more membership FAQs

1.   Who can join MSS?

2.   Do I have to be a member to participate in the annual meeting?

3.   What if I join or renew mid-year?

4.   What are the benefits of membership?

5.   How can I become a LIFE member?

6.   I can't remember if I'm a member or not - how can I find out?

7.  I'm moving: How can I change my address so I don't miss any publications?

8.  I haven't been receiving my publications. What should I do?

9.  Oops!  I paid membership dues, although I had already paid them for this year. Can I get a refund?

1.   Who can join MSS?
The Midwest region includes the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois, but any research worker or any other person employed as a sociologist, or any persons interested in the field of sociology, shall be eligible for regular membership in the Society upon payment of dues. 

2.   Do I have to be a member to participate as a presenter in the annual meeting?
Participants in the Annual Meeting must be members of the MSS. The only exceptions are foreign sociologists, some non-sociologists, and some invited guests. 

3.  What if I join MSS mid-year?  Will I miss publications?
  • If you join MSS between January 1 and June 30, you will become a member for the current year, and back copies of the journal and newsletter will be sent, if available.  Before the following January, you will be asked to renew your membership for the following year. 
  • If you join MSS after July 1, your membership will be for the following year.  Your journal subscription will not begin until the next January.
  • For RENEWALS at any time, the additional year(s) will be added to the expiration date of your current membership.

4.  What are the benefits of membership?
Have a voice in MSS governance.
May participate in the annual meeting as a session organizer or presenter.
Are eligible for MSS grants and awards, and for committee and board service with MSS.
Have the opportunity to register in advance for MSS annual meetings and may register at a discounted rate.
Enjoy electronic access to all past issues of The Sociological Quarterly.
Receive The Midwest Sociologist, The Sociological Quarterly, an invitation packet for the annual meeting, and emailed news bulletins.

5.  How can I become a LIFE member?
The MSS bylaws say:  "Upon retirement from professional duties and the fulfillment of such other criteria as the Board of Directors shall designate, a regular member shall be eligible for life membership." 
Life members shall have all the privileges of regular members, but shall not be required to pay dues. To request life membership, please send a short letter in care of the executive director, addressing it to the current president and board of directors. The letter should reference your years of membership, participation in annual meetings, committee and board service, and retirement date. Your request will be acted upon at the next board meeting.

6.  I can't remember if I'm a member - how can I find out?
7.  I'm moving: How can I change my address with MSS?
8.  I haven't been receiving my publications. What should I do?
9.  Oops! I paid membership dues, even though I'm already paid          up.  Can I get a refund?

Email membership questions, address changes and refund requests to the  Executive Director. 

Did you  know?.... MSS members number about 1300.   They reside in 44 states and several countries outside the U.S.  
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