Official Program is Now Available

Posted February 26, 2013 by Gary
Categories: Conference

The 2013 Annual Conference

Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology

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October 3-5
Portland, Oregon

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Change the Process; Change the Outcome; Change the World!

Real World Sociology for the 21st Century”

Make sure to reserve your room at the Doubletree by Hilton Portland right away to take advantage of the special AACS group rate before our room block is sold out! You can use the AACS group reservations link or you can call the hotel directly at 1-503-281-6111 and request the AACS group rate.

To renew or begin your AACS membership and/or to register for the conference, ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN: CLICK HERE, or use the printable registration form.

The session and paper proposal forms invite all sorts of presentations, from the traditional to the experimental. Don’t be afraid to be creative!

You may reserve your room at our conference hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton Portland, using the AACS group reservations link: or by calling the hotel directly at 1-503-281-6111 and using the code “AACS.”

This year’s conference program organizer is AACS Vice President, Sandra Jones. Please direct all program inquiries and submissions to her at

Highlights from the upcoming 2013 program

Keynote speaker

Gregory D. Squires, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University: “Inequality, Advocacy, and the Foreclosure Crisis.”

Plenary speakers

Wayne Youngquist, Senior Political Analyst/Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater: “If I had a Hammer: Social Justice, Sociology and the News Media.” 

Jan Marie Fritz, Ph.D., C.C.S., Professor at the University of Cincinnati and Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Sociological Research at the University of Johannesburg: “Clinical Sociology in International Settings.”

Student Project Competition

Students doing work in the areas of applied, clinical and/or public sociology are encouraged to submit their projects to the AACS Student Project Competition. Project submissions should be in a format appropriate to the project and may include papers, professional-style reports, posters, etc. Submitted projects presented using a poster format will be presented during the regular student poster session on Thursday night. Submitted projects using a paper or professional report-style format will be presented orally during scheduled student project presentation session(s). This competition is an opportunity for students to get extra recognition for their work. All student conference participants are invited as long as all project authors are students. We encourage creativity! Please use the conference submission form for all student project submissions: session and paper proposal forms.

Judith Little Problem Solving Competition 

We are soliciting student teams for the Judith Little Problem Solving Competition which will run concurrently with the annual conference October 3-5 in Portland, Oregon. Teams will be made up of 2 to 3 students with a faculty sponsor. Undergraduate and graduate student teams may enter.

The competition begins with the problem statement at the first conference session Thursday, October 3rd at 12:30. The problem statement will be given by a representative of a local Portland agency that is soliciting sociological assistance. Student teams will have the remainder of the conference to develop a solution. Students are encouraged to attend sessions that may help them develop their solutions. Students are also encouraged to interview conference attendees for information and suggestions. Online research is also encouraged. 

Solutions are due on Saturday October 5th by 2:15. Teams will make presentations of their solutions to an adjudicating body of two AACS members and a representative of the agency providing the problem. The winner will be announced during the final session of the day at the completion of the adjudication process. The team and it members will be recognized on the AACS website and a plaque bearing their names will be sent to their respective college or university. 

The Judith Little Problem Solving Competition provides students a meaningful way to exercise their sociological skills. It is a networking opportunity for the participants and also provides students a professional experience they can include on their resumes.

Team sponsors should contact Mike Hirsch who will be overseeing the exercise at the October 3-5 meetings. 

More information about the conference can be found at our website

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

Tina Quartaroli

President, Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology

Request for Nominations

Posted February 4, 2013 by Gary
Categories: News

Greetings to all!

Request for Nominations

As a benefit of your membership in the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, you are invited to participate in selecting the potential officers and board members for 2013-2014.  We encourage you to nominate candidates for the following open positions:

3 board member-at-large positions

Vice President – Elect

President – Elect

All AACS members are eligible for nomination, including current officers and board members whose terms expire at the end of the 2013 October Annual Meeting.  To be placed on the ballot, nominees must be members in good standing.  Terms of office commence at the end of the 2013 Saturday general membership meeting. New officers assume their positions at the 2013 Sunday morning board meeting. Nominations will be accepted through March 15, 2013

Nominees must be prepared to attend all board meetings.  The general schedule of board meetings for each calendar year is as follows:

February – Midyear board meeting.  Usually held on a Friday and Saturday at the hotel where that year’s October conference will be held.

October - A series of meetings held just prior to and after the conference.  The Board meets on Thursday morning, the first day of the conference, prior to the afternoon sessions.  The board is also expected to attend the General Membership Meeting immediately after the conference on Saturday afternoon, and again on Sunday morning after the conference.

Please notice the attached nomination form which includes descriptions of board position terms and duties.  Email nominations to with AACS 2013 Election in the subject line.

I look forward to receiving your nominations!

Nomination Form-02-04-2013

Message from the AACS President

Posted January 21, 2013 by Gary
Categories: News


Dear AACS members and friends,

Happy New Year!

We had a fantastic conference in Milwaukee! Very special thanks to Mike Hirsch for all of his hard work and dedication and for making us feel so welcome in his hometown. Many thanks also to Libby Larsen, Fonda Martin, Amy Allen, Mueni Rudd, and our amazing Milwaukee host committee for helping to make this one of our most successful meetings ever!

As the challenges facing individuals and societies in the domestic and world communities continue to broaden and deepen by the day, practitioners of applied and clinical sociology continue to make a difference in ways both big and small. Our organization works to make a difference through such means as our commitment to student outreach, our attention to critically-emergent issues, our advancement of theory, research and methods in the field, and through the outstanding community engagement of our members. If you are already a member of AACS, thank you for renewing your membership. If you are not a member, I hope you will consider establishing a new membership and partnering with us in our efforts to make a difference through the practice of sociology.

Each October our members come together and demonstrate their passion for working to promote the application of sociological knowledge to effect beneficial social change. This year we are heading to the beautiful Pacific Northwest!  We hope you will join us for the 2013 annual meetings of the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology in Portland, Oregon, October 3-5 where our theme will be:

 Change the Process; Change the Outcome; Change the World!

Real World Sociology for the 21st Century

Please mark your calendars now. The first call for sessions will go out early this year. We are planning another great conference and we hope to see you there!

Hotel Entrance


Portland, Oregon

October 3, 4 & 5, 2013

Wishing everyone a healthy and joyful new year!

Tina Quartaroli

President, Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology


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