National Social Science Association

National Social Science Association Home
NSSA History
Membership Form
Conferences and Seminars
Officers and Board Members
New Announcements
Contact NSSA

   The Announcements area features timely information along with blogs, news and other postings on association activities, on member activities, and on subjects related to the association and to social sciences in general.


Harvard University invites applications from Ph.D. level scholars with exceptional research skills and backgrounds in social science, behavioral science, or educational research to advance Harvard’s research on assessing and improving residential, blended, and open digital learning environments. The research scientist will work as part of team conducting original research, synthesizing and applying relevant extant research, and developing and implementing assessments aligned with Harvard’s core teaching and learning mission.

This is one year term appointment, with strong likelihood of renewal.

Applicants must have:

  • interest in social science research and doctorate in economics, education, psychology, political science, public policy, sociology, statistics, or related field;
  • experience using quantitative methods, including some combination of non-experimental, quasi-experimental, and experimental program evaluation, assessment, and surveys;
  • strong writing, presentation, interpersonal, and technical skills (particularly using software like R, Matlab, or Stata); and
  • expertise working with large datasets (preference).

For more information or to apply, please visit:

The Global Oneness Project works to support educators to investigate the world from multiple perspectives through stories. Our free multimedia educational multimedia platform provides teachers with a unique opportunity to bring global, cultural and environmental stories and lesson plans into the classroom. All materials are free and aligned to National and Common Core standards. We invite you to check out our website and introduction video  to learn more.

Get started - search for media that fits your needs at- up for the monthly newsletter and connect on Twitter, @goproject

A Perfect Trip

     All five of us agreed that this San Diego trip in August 2014 was “a perfect trip.” Terry Lovelace, President of the National Social Science Association this year, and her husband Bill Curtis, along with Dr. Bill Kirtley, our 1st Vice-President, and his wife Pat, and I enjoyed nearly a week in the beautiful, historic, enchanting, and cool San Diego, California. As usual, Jerry Baydo, N.S.S.A. Executive Director, and his staff performed a myriad of tasks to enable our meeting—e.g., securing the reservations for us with an upscale hotel located on the shoreline and close to many attractions, processing the many proposals and registration, arranging for our free breakfasts, providing technical support for any members using electronics, arranging for the ocean-going dinner tours and trolley tours, and establishing and maintaining an open, supportive, professional, and congenial atmosphere throughout. Our Summer Seminar was held at the wonderful Wyndham Bayside Hotel, located just across the street from the huge bay. We had participated in the N.S.S.A. Summer Seminar and had listened to dozen of interesting professional presentations. Our own presentation was a five-member panel on “Grief” and included many different international rituals for dealing with grief. After the sessions, we spent our late afternoons and evenings all around San Diego.

     On Monday evening, nearly seventy of us walked across the big avenue to the seaside and boarded a medium-size ship. We journeyed out into and around the harbor aboard the Hornblower. While enjoying a very delicious meal accompanied by music, we cruised quite a ways up and around the harbor. On Tuesday evening, we walked to the left about one-third of a block to Hazelwoods that sells hamburgers for about ten dollars each. (Yes, the hamburgers are big and delicious, and the condiments are plentiful and tasteful.) We talked for over an hour. Then, we walked across the big avenue to the shoreline. As we walked southward, we viewed several vessels parked in the harbor. On the shuttle to the hotel, we had already seen the great warship U.S.S. Nimitz parked in the harbor. At the shoreline just across from our hotel, we viewed the Star of India, a famous, heroic, and ancient sailing ship about 100 years old. Then, there was the ship that Russell Crowe commanded in Master and Commander. Next to it was a ship that was used in Pirates of the Caribbean series. A little further, we viewed a parked submarine. Finally, we came to the Hornblower, the vessel that had provided us with the great meal, music, and journey around the harbor.

     By the next morning, another submarine and a U.S. Coast Guard ship had been parked in the vicinity of the other ships. On that day, Wednesday, I took the morning off to take the Old Town Trolley trip around the San Diego area. The guide, Hatch, was a superb guide. His broadcast explanations were laced with personal anecdotes. He recalled a period of his life when he lived atop the continental divide: he described the extremely harsh conditions of daily living there. He asserted that in that town, “The men were real men, and so were half the women!” His nonstop commentary introduced us to historic sites in downtown San Diego. He offered several stories of who and when very large tracts of land were sold for very little money. From downtown, he took us to the Old Town Market where we saw dozens of artisan shops with unique pieces of art in various materials—e.g., ceramic, leather, silk, etc. A café specializing in Mexican American cooking was doing a landside business. We moved over to another section of the shoreline where one could book visits to areas in the harbor where seals lived. We redirected back into downtown San Diego to the huge Convention Center and the giant hotels. Hatch gave us the history of the Horton Center which offered a wide variety of restaurants, clothiers, movies, specialty shops, and, even, ice skating. The Center’s parking lot was amazing. In the Gaslight Quarter, we saw very old Victorian homes located side by side skyscrapers with dozens and dozens of restaurant, offices, bars, residences, art galleries, theaters, museums, and retail outlets. Then, we went to Coronado Island (although it is really a peninsula). We travelled over one bridge that is so high that U.S. Navy ships can travel underneath it. Of course, Coronado was a magnificent site to behold. (I had trained at Coronado for my Chief Petty Officer Indoctrination Course a few years back. I had been amazed at how many of the SEALS and other residents ran every day—at least 50 miles per day while some averaged over 100 miles per day.) Hatch took us by the Balboa Park Zoo and relayed its origin and history. (I had seen my first Kiwi bird at that Zoo in 1954. I had thought that I was looking at a plant, but a friendly soul explained that I was looking at a Kiwi. At he had explained, whenever a Kiwi bird feels threatened, he ducks his head under one wing and stands on one leg. Surely, as I inspected more closely, I could make out the wings and the leg. After I had waited for several minutes and after the crowd had moved on, the little bird stood upright with his head high and walked over to a meal.) As we moved past the Zoo, Hatch gave us the history of the section known as Little Italy, three times as large as the Little Italy section of New York City. Italians had flocked to this section of San Diego back when the tuna fishing was still so profitable. Upon departing, I thanked and tipped Hatch; on the “feedback card,” handed out to each rider, I characterized Hatch as “the best” and most knowledgeable guide that I had ever listened to as I had travelled through all the states and the Federal District and 31 foreign countries. I took another trolley to get back to the Wyndham. As I departed, I walked across the big avenue to Anthony’s to eat 2 large fish tacos and a big bowl of rice and a big bowl of black beans. I didn’t eat supper that night.

     I had intended to take one day off from the conference to go to the Balboa Park Zoo, but I had just run out of time (and energy). The next morning, I took the hotel’s free shuttle to the airport and waited for my flight. As I sat there, I remembered that when I had joined the Marines in 1954, we had travelled by plane from Texas to San Diego. Then, we travelled by military bus for 18 miles or so to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. In those days, anyone living west of the Mississippi River traveled to MCRD for Basic Training. As I mused about waiting for my flight, I remembered that, just a few days earlier, my plane had landed and then had taxied by the MCRD; I had immediately recognized the yellowish buildings located to the side of the airport. I was not surprised that San Diego had grown so much in 6 decades. I decided then that not only was this trip a much-delayed “homecoming” for me but that it was, indeed, as four of my very best friends had agreed, “a perfect trip.”

Lem Londos Railsback, Ph.D.; YNC—USMC&USNR—RET; O.S.M.

Chair of the Political Science Department
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Position Description

The faculty of Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications from individuals for the position of Chair of the Political Science Department, effective fall 2014.

The successful candidate must have an excellent record of effective teaching, scholarly research and service, and must be innovative in his or her thinking and have the leadership skill set to lead a department strongly committed to academic excellence, community outreach and the development of partnerships with local and federal government institutions and businesses to enhance the learning experience of political science students and to help prepare them for success in the job market, legal careers or graduate school


Serve as Chair of the Political Science Department, teach and engage in scholarly research and service at the university and in the community.  Evaluate full time faculty for promotion, post-tenure, tenure and pre-tenure renewal contracts. Conduct or lead annual performance reviews of part-time lecturers in accordance with university policy and the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the California Faculty Association. Lead curriculum development and program redesign with faculty consent and directions. Monitor, revise and implement students’ learning outcomes of undergraduate courses and program of the Political Science Department. Carry out the administrative duties of the department including scheduling, and recruit and supervise staff and part-time faculty. Hold faculty and staff meetings.  

Department of Political Science

The Political Science Department is located in the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences. The current faculty is comprised of three tenured and tenure-track faculty joined by 9 to 11 part-time faculty each term. Political Science provides excellent opportunities for the study of government and politics. Over 40 courses cover all the major aspects of the discipline. Students develop an understanding of human behavior as it relates to politics. They learn to discuss and analyze critically current public policy issues facing the United States and the world. They are taught how to critically observe and understand world affairs and comparative politics. They are trained in appropriate research techniques for the study of political processes. The General Political Science Concentration is a relatively “open” one, allowing students to choose from a wide range of courses and subjects within a general framework. It is designed for students seeking broad exposure to the diverse subjects of the discipline and is recommended for most students.

The Department offers a general major composed of core courses in Quantitative Research Methods, History of Political Thought, American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. Additionally, majors select breadth courses in American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations along with five elective courses selected from Departmental offerings. Majors must complete the Capstone Research Exercise (comprised of a major research paper) in one of the elective courses. The department offers internship opportunities at the national, California government and local government levels. The Department sponsors an active student organization (APSS, the Association of Political Science Students) and a successful Model United Nations (MUN) program for students.  


The mission of the Political Science program is to help students develop the competencies of effective citizens who are able to explain the contemporary political environment and the diverse means available to impact that environment. We also work to give our students the skills necessary to pursue a government related career or to continue on to law or graduate school. We expect students:

  • to become conversant with the theories and conceptual frameworks of the major subfields in the discipline; and
  • to apply critical analysis to political institutions, political issues, and political behavior at the international, national and sub-national levels; and
  • to be able to access diverse information resources and utilize information from these sources effectively to develop and informed understanding of the dynamic political environment.

For more information see: 


Minimum Qualifications

  • A PhD in Political Science or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education
  • A current rank of professor or associate professor with tenure.
  • Strong and consistent record of effective teaching, research and service
  • Strong experience in program evaluations, course assessment and mentoring junior faculty.
  • Leadership experience, preferably as chair of a department.
  • A strong interest in developing new courses and programs to reflect the changing nature of the international system and developments in the discipline of Political Science.
  • A strong interest in developing community outreach and external relations with the public and private sector.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research interest in Comparative politics and/or International Relations
  • Teaching interest in Latin American or Asian politics
  • Experience involving undergraduate students in research

The University
CSU Dominguez Hills was established in 1960 and is one of the 23 campuses that comprise the California State University system. CSU Dominguez Hills is a comprehensive public university located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.  With approximately 300 full-time faculty, the University serves a culturally rich, diverse student body of approximately 15,000 students in an urban setting.

How to apply
While the position will remain open until filled, review of applications, consisting of a current CV, cover letter and a list of 3 references will begin April 14. Applications should be submitted online at the following link:

California State University, Dominguez Hills, is an equal opportunity employer, and is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce.  The University actively encourages applications of all qualified individuals. 

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the CSU Dominguez Hills Human Resources Office (310) 243-3771 or the office of Faculty Affairs at (310) 243-3766. 

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at, or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3693.

Upon appointment all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
Concordia University

Concordia University invites expressions of interest, nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, with the appointment to be effective July 2014. 

Located in the heart of Montreal and home to over 46,000 students and 7,200 staff, Concordia University is one of Canada's most innovative urban universities. Over the past decade, Concordia has invested significantly to renew its faculty, improve and expand its infrastructure and create state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, learning and research. Concordia has 7,400 graduate students enrolled in more than 200 graduate programs and over 6,300 international students from more than 150 countries. Concordia’s research profile continues to grow as it fosters multidisciplinary approaches to finding solutions to a broad range of societal challenges. For more information, please visit

The Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science will provide strategic direction, academic planning leadership and administrative oversight to the 21 academic departments and six colleges of the Faculty. With over 18,000 students, the Faculty of Arts and Science offers 314 undergraduate and graduate programs encompassing and crossing the disciplines of sciences, humanities, and social sciences, and has experienced remarkable growth, renewal and success in the past decade. Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs and a member of Concordia’s senior administration, the Dean will lead in promoting innovative approaches to program and professional training development and delivery and lead in efforts that enable the Faculty and University to achieve the highest possible standards in education. He or she will ensure sustainable growth and competitiveness, intensify cross-disciplinary programs and enhance the external stature of the Faculty.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished academic and dynamic leader with a record of building strong teams, promoting and supporting research, fostering academic innovation, managing resources, and advancing multi-disciplinary initiatives. Extensive academic leadership experience will enable the new Dean to relate to a range of internal and external partners and promote excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students. She or he will possess an open and collegial style, outstanding management, communication and interpersonal skills, a creative approach to problem solving, and a strong commitment to academic excellence in research and teaching. The ability to function in both English and French is preferred.

The Search Committee will begin to consider potential candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The initial appointment is for five years, renewable for an additional five years. Concordia University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. Applications should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the candidate) and be forwarded electronically in confidence to:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.
1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801
Toronto, ON  M5E 1W7

Welcome to New Officers

Terry Lovelace of Northwest Missouri State University became president of the association at the Las Vegas national conference.  The newly elected officers are now:  Calvin Meyer of Dalton State College-president elect, Cheryl Evans of the University of Central Oklahoma-first vice president and William Kirtley of Central Texas College- second vice president.  We congratulate them on the election results and wish them well as officers of the association.

Employment Opportunity

Home > Human Resources > Employment Opportunities > Sociology
Position Title: Sociology
Division/Office: Humanities, Fine Arts & Social Sciences
Immediate Supervisor: Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts & Social Sciences
Employment Type: Part-Time
Reference, criminal background checks required.
PVCC is recruiting adjunct faculty to teach Sociology for Summer & Fall 2013.
A Master's degree with 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline is required. Available to teach MWF 2:20 p.m. and Wednesday 6 p.m. sessions at the Giuseppe Center, located in Greene County.
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach a specified number of hours each week per semester as assigned - may include day and evening sections, on- and off-campus, and distance learning technologies
  • Maintain at least 1 office hour weekly per course taught
  • Evaluate course instruction in accordance with established policy
  • Advise students in course selection and curricular requirements
  • Participate when applicable and practical in co-curricular activities

In accordance with Virginia Community College System guidelines, rank and salary are dependent upon experience and qualifications.
Application Package must include:

Mail application package to:
Human Resources 
Piedmont Virginia Community College 
501 College Drive 
Charlottesville VA 22902
Deadline: Open until filled
Piedmont Virginia Community College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

Member of the Year, 2012-2013

Hamid Milani of the University of Wisconsin-Marathon was named NSSA member of the year for his outstanding work over the years as a national board member and avid supporter of the association. Hamid has been a member of the association since the early days of the association and has participated in virtually every national conference as well as working to expand the membership of the association. We congratulate him for this fine honor.

David Marx Award 2013

This year's David Marx award for the outstanding article went to Professors Teresa LeSage Clements, Barba Aldis Patton, Diane Elizabeth Prince, and Paul Edward Carlson of the University of Houston-Victoria for their article, "Billiions of Dollars Wasted: New Teacher Preparation Models Needed." Their article appeared in a 2012 issue of the National Social Science Journal. Press releases went out to their college to make their administrators aware of this honor.

Student Paper Competition Award Winners

There is always a student paper competition at the National Technology and Social Science Conference in Las Vegas. The winners of this year's competition were undergraduate paper winner Belinda C. Ramirez with her article, "An Issue of Legitimacy: Hmong Religious and Ethnonational Borders in Northern Thailand" and graduate paper winner Jena L. Hawk with her article, A Quasi-experimental Design: Interrupted Time Series". Their articles will appear in a 2014 edition of the National Social Science Journal as student paper competition winners.
We look forward to your blogs, announcements and news on this timely site.
Please contact us for more information!
Home | About NSSA | Membership Form | Conferences & Seminars | Publications | Officers & Board | Newsletter | Announcements | Contact Us
Site Map | Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy
Designed by Dreamwirkz Web Designs 2010-2014 All Rights Reserved