PSS 2018-19 President

Michele Kozimor-King

Elizabethtown College

One Alpha Drive

Elizabethtown, PA   17022

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69th Annual

PSS Conference

Engaged Pedagogy through a Sociological Lens

October 11-12, 2019

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, Pa.


  • Undergraduate paper competition

  • Undergraduate poster competition

  • Graduate paper competition

  • Star Power simulation

  • Panels on publishing in Sociological Viewpoints and Teaching Sociology

Keynote speaker:  Dr Hugo Ceron-Anaya

Featured Workshop: Accessing Census Data:  A Review and a Preview


The U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey collects and provides social, economic and housing data from a very large sample of 3.54 million housing units and group quarters each year.  The primary method for accessing this data has been through the "American Factfinder" data tool.  However, this tool is currently being phased out and is being replaced by a new data tool with enhanced ease and potential "" Joe Quartullo, from the United States Census Bureau, will lead this hands on workshop which will allow students, faculty, and researchers an opportunity to review the abilities of "American Factfinder" and to preview the potential of ""  Learning to use the new data tool is especially important now as the most current ACS data (2018) will only be available in the new platform.  Bring your laptop as we work together with some hands-on examples with both data tools.  We are all beginners with the new tool; no previous work with census data is required for the preview. 

Invitation from the President of PSS

Michele Lee Kozimor, Ph.D.

This year will mark the 69th Annual Meeting of the

Pennsylvania Sociological Society. I am excited to host

the conference at Elizabethtown College which is centrally

located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (between “The

Sweetest Place on Earth” and the State Capital). The

theme for this year’s conference is Engaged Pedagogy

through a Sociological Lens.

In an era of limited conference travel resources, increased teaching, research, and service loads, and enrollment challenges, our state sociological society is the perfect place to provide professional development and networking opportunities for graduate students, faculty of all ranks, and those from community colleges to four-year public institutions. Of course, as the new Editor of the journal Teaching Sociology, I am particularly interested in finding ways to encourage publication of the scholarship of teaching and learning happening within Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities and I will be facilitating a workshop on Saturday, October 12 on publishing in the journal.

The Friday night session on October 11 will consist of a special teaching demonstration of the stratification and inequality simulation Star Power which was developed by R. Gary Shirts in 1969. Barbara Prince, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lebanon Valley College, and I successfully use the Star Power simulation in the current classroom. We will share the details of our 2015 article in Teaching Sociology including the assessment results.


The PSS Annual Meeting is also an excellent place to introduce undergraduate students to the conference environment. My first experience attending the annual meeting was as an undergraduate student my junior year. At the time, I was a newly minted Sociology/Anthropology major. The experience was life changing for me. I presented my Research Methods paper using data from the 1982 wave of the General Social Survey. While I did not win the Undergraduate Student Research Paper Competition that year, I did take first place in the same competition the next year with my senior thesis consisting of primary research using my church congregation to examine Catholic views of women in the military.


As a graduate student at The Pennsylvania State University, I continued to attend the PSS annual meetings in order to fine tune my presentation skills without costly travel or regional/national conference registration fees. One of my greatest joys has been bringing the undergraduate students from Elizabethtown College that I mentor to PSS to present their research in a friendly environment.


I sincerely hope you will consider submitting an abstract proposal to present at PSS or joining us for the simulation on Friday night or the presentations on Saturday. If your budget and schedule permits, why not come for both? Don’t forget to bring a student (or your mentor) along. Proposals for paper, organized sessions, and workshops will be accepted through email until September 20, 2019.

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