2019 Annual Meeting

Wed. November 6 AND Thurs. November 7~~Sioux Falls, SD
Conference Theme: Exploring Human Populations

Plan to join us November 6-7 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for the Great Plains Sociological Association 2019 Annual Conference.  The GPSA’s annual conference is a great opportunity for academics in the social sciences and related fields as well as practicing professionals to network and share their scholarly work, ideas and interests, as well as recent accomplishments. The annual conference also gives graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to present their work in a supportive yet professional academic setting.

Tentative schedule

  • Nov. 6, Wednesday, all day: paper presentations, panel discussions, workshops, student posters, awards, business meeting
  • Nov. 7, Thursday morning: Keynote speaker, in conjunction with Sanford’s Population Health Symposium
  • Optional Thursday – Friday (Nov 7-8): GPSA members may attend the Population Health Symposium held at Sanford Research (more details will be coming)


All official conference activities will take place on the campus of Sanford Research in Sioux Falls: 2301 East 60th Street North, Sioux Falls, SD  57104

Highlights of the Conference

  • Networking and collaboration
  • Sharing of research and teaching ideas (see Call for Proposals)
  • Student Paper Competition (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Student Poster Competition (undergraduate)
  • Award presentations

Hotel information: 

Please make your own hotel reservations. In order for South Dakota State employees to receive the state rate, we are unable to reserve a block of rooms. You can find more information about local hotels on our 2019 Conference Hotels page!


You can submit your 2019 proposals to our 2019 GPSA Conference proposal portal. Proposals will be accepted through October 1, 2019.

Paper sessions featuring both completed research and projects in progress are the mainstays of the GPSA annual conference.  We also want to encourage members to organize panels and workshops, especially those relating to teaching and learning, methods of research/inquiry, or evaluation researchOrganizers of panel sessions are required to invite their panelists.  In an effort to broaden the reach of GPSA, interested scholars from related fields are highly encouraged to submit proposals.

Please note:  As GPSA is a self-funded conference, we do require that all presenters pay the registration fee ($75 professionals, $10 students).

Your proposal will be submitted online now.  We suggest that you create a word file in preparation and be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Contact information: name, institution, address, and email for all presenters
  • Title of Presentation
  • Type of presentation: research paper, panel, workshop,
  • 25-word Summary: Please summarize your presentation in 25 words. This will appear in the conference program
  • Abstract: 150-300 words

The Great Plains Sociologist

The Great Plains Sociologist is the official publication of the GPSA.  Submissions from faculty and students are welcome.  Submissions related to work presented at the GPSA annual meeting are especially encouraged.  Please submit manuscripts for consideration to The Great Plains Sociologist editor, Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg (laura.chilberg@bhsu.edu).

Current GPSA Officers

President: Cindy Aamlid, PhD., Southwest Minnesota State University cindy.aamlid@smsu.edu

President Elect: Trenton Ellis, PhD., Black Hills State University trenton.ellis@bhsu.edu

Secretary‐Treasurer:  Andrew Kubas, PhD., Saint Paul College andrew.kubas@saintpaul.edu

Past President: Courtney Waid-Lindberg, PhD., Northern State University c.waidlindberg@northern.edu

For questions and inquiries, please contact:

GPSA President: Cindy Aamlid, cindy.aamlid@smsu.edu

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