The Rural Sociological Society (RSS)

The RSS is a professional social science association that promotes the generation, application, and dissemination of sociological knowledge. The Society seeks to enhance the quality of rural life, communities, and the environment. This website is intended to serve all those interested in rural people and places.

RSS Annual Meeting save the date2.jpg !Registration Fees (USD) and Room Rates (CAD) are now posted. Click here for details! Opening dates for Annual Meeting registrations and the hotel block TBA. Watch this space for more information.

Now is the time to join the Rural Sociological Society for 2016

Join RSS today.

  • Membership Fees are set on a scaling scale from $41.00 to $125.00 per year and based on income.
  • Students and Professional members at any point in their career are welcome.
  • Sustaining memberships are also available which help support the Endowment Fund, Minority Travel Fund, or Buttel Fund.
  • Our membership year runs from January 1 to December 31.
  • Please renew your membership today by clicking here.
  • The Rural Sociology Society is not complete without you.
  • For your questions,issues, comments? Please contact the RSS Business office, or call 309.298.3518


Help Wanted

Seeking Motivated Individuals for
   RSS Leadership Positions and
      IRSA Representatives
Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged.
Click here for details!
Nominations close January 9, 2016 

Help Wanted

Call for Editor for the
2016-2019 Rural Studies Series
Click here for full description! 
Applications are due February 1, 2016

RSS Awards Committee seeking nominations for the following awards:

Distinguished Service to Rural Life

Distinguished Rural Sociologist

Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach

The Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award

The Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper

Certificate of Appreciation

Nominations due February 19, 2016

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