Elected Officers

Bruce Friesen

Bruce K. Friesen is Associate Professor of Sociology and Sociology Chair at the University of Tampa where he has been since 2005.  From 1995 to 2005, Dr. Friesen served as Assistant and then Associate Professor of Sociology at Kent State University in Ohio.  Dr. Friesen specializes in the Sociology of Human Rights and Applied Sociology.  He is the author of numerous articles and three books, the most recent of which is Moral Systems and the Evolution of Human Rights (Springer 2015).  Dr. Friesen has served as President of the U.S. chapter of Sociologists Without Borders (2013-2015), as Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Human Rights (2011-2012), and as the ASA’s representative on the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition in D.C.  He also founded the University of Tampa’s Human Rights Think Tank at the University of Tampa.  Dr. Friesen is the recipient of over two dozen teaching excellence awards and commendations, including the 2013 College of Social Science, Mathematics, and Education Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Tampa and the College’s 2012 Service Award. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Social Science (https://journals.sagepub.com/home/jax).

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Ebony C. Peace
Vice President

Ebony C. Peace is a clinical sociologist in private practice at Innovative Spirit. She currently also serves as an adjunct professor in Sociology at Montgomery College. With over 20 years’ experience in strategic human resources and organizational development, Ebony has held positions such as Executive Director of Human Resources and Chief Learning Officer in the nonprofit and federal sectors.  A Johns Hopkins University graduate, she holds certifications in human resources and career facilitation. Ebony is on a mission to advance social justice in the workplace. She does this through (1) empowering jobseekers and college students with #careerwellness and (2) helping employers transform their workforce into engaged leaders who prioritize an inclusive workplace culture as a strategic imperative. As a speaker, consultant, and facilitator, Ebony  uses her sociologically informed Change Resilience Framework™ for helping individuals and organizations thrive in the workplace and in life. Ebony regularly volunteers at The DC Center for the LGBT Community in Washington, DC and serves progressive faith-based communities through her interfaith ministry, Sunstone Chapel. Connect with her on LinkedIn: https://lnkd.in/ejmniSez

Augie Diana

Augie Diana holds 3 academic degrees in Sociology and has been an active Applied Sociologist his entire professional career, including serving as Treasurer (since 2018) and as Vice President of AACS. Augie’s professional diversity includes federal service (retired December 2019), state agencies, as an independent consultant and at a small business. In these roles, Augie served as coordinator of small business research and general technology portfolios at 2 NIH Institutes, led development of disease prevention and wellness portfolios, oversaw national evaluations and data/technology initiatives, and designed and implemented community-based research studies in areas such as physical activity, drug use/abuse, and media/communications.

Colin Suchland

Dr. Colin E. Suchland, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL. His service to the college includes stints as Faculty Senate President, Faculty Chair for Learning Outcomes Assessment, and now Faculty Chair for Student Experience. His community service includes hosting and serving as a panelist for campus and regional events. Outside of his academic work, Suchland also pursues a career as a local newspaper journalist.

Lindy Hern

Lindy Hern is an Associate Professor in and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She is currently studying the Medicare for All Movement and the transformation of health policy in Hawaii after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and through the COVID Era – having published one book and multiple articles on these topics. She has also conducted applied research on a range of topics including transfer student retention at UH Hilo and Community Responses to natural disasters in Hawaii.

William Burr
Vice President-Elect

William Burr, PhD is an Associate Director, Survey Research at the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he studies physician workforce development and pediatric health outcomes. He completed his graduate education in sociology at Loyola University Chicago, where he was an habitual graduate.

Mariam Seedat-Khan
Acting Past President

Prof Seedat-Khan CCS is an NRF rated researcher and internationally certified clinical sociologist. She serves as  the immediate past vice president for the Association for applied and Clinical Sociology AACS and the International Sociological Association RC 46 Clinical Sociology Vice/president. Both professional associations promote the application of social scientific knowledge and methods to develop constructive solutions in response to pervasive social problems. In 2023 she was appointed as a commissioner to the prestigious CAPACS- Commission on the Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology.  Prof Seedat-Khan is a member of the UKZN’s Imbokodo- Women in leadership;  and deputy chair of the Professor Fatima Meer Memorial Lecture Committee -PFMMLC and  chair of the PFMM Archives and Special Collections. She is a board member of the KZNCHT. 

Seedat-Khan is the creator and founding member of SMART, Simply Managing Academic Related Tasks (www.simplysmart.co.za). SMART is a  multi-disciplinary neuroscientific clinical and applied sociological intervention that supports physically and neurodiverse persons.

Seedat-Khan  studied at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and at the former University of Natal. She has worked at the former University of Port Elizabeth, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg. Her field of expertise is neuro-bio-diverse intrinsic and extrinsic learning. She is a visiting professor at Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Selangor, in Malaysia and an executive member of the International Sociological Association RC46, Clinical Sociology. She has published extensively in scientific journals and books and received numerous local, national and international professional awards.