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  • 11 May 2023 5:57 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    Hi SDA members,

    Please click HERE for a PDF version of the information below.

    Southern Demographic Association Annual Meeting
    October 18-20, 2023
    San Antonio, Texas

    We invite submissions of 250-word abstracts for individual research papers and/or posters in applied or academic demography, economics, geography, sociology, public health, psychology, and epidemiology. Also welcome are proposals for thematic sessions or panel discussions.

    All paper/poster/session submissions must be made by 11:59pm CDT on Friday, July 14, 2023 at the following link: SDA Abstract Submissions.

    During the meeting, SDA will announce the 2023 winners of three awards:

    1. E. Walter Terrie Award for “the best paper presented at the SDA Annual Meeting on an applied topic, especially one relating to state and local demography” (1 paper per 1st author)
    2. Everett S. Lee Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award (1 paper per 1st author)
    3. Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award (1 paper per 1st author)

    All paper award submissions must be made by 11:59pm CDT on Friday, September 15, 2023 to their respective email addresses noted above. For award consideration, the paper submitted must be on the SDA program and must be presented at the SDA meeting by the author.

    Questions? Contact Jarron Saint Onge, Program Chair ( or see more details at

  • 20 Apr 2023 9:13 AM | Gerald Shoultz (Administrator)

    UTSA Today has written an article about Steve Murdock:

    In Memoriam: UTSA Remembers Steve Murdock

    Obituary and Memorial Service information may be found here:

    Steven Murdock Obituary (1948-2023)-Legacy Remembers

  • 11 Apr 2023 2:37 PM | Joseph Lariscy (Administrator)

    Steve H. Murdock - Wikipedia

    We are sad to share the news that Steve Murdock passed away on Friday, April 7 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Memorial services are pending, but will likely be April 28th or 29th in Lakeway, Texas.

    Steve was President of the SDA in 1995. We will celebrate his contributions to our organization and the field of demography at the 2023 Meeting in San Antonio (October 18-20).

    As everyone knows, Steve had a long, distinguished career in demography, rural sociology, and impact analysis. Until Mary, Steve had no children – she gave him a grandson, George, whom he adored. Beyond his family, his legacy lives on the many distinguished careers of the students he taught and mentored.

    Folks can send condolences to: Dr. Mary Zey - 7102 Mountain Trail, Austin, TX 78732

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to

    The Alzheimer’s Association at, or 

    The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Dr. Steven Murdock and Dr. Mary Zey Demography Fellowship at

    • Choose “Other” in the drop down menu and designate your support in memory Steven Murdock, or 
    • Make checks payable to UTSA and mail to: UTSA Gift Services, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249; on memo line, write “in memory of Steven Murdock.”  
    • You may call 210-458-4130 with questions


    Kara Joyner,

    President, Southern Demographic Association
  • 27 Mar 2023 12:56 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    Please click HERE for more information.

    Note: This recruitment will remain open until we fill the position. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision at any time. Early applications are encouraged. We will begin reviewing applications on March 29, 2023, and will review additional applications each week until we fill the position.

  • 1 Feb 2023 6:11 PM | Joseph Lariscy (Administrator)

    Save the date!

    The 2023 Southern Demographic Association meeting will be held October 18-20 in San Antonio, Texas, at Hotel Contessa. Stay tuned for more information about the conference and how to submit an abstract!

  • 12 Jan 2023 2:51 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    Congratulations Dr. David A. Swanson! 

    The Fellows Committee of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS) has nominated Dr. Swanson to be awarded the status of Fellow based on his professional achievements and service. The council members of MAS have affirmed his status as a Fellow of the Mississippi Academy of Science (FMAS) at the state level. He will be inducted as an FMAS and receive a certificate and a pin at a special inaugural ceremony during the upcoming Annual MAS meeting.

  • 12 Jan 2023 2:41 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    Click HERE for PDF of announcement.

    Arkansas Economic Development Institute
    Applied Demographer

    The Arkansas Economic Development Institute (AEDI) a statewide economic development applied research, technical assistance, and training institute located on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is seeking an Applied Demographer for a full-time position at the Institute. AEDI serves as the U.S. Census State Data Center for the State of Arkansas. The program falls under the broader Arkansas State Data Center.

    The Position

    The AEDI Demographer applies skills in demography, economics, statistics, data gathering and data analysis to provide a variety of organizations with data, information, and advice. AEDI is the Arkansas state representative in the Federal State Cooperative for Population Estimates, and for Population Projections. The AEDI Demographer will design projects and initiatives involving demographic data as well as provide conclusions and implications of analyses to public and private policy makers that will enable sound decision-making information to enhance economic development in the State of Arkansas.

    Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

    • Knowledge of research methods and techniques in demographic estimation and forecasting
    • Knowledge of techniques in estimating population migration
    • Knowledge of Census Bureau data and methodologies
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Access
    • Knowledge of statistical software (R, Stata, SAS, etc.)
    • Ability to be punctual, professional, and self-motivated
    • Ability to meet deadlines ahead of time
    • Ability to work on multiple projects at a time
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing
    • Ability to deal tactfully with clients
    • Ability to respond proficiently to media interviews and inquiries
    • Ability to explain advanced methodologies in easy-to-understand terms
    • Skilled in using advanced demographic techniques to develop databases and models for producing estimates and projections
    • Skilled in conducting research on demographic topics
    • Skilled in making presentations to a variety of audiences

    The successful candidate must have strong analytic and organizational skills and logical thinking, great attention to detail, excellent writing skills, an ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and an interest in and enthusiasm for all demographic data and applications. The AEDI Demographer will conduct original research, translate demographic information into information for decision makers, produce population projections/forecasts, and provide training and technical assistance in Arkansas. Since many projects require a team approach to solving problems, the person must be able to work well with others, in a variety of group settings. Dealing with clients (private businesses, governmental agencies, elected officials, nonprofits, and individuals) and the media (TV, newspaper, radio, etc.) is also an important aspect of this position.

    Minimum Qualifications: A Master’s Degree in demography/population studies, sociology, statistics, or public policy with an emphasis on demography; plus, two (2) years’ work experience with demographic analysis, including population projections, along with presenting the conclusions and implications of the analysis clearly in both written and oral formats. Beginning salary range $82,000 to $90,000 annually.

    If you are interested in joining our team: Application materials must be submitted through the online application system. Additional information about this position and application requirements are available under the Jobs link on the Human Resources’ website at . Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

    The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

    Arkansas Economic Development Institute
    Reynolds Center for Business and Economic Development
    2801 South University Avenue
    Little Rock, AR 72204-1099
    501-916-3519 (p) 501-916-3538 (f)

  • 6 Jan 2023 3:34 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    Loudoun County, Virginia is hiring a Demographer to join our Department of Finance and Budget, to lead the County’s demographic analysis function. This is a permanent, full-time position in a dynamic county in the Washington, DC region. The link to the position can be found here.

  • 5 Dec 2022 10:20 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    The Congressional Research Service would like to share this career opportunity with you and your network.

    Analyst in Social Policy (Social Security Disability Insurance)

    Open/Closing dates: 12/02/2022 to 12/30/2022

    Salary: $106,823 - $138,868 per year

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Domestic Social Policy Division (DSP) is seeking an Analyst in Social Policy (Social Security Disability Insurance) to provide expertise on and analysis of issues pertinent to the Social Security Disability Insurance program (e.g., financing, solvency of trust funds, program impact on beneficiaries, program design and operations, trends of the working-age disabled population, return-to-work initiatives) or related disability insurance programs.

    The analyst will prepare authoritative, objective, and non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive and background reports on Social Security Disability Insurance and related disability insurance policy; provide personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff on policies and programs throughout the legislative process; and participate in or lead team research projects and seminars. The analyst is also expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide legislative analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels on policies such as changing Social Security’s existing eligibility requirements, application and adjudication processes, or benefit and financing structure.

    CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century. CRS is well known for analysis that is timely, authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its committees and Members.

    CRS is fully committed to workforce diversity. Interested applicants must apply online at USAJOBS

    Please help us improve our recruitment efforts by letting us know how you heard about the position. This question is asked in the application process.

  • 14 Oct 2022 10:33 AM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    Please click HERE to see the Program for the 2022 SDA Conference. We can't wait to see you in Knoxville!

    Updated: October 14, 2022

    Originally posted: September 26, 2022

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