American Sociological Association

Sociology in Practice Settings Symposium

All submissions for the 2018 program must be made via the online submission system. The online forms will guide you through the steps required to submit your proposal.
1. Log in with your ASA username and password on the ASA member portal
2. Under the header "Annual Meeting," click on the link "2018 Submissions"

For the first time at the 2018 Annual Meeting there will be a full day of programming by and for sociologists working in practice settings. Participants will learn how practitioners are using sociological knowledge and skills to solve applied problems. Additionally, participants will have opportunities to gain valuable skills to advance their careers and build their professional networks. The symposium will be scheduled either the day before or the day after sessions organized by the Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology and participants are encouraged take advantage of the opportunity to attend both sets of activities.

Sociologists employed in non-profit organizations, commercial industry, government, research centers, and other non-academic settings are invited to submit proposals for 10-minute lightning presentations, 20-minute roundtable discussion topics, and 45-minute workshops that address the context-specific challenges of their work.  Practitioners who wish to present traditional research papers are encouraged to consider submitting their papers to the Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology or another topic-specific section.

Requirements: Symposium submissions can address a broad range of topics including: specific advice and examples of how you have responded to methodological challenges, theory application challenges, substantive challenges, workplace/organizational challenges, customer/client challenges, translational science/communication challenges, or the challenges of working on multi-disciplinary teams. Submissions providing a case study of a specific application or implementation of sociological science in a practice setting are also welcome, as are presentations that address practice-setting implications or applications related to the annual meeting theme “Feeling Race: An Invitation to Explore Racialized Emotions.”

When making your submission, the following will be required:

  1. Preferred format (10-minute lightning presentation; 20-minute informal roundtable discussion; 45-minute workshop)
  2. Title
  3. Structured abstract (300 words), including a brief statement of the specific practice-setting problem/challenge to be addressed, the approach used to address the problem, and how the presentation will be useful to audience members.
  4. Names, affiliations, and contact information for each presenter
  5. Additional Information. Please indicate if you require AV equipment other than the standard LCD projector. If you wish to use additional AV equipment (beyond a standard LCD projector), that request should be noted when you submit your proposal. We want the symposium to be a high-quality learning experience, however charges for AV can be expensive so please limit your request to essential equipment. A request is not a guarantee that the equipment will be made available.
  6. When prompted to upload a supporting document, please upload a word document copy of  your structured abstract.

If you have any questions about submitting a Sociologists in Practice Settings Symposium proposal, please contact: Nicole Amaya at or 202-247-9852.


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