• Author Meets Critics.
• Paper Session: These formal sessions, the core of our annual meetings, include the presentation of completed papers and a
discussant’s constructive feedback. Prospective presenters will submit a two-page abstract to the session organizers who will choose
the four or five papers best serving the focus of the session. Chosen presenters will send the completed papers to the discussant by
March 1, 2015. Organizers generally serve as the presider and discussant or may recruit others to do so.
• Panel Session: Organizers will invite three to five panelists to present on a shared area of expertise or interest. While panelists
make formal presentations, they are generally not the empirical reports that predominate in paper sessions. The organizer moderates
discussion between the panelists and with the audience. We welcome panel sessions on all subfields of sociology. In keeping with
this year’s theme, “Sociology and Its Publics: The Next Generation,” we encourage sessions on public engagement in teaching,
community-based research, and public sociology.
• Workshop: Interactive professional development opportunities facilitated by organizers are often participatory sessions.
Workshops generally include topics related to teaching, writing, publishing, technology or analysis. Workshops are encouraged to
have an emphasis on teaching and learning. Thematic workshops on teaching and learning are especially welcomed.
• Roundtable: These less formal and smaller groupings are appropriate for presentation and discussion of research proposals, works
in progress or topics of special interest. Whether a given table group involves presentations or conversation on shared interests, there is no audio-visual, only handouts. A small number of colleagues around a round table can provide valuable feedback and generate