Call for Papers
Rural Sociological Teaching and Curriculum Research Interest Group Paper Competition
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:37 AM
The Teaching and Curriculum Research Interest Group (RIG) is now accepting submissions for the annual paper competition, designed to encourage and support research on teaching and curriculum in the rural social sciences. The call for papers is open to a wide range of topics related to teaching styles, pedagogy, assessment, classroom engagement, and can range from experimental studies of teaching and learning to essays on pedagogically important issues. In conjunction with this award, Drs. Kristi Lekies, Anjel Stough-Hunter, and Joe Donnermeyer are seeking contributors for a possible edited volume on teaching rural. Papers submitted for this competition will be considered for inclusion in the edited volume, which is currently in the planning stages.


Paper Competition Guidelines:

Who is eligible: The paper competition is open to faculty of all levels and to graduate students who have experience teaching their own courses or discussion sections.

Papers submitted for the paper competition will be held to a high standard with respect to the level of scholarship. The length of the paper should range from 20-30 pages and should include a relevant review of the literature, original analysis or theoretical contribution, a clear discussion and set of conclusions, complete references, and be written at a professional level.

Request for Pilot Research Proposals
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 10:42 AM

Due Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 5 p.m. EST


The new National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (INRPHA) invites investigators to submit proposals for pilot research that addresses key thematic priority areas (detailed below) related to U.S. rural population health and aging trends and disparities. Projects will begin June 1, 2020 and must be completed by May 31, 2021.


U.S. population aging is occurring more rapidly in rural than in urban areas, rural areas are home to disproportionate shares of older and poorer health people, and rural-urban and within rural disparities in health and life expectancy are growing. Slow-moving stressors that have manifested over the past 40 years (e.g., population aging, industrial transformation, rising income inequality, immigration, climate change) and short-term economic, policy, and environmental shocks (e.g., the Great Recession, health care policy changes, natural disasters) affect rural people and places differently than their urban counterparts due to greater concentrations of vulnerable groups, less diversified economies, thinner institutions, and fewer local services in rural areas. However, rural places are not monolithic, and the specific mechanisms driving overall rural declines in health and increasing rural-urban and within-rural disparities are not clear. Moreover, research on intersections between race, rurality, and health and how these factors vary across different U.S. regions (e.g., Appalachia, Delta South, Black Belt, Rio Grande Valley, and Native-American regions) is sparse.

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Call for Papers
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 02:22 PM

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) invites submissions for the 70th Annual Meeting, to be held August 7-9, 2020, at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco, CA. The program theme selected by President Heather M. Dalmage is Bringing the Hope Back In: Sociological Imagination and Dreaming Transformation

The submission deadline is January 31, 2020. SSSP is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. If you are involved in scholarship or action in pursuit of a just society nationally or internationally, you belong in the SSSP. You will meet others engaged in research to find the causes and consequences of social problems, as well as others seeking to apply existing scholarship to the formulation of social policies.

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