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Who We Are

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 Next SSSP Executive Officer (Application Deadline: 12/15/21)

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) seeks applications for the position of Executive Officer, to begin at the conclusion of the Society’s August 2022 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. The SSSP is an interdisciplinary and international community of scholars, activists, practitioners, and students committed to social justice through social research. Applicants must be a current member of the Society. 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; and performs other duties and responsibilities, as outlined in the detailed description of the Executive Officer’s position posted on the SSSP website https://www.sssp1.org/. Candidates for the position must familiarize themselves with these duties and responsibilities and be committed to the SSSP’s purposes and policies, including an expressed commitment to diversity and the creation of a safe, welcoming, and supportive space for all members and 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). The position is a part-time position (20%), but the time required varies throughout the year and is most demanding in the months leading up to and at the Annual Meeting in August. The Executive Officer is compensated with a salary; fringe benefits; and a course release, if they are teaching and if it is approved by their employer -- and provided with a budget for job-related travel.

Interested SSSP members in good standing may apply by submitting a letter of interest, CV, and a letter of support from the applicant’s Department Chair and/or corresponding Dean of the prospective host institution, or appropriate official with budgetary authority in the prospective nonacademic host institution. The names and complete contact information of three other references must also be provided. The letter of interest should include the support the host institution is willing to provide for the prospective Executive Officer. Institutional support must be corroborated by the letters from the Dean and/or Department Chair, or the appropriate official with budgetary authority in nonacademic institutions. Applications must be sent to the SSSP’s Administrative Officer and Meeting Manager, Michele Koontz, at mkoontz3@utk.edu. Applications received by December 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. Finalists for the position will be notified no later than May 15. As a social justice organization, the SSSP seeks a diverse applicant pool for the position.

Click here to review the Job Description

Click here to review the Selection Process

SSSP End Racism Statement

Heather DalmageThe Society for the Study of Social Problems wishes to join millions of Americans, especially communities of color, in condemning the murder of George Floyd by four police officers, sworn to serve and protect the citizens of this country.  The impunity with which these officers took Mr. Floyd’s life serves as a reminder that we are all complicit if we do not do everything in our power to end the systematic oppression of people of color in the United States. What we witnessed was, for all intents and purposes, a lynching on national television. This incident, along with the recent murders of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Aubrey in separate incidents, adds evidence to the long and intertwined histories of state-sanctioned murder of black Americans, systemic racism against all people of color, and white supremacy. These systemic injustices are particularly tragic as they occur at a time when communities of color are disproportionately experiencing death and disease from the COVID-19 pandemic. We would be remiss as well not to express concern about the threat of using the armed forces of the United States against citizens of the United States on their own soil and by their own military.  The overwhelming majority of protesters, from every ethnic and racial group, have engaged in peaceful protest and acts of civil disobedience, even in the face of excessive force by the police.  Protesters are not the enemy. The enemy is racism, and we all have a responsibility to root it out wherever it is embedded.

What Our Members Say

Heather Dalmage

"My earliest memory of SSSP is as a graduate student. It was an inviting and exciting place to be. It was a place where ideas based on scholarship were at the center of all discussions but most striking was that all the conversations included how to use our findings to make the world better. To this awe-struck graduate student, it was the most exciting thing ever – research findings were going to make the world more just and fairer.  

Fast forward to 2021, after a stint working on Chicago’s west side, North Lawndale to be exact, 20 years as a faculty member, and now as Director of Research for The Latino Policy Forum in Chicago, I find myself not only using research to influence policy, but I am also honored to be the President of the organization that first showed me that research, activism, and change could and should be conjoined."

Noreen M. Sugrue, SSSP President 2021-2022
The Latino Policy Forum and The Council of International Neonatal Nurses

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SSSP: 2019 Membership Survey Results Announced

Five years ago, the Board of Directors voted to conduct a membership survey every five years to assess how well the SSSP was meeting the needs of its members.  Click here to view the cover letter written by Dr. Héctor L. Delgado, Executive Officer. Click here to view the results of the most recent survey. Please feel free to contact Dr. Delgado directly should you have any questions or concerns, hector.delgado49@gmail.com. If your concerns require anonymity or confidentiality, he is happy to provide both.

In Pursuit of Social Justice

SSSP 2021 Approved Resolutions

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 are invited to review the approved 2021 resolutions and participate in the resolutions process.

Click here to view the 2021 Approved Resolutions.

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.

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