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AKD Teaching and Learning Event at a Regional Conference

2019-2020 AKD Teaching and Learning Workshops at a Regional Conference

2019 AKD T&L Workshop:
Mid-South Sociological Association - October 25, 2019 (embedded sessions)

2020 T&L Workshops (all dates and times TBD):
Eastern Sociological Society 
Midwest Sociological Society
North Central Sociological Association
Pacific Sociological Association

Mid-South Sociological Association (MSSA) Annual Meeting
Jackson, MS | Embedded Sessions
Friday, October 25, 2019

Learning From Each Other

Registration for these sessions is not required and there is no charge to attend. These sessions are included as part of your registration to the annual meeting of MSSA.

Topics tentatively planned include:

  • Increasing Student Engagement: Using Active Learning and Team-Based Learning Techniques
  • Preparing for a Program Review/Getting your Curriculum to meet National Standards
  • I Love Sociology but What Can I Do with a Sociology Major? Helping Students see Sociology as Preparation for Careers
  • Getting your Dean's Attention: How Can AKD Help Convince Your Dean of Sociology's Value
The sessions will be interactive and participants will be encouraged to share ideas and techniques that they have tried, both successful and unsuccessful, toward a goal of becoming more effective teachers and helping our students understand the discipline.

MSSA Fellowship Application


Join colleagues interested in teaching pedagogy, practical application, and the scholarship of teaching and learning from a variety of academic settings in a workshop/sessions designed to expose the inner workings of course design, student engagement, meaningful learning, and effective assessment.  Participants will craft a unique experience from a selection of roundtable discussions best suited to their individual interests and needs. Roundtable topics include, but are not limited to, backward design, community based learning, assessment tools beyond the exam, and working with technology in the classroom. Time will be allocated for networking with colleagues interested in sharing ideas, gaining support, and building collaboration, so participants are encouraged to bring business cards to share. 

These workshops will benefit those working within a range of settings, including instructors from community colleges and small liberal arts institutions, as well as early career faculty and graduate students.

Each session/event is intended to advance the quality of teaching in the discipline of sociology.

Alpha Kappa Delta will provide up to $250 to three recipients for each event to cover travel expenses, including hotel stay, airfare, registration, and other expenses.

All sociologists are encouraged to apply for the AKD Fellowship. It is part of AKD’s purpose and mission to serve segments of the sociology community that are currently under-served.  To that end, the  selection committee will consider institutional affiliation at community colleges, HBCUs, HSIs, and tribal colleges as a positive factor when assessing applications for the AKD fellowships. Graduate students will also be highly considered.

Application Deadlines
MSSA - October 1, 2019
ESS, MSS, NCA, and PSA - coming soon!

MSSA Fellowship Application 

Please submit your completed application in Word or PDF format as an email attachment to AKD@lemoyne.eduFinal selections will be made after the deadline and everyone will be notified of the committee's selection shortly after that date.

If selected as a Fellow
In order to qualify for reimbursement as an AKD Fellow, you must attend at least three of the five sessions. You will need to obtain a signature from one of the session presenters and answer the questions on page 2 of
this form (as well as complete a travel voucher sent from the Executive Office).

Additionally, if selected as a Fellow, you will be expected to develop a new pedagogical technique, course, or curricular innovation inspired by the workshop and to provide AKD with a progress report on your work after the workshop is completed.  We will follow up with you periodically (three months, six months, nine months, etc.) to see how you are doing and if there is anything we or the program organizers and facilitators can do to help.

Please direct questions about the AKD Fellowships to the AKD Executive Office at


“The intimate and friendly environment of the pre-conference workshop allowed for networking with other graduate students, new faculty, and professors with a great deal of teaching experience." 

“Being around similarly minded people was great. Being able to talk
about teaching struggles with people outside my department was helpful.”

"I learned much from the experiences of others and it felt reassuring to know that, as a new instructor, I am not alone!”

2017 SSS Fellows

2017 NCSA Fellows