueline.bergdahl@wright.edu.In the email, provide the name of the session, names of presenters, titles of presenters’ papers, abstracts for all papers up to 150 words each and institutional affiliations and email addresses for all presenters.
  6. For undergraduate papers, please email your name, title of paper, school affiliation, abstract up to 150 words, and email address to Gail McGuire, the Chair of the undergraduate student conference, at gmcguire@iusb.edu.  Please see the North Central Sociology Student Conference Call for Papers for additional information.
  7. Please review the 2014 Conference Participation Guidelines for additional information.

Please consult the following resources for questions or concerns:

General program issues: Rachel Kraus, rmkraus@bsu.edu

All research sessions:  Anna Linders, annulla.linders@uc.edu.

All teaching sessions:  Jacqueline Bergdahl, jacqueline.bergdahl@wright.edu

All undergraduate papers:  Gail McGuire, gmcguire@iusb.edu

Hotel and conference arrangements:  Joyce Lucke, ncsa@paragonme.net

The NCSA will send meeting reminders and updates to everyone submitting a paper, session, workshop, panel, or poster via email.  PLEASE ADD THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESSES TO YOUR SAFE SENDERS LIST TO ENSURE YOU RECEIVE IMPORTANT EMAILS: ncsa@paragonme.net, salexand@saintmarys.edu, and rmkraus@bsu.edu
June 1-November 15, 2013:  online submission form available
November 1, 2013:  closed research or teaching sessions information due
April 1, 2014:  deadline for conference preregistration

Here is a list of the various types of sessions typically offered at the NCSA

Teaching Session: three to five papers of scholarly work typically presented (not read) in a 10-15 minute presentation of key findings; the presentation of papers is followed by a 15 minute discussion from audience and/or discussant.

Panel: a moderator presents a thematic topic with three to five panelists sharing their thoughts, ideas or suggestions on the topic followed by discussion with audience.

Workshop: a “how-to” presentation designed and facilitated by one or two scholars with intention to actively engage the audience in discussion, activities, or product demonstration.

Roundtable: a facilitator leads a table discussion on a specific topic. This is a great opportunity 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. Roundtables are also appropriate settings to discuss global and national issues that impact society and various institutions.

Poster: the poster sessions will be organized as an event and should model professional visual presentation.

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