The South Carolina Sociological Association exists to promote the teaching, research, and practice of sociology throughout the state of South Carolina. Its mission is to organize conferences, facilitate the exchange of views between members, discuss matters of broad sociological concern, establish organizational policy, and communicate sociological theory and methods of analysis to the public at large.
President: Aristide Sechandice, Tri-County Technical College
President-Elect: Russell Ward, Francis Marion University
Treasurer: Jessica Doucet, Francis Marion University
Secretary: Jessica Burke, Francis Marion University
Deborah J. Cohan, University of South Carolina-Beaufort
Mitchell Mackinem, Claflin University
Sharon Wilkie, Bob Jones University
Academic Culture and Culture Wars: Fighting for the Soul of Academia
Higher education is in crisis. Amid a growing body of research suggesting that learning gains throughout an undergraduate career are negligible in the United States, colleges and universities persist in announcing new initiatives, and sometimes mere buzzwords, most of which ignore emerging sociological research. The responses of college faculties have ranged from overly reactive to effete, and faculty morale plummets while increasingly professors are allowing events to define them instead of defining events themselves. Accordingly, the theme of the South Carolina Sociological Association's annual conference for 2019 will be the cultural crisis in academic institutions and faculty responses to it. Theoretical and empirical articles, as well as state-of-the-discipline reports, are welcome. Among possible topics are the following:
Contributors to the conference are invited to submit papers on these or broadly related topics. In addition, submissions are being solicited for a general session on research and a poster session, and participants are sought for a pedagogical session on online teaching. Persons interested in submitting papers should send an abstract of fewer than 150 words to firstname.lastname@example.org Persons interested in participating in the poster session or the panel on online teaching should submit a brief e-mail indicating their interest to the same address.
The conference will be held at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 10000 Beach Club Drive, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29572. Rooms are available at a special rate of $99 per night, plus resort fees, for Friday 2/15 and Saturday 2/16. Please notify the Hilton of your participation in the conference when booking reservations to qualify for the special rate. A reception will be held at 6 PM Friday 2/15 in the hotel bar, with the conference to follow on Saturday 2/16. A program will be posted on this website as it becomes available.