In this essay, I examine the role of teaching and learning in the culture of the regional association in American sociology. I analyze the programs of (1) the 2007 joint meeting of the North Central Sociological Association (NCSA) and the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS); (2) the 2007 annual meeting preliminary programs of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS), the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA), and the Southern Sociological Society (SSS) along with the 2006 annual meeting programs of the MSS and NCSA, as well as the American Sociological Association (ASA); and (3) the 1991 NCSA and 1992 ASA annual meeting programs. I identify program trends with regard to teaching, professional development, undergraduate students, graduate students, and research on higher education. I conclude by identifying regional association annual meeting best practices regarding each of these areas.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sociological Focus, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00380237.2007.10571309.
Howard, Jay R. 2007. “North Central Sociological Association Presidential Address: Teaching and Learning and the Culture of the Regional Association in American Sociology.” Sociological Focus 40:250-264.