Pacific Sociological Association’s
89th Annual Meetings/Conference
Wednesday, March 28 to Saturday, March 31, 2018
in Long Beach, California, at the Long Beach Hyatt Regency
THEME: “Teaching Sociology: Innovations, Changes, and Challenges”
PRESIDENT: Amy J. Orr, Linfield College
VICE PRESIDENT: Wendy Ng, San Jose State University
PROGRAM CHAIR: Amy Leisenring, San Jose State University
ABOUT THE THEME: In addition to advancing “scholarly research on all social processes and areas of social life,” the mission of the Pacific Sociological Association is “to promote high quality teaching of sociological knowledge and to mentor the next generation of sociologists.” Teaching and mentoring are critical components of what many of us do, and both are essential in ensuring the longevity and strength of our discipline. Members of the Pacific Sociological Association understand the crucial role of teaching; therefore, it is not surprising that, when asked to identify their top interest areas within sociology (on the annual PSA survey), “teaching and learning” is regularly listed in the top 5 for faculty members.
While the presentation of scholarly research in our standard topic areas will continue to be a primary component of the 2018 program (of course!), the theme for 2018 is intended to provide an opportunity to delve more broadly and deeply into our roles as teachers, mentors, and even learners. The teaching of sociology will be highlighted throughout the conference, and thematic sessions will address a broad range of issues. These include, but are not limited to, innovations in teaching, numerous micro- and macro-level changes that affect teaching/learning, and the challenges faced as a result of those changes. Multiple perspectives on these issues are critical, so all members, regardless of status (faculty member, student, applied sociologists, …), are strongly encouraged to participate in making the 2018 conference a great success.