• 21 Sep 2023 5:28 PM | Joseph Lariscy (Administrator)

    The Center for Population Studies (CPS, and State Data Center of Mississippi (SDC, at the University of Mississippi invite applications for an applied demographer, beginning spring of 2024. We seek an applicant to support the demographic and outreach mission of the Centers. Specifically, we invite applications from individuals with expertise and an interest in working with faculty, staff, non-profit, local, state, and federal organizations on research projects related to Mississippi's Demographic Characteristics, Population Change, Population Projections, Data Collection and Cleaning. The successful applicant will be able to access, analyze, and report on public data; produce data visualizations, including mapping; possess a working knowledge of advanced statistical software packages including R and STATA; possess a good working knowledge of ArcGIS; be able to interface with public and lay audiences; have good science communication. A successful candidate will adapt well to change, have excellent written and oral communication skills, have strong Microsoft office skills, and be very organized and detail oriented. Additionally, the successful candidate will have a 1:1 course load teaching Introductory and Applied Demography courses in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Mississippi.

    About UM Center for Population Studies and State Data Center of Mississippi

    The Center for Population Studies (CPS) educates, conducts research, and engages in public outreach concerning population issues and is the lead agency for the State Data Center (SDC) of Mississippi. CPS works closely with faculty, government and non-profit agencies, and community organizations across the State and has a 40-year history of helping Mississippians access, use, and interpret public data for the purposes of local development. In this capacity, CPS distributes census and related data, provides instruction on data analysis, and serves as the liaison between the Census Bureau and the users of census and related data.
    CPS also houses the Applied Policy and Community Research Laboratory, providing an avenue through which students are able to collaborate with faculty and nonprofit organizations to engage in timely and meaningful research. CPS also coordinates the Society and Health Minor in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts. This minor is for undergraduates interested in the social, cultural, and ethical dimensions to understanding and improving population health.

    The SDC exists through a collaborative agreement established in the late 1970's between UM, the State of MS, and the US Census Bureau and provides outreach, technical assistance, and dissemination of public data, particularly concerning population characteristics and change. Much of this work is conducted in partnership with the SDC Affiliates network across the state, including planning and development districts. The SDC also plays a key role in the Decennial Census in MS, providing demographic expertise to state-level and federal stakeholders on census participation, dissemination of data, and education related to accessing, using, and reporting on the data. Center Staff have participated in the 2020 Census Count Review Operation (CRO) in Mississippi, routinely engage in outreach activities with rural communities around the state, and work in partnership with state agencies, including MS State Extension specialists.
    CPS is committed to building an inclusive, equitable, and supportive environment for scholars and students form historically underrepresented groups.

    Minimum Education/Experience

    Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

    • Work closely with State officials around Census data collection, outreach, and reporting, including but not limited to participating in the Census CRO.
    • Respond to ongoing public data requests from Mississippi constituents
    • Work closely with Planning and Development Districts regarding public data and mapping
    • Produce demographic research, reports, or policy papers on relevant population trends to MS
    • Teach Introductory and Applied Demography courses in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Mississippi.

    Minimum Education/Experience

    Masters degree in Demography, Applied Demography, Sociology, or a closely related discipline. A Ph.D is preferred.

    Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

    • Experience in demographic theory and methods
    • Experience in writing peer-reviewed publications
    • Experience or interest in grant writing is preferred but not mandatory
    • Proficiency in data collection and data analysis (your choice of statistical packages, Excel, and ArcGIS)
    • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills (both technical and non-technical)
    • Ability to communicate with lay and professional audiences
    • Previous teaching experience is preferred but not mandatory.

    Application Procedures
    For full consideration, candidates will submit the following documents: (1) a cover letter outlining your technical qualifications and related experience for the advertised position, (2) a C.V. or resume, (3) a work sample, (4) a diversity statement, with specific reference to your approach to working with public audiences. Review of applications will begin October 15th and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates who are selected for further review will be asked to provide a writing sample and letters of reference (to be submitted by the candidate's referees through the online application website). If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jamiko Deleveaux, Interim Director of CPS at or (662) 915-7295.

  • 30 Aug 2023 11:35 AM | Joseph Lariscy (Administrator)

    The Sociology Department at the University of Memphis invites applications for a tenure track faculty position to be filled at the Assistant Professor rank beginning in Fall 2024. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in Sociology or a related field no later than August 2024.  Area of specialization is open, although we seek a scholar who can teach core classes in sociological theory.  Preference will be given to a scholar who will be active in the pursuit of grant funding.  The Center for Community Research and Evaluation, an on-campus Center that is externally funded and connected with the Sociology Department, provides opportunities for collaboration on externally funded work.  

    The University of Memphis has recently been designated as a Carnegie R1 institution.  The University is committed to maintaining this status and there is strong support for new faculty developing their scholarly agendas.  Faculty in the department teach a 2-2 load.  The Sociology Department offers the B.S. and M.A. degrees and is a partner in the Ph.D. program in Urban Affairs so faculty teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and work with graduate research assistants.  The successful candidate will join an exciting and collaborative department in a dynamic urban university.   

    Applications must be made on-line at  Please upload a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a research statement highlighting the potential for grant funding, a statement of teaching philosophy or interests, and the names of three professional references. Review of applications will begin October 2, 2023 and may continue until the position is filled. The University of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We urge all qualified applicants to apply for this position. Appointment will be based on qualifications as they relate to position requirements without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected class.

  • 16 Aug 2023 12:54 PM | Joseph Lariscy (Administrator)

    The Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) invites applications for an advanced Assistant or Associate Professor position with a start date of August 2024. We seek a candidate with demonstrated scholarship in medical sociology, specifically around women, gender, and health. Using funds from a gift to the department, the occupant of this position will play a leadership role in developing programing devoted to raising awareness for gender and women’s health issues. This programing can be related to the candidate’s specific program of research or more broadly related to gender and women’s health.

    The department offers a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology and a B.S. and Ph.D. in Medical Sociology. Research in the department focuses on medical sociology and health-related topics. Currently, the department has about 75 undergraduate majors, 25 Ph.D. students, 75 professional master’s students, and 15 full-time faculty members. See the department website for more information:

    Interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching are prominent, and the Department of Sociology collaborates closely with multiple units across campus. For example, interdisciplinary research centers on campus include the Center for the Study of Community Health, the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, the Center for Women’s Reproductive Health, the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, the Institute for Human Rights, the Center for Social Science and Justice Research, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences.

    Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a part of the University of Alabama System, is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center with over $600 million in research awards annually, as well as Alabama’s largest single employer, with some 26,000 employees, and has an annual economic impact exceeding more than $7.15 billion on the state. The pillars of UAB’s mission include education, research, innovation and economic development, community engagement, and patient care. Learn more at

    The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) treasures the rich diversity of our student body and we are committed to their success. Members of the CAS community are expected to reflect our value for inclusive excellence in both our work and learning environment as well as in our efforts to serve and engage the community.

    Applicants are required to upload a cover letter; current CV; a writing sample; a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement; (optional) evidence of teaching effectiveness; and (optional) evidence of programming experience. The cover letter should address research, teaching philosophy and experience, and programming goals. Also provide names of three professional references, who may be contacted later in the search process for letters.

    Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

    Questions may be directed to Mieke Beth Thomeer, Search Committee Chair. More info can be found here (as well as link to apply):

  • 7 Aug 2023 4:59 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    Assistant Professor in Sociology
    Washington State University
    Pullman, WA

    The Department of Sociology, within the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University invites applications for a permanent, full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Pullman, WA, with a specialty in food and environmental justice. We seek applicants who have a central research focus in the study of food or environmental justice, or on the ways food and environment overlap. This could include, but is not limited to: environmental racism; long-term health impacts on minoritized communities who face food and/or environmental inequities; food deserts/swamps; farm labor/food industry labor; indigenous approaches to environmental and food sustainability. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin the appointment on August 16, 2024. 

    This position is part of a faculty cluster hire initiative in the scholarship and teaching about racism and social inequality in the Americas. Please note that food and environment are intentionally broadly defined. Scholars working in areas as diverse as environmental racism, racial health disparities related to food and/or the environment, food production and sustainability, food workers, food deserts, and health disparities related to food access, as just a few examples, are encouraged to apply. Feel free to direct any and all inquiries to either Erik Johnson (, Search Committee Chair, or Justin Denney (, Search Committee member.

    Review of applications begins September 17, 2023.

    See the full job ad and apply here:

    PDF of announcement: PDF

  • 7 Aug 2023 4:57 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    Socio-Demographic Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic 

    Edited by David A. Swanson (University of California Riverside, Emeritus Professor) and Richard R. Verdugo (National Education Association, Retired)

    Charlotte, NC.


    The 15 chapters in this book are focused on the United States. The book's socio-demographic perspective has been informed not only by  sociologists and demographers, but by authors representing a wide range of fields, including gender studies, geography, mathematics, political science, public health, Information technology, and statistics. It is focused on research and policy questions and organized into four parts: (1) data quality; (2) modeling; (3) analysis, and (4) policy issues.  

    The book makes clear that to better deal with future pandemics we need to; (1)  incorporate "lessons-learned" into our institutional structures and planning efforts; (2) harness social activism efforts to improve health outcomes for all, (3) modernize our data systems to increase transparency; and (4) build trust not only between institutions and the general public but among individuals.

    Expected release date: September 1, 2023

  • 7 Aug 2023 4:55 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    Congratulations, Dr. Swanson!

    "WSAS is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established by the Washington State Legislature to respond to scientific and technical questions to inform public policy. WSAS is uniquely poised to help Washington confront challenges in areas benefiting from our 375+ members’ expertise in physical sciences and mathematics, engineering and technology, biological sciences, health sciences, and social and behavioral sciences. WSAS directs member expertise toward solving some of the most complex scientific and technical problems facing our state by connecting experts to state agencies and non-governmental organizations. Acceptance of membership entails a commitment to serve in and contribute to the goals of WSAS as a working body. More information about WSAS and our activities is available at"

  • 27 Jul 2023 1:50 PM | Joseph Lariscy (Administrator)

    The Co-Editors of Population Research and Policy Review (PRPR), an interdisciplinary Springer journal published in cooperation with the Southern Demographic Association (SDA), are currently seeking applications for Associate Editors and members of the Editorial Board.

    Scholars with expertise in all areas of demography/population, including those focused on non-U.S. populations, are encouraged to apply. Expectations and responsibilities will be adjusted according to Rank and Tenure status.

    Interested scholars should send a copy of their updated CV and a list of their top 3 areas of expertise to: Dr. David F. Warner, Co-Editor of PRPR, University of Alabama at Birmingham ( by September 1, 2023.

    After an initial review, applicants will be contacted for additional information.

  • 21 Jul 2023 12:02 PM | Joseph Lariscy (Administrator)

    The Southern Demographic Association has selected David F. Warner, University of Alabama at Birmingham, to serve as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Population Research and Policy Review (PRPR) for a 4-year term beginning July 2023. You can find information about PRPR’s co-editors Kara Joyner and David Warner here.

  • 13 Jul 2023 2:46 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 Tuesday, August 1, 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

  • 6 Jul 2023 9:04 PM | Joseph Lariscy (Administrator)

    Mark A. Fossett, 1953–2023

    Dr. Mark A. Fossett, Professor of Sociology, Texas A&M University, died suddenly in Houston, Texas, in the early morning of June 21, 2023, from complications following two heart valve surgeries. He was 69 years old. Mark was born on December 17, 1953, in Aransas Pass, Texas. As a young child Mark and his parents and his two younger siblings lived for short periods of time in Texas, Montana, California, Arkansas, Indiana, Minnesota, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee as they followed the construction project job demands of their father. In 1964 the Fossett family settled in Ingleside, Texas where Mark and his siblings finished their grammar school years and then progressed through high school.

    Mark received all three of his college degrees from The University of Texas at Austin: BA degree in sociology in 1976, MA degree in sociology in 1980, and PhD degree in sociology in 1983. He began his academic career in 1983 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University. In 1986 he moved to the University of Texas at Austin where he served for three years as a Research Scientist and Director of Data Services at the UT Population Research Center. In 1989 he moved to College Station, Texas where he joined the faculty of the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. Mark remained on the TAMU faculty for 34 years until his untimely death in June of 2023.

    While at Texas A&M, Mark served the Department of Sociology as Associate Head from 1995 to 2000, as Graduate Advisor from 2000 to 2005, and as Department Head from 2005 to 2011.

    In 2010 Mark and a team of other faculty began work to establish the Texas Federal Statistical Research Data Center (TXRDC) at Texas A&M. Mark and his team worked with officials at the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Science Foundation (NSF), winning an NSF grant that leveraged funding commitments of over two million dollars from the Texas A&M System, Texas A&M University, and a consortium of universities to fund the TXRDC. Mark was its Founding Director, serving from 2011 to 2020. The TXRDC provides access to restricted data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal agencies. At the time of its creation, the TXRDC was the only such center in the central and southern regions of the United States, making it a magnet for high level researchers in a variety of fields, including demography, public health, economics, agriculture, business, and sociology. The establishment of the TXRDC at Texas A&M was the crowning jewel of Mark’s numerous accomplishments in his 40-year career as a sociologist and demographer.

    From 1993 to 1999, Mark and several faculty colleagues directed summer programs at Texas A&M, known as Minority Opportunities for Summer Training (MOST) and as Alliances for Minority Participation (AMP), with funding from the American Sociological Association and the Ford Foundation. Then from 2000 to 2017 Mark directed four more programs, known as Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), with funding from the National Science Foundation. The MOST and AMP and REU programs provided funds for eight- to ten-week Summer Institutes for undergraduate students that focused on inequality, stratification, race & ethnicity, and social vulnerability. They provided unprecedented opportunities for many first-generation college students and minority undergraduates to boost their research skills and learn about and even take steps toward graduate education. Every summer since the early 1990s, the programs were held in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M, each one sponsoring six to ten undergraduate students, providing them with opportunities to participate in graduate-type classes and research programs, enabling them to learn first-hand about graduate school. Many MOST and AMP and REU students later enrolled in graduate programs at Texas A&M and at many other universities. Without these programs, these undergraduates would likely have never even considered pursuing graduate degrees. Mark was the principal leader and director of these programs in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M for almost twenty-five years.  

    Mark’s research and teaching interests included racial and ethnic segregation and inequality, urban and spatial demography, social demography, computational methods, quantitative research methods, and demographic techniques. He directed the doctoral committees of eleven graduate students, and the MA thesis committees of ten graduate students. He also co-directed or served on the committees of dozens of other graduate students.

    Mark was awarded several large grants to support his research on residential segregation, including grants from the NSF and the NIH. In 2017 he published his monograph, New Methods for Measuring and Analyzing Segregation with Springer. This book was the result of decades of work to address serious flaws in the measurement of residential segregation and presents elegant solutions to these issues with great technical detail, reflecting his commitment to valid research of the highest quality. Mark has another book, coauthored with Amber Crowell, forthcoming with Springer entitled, Racial and Ethnic Residential Segregation Across the United States that applies his new methods and demonstrates the importance of having valid and reliable measurement tools to address residential segregation research questions.

    Mark was truly an extraordinary person, colleague, and scholar and one of the kindest human beings ever. He was dedicated to making things better, fairer, and more equitable, whether the focus was the Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University, or the larger society. He selflessly devoted much of his career creating opportunities for students and colleagues. In particular, he spent an enormous amount of time with his students. He wanted them to learn, understand, and be the strongest social scientists possible by following the science and using the most rigorous methods and approaches.

    Mark was scheduled in the Fall of 2023 to transition into a phase out retirement program where he would work 1/2 time at Texas A&M for two years and then fully retire in 2025, at age 71. He always told us he wanted to retire to the Texas Coast where he grew up and spend his retirement years surfing, sampling IPAs, and following his beloved Houston Astros. Sadly, his untimely death deprived him and his family and us of these most pleasurable times. 

    Mark’s colleagues, students, associates, and friends are all grieving at his early death. We’re grieving for his wife Betsy and their children Lane and Tyler and Kate and their families, and their grandchild, Flora.

    Finally, we note the establishment of the Dr. Mark Fossett Memorial Fund, which was created in June of 2023, to support Texas A&M graduate students working on projects in the Texas Research Data Center (TXRDC) or preparing a proposal to do research in the TXRDC. We know Mark would be pleased to be associated with opportunities for students to participate in the kind of research that meant so much to him.

    Students will be able to apply for conference travel funds from the Dr. Mark Fossett Memorial Fund to present results from a TXRDC project, or for funds for assistance with project needs such as fees or summer support. To contribute on-line, the Texas A&M Foundation link is Select “unlisted account” from the drop-down menu on the “Select a Unit or College” line, and enter this account name and Number:

    02-512709-10000 – Dr. Mark Fossett Memorial

    Dudley Poston, Texas A&M University; Jane Sell, Texas A&M University, Amber Crowell, California State University, Fresno; Walter Gillis Peacock, Texas A&M University

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