Emeritus and Retired Sociologists Committee

The PSA Emeritus and Retired Sociologists Committee is comprised of retired faculty members of the PSA who will work to further integrate all emeriti and retired faculty into the organization. The charge of the committee shall be to provide a shared intellectual and social community where retirees may continue their engagement with teaching and scholarly activities. The committee shall engage in the organization of activities at the annual meeting for retired faculty such as a social reception, organization of sessions and seminars that reflect individual interests and expertise, presentation of informal talks and lectures, presentation of an annual Distinguished Lecture, initiation of special projects for the organization (such as a Living History Project of videotaped interviews), raising money for the Endowment Fund, contributing to the professional development of current PSA members through mentoring activity, and conducting workshops on issues relevant to faculty who are already retired or planning for their retirement.

Members of the Emeritus and Retired Sociologists Committee are appointed by the Committee on Committees.  There are usually six members on this committee, two from each region of the PSA (northern, central and southern) each serving for a term of three conferences/two years, so that two members rotate on and two members rotate off each year at the conference.

2021-2022 Members
Christine E. Bose (22) SUNY Albany & University of Washington
Charles Powers (22) Santa Clara University
Laurel Hartley (23) Butte-Glenn Community College
Robert Parker (23) University of Nevada Las Vegas

2020-2021 Members
Kathly Kaiser (21) CSU Chico, Chair
Marie Butler (21) Oxnard College
Christine E. Bose (22) SUNY Albany & University of Washington
Charles Powers (22) Santa Clara University

2019-2020 Members
Kathly Kaiser (21) CSU Chico, Chair
Marie Butler (21) Oxnard College
Glenn Goodwin (20) University of La Verne
Don Barrett (20) CSU San Marcos

2018-19 Members
Gary Cretser (19) CSU Pomona, Chair
Tony Cortese (19) Southern Methodist University
Glenn Goodwin (20) University of La Verne
Don Barrett (20) CSU San Marcos
to begin service in 2019: 

2017-18 Members
Dean Dorn (18) CSU Sacramento, Chair
Bob Obrien (18) University of Oregon
Gary Cretser (19) CSU Pomona
Tony Cortese (19) Southern Methodist University
to begin service in 2018:
Glenn Goodwin (20) University of La Verne
Don Barrett (20) CSU San Marcos

2016-17 Members
Dean Dorn (18) CSU Sacramento, Chair
Bob Obrien (18) University of Oregon
Gary Cretser (17) CSU Pomona
Charles Hohm (17) San Diego State University
to begin service in 2017: 
Gary Cretser (19) CSU Pomona
Tony Cortese (19) Southern Methodist University

2015-16 Members
Sharon Araji (15–extended to 16) University of Colorado Denver, Chair
Fumiko Hosokawa (16) CSU Dominguez Hills
Earl Babbie (15–extended to 16) Chapman University
Gary Cretser (17) CSU Pomona
Charles Hohm (17) San Diego State University

2014-15 Members
Earl Babbie  Chapman University, Chair
Sharon Araji University of Colorado Denver
Fumiko Hosokawa  California State University Dominguez Hills
Len Gordon  Arizona State University
Gary Cretser  CSU Pomona
Charles Hohm  San Diego State University
Don Barrett  CSU San Marcos

Committee on Community Colleges

The Committee on Community Colleges shall concern itself with matters that relate to the participation of community college faculty and students in the association and the discipline, such as planning special sessions and activities for community college faculty and students at the annual conference and monitoring their participation.

This committee consists of members from the association appointed by the Committee on Committees. The term of office for each committee member is two years/three conferences; at each conference, two members start and two members end their term of office. While members of the Committee may recommend prospective members to the Committee on Committees, they do not select their own members. They do, however, elect the committee’s chair. The chair of the Committee is elected by the committee members and must be someone who will be a continuing and active member of the committee for at least one year. The chair is elected at the scheduled meeting of the committee, serves for one year, and can be reelected.

  1. Procedures for taking action.
    • The chair is responsible for contacting committee members whenever committee action is required. Members of the committee are encouraged to contact the chair with ideas, issues, and any other items that should be brought to the attention of the entire committee.
    • The chair of the committee should be elected from among those members who will continue service on the committee. Meeting with and communicating with committee members at the annual PSA meeting helps forge a bond between members and facilitates interaction and sharing of committee responsibilities.
    • A considerable amount of time should be spent on deciding what sessions the committee would like to sponsor at the following year’s PSA meeting, and any sessions which the committee wants to include in the Open Call need to be sent to the Secretary, in the committee minutes, by May 1.
  2. Specific duties of the chair of the committee.
    • Most of the chair’s activities (and time) involve organizing sessions for the annual meeting. The chair may do this directly, may assist other session organizers, or may solicit session organizers from among the committee members and members of the Association. The chair is also responsible for keeping the committee’s file folder or archive and passing it on to the chair-designate.
  3. Calendar of committee activities.
    • February/March: Develop an agenda for up-coming meeting of the committee at the PSA annual meeting and distribute it to all committee members at least two weeks before the meeting.
    • At the annual meeting: Conduct committee meeting. Pass on action items, if any. Select a committee chair for the following year. Meet new committee members. Discuss proposals for sessions at next year’s PSA meeting.
    • By May 1: Write the committee meeting minutes, including a summary of the year’s activities, and submit it to the PSA Secretary.

2021-2022 Committe Members
Anita Harker (22) Whatcomm Community College
James Courage Singer (22) Salt Lake Community College
Reid (R.J.) Leamaster (22) Glendale Community College
Elizabeth Bennett (23) Central New Mexico Community College

2020-2021 Committe Members
Anthony Silvaggio (21) Humboldt State University   Chair
Sharon Yee (21) Chandler Gilbert Community College
Anita Harker (22) Whatcomm Community College
James Courage Singer (22) Salt Lake Community College
Reid (R.J.) Leamaster (22) Glendale Community College

2019-2020 Committee Members
Michael Mulcahy (20) Central Washington University
Tonmar Johnson (20) Solano Community College
Anthony Silvaggio (21) Humboldt State University    Chair
Sharon Yee (21) Chandler Gilbert Community College

2018-19 Committee Members
Ami Mezahav (19) Flathead Valley Community College
Sneha Dutta (19) CSU Stanislaus
Michael Mulcahy (20) Central Washington University
Tonmar Johnson (20) Solano Community College
To begin service at the 2019 conference:
Anthony Silvaggio (21) Humboldt State University
Sharon Yee (21) Chandler Gilbert Community College

2017-18 Committee Members
Daniel Poole (17–extended) Salt Lake Community College, Co-Chair

Celene Fuller (18) College of the Canyons, Co-Chair
Harry Mersmann (18) San Joaquin Delta College
Ami Mezahav (19) Flathead Valley Community College
Sneha Dutta (19) CSU Stanislaus
To begin service at the 2018 conference:
Michael Mulcahy (20) Central Washington University
Tonmar Johnson (20) Solano Community College

2016-17 Committee Members
Elizabeth Bennett (17) Central New Mexico Community College, Co-Chair
Jackie Logg (17) Foothill College and Cabrillo College, Co-Chair
Daniel Poole (17) Salt Lake Community College
Celene Fuller (18) College of the Canyons
Harry Mersmann (18) San Joaquin Delta College
To begin service at the 2017 conference:
Ami Mezahav (19) Flathead Valley Community College
Sneha Dutta (19) CSU Stanislaus

2015-16 Committee Members
Marie Butler (16) Oxnard Community College, Chair
April Cubbage (16) Saddle Back College
Elizabeth Bennett (17) Central New Mexico Community College
Jackie Logg (17) Foothill College and Cabrillo College
Daniel Poole (17) Salt Lake Community College

2014-15 Committee Members
Vivian Varela  Mendocino (Central) Chair
Curtis Phillips  Walla Walla Community College (Northern)
Kellie J. Hagewen  College of Southern Nevada (Central)
Debjani Chakrabarti  Columbia Basin College (Northern)
April Cubbage   Saddleback College (Southern)
Marie Butler  Oxnard Community College (Southern)

The Social Conscience Committee

The Social Conscience Committee is charged with locating 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. In addition, whenever possible, the recipient organization should be integrated into the annual PSA program by providing the organization with an information table and/or by having the recipient organization participate in a relevant roundtable or session.

The Social Conscience Committee is probably the most unique committee of the PSA because it is composed of PSA members who are living in the area of the annual PSA meeting and who have some knowledge of the organizations in their area. The PSA President appoints two or more members to this committee, who serve a one year term.

  1. Procedures for taking committee action. The basic protocol is as follows:
    1. The PSA Executive Director announces the award in the newsletters to solicit nominations, and posts it on the PSA website.
    2. The committee receives nominations either from the membership or from members of the Social Conscience Committee.
    3. All individuals who submit nominations are sent a letter acknowledging receipt and are asked to send additional information about the organization if they did not include a rationale for their nomination with the original submission. This can include literature about the organization or information from the organization’s Web site.
    4. The Social Conscience Committee meets, via email or phone conference, to discuss the nominations and makes a selection based on consensus. The name of the selected organization is then communicated to the Secretary and the Executive Director.
  2. Specific Duties of the Chair. The chair of the Committee arranges for committee meetings, facilitates communication with committee members and the PSA, and provides recommendations to the Executive Director. In addition, the Chair of the committee presents the award to a representative of the recipient organization at the annual PSA Awards Ceremony. It is the responsibility of the Chair to invite the representative to the Awards Ceremony. Finally, the chair maintains the committee’s file or archive.
  3. Procedures for soliciting input from committee members. The chair communicates by phone and email with the other committee member(s) concerning nominations of organizations and meetings.
  4. Calendar of activities.
    • by September: Announcement of the Social Conscience Award is printed in the September PSA Newsletter.
    • By February 1: Deadline for all nominations for the Award.
    • By March 1: The committee meets and selects the recipient organization.
    • at the annual meeting: The Chair of the Social Conscience Committee announces the award at the Awards Ceremony, which is usually held on the Friday or Saturday evening of the conference.
    • by Sept. 1: The Chair sends the committee’s file or archive to the new chair.

Nominations should be sent to social.conscience@pacificsoc.org .

2020-21 No committee members (virtual conference)

2019-20 Committee Members (Eugene conference)
Jennifer Puentes, Eastern Oregon University
Oluwakemi Balogun, University of Oregon

2018-19 Committee Members (Oakland conference)
Patricia Drew, CSU East Bay
Natalie Ingraham, CSU East Bay
Megan Neely, Stanford University

2017-18 Committee Members (Long Beach conference)
Gary Hytrek, CSU Long Beach, Chair
Stephanie D’Auria, Vanguard University
Katie Dingeman-Cerda, CSU Los Angeles

2016-17 Committee Members (Portland conference)
Karen Pyke, UC Riverside, Chair
Dwaine Plaza, Oregon State University

2015-16 Committee Members (Oakland conference)
Andreana Clay   San Francisco State University
Cynthia Ganote  St. Mary’s College of California

2014-15 Committee Members (Long Beach conference)
Gary Hytrek  CSU Long Beach
Varisa Patraporn  CSU Long Beach

Endowment Committee

The PSA Endowment Committee is a six member committee appointed by the Committee on Committees. Members serve two year/three conference terms, with two members from each region (north, south, central). Terms are staggered; in any one year, two members end their terms and two begin their terms. The purpose of this committee, working with the Executive Officers, is to raise funds for the PSA Endowment Fund.

The Endowment Fund

Donations and Bequests to the PSA Endowment Fund will be used for a variety of purposes, pending approval by a majority vote of the Council. These purposes could include, for example, operating expenses, maintenance and improvement of its publications, one-time special projects, scholarships for students, visiting scholars to the annual meetings, monetary gifts to the Association’s annual award winners, dissertation research awards, minority scholarships, and any other activities approved by the Council which enhance the Association, its membership, and the profession in the Western Region.

Since the PSA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, all contributions to the Endowment Fund are tax deductible. The Executive Office will send a receipt for tax purposes to donors. All donors who contributed in the previous calendar year will be recognized by name in the January issue of the PSA Newsletter.

As donations come in, they will be invested in interest accounts and/or other types of income or investment accounts as approved by the PSA Council.

  1. Procedures for taking committee action.  Committee action is taken following a majority vote of the committee members. This is done either at the annual meeting or by email at the request of the chair.
  2. Specific duties of the chair.  The chair must develop the agenda for the year’s activities and must convene the annual meeting of the committee. The chair is responsible for keeping the lines of communication open between and among members, for working with the Executive Director on fund raising for the Endowment Fund, for organizing and conducting meetings, for keeping track of pertinent member activities, for writing the annual committee minutes, for keeping a committee archive and passing it on to the next chair, and for providing leadership.
  3. Calendar of activities.
    • By November 1: Chair develops agenda for ideas for fund raising. Input from committee members is encouraged and has been discussed with committee members at the previous PSA meeting or via email.
    • November-February: Chair and the members of the Committee along with the Executive Director develop and implement ideas for fundraising either before, during, or after the conference.
    • At Meeting: Conduct and oversee fundraising activities at the annual conference. Meet as a committee. Select someone to take minutes. Select/elect next committee chair. Discuss agenda items, including ideas for fundraising for next year’s PSA meeting. Pass action items, if any, on to PSA Council. Solicit recommendations for prospective committee members; these are then passed on to the chair of the Committee on Committees.
    • After Meeting: Chair writes report of committee activities, due to the Secretary by May 1. The report highlights activities the members have participated in throughout the year, and provides information on any sessions the committee wants to sponsor for the next conference.

2021-2022 Committee Members
Deidre Tyler (22) Salt Lake Community College
Ynez Wilson Hirst (22) St. Mary’s College of California
Jose Munoz (23) California State University San Bernardino
Bobbi-Lee Smart (23) Cerritos College

2020-2021 Committee Members
Wendy Ng (21) California State University East Bay
Liz Bennett (21) Central New Mexico Community College Co-Chair
Deidre Tyler (22) Salt Lake Community College
Ynez Wilson Hirst (22) St. Mary’s College of California

2019-2020 Committee Members
Amanda Shigihara (20, extended) California State University Sacramento Co-Chair
Linda Rillorta (20) Mt. San Antonio College
Wendy Ng (21) California State University East Bay
Liz Bennett (21) Central New Mexico Community College  Co-Chair

2018-19 Committee Members
Amanda Shigihara (20, extended) California State University Sacramento Co-Chair
Stephanie Anckle (19) Claremont Graduate University
Linda Rillorta (20) Mt. San Antonio College

2017-18 Committee Members
Sandra Way (18) New Mexico State University
Linda Henderson (18) St Mary’s College, Calgary,  Vice Chair 2016-17, Chair 2017-18
Tina Burdsall (18) Portland State University
Karen Seccombe (18) Portland State University
Amanda Shigihara (19) SUNY College at Old Westbury
Stephanie Anckle (19) Claremont Graduate University
to begin service in 2018:
Susan Murray (20) San Jose State University
Linda Rillorta (20) Mt. San Antonio College

2016-17 Committee Members
Sandra Way (18) New Mexico State University, Chair
Linda Henderson (18) St Mary’s College, Calgary,  Vice Chair 2016-17, Chair 2017-18
Tina Burdsall (18) Portland State University
Karen Seccombe (18) Portland State University
to begin service in 2017:
Amanda Shigihara (19) SUNY College at Old Westbury
Stephanie Anckle (19) Claremont Graduate University

2015-16 Committee Members
Sandra Way (16) New Mexico State University,  Chair
Rosemary Powers (16) Eastern Oregon University
Sunil Kukreja (16) University of Puget Sound
Brenda Wilhelm (16) Colorado Mesa University
Dean Dorn

2014-15 Committee Members
Dean Dorn, Chair
Gordon Clanton (15) San Diego State University (Southern)
Kathleen Kaiser (16) California State University, Chico (Central)
Sunil Kukreja (17) University of Puget Sound (Northern)
Rosemary Powers (17) Eastern Oregon University (Northern)
Brenda Wilhelm (17) Colorado Mesa University (Central)
Sandra Way (17) New Mexico State University (Southern)

Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Clinical Sociology

The Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Clinical Sociology (sometimes known as Applied, Public, and Clinical Sociology) seeks to provide resources for students, faculty, and non-academic practitioners of sociological work. We recognize that many professionals outside academia utilize the sociological imagination and the sociological research method in their careers. Statisticians, consultants, analysts, community organizers, politicians, educators, health professionals, social workers, managers, and executives are some of the fields in which sociology and sociological practice can play a role.

What we do: Our mission is to integrate the practice of sociology into the wider academic sociological network, and provide insight into career pathways for sociology students and practitioners. We believe that PSA can be a home for academics and other non-academic professionals doing basic research, applied and tranlational research, and work that is done with a sociological lens, or using sociological skills such as cultural competency, global awareness, organizational change, conflict resolution and non-violent action, collaboration, and ethical practice.

What we are doing: Recently our committee has advanced this mission by sharing resources and ideas as a group, and forming sessions on the practice and practical applications of sociology.
Why: to improve students’ career outcomes, advance the application of sociology to the improvement of environmental, economic, health, and social conditions, and to create more awareness and professional networking for sociologists working both in and out of academia on applied work.
Goals: 1) bring more members 2) offer more sessions that are applied and bringing in both academics and “non-sociology” professionals who use sociology in their careers 3) put on workshops: i.e. curriculum redesign to make it more career-relevant, teaching workshops on how to do it, teaching “futures” and relationships to policy, government

The Committee generally consists of six members of the Association. Members are appointed for a two year/three conference term. Each year terms expire for two members who are replaced with those members who are beginning their term.  The Committee on Committees makes appointments to the commitee.  While members of the Practice, Applied, and Clinical Sociology Committee may recommend prospective members to the Committee on Committees, they do not select their own committee members. They do, however, elect the committee’s chair who should be someone who will be a continuing and active member of the committee. The Chair serves for one year, but can be reelected. One membership spot will be for a graduate student member of CPACS. The suggested criteria are as follows: (a) graduate student status; (b) member of PSA; (c) previous presenter at PSA; (d) experience in applied, practice, or clinical work or experience in community or social agency service or in social research.

  1. Procedures for taking committee action.  Committee action is taken following a majority vote of the committee members. This is done either at the annual meeting or by email at the request of the chair.
  2. Specific duties of the chair.  The chair must develop the agenda for the year’s activities and must convene the annual meeting of the committee. In addition, it is the chair’s responsibilities to engage all members in the activities of the committee and to monitor and encourage their participation throughout the year by communicating with them via email, fax, phone, and regular mail. The chair also saves all significant correspondence directly related to committee policy or pertinent decisions not otherwise tracked in committee minutes or reports, and maintains the committee’s file or archive. The chair also makes certain that sessions which the committee proposes to sponsor at the annual PSA meeting are submitted to the online system (invited sessions), and that those to be included in the Open Call are included in the committee’s notes to the Secretary by May 1. In addition, the chair should make certain that the committee engages in the process of soliciting nominations for the association’s Distinguished Contributions to Sociological Practice Award.
    The chair must be very strong, someone who can provide clear, precise, and firm direction. There should be close contact between the new chair and the former chair so that ideas, unfinished business, etc. can be passed on from year to year. The chair should make clear to every committee member what the “rules” are–deadlines, procedures, responsibilities, etc.
  3. Procedures.  Committee decisions are made by input from committee members, either via email or at the annual meeting of the committee.
  4. Calendar of Activities and specific chair duties.
  • By October 15: Chair communicates the committee’s agenda for the year to members.
  • By January: Chair contacts all committee members to check on progress being made on specific tasks, such as organizing sessions for the annual meeting and to get members back into the “committee mode,” if no items require action.
  • By February: Chair determines which members will be attending the annual meeting. Agenda for the annual meeting is sent to all committee members for their comments and suggestions. If the committee is working on a position paper or any action item that will go to PSA Council, the chair must maintain contact with all committee members throughout the year.
  • At the PSA meeting: Conduct committee meeting. Elect chair for next year. Discuss agenda for next year. Discuss proposed sessions for next year’s annual meeting.
  • Assign specific committee members specific tasks.
  • By May 1: Chair writes annual report/meeting minutes of the committee’s activities and sends it to the Secretary. Committee members should be contacted for their input into the annual report.

2021-2022 Committe Members
Kyle Chapman (22) Oregon Institute of Technology
Orvic Ralph Pada (22) CSU Fullerton
Michael Chavez (23) Inland Empire Labor Council and Riverside Community College
Barret Katuna (23) Sociologists for Women in Society

2020-2021 Committe Members
Carol Ward (21) Brigham Young University
Allison Cantwell (21) UC Riverside
Kyle Chapman (22) Oregon Institute of Technology
Orvic Ralph Pada (22) CSU Fullerton

2019-20 Committee Members
Stephen Steele (20) Emeritus/Retired
Meggan Jordan (20) CSU Stanislaus
Sophia Lyn Nathenson (18–extended) Oregon Institute of Technology, Chair
Carol Ward (21) Brigham Young University
Allison Cantwell (21) UC Riverside

2018-19 Committee Members
Stephanie Machado (19) Oregon Institute of Technology
Jacob Huang (19) California Baptist University
Stephen Steele (20) Emeritus/Retired
Meggan Jordan (20) CSU Stanislaus
Sophia Lyn Nathenson (18–extended) Oregon Institute of Technology, Chair

2017-18 Committee Members
Sophia Lyn Nathenson (18) Oregon Institute of Technology, Chair
Greg Gibson (18) Kent State University
Stephanie Machado (19) Oregon Institute of Technology
Jacob Huang (19) California Baptist University
beginning service at 2018 conference:
Stephen Steele (20) Emeritus/Retired
Meggan Jordan (20) CSU Stanislaus

2016-17 Committee Members
Sophia Lyn Nathenson (18) Oregon Institute of Technology, Chair
Greg Gibson (18) Kent State University
Gary Hytrek (17) CSU Long Beach
Bob Kettlitz (17) Hastings College
beginning service at 2017 conference:
Stephanie Machado (19) Oregon Institute of Technology
Jacob Huang (19) Fresno Pacific University

2015-16 Committee Members
Sheila Katz (16)  Sonoma State University, Chair
David Musick (16) University of Northern Colorado
Berna Torr (16)  CSU Fullerton
James Lee (16) San Jose State University
Gary Hytrek (17) CSU Long Beach
Bob Kettlitz (17) Hastings College

2014-15 Committee Members
David Musick  University of Northern Colorado (Northern) Chair
Darby Southgate  LA Valley College (Southern)
Sheila Katz  Sonoma State University (Central)
Sarah Thiebaud  University of California, Santa Barbara (Southern)
Berna Torr  California State University, Fullerton (Southern)
James Lee  San Jose State (Central)

Student Affairs Committee

The 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 and workshops that students can participate in and/or attend.

The committee has three areas of focus:
1. promoting student participation in PSA
2. encouraging student scholarship, professional development, and interaction with other PSA members
3. PSA conference expectations, common practices, etc. (mentoring student participants in these)

The Student Affairs Committee consists of six members, two of whom will be student members at the time of their appointment (one undergraduate and one graduate).  Non-student members are appointed for a two year/three conference term. Student members are appointed for a one to three year term, depending on the length of service that they can commit to.  Each year, two members end their term and two members begin their term. Membership in this committee is appointed by the Committee on Committees. While members of the Student Affairs Committee may recommend prospective members to the Committee on Committees, they do not select their own committee members.  They do, however, elect the committee’s chair (or co-chairs). The chair needs to be someone who will be a continuing and active member of the committee.  The Chair serves for one year, but can be reelected.

  1. Procedures for taking committee action. Committee action is taken following a majority vote of the committee members.  This is done either at the annual meeting or by email at the request of the chair.
  2. Specific duties of the chair. The chair develops the agenda for the year’s activities and convenes the annual meeting of the committee. The chair is responsible for keeping the lines of communication open between and among members, organizing and conducting meetings, establishing sponsorship of student sessions for the annual meeting, ensuring follow through with session submissions, keeping track of pertinent member activities, writing the annual report, keeping a committee archive and passing it on to the next chair, and providing leadership.
  3. Calendar of activities.
    • December or earlierAgenda for Upcoming PSA Meeting
      Chair develops agenda for the March/April PSA meeting.  Input from committee members is encouraged.
    • By March 1Organization of Student Reception
      Details regarding the student reception are worked out with the Executive Director (time, place, food, etc.). The reception is normally held on Friday or Saturday evening. Publishers typically donate books, which are then raffled off or given away at the student reception.  The PSA may also provide checks of $50 to be distributed to students by the committee, such as during a game.
    • March/AprilAnnual Meeting
      During the annual meeting, members meet as a committee. Someone is selected to take minutes. The selection/election of the next committee chair (or co-chairs) is made. Agenda items are discussed, including sessions to be proposed for next year’s PSA meeting. Action items, if any, are passed on to the PSA Council. Recommendations for prospective committee members are solicited; these names are passed on to the chair of the Committee on Committees.  It is important to remind members about the student reception and encourage everyone’s attendance.
    • After Annual MeetingWritten Report
      The chair writes the annual minutes/report of committee activities, due to the Secretary by May 1. The report highlights any activities that the members have participated in throughout the year which relate to the student affairs committee, and any information on sessions the committee wants to sponsor that will be Open Call.

2021-2022 Members
Chris Hardnack (22) CSU San Marcos
Yusuke Tsukada (22) University of Hawai’i at Manoa (Graduate student)
Rana Abulbasal (23) Utah State University (Graduate student)
Melvin Sen (23) California State University San Marcos (Undergraduate student)

2020-2021 Members
Ting Jiang (21) Metropolitan State University, Denver
Chris Hardnack (22) CSU San Marcos
Yusuke Tsukada (22) University of Hawai’i at Manoa (student)

2019-2020 Members
Vikas Gumbhir (20) Gonzaga University Chair
Lori Fazzino (20) University of Nevada Las Vegas (student)
Ting Jiang (21) Metropolitan State University, Denver

2018-19 Members
Laura Earles (19)   Lewis-Clark State College, Co-Chair
Danielle Duckett (19) CSU Sacramento, Co-Chair
Vikas Gumbhir (20) Gonzaga University
Lori Fazzino (20) University of Nevada Las Vegas (student)

2017-18 Members
Laura Earles (19)   Lewis-Clark State College, Co-Chair
Danielle Duckett (19) CSU Sacramento, Co-Chair
Uriel Serrano (18) CSU Los Angeles (Student)
Rocio Garcia (18) UCLA (Student)
Alvin Camba (19) The John Hopkins University
to begin service in 2018:
Vikas Gumbhir (20) Gonzaga University
Lori Fazzino (20) University of Nevada Las Vegas (student)

2016-17 Members
Laura Earles    Lewis-Clark State College, Co-Chair
Lora Vess (16 extended to 2017) University of Alaska Southeast, Co-Chair
Tina Burdsall (17)  Portland State University
Emily Jones (17) University of Kansas (Student)
Uriel Serrano (18) CSU Los Angeles (Student)
Rocio Garcia (18) UCLA (Student)
to begin service in 2017: 
Alvin Camba (19) The John Hopkins University
Lori Fazzino (19) University of Nevada Las Vegas

2015-16 Members
Lora Vess (16) University of Alaska Southeast, Co-Chair
Tina Burdsall (17)  Portland State University, Co-Chair
Emily Jones (17) University of Kansas (Student)
Jennifer (Jey) Strangfeld (16)  CSU Stanislaus

2014-15 Members
Tina Burdsall  Portland State University (Northern) Chair
Jennifer (Jey) Strangfeld  California State University, Stanislaus (Central)
Tommy Devers California State University, San Marcos (Southern, Student)
Stacy Bricco  Humboldt State University (Central, Student)
Delia Olmos-Garcia  Willamette University (Northern, Student)
Kris Kohler California State University, Stanislaus (Northern)
Lora Vess  University of Alaska Southeast (Northern)

Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Persons in Sociology

The Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Persons in Sociology shall monitor the participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+ persons in the discipline and the affairs of the Association. The committee shall report to Council the status and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons within the western region.

The term of office for each committee member shall be three conferences/two years; each year two members start and two members end their term in office. While members of the Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Persons may recommend prospective members to the Committee on Committees, they do not select their own members. They do, however, elect the committee’s chair. The chair of the Committee is elected by committee members from among their ranks and must be someone who will be a continuing and active member of the committee for at least one year. The chair will serve for one year and may be reelected. The chair is elected at the scheduled meeting of the committee, which is held during the annual PSA meeting.

  1. Procedures (majority vote, subcommittee decisions, etc.) for taking action.
    Currently, major decisions are determined at the annual meeting by a majority vote. However, since the purpose of the Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ Persons is to monitor the participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons in the discipline, a recognized minority, the Committee does recognize that a vote of the majority can have the effect of limiting the power of those in the minority, especially when those affected by the decision are members of a minority within this minority group. Therefore, it will be recommended that when a vote of the majority has the effect on a subgroup that is in the minority, a method of appealing the decision will be established and procedures for reviewing the appeal established
  2. Subcommittees.  Subcommittees are appointed on an as needed basis, if at all. The procedures for taking action on the recommendations of subcommittees depends on the authority given to the subcommittee at the time that it is appointed. In general, it is expected that the subcommittees of the Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ Persons would report back to the full committee and Chair. At that time, the full committee would vote on the action.
  3. Decisions throughout the year.  When a decision needs to be made during the year, the members of the Committee will contact the Chair who is expected to contact all committee members via email and with a request that they review the issue in question. The Chair shall set a time period for a response depending on the nature of the issue or concern. Unless time is of the essence, the Chair shall allow for a minimum period of two weeks for Committee members to respond to the request. If it is a matter of voting on an item, the Chair will tally the results and send the results back to the members of the Committee informing them of the results allowing them a minimum of five working days to respond to the results. If time is of the essence, the Chair will take appropriate action to either act or communicate with the members within the more limited time frame. At all times, it is expected that the Chair will inform the members of the Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ Persons of action taken without their knowledge and provide an explanation as to why the action was taken without communicating with the Committee members, prior to taking the action. Decisions taken without the consent of the members shall be reversible if the majority of members decide that such action was not in the best interest of the Committee.
  4. Duties of the Chair.
    • Establish an Agenda for the Annual Meeting in consultation with the full membership.
    • Establish, in consultation with Committee Members, a list of sessions the Committee will sponsor at the Annual Meetings.
    • Communicate with the Membership of the Committee, at least once every 60 days, to provide them with a summary of issues and actions that need to be addressed and to request members to send in comments or proposals on items that should be presented to the full Committee.
    • Maintain and update the committee’s files, records, and archives.
    • Solicit ideas from the Committee on future action that the Committee should consider.
    • Work with members of the Committee to establish methods by which Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,Transgender, and Queer+ Sociologists may communicate their concerns and issues.
  5. Calendar and committee activities.
    • Establishing an agenda.  Ninety days prior to the Annual Meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association, the Chair will send the members of the Committee a request for agenda items to be discussed at the Annual Meeting. Sixty days prior to the Annual Meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association, a draft of the agenda shall be sent to all new and old members of the Committee. Upon receipt the members of the Committee shall have 30 days to review and comment upon the agenda. Thirty days prior to the Annual Meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association, the Chair shall send each Member of the Committee, a finalized agenda and any supplementary information that needs to be reviewed prior to the meetings. At the Annual Meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association, the Chair shall allow Committee Members to add to the agenda items that were not able to be suggested prior to the meetings. However, it will be up to the Members of the full committee to decide if such items shall be added to the agenda without having the time to review the issues that must be discussed.
    • Passing on action items to the PSA Council.
    • Selecting the next chair or chair-elect.
    • Meeting as a committee.
    • Nominating Members for next year’s committee.  Names of potential new members of the committee shall be passed on to the Chair of the Committee on Committees well before appointments are made by the Committee on Committees (usually September).
    • Writing the annual Minutes/report  The report is brief, describing the activities and decisions of the committee the previous year. The report should be sent to the Secretary by May 1, and must include information on any sessions the committee wants to sponsor that should be included in the Open Call.
    • Passing on the archive of the committee.  It shall be the responsibility of the Chair of the Committee  to pass on the archive of the Committee. This archive shall include all written communications between Committee members during the Chair’s term, including any documents that were created electronically.
  6. Procedures for soliciting input (agenda or action items, participation, member nominations, etc.) from committee members between meeting dates.
    • Establishing an agenda.  See above.
    • Decisions throughout the year.  See above

2021-2022 Committee Members
Paul Morgan (22) CSU Stanislaus
Elizabeth Bennett (23) Central New Mexico Community College
Katja Guenther (23) UC Riverside

2020-2021 Committee Members
Dana Nakano (21) CSU Stanislaus
Rocio Garcia (21) UCLA
Paul Morgan (22) CSU Stanislaus

2019-2020 Committee Members
Sean Davis (19–extended) Mira Costa College, Chair
Ann Travers (20) Simon Fraser University
Janae Teal (20) Humboldt County DHHS
Dana Nakano (21) CSU Stanislaus
Rocio Garcia (21) UCLA

2018-19 Committee Members
Griff Tester (19) Central Washington University
Sean Davis (19) Mira Costa College, Co-Chair
Ann Travers (20) Simon Fraser University
Janae Teal (20) Humboldt County DHHS

2017-18 Committee Members
Don Barrett (18) CSU San Marcos, Co-Chair
JayeCee Whitehead (18) Pacific University
Lora Stone (18) University of New Mexico Gallup
Meredith Williams (18) Humboldt State University
 Griff Tester (19) Central Washington University
Sean Davis (19) Mira Costa College, Co-Chair
to begin service in 2018:
Ann Travers (20) Simon Fraser University
Janae Teal (20) Humboldt County DHHS

2016-17 Committee Members
Vivian Varela (16 extended to 17) Mendocino College, Chair
Don Barrett (18) CSU San Marcos
JayeCee Whitehead (18) Pacific University
Lora Stone (18) University of New Mexico Gallup
Meredith Williams (18) Humboldt State University
to begin service in 2017: 
Griff Tester (19) Central Washington University
Sean Davis (19) Mira Costa College

2015-16 Committee Members
Vivian Varela (16) Mendocino College, Chair
Maura Kelly (16) Portland State University

2014-15 Committee Members
Liahna Gordon  California State University, Chico (Central) Co-Chair
Karl Bryant  SUNY New Paltz (Northern)
James Thing  University of Southern California (Southern)
Vivian Varela  Mendocino College (Central)
Molly Merryman  Kent State (Central) Co-Chair
Maura Kelly  Portland State University (Northern)

Committee on the Status of Women

The Committee on the Status of Women in Sociology supports scholarship and activism by or for women-identified people in the discipline of sociology, in the affairs of PSA, and in the creation of relevant conference sessions. It reports to the Council and membership of the Association its findings and recommendations for enhancing participation.

The Committee consists of six members of the Association. Membership of the committee is appointed by the Committee on Committees for a three conference/two year term of office. Each year two members begin, and two members end their term of office. While members of the Committee on the Status of Women may recommend prospective members to the Committee on Committees, they do not select their own members. They do, however, elect the committee’s chair. The chair of the Committee on the Status of Women is elected by the committee members from among their ranks and must be someone who will be a continuing and active member of the committee for at least one year. The chair is elected at the scheduled meeting of the committee during the annual PSA meeting and serves for one year. The chair can be reelected.

  1. Responsibilities and duties of the committee.  In addition to monitoring the participation of women in the discipline and the association, the committee also proposes sessions for the annual meeting and tries to identify candidates for office or committees in order to maintain gender balance. Candidates for committees are forwarded to the Chair of the Committee on Committee’s and candidates for elected office are forwarded to the Chair of the Nomination’s Committee.
  2. Procedures for making decisions.  Decisions of the committee are made at the annual meeting and/or through email correspondence between the chair and committee members.
  3. Duties of the Chair.  The chair develops the agenda for the annual committee meeting. It is the chair’s responsibility to communicate to Council action items that require Council decision or input. The chair also keep the committee’s files in order and passes it on to the next chair. In addition, the chair makes certain that sessions to be sponsored by the committee are submitted to the online system (invited sessions) or included in the Open Call (by May 1).  Finally, the chair has the responsibility for writing the annual minutes/report on the committee’s activities and submitting this to the Secretary by May 1.
  4. Calendar of Committee Activities.
  • by October: Chair communicates with members of the committee and establishes the committee’s agenda for the coming year.
  • by March: Chair establishes the committee’s specific agenda for the annual meeting. The agenda is sent by email at least three weeks prior to the meeting.
  • at the annual meeting: The Chair conducts the meeting. Appoints someone to take notes. Passes on action items, if any, to PSA Council. Discussion of next year’s PSA meeting and possible sessions the committee might sponsor. Specific members are assigned specific responsibilities.
  • by May 1: Make certain all sponsored sessions to be included in the Open Call are sent to the Secretary, as well as the committee’s notes.

2021-2022 Members
Sojung Lim (22) Utah State University
Gabriele Ciciurkaite (22) Utah State University
Naghme Morlock (23) Gonzaga University
Megan Carroll (23) CSU San Bernardino

2020-2021 Members
Alicia Bonaparte (21) Pitzer College
Emily Drew (21) Willamette University
Sojung Lim (22) Utah State University   Chair
Gabriele Ciciurkaite (22) Utah State University

2019-2020 Members
Ryanne Pilgeram (20) University of Idaho   Chair
Sojung Lim (20) Utah State University
Alicia Bonaparte (21) Pitzer College
Emily Drew (21) Willamette University

2018-19 Members
Michelle Robertson (19) St. Edward’s University, Chair
Alicia M. Gonzales (19) CSU San Marcos
Ryanne Pilgeram (20) University of Idaho
Sojung Lim (20) Utah State University

2017-18 Members
Krystale Littlejohn (18) Occidental College
Richelle Swan (18) CSU San Marcos
Michelle Robertson (19) St. Edward’s University
Alicia M. Gonzales (19) CSU San Marcos, Chair
beginning service in 2018:
Ryanne Pilgeram (20) University of Idaho
Sojung Lim (20) Utah State University

2016-17 Members
Judith Hennessy (17) Central Washington University, Chair
Melanie Arthur (17) University of Alaska
Krystale Littlejohn (18) Occidental College
Richelle Swan (18) CSU San Marcos
beginning service in 2017: 
Michelle Robertson (19) St. Edward’s University
Alicia M. Gonzales (19) CSU San Marcos

2015-16 Members
Faye Wachs (16) Cal Poly Pomona, Chair
Brenda Wilhelm (16) Colorado Mesa
Amanda Admire (16) UC Riverside (Student)
Judith Hennessy (17) Central Washington University
Melanie Arthur (17) University of Alaska

2014-15 Members
Katrina Kimport University of California, San Francisco (Central)
Zeynep Kilic  University Alaska Anchorage (Northern), Chair
Cynthia Siemsen  California State University, Chico (Central)
Brenda Wilhelm  Colorado Mesa (Central)
Faye Wachs  Cal Poly Pomona (Southern)
Amanda Admire University of California, Riverside (Southern, Student)

Committee on Freedom in Research and Teaching

COFRAT 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, shall develop appropriate procedures for conducting such investigations, and shall report to Council results of all such investigations with recommendations for Council action.

The Committee on the Freedom of Research and Teaching consists of six members of the Association, who serve three conference/ two year terms. Membership of the committee is appointed by the Committee on Committees.  Each year two members begin and two members end their term of office. While members of COFRAT may recommend prospective members of the committee to the Committee on Committees, they do not select their own members. They do, however, elect the committee’s chair. The Chair of the Committee on Freedom of Research and Teaching is elected by committee members from among their ranks and must be someone who will be a continuing and active member of the committee for at least one year. The chair is elected at the scheduled meeting of the committee and serves for one year. Chairs can be reelected if continuing as a member of the committee for a least one more year.

  1. Responsibilities, procedures, and duties  It is the chair’s responsibility to see that these are initiated and followed through on.
    • Conference session organization. COFRAT sponsors sessions at PSA’s annual meetings that are both specific to annual topical concerns, and that provide an opportunity for discussion of ongoing COFRAT concerns. Any sessions the committee wants to sponsor that will be included in the Open Call need to be communicated to the PSA Secretary by May 1.
    • Procedures for taking committee action. Generally, the Chair solicits input from committee members throughout the year via email as items are dealt with. During the annual meeting of the committee, decisions are made by the majority of those present.
    • The Chair of this committee develops the agenda for the committee meeting and its annual activities. It is the chair’s responsibility to communicate meeting results and action items to others, including PSA Council. The chair maintains communication with committee members throughout the year. The chair also determines the calendar of activities for the committee. The chair maintains the committee’s archive and makes certain that the new chair receives it. The chair also writes a report of committee activities due to the PSA Secretary by May 1. The report contains sessions proposed for committee sponsorship and highlights activities the members have participated in through the year which relate to the activities of the committee.

2021-2022 Committee Members
Allison Ford (22) University of Oregon
Barbara Olave (22) CSU Stanislaus
Jey Strangfeld (22) CSU Stanislaus
Steph Landeros (22) UNLV
Levin Welch (22) UC Riverside
Emily Beth Wilson (23) Utah State University
Matthew Grindal (23) University of Idaho

2020-2021 Committee Members
Allison Ford (22) University of Oregon
Barbara Olave (22) CSU Stanislaus
Jey Strangfeld (22) CSU Stanislaus
Steph Landeros (22) UNLV
Levin Welch (22) UC Riverside

2019-2020 Committee Members
Daniel Morrison (20) Abilene Christian University, Chair
Pete Simi (20) Chapman University

2018-2019 Committee Members
Allison Ford (19) University of Oregon
Berch Berberoglu (19) University of Nevada Reno, Chair
Daniel Morrison (20) Vanderbilt University
Pete Simi (20) Chapman University

2017-2018 Committee Members
Ann Strahm (18) CSU Stanislaus
Katherine Everhart (18) Northern Arizona University
Allison Ford (19) University of Oregon
Berch Berberoglu (19) University of Nevada Reno, Chair

2016-2017 Committee Members
Ann Strahm (18) CSU Stanislaus, Chair
Bob Palacio (17) CSU Fresno
Jennifer Whitmer (17) University of Nevada Las Vegas
Katherine Everhart (18) Northern Arizona University
To begin service at the 2017 conference:
Allison Ford (19) University of Oregon
Berch Berberoglu (19) University of Nevada Reno

2015-16 Committee Members
Lori Cramer (16) Oregon State University, Chair
Mark Cohan (16) Seattle University
Bob Palacio (17) CSU Fresno
Jennifer Whitmer (17) University of Nevada Las Vegas
Ann Strahm (18) CSU Stanislaus
Katherine Everhart (18) Northern Arizona University

2014-15 Committee Members
Susan A. Miller  Palomar College (Southern)
Ann Strahm  California State University, Stanislaus (Central), Chair
Michelle Robertson  St. Edwards University (Southern)
Regina Davis-Sowers  Santa Clara University (Central)
Mark Cohan  Seattle University (Northern)
Lori Cramer  Oregon State University (Northern)

Committee on Rights, Liberties, and Social Justice

The function of the Committee on Rights, Liberties, and Social Justice is to propose and organize sessions, roundtables, and workshops that support the integration of social justice issues in academia and raise awareness of civil rights pedagogy for faculty working with students and community partners. Further, the Committee seeks to promote and foster a community within the Pacific Sociological Association that is committed in social activism. [This committee was named the Committee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties prior to 2018.]

The Committee  consists of six members of the Association, two members from each region.  Terms are for three conferences/two years. PSA members may volunteer for membership to the committee or be nominated by current members of the committee; the prospective pool of candidates is reviewed by the Committee on Committees, which makes appointments. Each year the committee elects a Chair who serves for one year, but can be re-elected.

Procedures for taking committee action.  Committee action is taken following a majority vote of the committee members. This is done either at the annual meeting or by email at the request of the chair.
Specific duties of the chair. The chair must develop the agenda for the year’s activities and must convene the annual meeting of the committee. The chair is responsible for keeping the lines of communication open between and among members, for organizing and conducting meetings, for establishing sponsorship of sessions for annual meetings and assuring that sessions are entered into the online submission system as appropriate. The Chair also keeps track of pertinent member activities, writes the meeting minutes, provides leadership, and passes action items, if any, on to the PSA Council.
Calendar of activities
Pre-PSA: The Chair develops an agenda prior to the annual PSA meeting and seeks input from committee members.
PSA Committee Meeting: The members meet as a committee, elect next committee chair and discuss agenda items, including sessions proposed for the next year’s PSA meeting. In addition, the Committee solicits recommendations for prospective committee members. The names are then passed on to the Chair of the Committee on Committees.
Post PSA Meeting: The chair writes a report of committee activities and meeting minutes, due to the PSA Secretary by May 1. The report contains any sessions the committee wants to sponsor that should be included in the Open Call as well as ideas for invited sessions, and highlights activities the members have participated in throughout the year.

2021-2022 Committee Members
Mehmet Soyer (22) Utah State University
Mary Robertson (22) CSU San Marcos
Edelina Burciaga (23) University of Colorado Denver
Giselle Navarro-Cruz (23) Cal Poly Pomona

2020-2021 Committee Members
Heidi Esbensen (21) Portland State University
Anthony Villareal (21) Monterey Peninsula College  Chair
Mehmet Soyer (22) Utah State University
Mary Robertson (22) CSU San Marcos

2019-2020 Committee Members
Zendina Mostert (20) Salt Lake Community College, Chair
Heidi Esbensen (21) Portland State University
Anthony Villareal (21) Monterey Peninsula College

2018-19 Committee Members
Desire Anastasia-Cartwright (18–extended to 19) Metropolitan State University Denver
Sabrina Alimahomed-Wilson (19) CSU Long Beach
Heather Marek (19) University of Oregon
Zendina Mostert (20) Salt Lake Community College, Chair
and two members to begin service at the 2019 meeting

2017-18 Committee Members
Desire Anastasia-Cartwright (18) Metropolitan State University Denver, Chair
Kara Dellacioppa (18) CSU Dominguez Hills
Duke Austin (18) CSU East Bay
Pamela McMullin-Messier (18) Central Washington University
Sabrina Alimahomed-Wilson (19) CSU Long Beach
Heather Marek (19) University of Oregon

2016-17 Committee Members
Desire Anastasia-Cartwright (18) Metropolitan State University Denver, Chair
Kara Dellacioppa (18) CSU Dominguez Hills
Duke Austin (18) CSU East Bay
Pamela McMullin-Messier (18) Central Washington University
Sabrina Alimahomed-Wilson (19) CSU Long Beach
Heather Marek (19) University of Oregon

2015-16 Committee Members
Sharon Davis (16) University of La Verne, Chair
Stacy McGoldrick (16) Cal Poly Pomona
Becky Beal (16) CSU East Bay
Susan Palmer (16) Walla Walla Community College
Pamela McMullin-Messier (18) Central Washington University
Desire Anastasia-Cartwright (18) Metropolitan State University Denver
Kara Dellacioppia (18) CSU Dominguez Hills
Duke Austin (18) CSU East Bay

2014-15 Committee Members
Sharon Davis  University of La Verne (Southern) Chair
Maricela Demirjyn  Colorado State University (Central)
Carol Ward  Brigham Young University (Northern)
Stacy McGoldrick  Cal Poly Pomona (Southern)
Becky Beal  California State University, East Bay (Central)
Susan Palmer  Walla Walla Community College (Northern)