The AACS conference: “The Profession of Sociological Practice.”

The Profession of Sociological Practice

October 17-19, 2019

Portland, Oregon

RC46 will meet in 2019 with the annual meeting of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology.  The meeting will be held on October 17-19 just outside of Portland, Oregon (USA). The AACS conference theme is “The Profession of Sociological Practice.”

 AACS pre-conference professional development workshops are available on Thursday afternoon for a modest additional charge for non-members.  Registration includes welcome and closing receptions, complimentary breakfasts by Embassy Suites with stay, keynote and presidential luncheons, and refreshments.

You can register for the conference here. RC46 members can register at the AACS membership rate. There is a special registration rate for members in category B and C countries. For more information, please visit AACS at https://www.aacsnet.net/, and explore the Conferences tab.

The 2019 meeting of RC46 and AACS will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Washington Square; 9000 SW Washington Square Road; Tigard, Oregon, 97223, USA

Tel (503) 644-4000.  Tigard (the name of the community) is just outside of Portland.

September 14th: Deadline for Registration at the Embassy Suites Portland Washington Square for AACS Rate. Make sure to use the AACS group discount code — XAA.

Please plan to be in Portland for the conference from October 17th – 19th. I am including the preliminary general schedule below to facilitate the process of making your travel plans.

Thursday October 17th

8 am – 12 pm: AACS Board Meeting

1pm – 5 pm: Professional Development Workshops

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Welcome Reception with Poster Presentations

Friday October 18th / Saturday October 19th

8 – 8:45 am Breakfast*

*Note: – there is a hot buffet breakfast provided by the Embassy Suites hotel. People not staying at the conference hotel will be able to purchase vouchers from the hotel or from a limited AACS supply.

9 – 9:45 am Morning Plenary Speaker

10 – 11:15 am Sessions

*Note: There will be four to six sessions in each of the 8 session periods.

11:30 – 12:45 – Sessions

1 – 2:30 – Lunch and Speaker – Keynote (Friday) / Presidential Address (Saturday)

*Note: The luncheon banquets are included with your conference registration fee.

2:45 – 4 – Sessions

4:15 – 5:30 – Sessions

5:30 – 7:30 – Reception – Student Mixer with Trivia (Friday) / Awards Reception (Saturday)*

* Note: AACS is planning to host a reception with pupus (in Hawai’i where I live, that means finger food/appetizers) on Thursday night (full conference), Friday night (student mixer), and Saturday night (full conference). The receptions are included in your conference registration fee. Conference attendees who are staying at the Embassy Suites will also have access to a reception hosted by the hotel, which includes additional pupus and an open bar. These receptions will be in proximity to each other. The local committee is also working to plan an add-on excursion to a live music venue in downtown Portland on Friday night following the student mixer.

The preliminary conference programme is as follows (RC46 sessions are in bold). :

Education
  • Teaching Sociology – Applied and Otherwise
  • Community Engaged and Action Oriented Education
  • Engaging Students in Applied Sociology Through Activist Community Engagement
  • Teaching and Learning:  Working with Incarcerated Persons as Applied Sociology
  • Inter-disciplinarity: Applying the Sociological Imagination across Multiple Disciplines in a Senior Seminar
  • Education and Success: Intersecting Factors
  • Education and Social Justice
Health and Environment
  • Patient Care: Risks and Issues in Diverse Health Care Settings
  • Veggies Against Barriers – An interactive Workshop on (Community) Gardening as Sociological Practice to Promote Social Change
  • Social Location, Health, and Healthcare
  • A Brief Therapeutic Poetry Writing Intervention for Youth who have Experienced Trauma
  • Brainstorming the Sustainable Development Goals–Yes, We Do Have Concepts That Count!
  • Examining the Health Care Institution
  • Clinical sociology, citizen science and the environment
Organizations
  • Patient Care: Risks and Issues in Diverse Health Care Settings
  • Working with Non Profits: Demonstrations
  • Occupational Change and the Experience of Labor
  • Analysis of Organizational Structure and Culture
  • Sociology and the Experience Economy: Understanding and Improving Customer, Patient, and Employee Experience through Sociological Application
Social Problems/Social Change
  • Transitioning – Projects and Programs:  Working with Incarcerated Persons as Applied Sociology
  • Clinical sociology interventions I
  • Teaching and Learning:  Working with Incarcerated Persons as Applied Sociology
  • Application of Family Studies
  • Addressing Social Problems
  • Policy, Crime, and Gender
  • Evolving Politics in a Social Justice Movement: Lessons from Cannabis Legalization
Theory and Methods
  • Third Annual Jay Weinstein Session on the Use of Theory in Applied and Clinical Sociology
  • Veggies Against Barriers – An interactive Workshop on (Community-) Gardening as Sociological Practice to Promote Social Change
  • Methodology and Knowledge Production: Critical Approaches
  • A Brief Therapeutic Poetry Writing Intervention for Youth who have Experienced Trauma
  • Podcasting and Public Sociology: Alternative Forms of Knowledge
  • Applied Methods for Social Problem Solving: Demonstrations
  • Site Mapping Methodology for practitioners, academics, and students
Professional Practice
  • Yes BA Sociologists Can Find A Job & Here Are The Secrets
  • Publishing Your Book
  • Issues in Applied Sociology
  • Learning from Each Other: Successes, Struggles, & Support Among Students
  • Clinical sociology interventions II
  • Journal of Applied Social Science: A Learning Resource to Make Students Aware of What Professional Sociologists Do
  • WORKSHOP ON LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND ENHANCEMENT

Here is a preview of our six Professional Development Workshops:

  • AACS Keynote Speaker, Dr. Janet Mancini Billson, will conduct a workshop on “Systematic Focus Groups for Academic and Policy Research: An Introduction.”
  • AACS President and CAPCS Chair, Dr. Michael Fleischer, will conduct the “2019 CAPACS Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) and Site Visit Team (SVT) Training Workshop” for new Commissioners who will be joining the CAPACS Board of Directors;
  • AACS President-elect, Dr. Karen Albright, will conduct a workshop on “Grantsmanship for Qualitative and Mixed Methods Proposals”
  • AACS Past President, Dr. Gary David, will conduct a workshop on “Crafting Your Sociological Brand”
  • AACS Board Member, Dr. Miriam Boeri, will conduct a workshop on “Sharing Your Expertise: Media & Op-Ed Training”
  • Dr. Lorella Palazzo will conduct a workshop on “Program Evaluation 101”