Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities

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

The Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in sociology 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 Racial and Ethnic Minorities 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 conference.

Given the importance of this committee, it should be very active and all members should be totally committed to its charge. In order for the committee to encourage the participation of racial and ethnic minorities in the discipline and in the PSA, all committee members must have specific and precise responsibilities. These are determined at the annual meeting.

  1. 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 responsibility 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. The chair also saves all correspondence, maintains the committee’s file or archive, and passes it on to the next chair. The chair also makes certain that any Open Call sessions which the committee proposes to sponsor at the annual PSA meeting are communicated to the PSA Secretary by the deadline of May 1.
    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.
  2. Procedures.  Committee decisions are made by input from committee members, either via email and/or at the annual meeting of the committee.
  3. Calendar of Activities and specific chair duties.
    • by October 15: Chair ensures that all responsible committee members have submitted all invited sessions to be sponsored by the committee into the online submission system.
    • by January: Chair contacts all committee members to check on progress being made on specific tasks for the upcoming conference.
    • by February: 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 annual 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 minutes/report of the committee’s activities and sends it to the PSA Secretary. Committee members should be contacted for their input into the annual report.

2021-2022 Committee Members
Brianne Davila (22) Cal Poly Pomona
Celeste Atkins (22) University of Arizona (grad student)
Marisela Martinez-Cola (23) Utah State University

2020-2021 Committee Members
Marcia Hernandez (21) University of the Pacific   Co-Chair
Claudia Lopez (21) CSU Long Beach
Brianne Davila (22) Cal Poly Pomona
Celeste Atkins (22) Cochise Community College/University of Arizona (grad student)

2019-20 Committee Members
Christina Baker (20) Sonoma State University
Xuan Santos (20) CSU San Marcos
Lori Walkington (20) UC Riverside (Student) Co-Chair
Marcia Hernandez (21) University of the Pacific   Co-Chair
Claudia Lopez (21) CSU Long Beach

2018-19 Committee Members
Nelson Pichardo Almanzar (19) Central Washington University, Co-Chair
Shweta Adur (19) CSU Fullerton
Christina Baker (20) Sonoma State University, Co-Chair
Xuan Santos (20) CSU San Marcos
Lori Walkington (20) UC Riverside (Student)

2017-18 Committee Members
Alicia Bonaparte (16 extended to 2017, 18) Pitzer College, Co-Chair
Nelson Pichardo Almanzar (19) Central Washington University, Co-Chair
Shweta Adur (19) CSU Fullerton
Christina Baker (20) Sonoma State University
Xuan Santos (20) CSU San Marcos
Lori Walkington (20) UC Riverside (Student)

2016-17 Committee Members
Blackhawk Hancock (16 extended to 2017) DePaul University, Co-Chair
Alicia Bonaparte (16 extended to 2017) Pitzer College, Co-Chair

Ethel G. Nicdao (16 extended to 2017) University of the Pacific
Michael Chavez (17) CSU Long Beach
Rachael McGlaston (17) CSU San Marcos (Student)
Alexis Grant (18) Humboldt State University
Jose Padin (18) Portland State University (Student)
Nelson Pichardo Almanzar (19) Central Washington University
Shweta Adur (19) CSU Fullerton

2015-16 Committee Members
Brianne Davila (16) Willamette University, Co-Chair
Blackhawk Hancock (16) College of De Paul, Co-Chair
Kathy Kuipers (16) University of Montana
Garry Rolison (16) CSU San Marcos
Ethel G. Nicdao (16) University of the Pacific
Alicia Bonaparte (16) Pitzer College
Michael Chavez (17) CSU Long Beach
Rachael McGlaston (17) CSU San Marcos (Student)

2014-15 Committee Members:
Brianne Davila  Willamette University (Northern) Co-Chair
Blackhawk Hancock  College of De Paul, Chicago (Central) Co-Chair
Kathy Kuipers  University of Montana (Northern)
Sergio Romero  Boise State University (Northern)
Garry Rolinson  CSU San Marcos (Southern)
Ethel G. Nicdao  University of the Pacific (Central)
Alicia D. Bonaparte  Pitzer College (Southern)
Alexis Grant Humboldt State University (Student)

Committee on Teaching

The Committee on Teaching shall concern 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 conference and/or through other appropriate means. The Committee shall help solicit nominations to be sent to the Awards Committee for the PSA Distinguished Contributions to Teaching award and shall from time to time organize a reception and/or other gathering at the annual meeting in order to facilitate networking among members of the Association interested in the teaching of sociology. The Committee shall maintain effective liaison with the American Sociological Association’s Section on Undergraduate Education, with the ASA’s Teaching Resource Center, and with other professional organizations that focus on teaching.

The Committee on Teaching 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 Teaching 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 Teaching 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, serves for one year, and can be re-elected.

  • 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. These decisions need to be made at the committee’s annual meeting in order to meet the deadline for submitting any proposed sessions for the Open Call, which is usually May 1. For this reason, all committee members should be encouraged to attend the annual committee meeting and to agree to organize a session for inclusion in the following year’s program.
  • 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 will also spend a considerable amount of time soliciting nominations for the PSA Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award. The Chair is also responsible for keeping the committee’s file folder or archive and passing it on to the next Chair.
  • Calendar of committee activities.
    • February/March: Develop agenda for up-coming meeting of the committee at the PSA annual meeting, and distribute to all committee members at least two weeks before the meeting.
    • at the annual meeting: Conduct committee meeting. Pass on action items, if any, to Council (Board of Directors). Select a committee Chair for the following year. Meet new committee members. Discuss proposals for committee-sponsored sessions at next year’s PSA meeting.
    • by May 1: Write the annual report/minutes, including a summary of the year’s activities, and submit to the PSA Secretary. Submit information for any committee-sponsored sessions to be included in the Open Call to the PSA Secretary.

The year following each name indicates the conference at which that member completes their service. For example,those who have a (16) following their names complete their service at the end of the 2016 conference in Oakland.

2021-2022 Committee members
Benjamin Lewin (22)  University of Puget Sound    Chair
Tanya Nieri (22) UC Riverside
Marisol Clark-Ibanez (22) CSU San Marcos
Cesar Rodriguez (23) San Francisco State University
Barbara Reyes (23) Imperial Valley College

2020-2021 Committee members
Vincent Laus (21) CSU Stanislaus
Benjamin Lewin (22) University of Puget Sound  Chair
Tanya Nieri (22) UC Riverside
Marisol Clark-Ibanez (22) CSU San Marcos

2019-20 Committee members
Jennifer Puentes (20) Eastern Oregon University   Chair
Michelle Robertson (20) St. Edward’s University
Vincent Laus (21) CSU Stanislaus
Benjamin Lewin (22) University of Puget Sound

2018-19 Committee on Teaching
Jason Leiker (19) Utah State University
Timothy Larkin (19) Grand Canyon University
Jennifer Puentes (20) Eastern Oregon University
Michelle Robertson (20) St. Edward’s University, Chair

2017-18 Committee on Teaching
Elvia Ramirez (18) CSU Sacramento, Chair
Kristin Haltinner (18) University of Idaho
Jason Leiker (19) Utah State University
Timothy Larkin (19) Grand Canyon University

2016-17 Committee on Teaching
Elvia Ramirez (18) CSU Sacramento, Chair
Kristin Haltinner (18) University of Idaho
Juan Pitones (17) CSU Channel Islands
Valerie Adrian (17) Washington State University
Jason Leiker (19) Utah State University
Timothy Larkin (19) Grand Canyon University

2015-16 Committee on Teaching
Rosemary Powers (16)  Eastern Oregon University, Co-Chair
Clayton Peoples (16) University of Nevada Reno, Co-Chair
Terressa Benz (16) University of Idaho
Michael Chavez (16) Cal Poly Pomona
Juan Pitones (17) CSU Channel Islands
Valerie Adrian (17) Washington State University

2014-15 Committee on Teaching
Adam Rafalovich  Pacific University (Southern)
Rosemary Powers Eastern Oregon University (Northern), Co-Chair
Deidre Tyler  Salt Lake City Community College (Central)
Terressa Benz  University of Idaho (Northern)
Clayton Peoples  University of Nevada Reno (Central), Co-Chair
Michael Chavez  Cal Poly Pomona (Southern)

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee administers procedures and arrangements for bestowal of awards by the Association. The Awards Committee establishes and maintains its own procedures and criteria for the bestowal of each of the various awards under its jurisdiction. The Awards Committee may, at its discretion, elect to by pass bestowal of any award in any interval during which, in its judgment, there is a shortage of meritorious nominations for that award.

Membership of the Awards Committee consists of six members of the Association. Members are appointed for a three conference/two year term. Each year two members end and two members begin their term.  Appointments are made by the Committee on Committees. While members of the Awards 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.

Normally, the Awards Committee shall divide itself into subcommittees, such that at least one member, except the chair, shall serve as a Principal Judge for one of the Association’s awards and as Secondary Judge for another. Each subcommittee reports its recommendations for awards to the committee of the whole for consideration and ratification. If costs are incurred, such as for mailing of books, the PSA office will reimburse these; a receipt should be sent to the Executive Director. Alternative subcommittee arrangements may also be made at the discretion of the chair as required by the nature of the workload in a given year.

The Awards Committee may decide to keep nominations from a previous year in the next year’s pool. Other decisions, such as closing dates for nominations, rules for supporting documentation, criteria for the awards, etc. are made by majority vote at the annual meeting of the Awards Committee or by e-mail.

The Nominations Process:  in the September and January Newsletters, the Executive Director will place an announcement of the awards, soliciting nominations from the Association’s members. In addition, the Executive Director will include an announcement of the awards in emails sent to members/etc. in the fall.

Nominations for Awards should be sent to awards@pacificsoc.org

2022 Awards:
Except for the Distinguished Scholarship Award, the deadline for all nominations is February 1, 2022.

The 2022 Distinguished Scholarship Award  The Distinguished Scholarship Award is granted to sociologists from the Pacific region in recognition of major intellectual contributions embodied in a recently published book or series of at least three articles on a common theme. To be eligible for the 2022 award, a book or the most recent article in a series must have been published in 2020 or later. If a book has both a hardback and paperback copyright date and no significant changes have been made in the book between editions, the committee will consider the earlier copyright date as the one determining eligibility for the award. Nominations must be from individual members of the PSA; the Committee does not accept nominations from publishers. Edited books are not eligible for this award. The deadline for nominations is November 1, 2021. You will need to send three copies of the book; request mailing address when you submit nomination information. Send nominations materials to awards@pacificsoc.org

The Dean S. Dorn Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award  The Dean S. Dorn Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award honors individuals whose distinctions as teachers have made a significant impact on how sociology is taught. It is typically given for contributions spanning several years or an entire career. Nominations for this award should be submitted in packet form and include the following information: 1) a summary statement of the nominee’s contributions to the teaching of sociology that may include, but is not limited to, honors and awards received by the nominee, publications or scholarly activity related to teaching/pedagogy, papers presented at national conferences on teaching/pedagogy, innovative approaches to teaching, a discussion of the nominee’s impact in disseminate knowledge, leadership in teaching, or mentoring students; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) a minimum of four letters of support— at least two from students and two from colleagues — including the nominator’s letter; and 4) other supporting documents as deemed relevant (optional). Prior nominees are encouraged to re-submit updated materials. For the 2022 awards cycle, this award will be given by the PSA Committee on Teaching. Send nominations materials to teaching.awards@pacificsoc.org

The Early Career Award for Innovation in Teaching Sociology The Early Career Award for Innovation in Teaching Sociology is designed to honor and encourage the work of junior faculty (typically fewer than seven years of teaching experience). This award recognizes innovative and creative approaches to teaching and demonstrated commitment to mentoring students. Nominations for this award should be submitted in packet form and include the following information: 1) a summary statement of the nominee’s contributions to the teaching of sociology that may include, but is not limited to, a discussion of innovative approaches to teaching, a discussion of the nominee’s impact on student learning, or a demonstrated commitment to teaching pedagogy through presentations, publications, workshops or other evidence; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) a minimum of four letters of support from colleagues and students, including the nominator’s letter; and 4) other supporting documents as deemed relevant (optional). For the 2022 awards cycle, this award will be given by the PSA Committee on Teaching. Send nominations materials to teaching.awards@pacificsoc.org

The Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Praxis Award The Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Praxis Award honors sociological work in the Pacific region (whether by an academic or non-academic), that has made a positive impact on social and organizational institutions, improved organizational performance, contributed to community betterment, and/or eased human suffering. Nominations for this award should be submitted in packet form and include the following information: 1) a nominating letter that provides an overview of the nominee’s distinguished praxis contributions, which should make clear how the nominee’s work has made a positive impact and how the contributions are above and beyond typical professional service; 2) a minimum of two letters of support from individuals having direct knowledge of the nominee’s contribution to sociological praxis; 3) supporting documents, examples of which include, but are not limited to, presentations at scholarly conferences, published articles, reports, media materials, community documents, or grant/contract proposals primarily authored by the nominee, that speak to this significant contribution. Prior nominees are encouraged to re-submit updated materials. Send nominations materials to awards@pacificsoc.org

The Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Perspectives Award  Each year, the Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Perspectives Award honors an outstanding article published in the most recent volume of PSA’s official journal, Sociological Perspectives. To be eligible, the article must be worthy of special recognition for outstanding scholarship and contribution to the discipline. The article must have been published in 2021 (Vol. 64). For the 2022 awards cycle, awardee will be selected by the PSA Publications Committee.

The Distinguished Undergraduate Student Paper Award  The Distinguished Undergraduate Student Paper Award recognizes an undergraduate student or students for a paper of high professional quality. This award includes a $200 honorarium and two nights of lodging at the conference hotel. To be eligible a paper must be: 1) worthy of special recognition for outstanding scholarship; 2) written by an undergraduate student or students in the Pacific region; 3) written or substantially revised in the last year; 4) presented at the upcoming PSA annual conference; 5) in article format but not yet published; and 6) less than 10,000 words or 40 pages in length, inclusive of all graphs and tables. Nominations for the award must include a copy of the paper, an abstract, and a minimum of one letter of support. Note: An individual faculty mentor may nominate a maximum of three papers for this award. Send nominations materials to awards@pacificsoc.org

The Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award  The Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award recognizes a graduate student or students for a paper of high professional quality. This award includes a $200 honorarium and two nights of lodging at the conference hotel. To be eligible a paper must be: 1) worthy of special recognition for outstanding scholarship; 2) written by a graduate student or students in the Pacific region; 3) written or substantially revised in the last year; 4) presented at the upcoming PSA annual conference; and 5) in article format but not yet published. Nominations for the award must include a copy of the paper, an abstract, and a minimum of one letter of support. Send nominations materials to awards@pacificsoc.org

The Social Conscience Award  The Pacific Sociological Association’s Social Conscience Award is given to a worthy community-based organization located in the city in which the PSA Annual meeting is held — for 2022, this will be Sacramento, CA. This is a monetary award and honors a community organization that is engaged in providing a much-needed social service in the community. The awardees will be selected by the Social Conscience Committee; nominations may be sent to socialconscience@pacificsoc.org. (No award for 2021)

Awards Committee Members  The year following each name indicates the Annual Meeting at which that member completes their service. For example,those who have a (19) following their names complete their service at the end of the 2019 conference in Oakland.

2021-2022 Awards Committee Members
Suzel Bozada-Deas (22) Sonoma State University, Co-Chair
Hernan Ramirez (22) College of the Canyons
Minjeong Kim (23) San Digeo State University, Co-Chair
Amy Lubitow (24) Portland State University
Chioun Lee (24) UC Riverside
Michael Cope (24) Brigham Young University

2020-2021 Awards Committee Members
Miriam Abelson (21) Portland State University, Co-Chair
Ethel Nicdao (21) CSU San Bernardino, Co-Chair

Suzel Bozada-Deas (22) Sonoma State University
Hernan Ramirez (22) College of the Canyons
beginning with 2021 award cycle:
Alice Gates (21) University of Portland
Minjeong Kim (23) San Digeo State University

2019-2020 Awards Committee Members:
Hyeyoung Woo (extended to 2020) Portland State University
Debora Paterniti (20) Sonoma State University, Co-Chair
Christina Sanchez Volatier (20) University of Western New Mexico
Miriam Abelson (21) Portland State University, Co-Chair
Ethel Nicdao (21) CSU San Bernardino

2018-19 Awards Committee Members:
Elizabeth Sowers (19, extended from 2018) CSU Channel Islands
Hyeyoung Woo (19) Portland State University, Co-Chair
Debora Paterniti (20) Sonoma State University, Co-Chair
Faye Wachs (19) Cal Poly Pomona
Christina Sanchez Volatier (20) University of Western New Mexico

2017-18 Awards Committee Members:
Augustine Kposowa, UC Riverside, Chair
Kelley Strawn, Willamette University
Susan Mannon, University of the Pacific
Elizabeth Sowers, CSU Channel Islands
Hyeyoung Woo, Portland State University
Faye Wachs, Cal Poly Pomona

2016-17 Awards Committee:
Augustine Kposowa (18) (Southern) Chair
Judy Hennessy (17)
Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano (17)
Preston Rudy (17)
Kelley Strawn (18) (Northern)
Susan Mannon (18) (Central)
Elizabeth Sowers (18) (Southern)
Hyeyoung Woo (19) (Northern)
Faye Wachs (19) (Southern)

2015-16 Awards Committee
Elizabeth Essary Nelson (16) (Southern), Chair

Julie Shayne (16) University of Washington, Bothell (Northern)
Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano (16) UC Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing (Central)
Marie Butler (16) Oxnard College (Southern)
Augustine Kposowa (17) UC Riverside (Southern)
Judy Hennessy Central Washington University
Preston Rudy San Jose State University

2014-15 Awards Committee
Elizabeth Essary Nelson  Pepperdine University, Chair

Preston Rudy  San Jose State University
Judith Hennessy  Central Washington University
Julie Shayne  University of Washington, Bothell
Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano  UC Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Marie Butler  Oxnard College

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee assists the Officers of the Association in recruitment and maintenance of membership in the Association and advises the Officers about membership.

The Membership Committee consists of six members of the association appointed for a three conference/two year term. Each year two members end and two members begin their term. Appointments are made by the Committee on Committees.  While members of the Membership 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.

  • Procedures for taking committee action. Committee action is taken following a majority vote of the committeemembers. 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, organizing and conducting meetings,  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. The Chair of the Membership Committee works closely with the Executive Director, Secretary, and Treasurer regarding initiatives for increasing and maintaining membership.
  • Calendar of activities.
    • In January/February, Chair develops agenda for the March/April PSA meeting.
    • Input from committee members is encouraged and has been discussed with committee members at the previous PSA meeting or via email.
    • at annual meeting: Meet as a committee. Select someone to take minutes. Select/elect next committee chair. Discuss agenda items, which mostly involve ideas and procedures for increasing and/or maintaining membership in the PSA. Pass action items, if any, on to PSA Council (Board of Directors). Solicit recommendations for prospective committee members; forward to the chair of the Committee on Committees.
    • after annual meeting: Chair writes report/minutes of committee activities and submits to Secretary by May 1. The report highlights activities the members have participated in throughout the year which relate to the Membership Committee. Chair passes archive on to the next Chair.

The year following each name indicates the conference at which that member completes their service. For example,those who have a (16) following their names complete their service at the end of the 2016 conference in Oakland.

2021-2022 Members
Kathy Kuipers (22) University of Montana
Matthew Grindal (22) University of Idaho
Cynthia Zhang (23)
Mohamed Abumaye (23) California State University San Marcos

2020-2021 Members
Judy Hennessy (21) Central Washington University
Kathy Kuipers (22) University of Montana
Matthew Grindal (22) University of Idaho

2019-2020 Members
Celeste Atkins (19–extended to 2020) Cochise College, Chair
Matthew Grindal (20) University of Idaho
Anthony Roberts (20) CSU Los Angeles
Judy Hennessy (21) Central Washington University

2018-19 Members
Lisa Jones (19) University of the Pacific
Celeste Atkins (19) Cochise College, Chair
Matthew Grindal (20) University of Idaho
Anthony Roberts (20) CSU Los Angeles

2017-18 Membership Committee
Martin Orr (18) Boise State University
Keith Farrington (18) Whitman College
Lisa Jones (19) University of the Pacific
Celeste Atkins (19) Cochise College, Chair
Matthew Grindal (20) University of Idaho
Anthony Roberts (20) CSU Los Angeles

2016-17 Membership Committee
Melanie Arthur (17) University of Alaska Fairbanks
Kassia Wosick (17) New Mexico State University, Co-Chair
Martin Orr (18) Boise State University, Co-Chair
Keith Farrington (18) Whitman College
to begin service in 2017:
Lisa Jones (19) University of the Pacific
Celeste Atkins (19) Cochise College

2015-16 Membership Committee
Linda Kim (16) Arizona State University
Jeffrey Montez de Oca (16)  University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Maria Sarita Gaytan (16) University of Utah
Melanie Arthur (17) University of Alaska Fairbanks
Kassia Wosick (17) New Mexico State University

2014-15 Membership Committee
Pat Hoffman  New Mexico State University (Southern) Chair
Linda Henderson  St. Mary’s College-Alberta (Northern)
Chris Hardnack  University of Oregon (Northern, Student)
Linda Kim  Arizona State University Phoenix (Southern)
Jeffrey Montez de Oca  University of Colorado Colorado Springs (Central)
Maria Sarita Gaytan  University of Utah (Central)

Committee on Committees

The Committee on Committees (COC) consists of nine members elected for a three year term by the entire membership of the Association, and the Past Vice President of the PSA who serves as chair and ex officio member. Each year, three members, one from each division of the PSA (North, South, Central), begin and three end their term of office. The Committee recommends appointments to standing appointed committees of the Association in such manner that the Northern, Southern, and Central regions are represented.

  • Responsibilities and duties of the committee.  The Committee recommends appointments to all appointed committees of the Association in such manner that the Northern, Southern, and Central regions are represented in so far as this is possible, and that other aspects of diversity are included in selecting appointees.
  • Duties of the chair.  The chair conducts the meeting of the COC which is scheduled at the annual PSA meeting, prepares the agenda, maintains the committee’s file or archive, and passes the archive on to the new chair. The chair also makes certain that committee members are kept informed via email of the agenda and the committee’s work during the year between annual meetings. The chair reminds members of the committee of their individual assignments and of time deadlines (see below). The chair also writes the committee’s annual report/minutes and sends it to the Secretary by May 1.
  • Procedures and Calendar of the Committee.  Since the decisions of the COC regarding appointment of new members to various PSA committees must be made by September, most of the work of the committee will occur via e-mail during the months following the annual conference.  Newly appointed members of PSA committees begin their term at the scheduled meeting of the committee they are appointed to during the annual PSA conference.
    • March-August (During and after the conference)   The chair will distribute a list of vacant positions for each PSA appointed committee. This list details each committee’s open positions by region (North, South, Central) of the association. The list of open positions along with a complete list of PSA members is sent to the chair of the COC by the Secretary, along with a list of potential committee nominees who have volunteered or been nominated by others.   Committee members add to the above list additional names. The goal is to first assemble a fairly complete list of volunteers and others recommended for committee assignments. The list contains not only the names of potential nominees, but also their institutional affiliation, their membership status in the PSA–students or faculty–and the region they are from. Students can be appointed to all PSA standing committees except the Awards Committee.  The chair will assign committee members to contact nominees.  Each of the nine members of the committee will be assigned from one to three PSA committees and provided the list of potential nominees for each committee vacancy which the COC as a whole has decided upon–ranked in order from first choice to alternate–along with the nominee’s email address. The chair will keep an accurate account of which committee member has been assigned which committee and the names of potential nominees in ranked order by committee.
    • September     The Chair will then send the entire list of appointees to the Secretary and Executive Director. The Executive Director/Secretary will then send an email to each new member formally informing them of their appointment and indicating to them that their term begins during the PSA annual meeting.

The number in parentheses following each committee member’s name indicates the last slate of appointees they are responsible for–so (20) indicates that the person’s last slate will be for appointments made during summer/fall of 2020 with service to begin at the 2021 conference.

2021-2022 Committee on Committees (to select appointees beginning service in 2022)
Past Vice President Gary Hytrek, California State University Long Beach, Ex Officio Chair

Nicole Willms (21) North Idaho College
Aya Kimura Ida (21) CSU Sacramento
Richelle Swan (21) CSU San Marcos
Hyeyoung Woo (22) Portland State University
Heidy Sarabia (22) CSU Sacramento
Kristy Y. Shih (22) CSU Long Beach
Lora Vess (23) University of Alaska Southeast
Jennifer Puentes (23) Eastern Oregon University
Daniel Olmos (23) California State University Northridge

2020-2021 Committee on Committees (to select appointees beginning service in 2021)
Past Vice President Ellen Reese, UC Riverside, Ex Officio Chair
Shirley Jackson (20) Portland State University
Christy Glass (20) Utah State University
Katy Pinto (20) CSU Dominguez Hills
Nicole Willms (21) North Idaho College
Aya Kimura Ida (21) CSU Sacramento
Richelle Swan (21) CSU San Marcos
Hyeyoung Woo (22) Portland State University
Heidy Sarabia (22) CSU Sacramento
Kristy Y. Shih (22) CSU Long Beach

2019-2020 Committee on Committees (to select appointees beginning service in 2020)
Past Vice President Kathy Kuipers, University of Montana, Ex-Officio Chair
Ann Strahm (19) CSU Stanislaus
Tanya Nieri (19) UC Riverside
Shirley Jackson (20) Portland State University
Christy Glass (20) Utah State University
Katy Pinto (20) CSU Dominguez Hills
Nicole Willms (21) North Idaho College                                                                    Aya Kimura Ida (21) CSU Sacramento                                                                        Richelle Swan (21) CSU San Marcos

2018-19 Committee on Committees (to select appointees beginning 2019)
Past Vice President Wendy Ng, San Jose State University, Chair
Kim Korinek (18) University of Utah
Erich Steinman (18) Pitzer College
Northern Representative (18)–not filled
Ann Travers (19) Simon Fraser University
Ann Strahm (19) CSU Stanislaus
Tanya Nieri (19) UC Riverside
Shirley Jackson (20) Portland State University
Christy Glass (20) Utah State University
Katy Pinto (20) CSU Dominguez Hills

2017-18 Committee on Committees (to select appointees beginning 2018)
Past Vice President Michelle Camacho, University of San Diego, Chair
Michelle Inderbitzin (17) Oregon State University
Ynez Wilson Hirst (17) St. Mary’s College
Marisol Clark-Ibanez (17) California State University San Marcos
Kim Korinek (18) University of Utah
Erich Steinman (18) Pitzer College
Northern Representative (18)–not filled
Ann Travers (19) Simon Fraser University
Ann Strahm (19) CSU Stanislaus
Tanya Nieri (19) UC Riverside

2016-17 Committee on Committees (to select appointees beginning 2017)
Past Vice President Mary Virnoche, Humboldt State University, Chair
Michelle Inderbitzin (17) Oregon State University
Ynez Wilson Hirst (17) St. Mary’s College
Marisol Clark-Ibanez (17) California State University San Marcos
Kim Korinek (18) University of Utah
Erich Steinman (18) Pitzer College
Northern Representative–not filled

2015-16 Committee on Committees
Past-Vice President Dennis Downey, California State University Channel Islands, Chair
Vice President Mary Virnoche, Humboldt State University, Co-Chair
Brianne Davila (16) Willamette University
Todd Migliaccio (16) California State University Sacramento
G. Reginald Daniel (16) University of California, Santa Barbara
Michelle Inderbitzin (17) Oregon State University
Ynez Wilson Hirst (17) St. Mary’s College
Marisol Clark-Ibanez (17) California State University San Marcos
and three new members to be elected Fall 2015

PSA Committee on Committees report 2015

Publications Committee

The Publications Committee consists of the Editor(s) of Sociological Perspectives (ex officio), the Editor of The Pacific Sociologist (ex officio) and six members elected at large by the entire voting membership of the Association for a three conference/two year term of office. Each regional division of the PSA (South, Central, North) is represented by two of the six elected committee members. Terms of office are staggered, so that retiring members are replaced by newly elected members from the same regional division.

While members of the Publications Committee may recommend prospective candidates to the Nominations Committee, they do not select individuals for placement on the Association’s yearly ballot. They do, however, elect the committee chair. The chair is elected by the voting members of the committee 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 normally elected at the scheduled meeting of the committee, which is held at the annual PSA conference. The chair serves for one year, but can be reelected.

  • Responsibilities and duties of the committee.  The publications committee is responsible for the formulation of policies for all publications of the Association. Such policies shall take effect upon ratification by PSA Council (Board of Directors). It is also responsible for recommending editors of the journal to Council, reviewing annual reports which the editors provide to the committee, and for monitoring the publication of Sociological Perspectives and The Pacific Sociologist. From time to time, the committee will also be responsible for negotiating contracts with publishers for the journal.
  • Procedures for taking committee action.  The Publications Committee meets face-to-face once during the year at the PSA conference. When business arises during the year, committee members correspond by email. Whenever possible the chair attempts to solicit consensus on issues. When there isn’t consensus, a formal vote is taken on all major issues. The majority position prevails on all votes. Other decision-making rules are at the discretion of the chair, decided in consultation with all committee members.
  • Specific duties of the Chair.  The chair of the Publications Committee oversees the activities of the committee. The chair drafts the advertisements to recruit editors for the journal and distributes applications and summaries to committee members. The chair takes the lead in discussing and organizing contract issues with publishers and publishing issues with the editors. The chair also proposes an agenda for the annual committee meeting, chairs the meeting, and attends the Council (Board of Directors) meetings at the conference to make recommendations and/or present reports when needed. The chair makes certain that all members of the committee receive copies of annual reports from the editors of the journal. The chair also writes the committee’s annual minutes/report and submits it to the Secretary by May 1.  Finally, the chair is in charge of the committee’s file or archive and is responsible for passing it on to the new chair.
  • Calendar of committee activities.
    • By Feb/March: Chair prepares and distributes agenda for meeting in anticipation of a late March or April PSA meeting.
    • At PSA Annual Meeting: Publications Committee meets on second or third day, so that action items can be brought to the PSA Council on fourth morning. Editors’ reports are presented along with other business. New chair is elected. Prospective candidates for membership on the Publication’s Committee are forwarded to the Nominations Committee.
    • May 1: submits annual committee report to the Secretary.

The year following each name indicates the Annual Meeting (conference) at which that member completes their service. For example,those who have a (16) following their names complete their service at the end of the 2016 conference in Oakland.

2021-2022 Publications Committee
Veronica Terriquez (22) UC Santa Cruz  Co-Chair
Shari L. Dworkin (22) UW Bothell
Susan E. Mannon (23) University of the Pacific
Victoria Reyes (23) UC Riverside  Co-Chair
ex officio members:
Editor, The Pacific Sociologist (PSA newsletter)–Lora Bristow, Executive Director
2020-2022 Editors, Sociological Perspectives (PSA journal)–Bryan Sykes, UC Irvine, and Black Hawk Hancock, DePaul University

2020-2021 Publications Committee
Ryan Light (21) University of Oregon  Chair
Chioun Lee (21) UC Riverside
Veronica Terriquez (22) UC Santa Cruz
Shari L. Dworkin (22) UW Bothell
ex officio members:
Editor, The Pacific Sociologist (PSA newsletter)–Lora Bristow, Executive Director
2020-2022 Editors, Sociological Perspectives (PSA journal)–Bryan Sykes, UC Irvine, and Black Hawk Hancock, DePaul University

2019-20 Publications Committee
Carl Stempel (20) CSU East Bay
Allison Hurst (20) Oregon State University, Chair
Ryan Light (21) University of Oregon
Chioun Lee (21) UC Riverside
ex officio members:
Editor, The Pacific Sociologist (PSA newsletter)–Lora Bristow, Executive Director
2016-2019 Editors, Sociological Perspectives (PSA journal)–Matthew Carlson, Hyeyoung Woo, and Lindsey Wilkinson, Portland State University
2020-2022 Editors, Sociological Perspectives (PSA journal)–Bryan Sykes, UC Irvine, and Black Hawk Hancock, DePaul University

2018-19 Publications Committee
Robert Futrell (18) University of Nevada Las Vegas, Chair
Marta Elliott (19) University of Nevada Reno
Janine Schipper (19) Northern Arizona University
Carl Stempel (20) CSU East Bay
Allison Hurst (20) Oregon State University
ex officio members:
Editor, The Pacific Sociologist (PSA newsletter)–Lora Bristow, Executive Director
Editors, Sociological Perspectives (PSA journal)–Matthew Carlson, Hyeyoung Woo, and Lindsey Wilkinson, Portland State University

2017-18 Publications Committee
Black Hawk Hancock (18) DePaul University, Chair
Robert Futrell (18) University of Nevada Las Vegas
Marta Elliott (19) University of Nevada Reno
Janine Schipper (19) Northern Arizona University
Carl Stempel (20) CSU East Bay
Allison Hurst (20) Oregon State University
ex officio members:
Editor, The Pacific Sociologist (PSA newsletter)–Lora Bristow, Executive Director
Editors, Sociological Perspectives (PSA journal)–Matthew Carlson, Hyeyoung Woo, and Lindsey Wilkinson, Portland State University

2016-17 Publications Committee
Black Hawk Hancock (18) DePaul University, Chair
Robert Futrell (18) University of Nevada Las Vegas
Celia Winkler (17) University of Montana
Ellen Berg (17) Sacramento State University
Marta Elliott (19) University of Nevada Reno
Janine Schipper (19) Northern Arizona University
ex officio members:
Editor, The Pacific Sociologist (PSA newsletter)–Lora Bristow, Executive Director
Liaison from ED–Dean Dorn
Editors, Sociological Perspectives (PSA journal)–Matthew Carlson, Hyeyoung Woo, and Lindsey Wilkinson, Portland State University

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee is one of the three elected committees serving the Association. The 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, Secretary, Treasurer, and Members of the PSA Council (Board of Directors). The Nominations Committee consists of the Past President who serves ex officio as chair without a vote, and three members elected at-large by the entire voting membership of the Association. One elected member shall retire each year on a rotating basis so that a member from each successive geographical division is elected each year.

The year following each name indicates the ballots the person is responsible for; because much of this committee’s work is done in the summer, after the conference, in order to prepare a slate of candidates for the fall ballot, their terms are different than other committees.

2021 Nominations Committee, responsible for the slate for the 2021 ballot: 
Sharon K. Davis, University of La Verne, Past President and Ex-Officio Chair
Todd Migliaccio (2019-2021 ballots) CSU Sacramento
Kemi Balogun  (2020-2022 ballots) University of Oregon
Brianne Davila (2021-2023 ballots) Cal Poly Pomona

2020 Nominations Committee, responsible for the slate for the 2020 ballot: 
Dennis J. Downey, CSU Channel Islands, Past President and Ex-Officio Chair
Marcia Marx (2018-2020 ballots) CSU San Bernardino
Todd Migliaccio (2019-2021 ballots) CSU Sacramento
Kemi Balogun  (2020-2022 ballots) University of Oregon

2019 Nominations Committee, responsible for the slate for the 2019 ballot:
Elaine Bell Kaplan, University of Southern California, Past President and Ex-Officio Chair
Marcia Marx (2018-2020 ballots) CSU San Bernardino
Todd Migliaccio (2019-2021 ballots) CSU Sacramento

2017-18 Nominations Committee, responsible for the slate for the 2018 Ballot:
Amy J. Orr, Linfield College, Past President and Ex-Officio Chair
Christy Glass (2016-2018 ballots) Utah State University
Sine Anahita (2017-2019 ballots) University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Marcia Marx (2018-2020 ballots) CSU San Bernardino

2016-17 Nominations Committee, responsible for the slate for the 2017 Ballot:
Robert Nash Parker, UC Riverside, Past-President and Ex-Officio Chair
Christie Batson (2015-2017 ballots) University of Nevada Las Vegas
Christy Glass (2016-2018 ballots) Utah State University
Sine Anahita (2017-2019 ballots) University of Alaska, Fairbanks

 (Note: Past President Karen Pyke resigned from the 2017-18 Nominations Committee and passed duties to Past President Amy Orr)