Committee Category

Ethics Committee

The Rural Sociological Society’s (RSS’s) Ethics Committee created the Code of Ethics which sets forth the principles and ethical standards that underlie RSS members’ professional responsibilities and conduct. These principles and standards should be used as guidelines when examining everyday professional activities. They constitute normative statements for RSS members and provide guidance on issues that RSS members may encounter in their professional work.

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Awards and Endowment

The Awards and Endowment Committee shall organize and implement the Society's efforts to recognize and honor those persons whose diverse efforts have enhanced the field of rural sociology and/or improved the conditions of rural people and places.  The Society supports scholarship and practice to improve the quality of rural life through the distribution of funds from the Endowment.

The RSS Awards Committee is seeking submissions for the following awards:

  • Distinguished Service to Rural Life
  • Distinguished Rural Sociologist
  • Excellence in Research
  • Excellence in Instruction
  • Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • The Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award 2019 (Article)
  • The Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award

Deadline: February 15, 2019

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2019 Rural Sociological Society MS, PhD, and Early Career Research Award Competition

This year the RSS Council has authorized the use of Endowment funds to support Master’s theses, Ph.D. dissertations, and Early Career Research awards to support research activities conducted during the 2018-2019 fiscal/academic year. Proposals are invited to conduct research on all topics encompassed by the field of rural sociology. The awards are designed to stimulate research that will help develop the careers of future rural sociologists and support the broader mission of the Rural Sociological Society. Award winners are strongly encouraged to submit papers based on their research to future RSS Annual Meetings. The RSS Endowment Committee will oversee the awards process.

The RSS Master’s Thesis and Dissertation Research Award Competition

Graduate student members of the Rural Sociological Society are eligible to apply for master’s thesis and Ph.D. dissertation research awards. Dissertation awards can be made for up to $5,000. Master’s thesis awards can be made for up to $2,500. Proposals approved for funding may receive budget allocations below the requested amounts, based on availability of funds and recommendations of the Endowment Committee.

The RSS Early Careers Research Awards Competition

Members of the Rural Sociological Society who received their Ph.D. on or after January 1, 2014 are eligible to apply for RSS Early Career Research awards. Because the size of these awards is modest, proposals will generally involve small-scale projects that will enhance opportunities for scholars to pursue expanded research efforts in the future. The Early Career Research awards have previously been made for up to $5,000.

Submission Guidelines for Awards Competitions

The deadline for submission of proposals and required supporting materials is February 15, 2019. Proposals received after that date will not be reviewed or considered for funding. All proposals must be compiled into a single Adobe Acrobat .pdf format and submitted to Matthew Sanderson ([email protected]), chair of the Awards and Endowment Committee. Nominees who are unable to meet these submission requirements and/or who cannot save their files in .pdf format should contact Matthew at (785)532-4969 or at the email listed above at least two weeks in advance of the due date so that alternative arrangements for submission can be made.

When nominating someone for any award, nominators should consider whether the candidate meets the standards outlined by the RSS Code of Ethics. RSS award winners are expected to meet these standards: https://www.ruralsociology.org/rss-ethics.

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Publications Committee

The Publications Committee supervises the publication of the official journal, as well as any other publications sponsored by the Society.  Editors of various publications (except the membership directory) are selected by the Committee, subject to the approval of the council.  The Society publishes Rural Sociology, the official journal of the RSS, and The Rural Sociologist, the quarterly newsletter.

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Program Committee

The Program Committee plans the program of events at the annual meeting.

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Nomination Committee 

The Nomination Committee acts as an independent body from the Council and shortlists candidates for the carious offices and requests nominees from the membership.

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Membership Committee

The Membership Committee assumes leadership in recruiting and in retaining members.  It may also recommend measures to the council for improving cohesiveness, morale and sense of involvement of members in the Society. 

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Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee oversees the efforts that will increase participation and development of under represented individuals and social categories within the Society.  It recommends programs and policies to the council that affect diversity in the Society.

2019 Diversity Travel Award

The Rural Sociological Society (RSS) and the Committee on Diversity are pleased to announce that travel awards are available to support the attendance and participation of minority participants at the annual conference to be held in Richmond, Virginia. These awards will be awarded on a competitive basis and are meant to assist participants in defraying costs associated with attending the RSS meeting.

We anticipate granting awards at the minimum amount of $500 per recipient or at a maximum amount of $750; however, the amount of funds and the number of awards may fluctuate depending on the number of applications and the need described therein.

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Development Committee

The Development Committee is concerned with the status and development of the profession of rural sociology in the areas of teaching, research and extension.  It conducts studies and deliberations as directed by the council; and may also make independent recommendations to the council for the good of the society.

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