Join SSSP!

Joining SSSP as a new member or renewing your existing membership offers many benefits including access to Social Problems which consistently ranks among the top journals in the social sciences, according to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).

 Click here to join SSSP or to renew your membership. 

Membership Information & Benefits

Learn more about the benefits of belonging to SSSP.

Eligibility
Benefits
Graduate Student Benefits 
Divisions
Membership Dues

How to Join
Give a SSSP Gift Membership
Committee Participation

Tax Deductible Contributions 
Awards and Scholarships

Eligibility for Membership

Anyone who is interested in or already involved in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems.  SSSP is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students. If you are involved in scholarship or action in pursuit of a just society nationally or internationally, join SSSP. Membership is open to all who support SSSP's goals.

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Membership Benefits

All SSSP members receive online access to the current and all previous issues of the journal, Social Problems.  Members have the option of receiving hard copies of the journal for the membership year (back issues are not mailed for any issues already distributed). Each member will receive a FREE division membership and student members will receive two FREE division memberships. Members may choose additional divisions at $10 each. Membership in the divisions allows current members to vote in division elections and receive division newsletters.  All current members receive a reduced rate to attend our Annual Meetings.

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Divisions
  • Community Research and Development
  • Conflict, Social Action, and Change
  • Crime and Juvenile Delinquency
  • Disabilities
  • Drinking and Drugs
  • Educational Problems
  • Environment and Technology
  • Family
  • Global
  • Health, Health Policy, and Health Services
  • Institutional Ethnography
  • Labor Studies
  • Law and Society
  • Poverty, Class, and Inequality
  • Racial and Ethnic Minorities
  • Sexual Behavior, Politics, and Communities
  • Social Problems Theory
  • Society and Mental Health
  • Sociology and Social Welfare
  • Sport, Leisure, and the Body
  • Teaching Social Problems
  • Youth, Aging, and the Life Course

For more information, see the Divisions page.

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Membership Dues

SSSP memberships are based on a calendar year and run January 1 to December 31.  Gross annual income should be used to determine the proper dues category.  Please read all of the categories and select the one closest to your situation.  Dues are payable to SSSP in U.S. currency.  We accept checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.  Refund Policy: Membership dues are non-refundable.

  • Life Members, Emeriti - Professor Emeriti who have been members for twenty or more consecutive years - $0
  • Undergraduate/Graduate/Unemployed - for members who are working on their Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. in any discipline or are currently unemployed - $30
  • Retired Member - for members who are retired - $45
  • First Time Professional Member - for professionals who have not previously been members of SSSP, we invite you to take advantage of our 1 - year try us out membership - $45
  • Professional Membership Categories based on Gross Annual Income:
    $24,999 and under - $70
    $25,000 - $34,999 - $90
    $35,000 - $44,999 - $100
    $45,000 - $54,999 - $120
    $55,000 - $64,999 - $150
    $65,000 - $74,999 - $170
    $75,000 - $84,999 - $190
    $85,000 - $99,999 - $210
    $100,000 and up - $250
  • Sustaining Membership - (formerly Life Membership) members enjoy all the benefits of SSSP membership without the annual dues - $1,700
  • Departmental Membership - for those social science related departments who wish to receive the journal Social Problems and share 1 vote in business matters of the Society - $85

Mailing Fees for Members Living Outside the United States:

To help keep membership costs at a minimum we ask that members outside the U.S. pay a mailing fee. For SSSP members who reside outside the United States, a mail fee applies in the amount of $20 for members with mailing addresses in Canada and Mexico and $30 all others outside the United States. This fee is waived for members who opt out of receiving paper copies of Social Problems during member registration. Current and past issues of Social Problems is available electronically for members.

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 How to Join? We've made it easy!

You may apply online via our secure website or print the form and mail in your dues.  Click the following link to apply online:  JOIN SSSP New Memberships and Renewals. Fill out the form, submit and you're done.

  1. Decide which Divisions you are interested in. Remember: members and departmental memberships get 1 free and student members get 2 free, additional divisions cost $10 each.
  2. Find your membership category and income category.
  3. Decide if you wish to contribute to one of the tax deductible funds that help support SSSP members (a list and descriptions are below).

Complete the Membership Application Form and enclose payment.

If you choose to mail in your dues, it is just as easy. Just complete the online application. When you are done, you have the option to print an invoice, which you can mail or fax to the SSSP Administrative Office with your credit card information.

SSSP
901 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0490

Please contact  sssp@utk.edu if you have any questions or need assistance. 

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 Give a SSSP Gift Membership

If you would like to pay SSSP membership dues on behalf of someone else, please contact  sssp@utk.edu for assistance.

Committee Participation

If a SSSP member is interested in running for an elected position (President-Elect, Vice-President Elect, regular and student members of the Board of Directors, members of the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee, Committee on Committees, Editorial and Publications Committee, and the Membership and Outreach Committee), please complete an online nomination form by June 15.

If a SSSP member is interested in serving on an appointed committee, please select the appropriate committee when joining or renewing your membership. The Administrative Office will give your name to the Committee on Committees for consideration.

Accessibility: The committee has the responsibility of developing and recommending to the Board of Directors and to the membership policies that will encourage and assure the full participation of disabled persons in the Society and in the larger community.

C. Wright Mills Award: The committee has the responsibility of selecting among books nominated by individuals and/or publishers, the book(s) which are consistent with the C. Wright Mills’ nomination criteria as published annually.

Elections: The committee has the responsibility of contacting the nominees, supervising the conduct of the general election and of referendums on policy and legislation, and certifying the results thereof.

Erwin O. Smigel Award: The committee has the responsibility of allocating funds to facilitate conference attendance by unemployed and underemployed sociologists.

Joseph B. Gittler Award: The committee has the responsibility of selecting a SSSP member who has significant scholarly achievement in contributing to the ethical resolution of social problems.

Lee Founders Award: The committee has the responsibility of selecting a SSSP member who has significant achievements that have demonstrated continuing devotion to the ideals of the founders of the Society and especially to the humanistic tradition of the Lees.

Lee Scholar Support Fund: The committee has the responsibility of allocating funds to facilitate conference attendance by foreign scholars.

Lee Student Support Fund: The committee has the responsibility of allocating funds to facilitate conference attendance by undergraduate or graduate students and coordinating the Meeting Mentor Program with the assistance of the Administrative Officer.

Permanent Organization and Strategic Planning: The committee’s duties are: a) performs a critical survey of the functioning of the Society; b) develops proposals for the improvement of the organization and operation of the Society; c) examines the distribution of functions between volunteer members and paid staff for more effective achievement of organizational objectives; d) initiates the process of planning for new goals and future development of the Society; e) reviews the maintenance of a system of permanent records and operating procedures; f) reviews the Society’s web site; g) conducts personnel evaluations of the Executive Officer, Administrative Officer, Meeting Manager, Information Technology Specialist, Administrative Assistant, and the Graduate Research Associate at each annual meeting.

Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship: The committee has the responsibility of selecting among the applicants, the most deserving minority student(s) to receive a scholarship award.

Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award: The committee has the responsibility of selecting the most deserving non-profit social action organization in the city/local area hosting the annual meeting.

Tax Deductible Contributions *

Accessibility Services: Established in 2010 in order to help meet accessibility needs at the annual meeting.

C. Wright Mills Award: Established in 1964, this annual award is given to the author of the book published in the past year that best exemplifies outstanding social science research and an understanding of the individual and society in the tradition of the distinguished sociologist, C. Wright Mills. The designated funds and future contributions will be used to pay a $500 stipend to the author.

Erwin O. Smigel Award: Established in 1976 to expand employment opportunities in the field of sociology. The designated funds and future contributions will be used to develop information for unemployed and underemployed colleagues in their efforts to find work and to enable such colleagues to attend the annual meeting.

Joseph B. Gittler Award: Established in 2007 by an endowment from the Joseph B. Gittler estate. This award is made in recognition of the significant scholarly achievements that a SSSP member has made in contributing to the ethical resolution of social problems.

Lee Founders Award: Established in 1981, this annual award recognizes significant achievements that consistently promote the ideals of the founders of the Society and especially to the humanistic tradition, as exemplified in the contributions of Alfred McClung Lee and Elizabeth Briant Lee. The designated funds and future contributions will be used to purchase a plaque for the winner.

Lee Scholar Support Fund: This annual fund was established in 1992 with a minimum of $2,000 from the Society’s funds. The designated funds and future contributions will be used to emphasize support for scholars from economically disadvantaged countries where access to foreign exchange is often more limited to attend the annual meeting.

Lee Student Support Fund: This annual fund was established in 1992 with a minimum of $2,000 from the Society’s funds. The designated funds and future contributions will be used to help defray the cost of conference participation for student members.

Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship: Established in 1995, this annual fund is given for support of graduate study and commitment to a career of scholar activism. The designated funds and future contributions will be used to provide scholarships to the winners.

SSSP General Fund: The money that is presently on deposit and future contributions will be used to fund activities of the Society.

Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award: Established in 1990, this award is given annually to an organization in the area where the Society holds its annual meeting. The designated funds and future contributions will be used to pay a $1,000 award to the organization selected that has a history of challenging social inequalities, promoting social change, and/or working toward the empowerment of marginalized people.

* The above uses for each fund are currently in place but are subject to change based on the Society’s needs as determined by the Board of Directors.

Sustaining Membership (formerly Life Membership): Established in 2000, this option allows members the opportunity to pay $1,700 for a sustaining membership. One hundred dollars of the $1,700 is recorded as dues payment in the year that the individual becomes a sustaining member. The remaining money that is presently on deposit and future contributions will be placed in an interest and dividend bearing account, and is not refundable or capable of being passed on to another person. The yearly dues of sustaining members will be paid from the account’s earnings.

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Awards and Scholarships

The C. Wright Mills Award is for an exceptional book published during the past year.  The Erwin O. Smigel Award helps unemployed and underemployed colleagues attend the annual meeting.  The Joseph B. Gittler Award recognizes the significant scholarly achievements that a SSSP member has made in contributing to the ethical resolution of social problems. The Lee Founders Award is for significant achievement in the humanistic tradition of the Lee's.  The Lee Scholar Support Fund gives particular attention to scholars from economically disadvantaged countries where access to foreign exchange is often more limited to attend the annual meeting.  The Lee Student Support Fund helps defray the cost of conference participation for student members.  The Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship is given annually for support of graduate study and commitment to a career of scholar activism. The SSSP General Fund is used to support the broad purposes of the society, without restriction. The Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award is given to an organization working for social justice in the vicinity of the annual meeting. 

For more information, see the awards & scholarships page. 

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