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MSS offers discounted THREE-YEAR memberships
as well as traditional SINGLE-YEAR memberships.
New or renewal THREE-YEAR memberships initiated before Aug 31, 2014, will expire Dec. 31, 2016.
New or renewal SINGLE-YEAR memberships initiated after Aug 31, 2014, will expire Dec. 31, 2015.
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Not quite ready to join and need to know more? See MSS membership FAQs, below:
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 an organizer or 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. The Program Chair / President-elect, with assistance from the Executive Office, has the primary responsibility for ensuring that participants are members.
3. How much does membership cost?
Single-year membership rates are:
- $120 sustaining membership
- $150 joint sustaining membership
- Life members will pay no dues.
Life membership is awarded by the MSS Board of Directors
4. What are the different kinds of membership?
- STUDENT MEMBERSHIP is available to graduate and undergraduate students at any institution of higher learning. Persons gainfully employed as sociologists should not be student members. Students may join at a higher level by paying the appropriate dues.
- JOINT MEMBERSHIP is offered to two members who share the same home address. Both joint members may vote in MSS elections, but only one set of publications will be sent to their joint address. Both members must pay registration fees when attending the annual meeting.
- SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP: Sustaining memberships include contributions to the Endowment and Grants & Awards Funds, thus helping MSS to fund an annual ASA Minority Fellowship, support the society’s operations now and in the future, and keep dues and meeting registration fees low!
5. When does the membership year begin and end?
Membership is for the calendar year, beginning Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31.
If you join MSS between January and August 31, you will become a member for the current year, and back copies of the current year's publications will be sent to you, if available. If you join MSS after Sept. 1, your membership will begin the following January, unless you direct otherwise.
6. What if I join or renew my membership mid-year? Will I miss publications?
- If you join MSS between June 1 and August 31, 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 Sept. 1, your membership will be for the following year. You will recieve a fall newsletter, but your journal subscription will not begin until the next January.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. I can't remember if I'm a member - how can I find out?
Best method- check your own financial records to see if you have paid your dues in the last year or so. OR- If you're still receiving The Midwest Sociologist, look at the address block inked on the cover. You'll see your membership expiration date there. Can't find your last newsletter?
10. I'm already a member and I'm moving: How can I change my address with MSS?
11. I know I'm a member, but I haven't been receiving my publications. What should I do?
To change your address or inquire about missing publications, please email the MSS Executive Director.
12. How can I join MSS or renew my membership?
There are two ways to join MSS or renew your membership:
1. Join or renew online in just six minutes with your credit card at our secure, seamless, online payment portal.
2. Join or renew by mail via check, money order, or credit card by using the form in your last issue of TMS
13. Oops! I paid membership dues, although I had already paid them for this year. Can I get a refund?
To request a refund for an accidental duplicate payment, please email the MSS exec office.
Please note: Up to $5 may be withheld to cover processing costs.