If you want to organize one session, or five sessions–volunteer. If you have ideas for sessions, and different styles of presentation and organization–volunteer. If there is a type or style or method of doing Sociology that you feel has been underrepresented, volunteer and submit a proposal for such sessions. Student, faculty member, emeritus, retired, unemployed, underemployed, applied researcher, or any other job or occupation with Sociological content or insight–volunteer. I really want to encourage a most open and diverse committee, so that we can craft a diverse and varied program. Rest assured that all the standard and normal sessions that we need to represent the great work that goes on in many areas of the field will be on the 2016 program. I seek expansion of the program space for underrepresented areas, styles of work, methodologies, and applied goals to enhance the PSA program, and to allow for greater diversity of topics, investigators, and styles of Sociology, with none of this at the expense of the traditional outstanding work that PSA Programs always represent.
The American Sociological Association has contributed to NCSS’s College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History. Its objectives are to: a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines; b) build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens; and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. Sociology appears as Appendix C (beginning on page 73)