Questions about the program? Contact Program Chair Doug Hartmann and his student director, Erin Hoekstra, by email.
2015 MSS Annual Meeting                                          March 26-29   Kansas City Marriott Downtown

Questions about the program? Contact Program Chair Doug Hartmann and his student director, Erin Hoekstra, by email.
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IMPORTANT:    If you are not already a member of MSS, you MUST join MSS for your paper to be considered.
You can do so at the membership page. A membership initiated now will not expire until 12/31/2015. 

The Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) paper-submission portal is open!
It is time to submit your paper abstracts for the 2015 MSS Annual Meetings to be held March 26-29 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. 

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Our updated online submission system is easy to use. Follow these steps:

Step 1: 
Read the program theme, Sociology and Its Publics: The Next Generation.
Browse through the preliminary session list, detailing 174 engaging session proposals under 35 topic areas. The descriptions share the organizers' visions for their sessions. Choose the right sessions for your papers.

Step 2: Write an abstract (150 word target) of your paper in your own word processing program. For formal paper sessions, report the status of data collection and analysis. Research proposals and literature reviews may be more appropriate for roundtables. Essays may work best for panels. Edit carefully. The abstract reflects your scholarship and determines the paper's acceptance in the session. Remember, all abstracts will be published on the MSS website as written!

Step 3: With a completed abstract in hand, enter the paper-submission portal.  Answer the Yes-No screening questions confirming your membership and your commitment to attend the meeting and present your paper. Select a topic area for your paper, [don't forget to look at the sessions listed under 'other!'] and then select a session to which you will submit your paper.

Step 4: Enter the title of your paper. Identify yourself as the submitter. Starting with the first author, enter all the paper authors (yes, enter yourself again, too!) Complete all required information. Copy and paste your abstract into the box provided. Be sure to go all the way to the last screen, where you will proofread your entries and correct possible errors. When satisfied that all is correct, click the large green checkmark to SUBMIT.

Step 5: Print the submission confirmation screen for your records. You will also receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email within three hours, it is your responsibility to follow up with the program team and find out what happened. Email us.  

Remember - the session list is a work in progress. We will expand and/or combine sessions depending on the papers received. We will work to find a home for your paper. We are especially interested in papers that advance this year's conference theme, "Sociology and Its Publics: The Next Generation," by examining sociological practice and its relation to societal engagement, teaching and learning, and community-based research.

Check the MSS website and The Midwest Sociologist (TMS) for updates about the plans for our 2015 Conference including plenary sessions from Lisa Wade of the award-winning "Sociological Images" blog and Dalton Conley, author of You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist (third edition forthcoming) and Parentology (2014). 

Session Organizers: When the paper-submission period ends, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing your session and its paper submissions.

We look forwarding to receiving your papers and seeing you in Kansas City!

Doug Hartmann
2015 MSS Program Chair / President Elect

Erin Hoekstra
2015 MSS Graduate Student Assistant

Contact Doug and Erin here.  

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