Academic journal article Sociological Viewpoints

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Academic journal article Sociological Viewpoints

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The Pennsylvania Sociological Society was inspired by a dedicated group of academicians in 1950. Among the most active members of the society was a group of sociologists from Edinboro State Teachers College, now Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Among the leaders of that group was Charles Babbitt. To Professor Babbitt and the scores of others who have guided this organization we all owe a debt of gratitude for their inspiration, hard work, and dedication to the discipline.

At the heart of any organization is membership. A number of years ago, the Executive Board of the Society proposed that membership fees would be used primarily to financially support the publication of the newsletter and journal and for routine operational expenses. The annual conference was self sustaining based on registration fees. Although the Executive Board is working towards improving the collection of membership dues, this is one area that has been of concern for the past several years. Although PSS is currently in no danger of extinction, the number of members who regularly renew their dues seems to be diminishing with each passing year. To complicate matters, the number of new members coming forth from the academic and practitioner ranks has not kept pace with the number of members lost.

The Pennsylvania Sociological Society has always taken pride in developing an atmosphere of warmth and encouragement for younger, untenured faculty and students. …

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