North Carolina Sociological Association Annual Conference 2011

The 2011 annual meeting was held on February 17-18, 2011, at Wrightsville Beach, and hosted by the organization's president elect, Dr. Kim Cook. The new officers were elected, student awards given and one long-term member honored with the "Contributions to Sociology" Award.

The theme was "Public Sociology within and beyond the Academy," and featured the accomplishments of our own Dr. Leslie Hossfeld. "We conduct our research on social problems and become experts in understanding how those social problems emerge and how they impact the lives of our neighbors, friends, students, and strangers." explained Dr. Cook. "As experts in the field we have a rare privilege to take the lessons of our research, the wisdom of our discipline, and the passions for justice that often thrive within sociology to the local, national, and global communities in which we live."

Attendees were graciously welcomed by Dean David Cordle, from UNCW’s College of Arts and Sciences, whose generous support subsidized student participation. We were honored to have Dr. Roberta Spalter-Roth from the American Sociological Association deliver a keynote address, titled “Findings from ASA Surveys of Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD Recipients: Implications for Departments in a Recession-Racked Economy.”

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