Benefits and Opportunities

The purpose of the Rural Sociological Society (RSS) is to promote the study of rural life through research, extension and education; for the purpose of confronting problems, answering questions and increasing opportunities – thereby improving the quality of life in rural areas. Members of the RSS have a long tradition of active involvement in research and the dissemination of information on public issues affecting rural society. Membership in the RSS includes persons employed in universities, industry, all levels of government (federal, state/provincial, local), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private agencies.

The membership year is January 1 through December 31. Dues received at any time during the year covers the complete volumes of Rural Sociology and The Rural Sociologist. Membership includes on-line access to: the membership directory, back issues of Rural Sociology and recent issues of The Rural Sociologist. Other member benefits include:

Receive Rural Sociology, the official quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the Society, now in its 70th year of publication. ALL back issues are available on-line.

  • Receive our quarterly newsletter, The Rural Sociologist (TRS), containing current topics of interest, news and announcements. And, new this year, TRS show cases newly released books by our members.
  • The membership directory is on-line and updated monthly.
  • Opportunities to be involved in the RSS research and interest groups.
  • Be eligible for RSS grants from our Endowment and Minority Scholars Funds.
  • Opportunities to take an active role in the RSS – by serving as an officer or participating in the Annual Meeting.
  • Keep abreast of new titles in the RSS Rural Studies Series, published in cooperation with Penn State University Press
  • Representation in activities of kindred professional organizations, and to view reports from RSS representatives.
  • Invitation to the RSS Annual Meeting. The meetings provide a forum for new research developments, public policy questions affecting rural life, and application of knowledge in resolving societal problems. Usually held in August, the program includes contributed papers, posters, seminars and meetings of the research and interest groups. The meetings have a history of informal get-togethers and are a way to meet new friends and colleagues.
  • New this year “Scraps from Pigg’s Pen” to keep you abreast of RSS Activities at http://piggspen.blogspot.com/.
  • Forthcoming: Rural Realities, a new policy series that will showcase innovative research conducted by RSS members and Rural Social Scientists.

Life Member

  • One-time dues of $1500.00 for life membership in the Society, payable in four installments of $375.00.
  • Voting member
  • Receives Rural Sociology and The Rural Sociologist