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We are an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. 

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Search for the New SSSP Executive Officer is Progressing

The deadline for applications for the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) position of Executive Officer has passed (deadline 10/15/22). The finalists have been notified by the Permanent Organization and Strategic Planning Commitee (POSPC) Chair that they will be interviewed by a subcommittee consisting of the POSPC Chair and two Board members.

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), an interdisciplinary and international community of scholars, activists, practitioners, and students committed to social justice through social research, seeks applications for the position of Executive Officer, to begin as early as January 2023 (no later than May 2023).

In coordination and consultation with the Board of Directors and the Administrative Officer and Meeting Manager, the Executive Officer:

  • Ensures that the vision and mission of the Society is clear and guides the actions of the organization.
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization.
  • Serves as the organization’s chief ambassador and organizational leader.
  • Assesses the personnel needs of the organization.
  • Ensures that the Society’s flagship journal, Social Problems, receives the support required to remain one of the top journals in the discipline.
  • Cultivates relationships with other organizations engaged in social justice work.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities, as outlined in the detailed description of the Executive Officer’s position posted on the SSSP website www.sssp1.org/.

Candidates for the position must familiarize themselves with these duties and responsibilities, be committed to the SSSP’s purposes and policies, including an expressed commitment to diversity, and work to ensure a safe, welcoming, and supportive space for all members, staff of the organization, and the staff of the venues at which the Society’s meetings are held, as outlined in the Society’s Anti-harassment Policy (click here to access policy). Applicants must also be bondable, which requires passing a background check required by the Society’s insurer.

The position is part-time, requiring an average of 10 hours a week (quarter time), with the months leading up to the August meeting possibly requiring more than 10 hours. The position will be for a three-year term, with an annual evaluation by the Board, and with the option to renew at the end of the third year. The Executive Officer is compensated with an annual salary of $25,000, fringe benefits, job-related travel funds, and release from one course (with approval from employer) for an applicant who is in an academic position.

Interested SSSP members in good standing with the Society may apply by submitting a letter of interest and a CV. Applications must be sent to the SSSP’s Administrative Officer and Meeting Manager, Michele Koontz, at mkoontz3@utk.eduApplications received by October 15, 2022, will receive full consideration. Finalists for the position will be notified no later than December 1. As a social justice organization, the SSSP seeks a diverse applicant pool for the position.

Click here to review the Job Description.

Editorial Search for the Next Social Problems Editor - Application Deadline: January 15, 2023

The Editorial and Publications Committee of the Society for the Study of Social Problems is soliciting applications for the position of Editor of the Society’s flagship journal, Social Problems.

The Editor’s three-year term will begin with the operation of the new editorial office at mid-year 2024. The new editor will be responsible for editing and promoting Volumes 72-74 (years 2025-2027). An editor may be reappointed to a second and final term not to exceed three years with the recommendation of the Editorial and Publications Committee and approval of the Board of Directors. Applicants must be members of the SSSP by the time of their application and throughout their tenure as editor.

The Editor is responsible for managing the peer review process for approximately 400-500 submitted manuscripts per year, and preparing four issues of the journal (approximately 800 printed pages) annually. The journal’s Production/Copy Editor service is provided by our publisher, Oxford University Press (OUP). OUP will provide as well the services of one of its Managing Editors, unless the new editor chooses to use their own Managing Editor. The editor will also work with relevant individuals and committees to promote the journal.

The committee seeks a diverse pool of editorial candidates with strong scholarly records, previous editorial experience (e.g., service as journal editor or associate editor, editor of scholarly editions, etc.), and strong organizational and management skills.A familiarity with and commitment to Social Problems and the SSSP are required.

The SSSP supports the operation of the editorial office with an annual budget and provides a stipend and travel expenses for the Editor. While the Society encourages applicants to secure additional support from their respective institutions, the amount and nature of that support will not be a decisive factor in the selection of the new editor. The final decision will be based principally on the strength of the complete application. Support from the host institution may include office space, utilities, the use of computers and other office equipment, tuition waivers for office personnel (if appropriate), and faculty release time. Each year the Editor will submit a budget to SSSP to cover operating expenses that the host institution does not support.

Individuals interested in applying for the editorship should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a proposed budget for the operation of the Editorial Office, and a letter of support from their Department Chair, corresponding Dean of the prospective host institution, or appropriate official with budgetary authority. Guidance in the preparation of applications is available from the Editorial and Publications Committee as well as the current Social Problems Editor, the Executive Officer, and the Administrative Officer, if necessary.

Please direct all questions, inquiries, nominations, expressions of interest, and application materials to: Dr. Yvonne Braun, Chair, SSSP Editorial and Publications Committee, Work: 541-346-5752, E-mail: ybraun@uoregon.edu.

For more information on the position, please see Section V. and Section VIII. B. 2. A. of the SSSP Operations Manual.

Deadline for Applications is January 15, 2023

SSSP Anti-Harassment Policy

If you are a member of the SSSP, or considering membership, please read this policy carefully. We want to assure members that we will do what we can to provide them with a safe environment in which they will be free to pursue their intellectual interests and engage other members in spirited, stimulating, and productive intellectual exchanges.

Click here to view the SSSP Statement and Policy against Discrimination and Harassment.

Click here if you would like to make an ANONYMOUS report regarding behavior that violates the anti-harassment policy. See the policy to make a formal report and additional reporting options.

2022 SSSP Approved Resolution

SSSP resolutions constitute an important opportunity for our scholar-activist membership to analyze and offer their opinions on contemporary social problems that we believe the Society should address as a social justice organization. All SSSP members were invited to review the proposed 2022 resolution and participate in the resolutions process.

Click here to view the 2022 Approved Resolution.

What Our Members Say

Heather Dalmage

"I won't lie. I own a LOT of shoes. It may have to do with not having a lot of shoes when I was growing up. SSSP is like a comfortable pair of shoes that go with everything you wear! I know when I attend the meetings that I will find old friends and make new ones. I enjoy the support of my colleagues which makes SSSP an organization that gives my conference experience meaning.

SSSP is a place where I feel I can serve on a variety of committees and have run for elected office because it means working with like-minded folks who are doing their part to give back to an organization that has given us so much. I feel comfortable in SSSP which is why I continue to renew my membership each year and why I attend the meetings!"

Dr. Shirley A. Jackson, SSSP President 2022-2023 
Portland State University

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SSSP Sociologists in the Public Square

SSSP’s mission includes advancing sociological research while also promoting the contributions and uses of sociology in society. This site will showcase members' non-peer reviewed writings, legislative testimony, media appearances, podcasts, op-eds, letters to the editor, and blog writings in local, state, national, and international arenas.

Allow us to highlight and celebrate your recent achievements in the public square. Please email the relevant information, including links, to the GRA & Webmaster at ssspgra@utk.edu.

*Works will remain posted for 3 months.

Laurie Cooper Stoll, Angela Meadows, and Stephanie von Liebenstein co-authored a blog titled On World Mental Health Day, Let's End Fatphobia for Transforming Society to promote the Global Agenda for Social Justice 2
Posted: 10/26/2022

Madelaine Adelman and Eliza Byard co-authored a blog titled Defending LGBTQ+ Youth Rights Against Spin Dictatorship  for Transforming Society to promote the Global Agenda for Social Justice 2
Posted: 10/24/2022

Noreen M. Sugrue co-authored a Brookings Brief on the socioeconomic consequences of long COVID. 
Posted: 10/21/2022

Noreen M. Sugrue co-authored a report on the socioeconomic consequences of COVID in the Latino community. 
Posted: 10/20/2022

Özlem Altiok has authored a blog titled From Zoom to the Courtroom: The Ongoing Struggle for Women's Rights in Turkey for Transforming Society to promote the Global Agenda for Social Justice 2
Posted: 10/19/2022

Rebecca Megson-Smith has authored a blog titled Bridging the Divide Between Academia and Real-Word Problems for Transforming Society to promote the Global Agenda for Social Justice 2
Posted: 10/18/2022

Seow Ting Lee has authored a blog titled Covid-19 Vaccine Inequity for Transforming Society to promote the Global Agenda for Social Justice 2
Posted: 10/13/2022

Noreen M. Sugrue has co-authored a report on The Great Resignation for the Latino Policy Forum.
Posted: 9/21/2022

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