2021 Pre-Conference Workshops - Wednesday, March 17

All listed times are Central time zone.

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Thematic Workshops

Analyzing Change in Applied Work and the Classroom: A Workshop to Introduce Ripple-Effect Mapping

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Facilitator: Mary Emery, South Dakota State University

Ripple Effect Mapping (REM) has rapidly become a standard evaluation tool, yet the tool also provides applied Sociologists with a great strategy for the classroom. Based on principles of social constructivism, Appreciative Inquiry, collaborative inquiry, radiant thinking, and reflexivity, the tool also makes use of the Community Capitals as a framework for the mapping process. While three versions of REM are currently in use, the workshop will focus on the “Web Mapping Approach,” which asks the question, “How are things different?”  REM addresses the challenge we all face in identifying the outcomes and long-term impacts of an intervention, particularly when the evaluation addresses complexity in both the technical and networking realms. Faculty can use the same process to engage students in considering the impact of their applied sociological work or in studying social facts and trends in the classroom. The workshop will provide an overview of the process, an opportunity to try the mapping, and discussion on analyzing the results.

Participants can reference the online Field Guide Ripple Effect Mapping at https://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/11299/190639

Dr. Mary Emery, Department Head for Sociology and Rural Studies at SDSU, has a deep and abiding interest in community and economic development research and practice including using the Community Capitals Framework (CCF) in evaluation, research on community change, and program planning. Among other related publications, she is co-editor of the Field Guide To Ripple Effect Mapping.

Accrediting Your Undergraduate or Graduate Program in Sociological Practice: A Workshop on Process, Benefits, and Outcomes by the Commission on the Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS)

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Facilitators: Dr. Michael Fleischer, Chair, CAPACS; Dr. Norma Winston, Vice-Chair, CAPACS; Dr. Elizabeth Lyman, Sociology Department Chair, Radford University; and Dr. Alison Wisecup, Director of the Center for Social and Cultural Research, Radford University

Professionalizing Sociology begins with the accreditation of a program in sociological practice (applied sociology, clinical sociology, engaged public sociology, translational sociology, and forensic sociology) by the Commission on the Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology or CAPACS. Graduates of CAPACS-accredited programs complete a carefully designed curriculum, ensuring employers that they possess a full spectrum of knowledge, skills, and practice experiences that distinguish them from other job applicants. Creating a highly educated and trained pool of sociological practitioners furthers Sociology's professionalization, as these individuals possess educational qualifications, training, and field experiences to support their acquisition of association credentials in interdisciplinary fields such as behavioral health care, social service administration, criminal justice, forensic counseling, and public policy research.



AKD Graduate Student Teaching Workshop

This pre-conference is sponsored by Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the International Sociology Honors Society. Our teaching sessions have regularly focused on sociology educators across collegiate and high school levels along with tenured faculty and teaching staff. This year, AKD is proud to offer a pre-conference through MSS for graduate students on March 18th, 2020.   Workshop topics will include: identifying where your course fits within the department and university; syllabus creation; use of social media and teaching websites; and graduate student/teacher balance.

Graduate students can attend this pre-conference program and earn an AKD Teaching Development certificate. Attendees must write a reflection of their experience and key takeaways from the preconference to receive certification.  There is no additional cost to attend the AKD graduate student teaching workshop or certificate program.


Finding Out Where and How Your Course Fits

9:30 AM-10:15 AM     

Facilitators: Jeff Chin, Le Moyne College; Daphne Pedersen, University of North Dakota

The courses we teach are embedded within programs, departments, and universities.  In our first workshop, we will talk about the importance of situating your course within these environs. Is your course part of the university’s general education program?   Which programmatic goals and learning objectives are you expected to address?  How often does assessment need to take place? 


Creating Your Syllabus (Aligned to Your Style!)

10:20 AM-11:00 AM

Facilitator: Frankie S. Frank, University of Wisconsin-Madison

During this workshop, we will talk about essentials to include in Sociology syllabi and then divide amongst topic areas to discuss what we might include in syllabi across thematic areas. We will feature suggestions for online teaching.


Social Media and Teaching Websites

11:05 AM-11:30 AM

Facilitators: Barbara Prince, Lebanon Valley College; Michele Lee Kozimor-King, Elizabethtown College

Do you want to use social media in your teaching? How might social media help with your career and networking experiences as a graduate student?