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  • 2019 Call for Papers: The Profession of Sociological Practice

    Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Conference

    October 17-19, 2019

    Portland, Oregon

    Theme: “The Profession of Sociological Practice.”

    We are pleased to announce the Call for Participation for the 2019 Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Meeting, October 17-19 in Portland, Oregon. Our conference theme is “The Profession of Sociological Practice.”

    In the last quarter century, applied and clinical sociologists have marshalled significant momentum  to “professionalize” sociological practice.  Join sociologists who serve the public in sundry occupations in the academic and non-academic workplace and professional marketplace.  Open to all sociologists, social and behavioral scientists, and professionals who use social and behavioral science in business and industry, government, and academia.  AACS Annual Meetings attract practicing sociologists and other professionals from around the world who know how to make a difference.

    We don’t just present “papers” at AACS –  we look for innovation and creativity in content and presentation form.  Consider leading a professional development workshop, panel, roundtable, or poster session.  Proposals that address teaching with an applied focus are also invited.  Do you have a project to submit for the Social Design Award?  Learn More.  Program participants are invited to submit their presentations to the Journal of Applied Social Science, AACS’s Official peer-refereed journal, for publication.

    AACS has a reputation as a student-friendly Association.  Our annual meetings offer mentoring opportunities for students.  Students who attend AACS Annual Meetings are encouraged to submit their papers for the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Paper Competition.  Student teams are welcome to participate in the Client Problem-solving Competition.

    – AACS professional development workshops are available on the afternoon of Thursday October 17th for a modest charge for non-members (or those not registered for the full conference).

    – Registration includes the welcome reception (Thursday October 17), keynote and presidential luncheons, and closing reception with awards ceremony (Saturday October 19). A stay at the conference hotel includes a hot buffet breakfast and a daily evening reception with drinks and appetizers.

    Submission Deadline: June 1, 2019. For more information, please visit AACS at https://www.aacsnet.net/, and explore the Conferences tab.

    Registration Deadline for Presenters: August 15, 2019 (Those who have submitted proposals can expect to receive a decision letter by June 15th, 2019 and a conference schedule for their presentation/presentations by July 15th, 2019)

    Hotel Reservation Deadline for Conference Rate: September 14, 2019

    The location for the 2019 AACS Annual Meeting is:
    Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Washington Square
    9000 SW Washington Square Road
    Tigard, Oregon, 97223, USA
    Tel (503) 644-4000
    Reserve your room, using code XAA, for the special AACS Group Rate.

    **We would appreciate it greatly if you would share this information with colleagues in your department, and others who may be interested in attending a professional conference dedicated to advancing the social and behavioral sciences in work, occupations, professions, and organizations, as well as networking with applied, clinical, and engaged public sociologists, and other professionals, at the 2019 AACS Annual Meeting! Please find a shareable conference flyer below. Thank you!

    AACS CFP 2019_Flyer FINAL Feb 10 2019.docx

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  • Call for Journal Editor: Journal of Applied Social Science

    Interested parties are invited to contact AACS President, Dr. Michael Fleischer (mikefleischer@cs.com), JASS Editor-in-Chief, Dr. James Lee (james.lee@sjsu.edu), and JASS Associate Editor, Dr. Miriam Boeri (mboeri@benley.edu) for additional information. Completed applications should be returned by November 1, 2019 to Dr. Miriam Boeri at mboreri@bentley.edu to guarantee full consideration

    A detailed description of this opportunity and how to apply, can be found HERE!


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  • Register for an AACS Workshop today!

    Registration for the professional development workshops for the 2019 AACS Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon is now open!

    Information regarding the presentations are HERE!

    Seats are limited! To register, please visit the link HERE!

    Additionally, Dr. Fleischer’s workshop is sponsored by CAPACS. You must use the SignUpGenius to register for this workshop. To register, click on the link HERE!

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  • 2019 AACS Annual Meeting Special Musical Event: Turtle’s Guitar Mafia

    AACS presents an  extraordinary musical event for the 2019 AACS Annual Meeting with “Turtle’s Guitar Mafia” in Downtown Portland, OR, at the Jack London Revue on Friday, October 18th, 2019. The evening includes dinner, cover charge, and shuttle service for $50/person.  Shuttle pickup is at 7:30. Return pickup is at 11:00pm.

    “Local music legend, Turtle VanDemarr, has performed in many influential bands over the years. Lead guitarist for Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, the Fly By Nite Jass Band, The Freak Mountain Ramblers, Anita Margarita and the Rattlesnakes to name a few. Having been a regular in the Portland Music scene since the late 60’s, he is widely known for the versatility of his guitar playing styles. Turtle has been compared to Django Reinhardt and Jerry Garcia in the San Francisco Chronicle. As a member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, he is routinely hired by nationally touring acts. About 2 years ago he gathered together some of Portland’s premier guitar players to form what is now known as “Turtle’s Guitar Mafia”. They play every first friday @ McMenamins Edgefield Winery and folks are loving it. A mix and match of Portland’s older guitar legends with some of the hottest young-uns that have been revving up the Portland music scene. Different guitar styles, stealin’ licks from each other and having way too much fun. Turtle aka known as “Zeus” is moving slow and easy and attempting to keep up with these amazing guitar slingers. Amazing to watch”  (Kathryn Frederick Frederick Productions LLC, Red Newt Records, Stolen Guitar Publishing www.frederickproductions.com; www.jefferyfrederick.com)

    Space is limited! You must register by September 20th 12:00 pm Pacific Standard Time (PST). Registration is first come, first served. Seats are limited.

    To register for this special event, please see the link found HERE!

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  • AACS ASA Display Table Volunteers Needed!

    The ASA has confirmed table space for AACS at its annual meeting in New York from August 10-13, 2019.

    The display table (number 3) is located on the Second Floor in the Rhinelander Gallery of the New York Hilton Midtown(1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019).

    A PDF of the floor plan is available here! 

    The ASA Exhibit Hall will be open the following hours: 

    • Saturday, August 10 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
    • Sunday, August 11 9:00 am- 4:00 pm 
    • Monday, August 12 9:00 am- 4:00 pm 
    • Tuesday, August 13 9:00 am- 1:00 pm

    An important note from Ms. Michelle Randall, CMM, CMP, Director of ASA Meeting Services: “We do not recommend that you keep anything of value at your table overnight.”

    All persons monitoring the AACS table, must register for the Annual Meeting. Thank you! 

    You can select the hour(s) and day(s) you can volunteer at the AACS table by clicking on the link HERE!

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  • Nominate a Colleague for an AACS Award!

    AACS presents the Lester F. Ward, Alex Boros, Robert E. Park and William J. Wilson awards for for review by the AACS Awards Committee and AACS Board. 

    For details on these Awards, please visit the AACS Awards web page.

    Please submit your nomination for the AACS Lester F. Ward, Alex Boros, Robert E. Park and William J. Wilson Awards to Gary David at gdavid@bentley.edu, for review by AACS Awards Committee and the AACS Board.  Thank you for your nominations!

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  • Webinar: Using Sociology for Customer Insights and Experience

    Upcoming Applied U Webinar

    Using Sociology for Customer Insights & Experience

    Ashley Lumpkin, MA
    Manager, Market Insights and Strategy
    Anthem Insurance


    Using her Master’s degree in Applied Social Research and Sociology, Ashley Lumpkin uses research methods and customer experience design to implement solutions to business problems and facilitate change. Her specialties include: Survey Research, Market Research, Strategic Insights, Customer Experience, Talent Development, Professional Development and Training, Design Thinking.

    Monday, May 20th 12:00-1:00 Eastern Standard Time

    It is crucial at all stages of business to know your customer, and companies are scrambling to capture the “voice of the customer.” Effective businesses work tirelessly to understand their customers and to use this knowledge to position its products and services to be successful. At the same time, companies can be left at a loss in terms of all the ways that they can capture this information, as well as translate the data they have into strategic action.

    This webinar will review some real life examples of how sociological theories and methods are used to achieve success in the business world. You don’t need to be a sociologist to benefit from sociological insights and imagination. All people interested in working in customer insights and experience can benefit from a sociological perspective. Furthermore, sociologists can learn how the skills and knowledge they possess can be applied to help businesses and customers alike. 

    By attending this webinar, you will learn how to:

    • Use sociological theories and trends to identify market opportunities;
    • Use research to develop and test products for existing and future markets;
    • Use theory and research to identify target audiences for products and service.

    Sign Up

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  • 2019 Call For Participation and Introducing New Student Programs

    Please Join Us for the 2019 AACS Annual Conference in Portland Oregon!

    The Profession of Sociological Practice

    October 17-19 in Portland, Oregon

    We are pleased to announce the Call for Participation for the 2019 Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Meeting, October 17-19 in Portland, Oregon. Our conference theme is “The Profession of Sociological Practice.”

    In the last quarter century, applied and clinical sociologists have marshalled significant momentum  to “professionalize” sociological practice.  Join sociologists who serve the public in sundry occupations in the academic and non-academic workplace and professional marketplace.  Open to all sociologists, social and behavioral scientists, and professionals who use social and behavioral science in business and industry, government, and academia.  AACS Annual Meetings attract practicing sociologists and other professionals from around the world who know how to make a difference.

    We don’t just present “papers” at AACS –  we look for innovation and creativity in content and presentation form.  Consider leading a professional development workshop, panel, roundtable, or poster session.  Proposals that address teaching with an applied focus are also invited.  Do you have a project to submit for the Social Design Award?  Learn More.  Program participants are invited to submit their presentations to the Journal of Applied Social Science, AACS’s Official peer-refereed journal, for publication.

    AACS has a reputation as a student-friendly Association.  Our annual meetings offer mentoring opportunities for students as well as a chance to present at the AACS annual conference. More information is below!

    The Client Problem Competition (CPC) 

    The Client Problem Competition (CPC) is an annual student team competition held at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) conference every year. The CPC event provides students with a meaningful use of applied skills they learned in sociology, experience in teamwork and time management, and serves as a valuable networking opportunity for the next generation of practicing social scientists. Learn More Here…

    Professional Development Certificate

    Would you like to improve your Curriculum Vitae/ Resume while learning some valuable skills? Apply for our Professional Development Certificate and attend 14 hours of conference sessions in a specified area of Competencies. Competencies include Foundations of Disciplinary Knowledge, Professionalism, Career Exploration, Preparation and Leadership. Learn More Here…

    Student Paper and Poster Competitions

    Have you completed or are you in the midst of completing research in Sociology? Do you plan on presenting this research either as a poster or paper presentation at the AACS? Enter the student paper or poster competition for your chance to win back some of your registration fee and bragging rights both personally and professionally (C.V/Resume). Presentations may be single or co-authored, must contain original
    work and must fall under applied, clinical or public sociology. The poster submission deadline is July 1, 2019. Learn More About the Poster Competition Here… The submission deadline for the student paper is June 1, 2019. Learn More About the Paper Competition Here… 

    Student Presider Program

    Are you looking for opportunities to attend and participate in the AACS Conference this year? Apply to be a Student Presider! Student Presiders are tasked with ensuring smooth flow of an assigned conference room by keeping track of session attendance, sessions stay on time, announcing presenters and facilitating questions and answers following the presentations. This opportunity will enhance your C.V/resume building, provide valuable Professional Development and reduce your
    conference rates. Learn More Here…

    Student Travel Grants

    Would you like to attend the AACS but funds are tight? Why not apply for one of our Student Travel Grants? Our decisions about grant allocation will include an assessment of both merit and need. Please consider applying for this travel award that is funded by the AACS with funds raised by the AACS student committee and allocated by the AACS board. Learn More Here…

    Student Application

    Students interested in one or more of the events listed above are required to fill out the Student Application in addition to the other requirements that may be listed. The application deadline is August 1, 2019. APPLY HERE

    – AACS professional development workshops are available on the afternoon of Thursday October 17th for a modest charge for non-members (or those not registered for the full conference).

    – Registration includes the welcome reception (Thursday October 17), keynote and presidential luncheons, and closing reception with awards ceremony (Saturday October 19). A stay at the conference hotel includes a hot buffet breakfast and a daily evening reception with drinks and appetizers.

    Submission Deadline: June 1, 2019. For more information, please visit AACS at https://www.aacsnet.net/, and explore the Conferences tab.

    Registration Deadline for Presenters: August 15, 2019 (Those who have submitted proposals can expect to receive a decision letter by June 15th, 2019 and a conference schedule for their presentation/presentations by July 15th, 2019)

    Hotel Reservation Deadline for Conference Rate: September 14, 2019

    The location for the 2019 AACS Annual Meeting is:
    Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Washington Square
    9000 SW Washington Square Road
    Tigard, Oregon, 97223, USA
    Tel (503) 644-4000
    Reserve your room, using code XAA, for the special AACS Group Rate.

    **We would appreciate it greatly if you would share this information with colleagues in your department, and others who may be interested in attending a professional conference dedicated to advancing the social and behavioral sciences in work, occupations, professions, and organizations, as well as networking with applied, clinical, and engaged public sociologists, and other professionals, at the 2019 AACS Annual Meeting! Please find a shareable conference flyer below. Thank you!

    AACS CFP 2019_Flyer FINAL Feb 10 2019.docx

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  • Webinar: Diversity and Organizational Advantage on April 25th YouTube Link!

    Thanks to all of you who could attend our April Applied U webinar on Diversity and Organizational Advantage. We hope that you enjoyed it, and found the information useful for understanding how you can conceptualize and approach diversity in your organizations, as well as research. 

    The webinar is now available at the Applied U YouTube channel (link below). If you were not able to attend, you can access the material covered there (as well as past webinars). Feel free to share this link with others who might be interested in the information. 

    And stay tuned for June’s webinar on Using Sociology to Understand the Customer, brought to you by Ashley Lumpkin (Anthem Health). Registration information coming shortly.

    YouTube Link

    Diversity and Organizational Advantage

    Jeff Toussaint, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Sociology / Criminal Justice
    Virginia Wesleyan University

    His areas of expertise are race and ethnic relations, education, and inequality. He has been invited to give talks, moderate panels, and serve on panels for the NAACP, The Urban League, and the YWCA to list a few

    Thursday, April 25
    12:00 – 1:00 Eastern Standard Time

    The importance of an inclusive work environment cannot be underestimated. Given the increasing diversity of the United States, promoting a work environment that values a myriad of standpoints is vitally important to the success of any company or organization. It is one thing to have a diverse work force. It is more important to learn to value and successfully use their multiplicity of ideas and points of view through an inclusive workplace.

    This webinar will focus on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Specifically, attendees will reflect on their own conventions and learn how to promote a more inclusive environment in their everyday work interactions. Utilizing an intersectional framework, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about:

    • Challenging assumptions of how race, class, gender, sexuality, and their intersections, etc impact people’s lives and interactions
    • Understanding and examining their own power and privilege in various contexts
    • Better understanding how to value and incorporate an increasingly diverse workforce and apply it to their workplace.

    Sign UP

    The webinar is now available at the Applied U YouTube channel (link below). If you were not able to attend, you can access the material covered there (as well as past webinars). Feel free to share this link with others who might be interested in the information. 

    And stay tuned for June’s webinar on Using Sociology to Understand the Customer, brought to you by Ashley Lumpkin (Anthem Health). Registration information coming shortly.

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  • Webinar: Conversation Analysis for User Experience (UX) Design

    Robert Moore Ph.D.

    Research Scientist / Conversation Analyst

    IBM Research – Almaden

    Friday, March 29 2019

    3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

    With recent advances in natural language understanding (NLU) techniques and far-field microphone arrays, natural language interfaces, such as chatbots and voice assistants, are emerging as a popular way to interact with computers. They have made their way out of the research labs and into the pockets, desktops, cars and living rooms of the general public. But although such interfaces recognize bits of natural language, and even voice input, they generally lack conversational competence, or the ability to engage in natural conversation. Today’s platforms provide sophisticated tools for analyzing language and retrieving knowledge, but they fail to provide adequate support for modeling social interaction. This job is left to the user experience (UX) designer or software developer to figure out. Fortunately, instead of relying solely on commonsense knowledge of how conversation works, UX designers can rely, in part, on conversation science. The Natural Conversation Framework (Moore and Arar 2019), developed at IBM Research, provides concepts, principles and interaction patterns adapted from the Conversation Analysis (CA) literature for designers. Its pattern language in particular offers 100 generic conversational UX patterns fashioned after patterns of how humans naturally talk. 

    The goals of this webinar are:

    • to learn an alternative approach to UX design for conversational interfaces
    • to learn some of the basics of conversation theory and how to apply them to design
    • to learn about the core components of the Natural Conversation Framework

    Sign up by clicking the registration link below!

    Sign Up

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