PSA Committees

Below is a brief description of each committee.  For a full description of the committee’s responsibilities, current membership, and minutes of meetings, click on the committee name.

The year following each name indicates the Annual Meeting at which that member completes their service. For example,those who have a (15) following their names complete their service at the end of the 2015 Meeting in Long Beach.

Elected Committees:

Nominations Committee:  nominates candidates for membership on the three elected committees of the Association: The Publications Committee, the Committee on Committees, and the Nominations Committee and for each elective office in the Association: President, Vice-President, and Members of the PSA Council.

Publications Committee:   formulates policies for all publications of the PSA, subject to ratification by Council, including recommending editors for the journal Sociological Perspectives; reviews annual report by editors; and periodically manages negotiating contracts with publishers.

Committee on Committees:   recommends appointments to appointed committees of the PSA, ensuring that the Northern, Southern, and Central regions are represented.

Program Committee:

Each year a Program Committee is appointed by the President-elect and the Program Committee Chair.  This committee, with each member responsible for a particular topical area, works to review papers and proposals for sessions submitted through the online submission system and formulate them into cohesive sessions, as well as coordinating special sessions.

Appointed Committees:

Membership Committee:   assists the Officers of the PSA in recruitment and maintenance of membership in the Association and advises the Officers in interpretation of provisions in the Constitution and By-laws dealing with membership.

Awards Committee:  administers procedures and arrangements for bestowal of awards by the Association.

Committee on Teaching:  concerns itself with issues relating to the teaching of sociology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including teaching theory and methods, curriculum program development, and other professional concerns related to teaching sociology. The Committee shall explore ways of improving the teaching of sociology through such efforts as organizing teaching workshops and regular paper and/or panel sessions at the annual meeting and/or through other appropriate means.

Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities:  monitors the participation of racial and ethnic minorities in the discipline and in the affairs of the PSA, and may report its finding and recommendations for enhancing this participation to Council and to the membership of the Association.

Committee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties:  Proposes and organizes sessions that raise awareness of issues related to civil rights, including full social, legal, and economic equality in academic and applied settings, and civil liberties, including the right to free speech/assembly without unwarranted interference.  Further, the committee monitors and makes recommendations to the PSA Council when the civil liberties and civil rights of sociologists are in jeopardy.

Committee on Freedom of Research and Teaching:  is concerned with the maintenance of academic freedom among sociologists and with the development and maintenance of fair and equitable procedures and practices for employing, promoting, and terminating the employment of sociologists in the western region of the United States. This committee may investigate complaints referred to it by members, develop appropriate procedures for conducting such investigations, and report to Council the results of these investigations along with recommendations for Council action.

Committee on the Status of Women:  monitors the participation of women in the discipline of sociology and in the affairs of the PSA, and reports to the Council and to the membership of the Association its findings and recommendations for enhancing such participation.

Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Persons:  monitors the participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons in the discipline of sociology and the affairs of the PSA. The committee reports to Council the status and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons within the western region.

Student Affairs Committee:  concerns itself with the participation of both undergraduate and graduate students in the association, such as planning the student reception at the annual conference and organizing sessions that students can participate in and or attend.

Committee on Practice, Applied and Clinical Sociology:  concerns itself with matters that relate to the application and practice of sociology, including its clinical applications, such as monitoring the participation of applied sociologists in the discipline and the PSA and planning activities associated with practicing sociology at the annual meeting.

Endowment Committee:  raises funds for the PSA Endowment.

The Social Conscience Committee:  selects a worthy community-based organization in the city in which the PSA holds its annual meeting, for the purpose of honoring that organization through the PSA program and/or a monetary donation from the PSA. The honored organization receives the PSA Social Conscience Award.

Committee on Community Colleges:  concerns itself with matters that relate to the participation of community college faculty in the PSA and the discipline of sociology, including planning activities for community college faculty at the annual meeting.

Emeritus and Retired Sociologists Committee:  provides a shared intellectual and social community where retirees may continue their engagement with teaching and scholarly activities, including organizing activities at the annual meeting.

Contract Monitoring Committee:  advises the Council in regard to the negotiation, provision, renewal, and workability of all contracts.

Site Selection Committee:  organizes and coordinates information about potential sites for the Association’s annual meeting.

Audit Committee:  audits the financial records of the PSA at the end of each fiscal year.

Ad Hoc Committees:

In addition to the above committees, short term ad hoc committees are convened and members appointed to them by the PSA Council. These committees work on specific and focused tasks which do not clearly fall under the purview of any of the standing committees.