The Midwest Sociological Society is governed by a Board of Directors, but much of the organization’s work is accomplished by its standing committees.

For contact information for any of the officers, directors or committee chairs, please contact MSS Executive Director Jennifer Talarico by phone at 402.554.3954 or by email.

Interested in committee membership?

About midsummer, MSS will send a mass email including a call for new committee members to all MSS members. Reply by the deadline if you’re interested or update your membership profile to reflect your committee interest. 


Committee Reports and Information

Annual Meeting

Committee Chair:  Laurie Linhart, Des Moines Area Community College

Description: The Annual Meeting Committee is charged with facilities planning, local arrangements, and the smooth operation of the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society.

Looking for info about previous or upcoming annual meetings?

For dates, days and locations of upcoming annual meetings,
see the Future Annual Meetings page.

To browse program books from several previous annual meetings,
see the Past Annual Meetings page.



Committee Chair:  Lisa Thrane, Wichita State University


Long Range Planning

Committee Chair:  Matt Lammers, Rhodes College

Description: The Long Range Planning Committee shall continually consider the long-range goals and needs of the Midwest Sociological Society and shall assess and oversee the Society’s programs and committees to ensure that those goals and needs are being appropriately addressed.



Committee Chair:  Megan Nielsen, Midland Lutheran University


Minority Scholars

Committee Chair:  Ted Thornhill, Florida Gulf Coast University

Description: The Minority Scholars Committee shall monitor the profession in relation to minority issues, gather information on such issues, and when it deems appropriate, recommend to the board and to the membership, and carry out action aimed at increasing equality of minorities in the profession and in society.


Nominations & Elections

Committee Chair:  Marlynn May, Texas A&M Health Science Center 

Description: The Nominations and Elections Committee shall nominate slates of candidates for the elective offices of the society, supervise the polling of the membership by written or electronic ballot, count the returned ballots, and notify the Secretary of the names of those elected.


Professional Issues and Standards

Committee Chair:  Veronica Medina, Indiana University Southeast

Descriptions: The Professional Issues and Standards Committee shall view all questions of professional ethics and conduct, as well as issues of academic freedom that are brought to the attention of the Society. The Committee shall provide oversight to ensure that the Midwest Sociological Society complies with the ASA Code of Ethics and that stated MSS Grievance Procedures are followed. [Grievance Procedures are detailed in the MSS Policies and Procedures Manual.] In relation to general issues or specific cases related to academic responsibility and freedom, the Committee shall gather information and when deemed appropriate, recommend actions to the Board and to the membership. The Committee shall establish effective liaison with the appropriate committee of the American Sociological Association.



Committee Chair
Brian Donovan, University of Kansas

Description: The Publications Committee shall oversee, monitor and recommend policy to the board concerning publication of The Sociological Quarterly, and The Midwest Sociologist, and administration of the Student Paper Competition.

Seeking New Members

The MSS publications committee seeks new members to serve three-year terms. Interested MSS members may apply directly or nominate others.

The committee is charged with overseeing, monitoring and recommending policy to the board concerning publication of The Sociological Quarterly and administration of the annual student paper competition. The committee also judges the biennial TSQ Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award, solicits applications for new editors for the society’s publications, makes recommendations to the board with respect to the appointment of editors, advises the editors on policy, solicits proposals from publishers, and makes recommendation to the board with respect to the selection of a publisher.

Please send queries about the committee’s work by email to Chair Brian Donovan.

Please send applications for appointment to the Publications Committee Chair Brian Donovan, following the directions below.

Applicants who have experience with referred publications are encouraged to apply. Nominations are accepted until Aug. 1st,  2015, or until two qualified candidates have been determined. To apply, please indicate in the subject line of your cover email that you are applying for the committee membership. Send your vita and brief application letter, as attachments, to Chair Brian Donovan, with a cc to the MSS Exec Office.


Scholarship Development

Committee Chair:  Jynette Larshus, Minot State University

Description: The Scholarship Development [formerly Endowment] Committee
reviews proposals research grants, and makes recommendations to the board for funding such proposals.


Social Action

Committee Chair:  Maria De La Torre, Northeastern Illinois University

Description: The Social Action Committee shall take under consideration proposals for social action by the society submitted either by individual members or other committees of the society. It is also responsible for soliciting nominations and selecting recipients for the two annual
Social Action Awards.


Grants for Grass-Roots Organizations in Support of Social Action:

MSS awards two $1000 grants each year to nonprofit organizations doing grassroots work in pursuit of social justice and social change in the MSS geographical area.

The Social Action Committee is charged with selecting the award recipients.

Past award winners and links to the organizations are below.

Sojourner Family Peace Center
Milwaukee, WI
La Causa, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI

Second Chance Renovations
Brookfield, IL
Healthy Food Hub
Chicago, IL

Veronica’s Voice
Kansas City, MO
Organization for Black Struggle
St Louis, MO

Heartland Workers Center
Omaha, NE
Justice for Our Neighbors Nebraska
Cities in Nebraska and Iowa

The Covering House
St Louis, MO
Project NIA
Chicago, IL

Oyate Nipi Kte
Granite Falls, Minnesota
GRO Grassroots Organizing
Columbia, Missouri

Sociological Practice

Committee Chair:  Priya Dua, USDA-NASS

Description: The Sociological Practice Committee will explore ways that clinical and applied sociology may be highlighted within the Midwest Sociological Society.


Student Issues

Committee Chair:  J. Dalton Stevens, Syracuse University

Description: The Student Issues Committee shall develop and recommend policy to the board and monitor activities related to representation of the interests of student members of the Midwest Sociological Society.


Teaching & Learning

Committee Chair:  Brian McQueen, Wartburg College

Description: The Teaching and Learning Committee shall concern itself with issues related to sociology education at all levels. It shall continually evaluate the development and implementation of teaching pedagogy and student learning in the discipline, and shall make the results of such evaluations available to the membership of the MSS.


Women in the Profession

Committee Chair:  Christina Falci, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Description: The Women in the Profession Committee toward the end of producing equality of opportunity for women, shall keep under constant review the position of women in the profession, gather information on such issues, and, when it deems appropriate, recommend action to the MSS board and the membership.

In addition to their bylaws-mandated tasks, the MSS Women in the Profession Committee also administers the Jane Addams Award. See the Awards & Grants page for the current call for nominations.