• 23 Nov 2020 2:37 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    Call for Abstracts: 2021 ACS Data Users Conference (#ACSConf21)

    The 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Conference will be held virtually on May 19-20, 2021. The conference will bring together ACS data users and U.S. Census Bureau staff to share information about key ACS data issues and applications. The conference will include:

    • Contributed presentations by ACS data users
    • Invited plenary sessions
    • Breakout sessions
    • Lightning sessions
    • Informal roundtable discussions

    Registration for the conference will be free for all participants.

    View the abstract submission form or visit the conference website for more information.


  • 23 Nov 2020 2:36 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    Inviting Applications for ACS Data Users Group Steering Committee

    In partnership with the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), the U.S. Census Bureau is soliciting applications for membership in an ACS Data Users Group (DUG) Steering Committee. The DUG Steering Committee’s main responsibility will be to improve data users' understanding of the value and utility of ACS data. In addition, the DUG Steering Committee will inform PRB and Census Bureau staff about the concerns of ACS data users and will provide feedback on ACS-related activities, data products, dissemination channels, and/or methodology.

    To learn more and to apply, visit the ACS Online Community website.


  • 17 Nov 2020 5:31 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Bridge to the Faculty in Sociology (Job ID 139356) 

    Department: LAS/Sociology  

    Category: Postdoctoral Research Associate 

    Location: Chicago 

    Close Date: 12/04/2020 

    Description: The University of Illinois Chicago invites applications for a Sociology Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race and Health, beginning August 16th, 2021. 


    Program Goals: The Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate program seeks to advance diversity on the permanent faculty level by encouraging the recruitment, retention, and promotion of outstanding scholars from different backgrounds, with an emphasis on attracting individuals from groups who have been historically underrepresented. The determined goal of this program is to recruit, mentor, and support the transition of outstanding candidates from postdoctoral assignments to research active, tenure track faculty members. UIC strongly encourages applications from individuals who have demonstrated a background and/or record of scholarship that will best support UIC’s diverse student body. UIC is among the nation’s top five most diverse campuses and is designated a Minority Serving Institution (MSI). UIC is located just outside downtown Chicago and is a comprehensive, urban, public, Research 1 university with access to state-of-the-art research facilities. The UIC Sociology department is diverse, engages in public sociology, draws on and exhibits expertise in multiple research methods, and studies the intersection of multiple inequalities.  Information about the Department of Sociology can be found at  


    Position: Research Areas: The ideal candidate will specialize in the study of health and race. These are critical areas of inquiry for the department as we seek to meet student and research demand. We may also consider those scholars specializing in health without a specific race focus. The successful candidate must have completed a PhD in Sociology or related field within the past five years – no earlier than August 15, 2017 and no later than August 15, 2021. Postdoctoral research associates are expected to teach one course per year and to maintain an active research program. This is a full-time position and includes a competitive salary and benefits package. Subject to satisfactory performance in the first year, applicants can be re-appointed for a second year (with University approval).  Successful post-doctoral associates will then have the opportunity to transition to faculty starting in the 2023-2024 academic year. In addition to mentorship within Sociology, fellows will participate in a cohort-based mentoring experience through the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, where they will have the opportunity to meet other Bridge to the Faculty Fellows. The Bridge to the Faculty Fellowship is funded by the Chancellor’s Office, and administered through the Office of the Provost. 


    To Apply: For full consideration, candidates should submit the on-line applications with the names and email addresses of 3 references by December 4, 2020. 

    Applicants should submit materials to Applications should include: 

    1. A cover letter that includes information about how the applicant’s scholarly research agenda focuses on race and health and contributes to core areas of strength in our department as well as a statement on teaching philosophy.   

    2. A curriculum vitae.  

    3. A statement of commitment to and experiences with advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and service.  

    4. 2 writing samples, limited to 40 pages or less for each.   


    For further information about the search, please contact the chair of the search committee, Claire Decoteau, at  


    The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 


    Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process. 


    The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit 

  • 5 Oct 2020 3:21 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    The position is for a Socioeconomic Analyst II at the Center for Business and Economic Research at The University of Alabama.

    In general, we are looking for someone with experience in demographic analysis and development of population projections, economic data analysis and interpretation, socioeconomic research, technical writing, and editing. 

    Below is a link to the post:

    If you know someone who would be a good fit for this position, please encourage the person to apply and to reach out to me if they have any questions.

    Nyesha C. Black, Ph.D.
    Director of Demographics
    Assistant Research Personnel

    Center for Business and Economics Research 
    The University of Alabama
    Phone 205-348-3757 | Mobile 205-712-6478

  • 25 Aug 2020 5:06 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    Updated information:

    The deadline for submissions is October 12, 2020. 

    Click this link for the Call for Papers.

    This first Applied Demography Conference, hosted by PAA in conjunction with the Committee on Applied Demography, will take place virtually February 2-4, 2021.

    Click this link for more information!

  • 12 Aug 2020 12:36 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    The deadline for the survey to help NIH establish standard data collection protocols for COVID-19 research has been extended to Friday, August 14, 2020!

    Help Establish Standard Data Collection Protocols for COVID-19 Research

    Contribute to the PhenX COVID-19 Crowdsourcing Effort by participating in a short, anonymous survey. This activity should take you 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Your response will help PhenX create collections of recommended measurement protocols for COVID-19 research.

    Click here to begin!

    Collaborators in the PhenX COVID-19 project include the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Disaster Research Response (DR2) serves as a repository for disaster-related data collection tools, including COVID-19 surveys. The PhenX Toolkit is a catalog of recommended measurement protocols suitable for use in a variety of research study designs involving human participants.


    PhenX is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Genomic Resource Grant (U41HG007050) from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) with current or prior funding support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and the Tobacco Regulatory Science Program (TRSP).

  • 10 Aug 2020 2:18 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    The US Census Bureau’s Demographic Programs Directorate has 3 new job announcements for Pathways Recent Graduate opportunities, which are found on  The Demographic Programs Directorate has 5 divisions and over 75 branches. 

    The vacancy announcements listed below opened on August 10, 2020 and will close at 11:59 p.m., EDT on August 21, 2020, or when 100 applications are received, whichever comes first.  

    Announcement Number: ADDP-2020-0019

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill multiple GS-1530-07 Statistician positions in the Demographic Programs Directorate.


    Announcement Number: ADDP-2020-0020

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill multiple GS-1530-09 Statistician positions in the Demographic Programs Directorate.


    Announcement Number: ADDP-2020-0021

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill multiple GS-1530-11 Statistician positions in the Demographic Programs Directorate.

    Applicants can preview the vacancy questions by clicking on the link at the bottom of the Qualifications and Evaluations section of each announcement.

    Applicants applying to these announcements should read the "who may apply" section carefully to determine their eligibility/area of consideration.

    The Demographic Programs Directorate:

    The Demographic Programs Directorate provides relevant and accurate information on the size, distribution, and characteristics of the nation's population, income and poverty, and housing. In addition to having a vital role in the Decennial Census, Demo is responsible for a vast array of surveys and data products that fill the nation's need for current information between censuses. We provide information for policy decisions to promote the economic and social well-being of the United States.

    Additionally, the Directorate is responsible for: gathering international demographic data; providing survey and statistical services to other government agencies, such as survey design, data collection, and data processing; maintaining strong partnerships with sponsors and stakeholders; and designing and marketing new products that meet national and international information needs. 


    All interested candidates are invited to apply. Please forward to others who may be interested.

    Dave Zaslow, Economist
    Demographic and Economic Studies Branch, International Programs, Population Division
    U.S. Census Bureau
    301-763-6195  | @uscensusbureau
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  • 10 Aug 2020 12:06 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)

    Click here for the Spring 2020 edition of SDA's newsletter, Southern Demographic News!

    Newsletter contributions are always welcome! Please send any to

  • 7 Aug 2020 5:54 PM | Julia Wolf (Administrator)



    Deadline: December 1, 2020

    Population Research and Policy Review (PRPR) welcomes proposals for its next Special Issue. PRPR typically publishes one Special Issue (SI) each year. The next SI will include around five empirical papers together with an introductory editorial that provides a more overarching synthesis of the individual contributions.

    Submission of proposals

    The proposal for the SI should be made by the expected guest editor(s) and submitted to the editors-in-chief of PRPR (Kara Joyner: and Corey Sparks: The proposal must include:

    • the title of the special issue
    • the names and affiliations of the guest editor(s)
    • the names and affiliations of the contributing authors
    • a one-page summary of the theme, overarching aim, timeliness and innovativeness of the SI for publication in PRPR. It should be shown that the different papers fit together as a coherent SI.
    • all titles and (half page) abstracts of the SI paper contributions

    Procedure and responsibilities of the guest editor(s)

    The SI proposals will be evaluated by the Editors and Editorial Board of PRPR. If the proposal is selected, the process of evaluating the contributions will follow the regular review procedure of PRPR; however, the guest editor(s) will take the responsibility of editor(s) of the SI manuscripts. Depending on the number and quality of the SI proposals that are submitted in this call, the editorial team may decide to accept one or more proposals. However, in case the editorial team judges that none of the proposals meets the quality standards of the journal, it can also be decided that none of the suggested proposals will be accepted for further development and production.

    Once the editorial team of PRPR approves the proposal, the guest editor(s) will be informed of the time line for the production process. The guest editor(s) will from then on be the primary contact person(s) for the contributors to the SI and should inform them about deadlines for submission and further procedures. The full papers for the SI should be uploaded in Editorial Manager (the online submission system) and handled from there by the guest editor(s) who is(are) expected to manage the review process. The editorial office of PRPR will assist if needed.

    Each paper for the SI will be evaluated by three anonymous reviewers. The guest editorial will not be sent out to external reviewers, but will be evaluated by the editorial team of PRPR. After the reviewers’ reports have been received, the guest editor(s) decide(s) on the manuscript, inform(s) the authors of the decision, and set(s) the deadline for the revised manuscript. It may occur that one or more of the papers is rejected based on the reviewer reports. At this stage the editors-in-chief will be informed of the outcome and, if necessary, make a joint decision on how to proceed. The guest editor is responsible for ensuring that all papers are of sufficiently high quality and form a coherent set of papers for the SI.

    If you have any further queries, please contact PRPR editors-in-chief Kara Joyner and Corey Sparks.

    Click this link for a PDF of the above information.

  • 6 Aug 2020 1:34 PM | Deleted user

    The following letter was sent to Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer on August 5, 2020, to provide SDA's perspective on recent changes to the operations of the 2020 Census. A PDF of the letter is available here.


    Dear Senators McConnell and Schumer,

    Since its foundation in the 1970s, the Southern Demographic Association (SDA) has supported demographic programs of educational institutions, research organizations, and state and local governments throughout the Southern U.S. SDA is composed of demographers working in private industry, in government, in non-profit organizations, and in educational settings. As users of Census data, we are concerned about the recent decision to shorten the 2020 Census response period to September 30, 2020 from the previous published date of October 31, 2020, and urge you to include imperative language in the next Senate COVID relief package (HEALS Act) that would extend the statutory reporting deadlines for the 2020 Census by four months.

    Owing to its racial/ethnic diversity combined with areas of extreme poverty and the extensive and varied geographies in which our populations are located, the 2020 Census self-response rates in the South and for most of our states lag that of the rest of the country. Thus, a count cut short risks impacting our member states’ representation in Congress and risks muting the voices of diverse communities including Black, Latinx, Asian, American Indian, immigrant, and rural populations living in the South. An incomplete count risks the Census Bureau’s own credibility and will make it difficult for demographers to provide accurate and timely information and analyses for our constituent organizations and clients.

    Our organization supports the US Census Bureau’s original plan to extend the deadline to complete the 2020 Census through October 31, 2020 and further to extend the deadline for reporting of Apportionment counts to April 30, 2021 and Redistricting data to June 30, 2021 as previously requested by the Secretary of Commerce on April 13, 2020. The additional month for data collection helps to ensure a complete count. The additional four months between data collection and reporting are critical for ensuring the accuracy of the count through data review and quality control. We urge Congress to pass legislation to reflect these new deadlines.

    The House of Representatives has already approved an extension of the 2020 Census operations as part of its most recent COVID relief package. We urge the Senate to stay the course by agreeing to an extension provision in its next COVID relief package (HEALS Act), so that the Census Bureau is not forced to rush remaining enumeration operations and critical data review, processing, and tabulation activities.

    Thank you for your consideration of this request and for supporting the full and fair 2020 Census.


    Johnelle Sparks, President, Southern Demographic Association

    CC:US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs

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