Journal of Rural Social Sciences

Coming Special Issues:

  • Space, Place, and COVID-19

  • Aging


The Southern Rural Sociological Association (SRSA) provides productive forums through annual meetings and its refereed journal, The Journal of Rural Social Sciences, for individuals interested in studying and understanding rural social change.

Submit SRSA news or request information:

Contact 2022 Program Chair and website coordinator:

Eleanor Green:



2022 Annual Meeting 


February 13-14, 2022

New Orleans, Louisiana

Southern Rural Sociological Association (SRSA) Awards Nominations Open

2022 SRSA Annual Meeting ∙ February 13-14, 2022, New Orleans
For questions regarding nomination please contact:

Dr. Annie Cafer- SRSA President Elected and Nomination Chair (amcafer@olemiss.edu)


Award submission portal link

SRSA Awards for Teaching, Research, Extension, and Public Service

SRSA recognizes professionals in the association who have made significant contributions in Teaching, Research, Extension/Outreach, and Public Service.


Nominations are currently being sought for the 2022 Awards. The awards for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Research, and Excellence in Extension/Outreach recognize SRSA members, while the award for Excellence in Public Service may be presented to a SRSA member or non-member.

Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Research, and Excellence in Extension/Outreach

To nominate an individual, please submit a single PDF application here, that contains:

  1. Nomination Letter: This 2-page letter should document the nominee's significant contributions as they apply to the appropriate award.

  2. Letter of Support: This letter should be in addition to the Nominator’s letter

  3. Supporting Documentation: The nominator should provide supporting documentation such as a current

    vita, publications, project description, and course syllabi, as applicable.

The nomination deadline is Friday, December 31, 2021

Outstanding Student and Professional Paper Awards

Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit their work for the Outstanding Student Paper Award ($200).


Professional members are encouraged to submit their work to the Professional Paper Award.

Paper Requirements

  • Papers should follow the formatting style of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences;

  • Papers cannot exceed 25 pages (inclusive of title, abstract, body of the text, list of references, tables and figures);

  • Double-spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins

  • Papers must not have been previously presented at a

    professional conference or published in a

    proceedings, book, or journal;

  • For Student Paper Award: Papers can be co-authored with another student but cannot be co- authored with a faculty member

Paper Evaluation​

  •  Advancement of knowledge;

  • Significance of the topic for rural sociology;Quality and implementation of the research (if applicable);

  • Analysis and interpretation of the findings (if applicable);

  • Clarity and organization of the writing.


Submission procedures and deadlines:
Part 1. November 29th 2021: Submit a letter of intent and abstract.
Please submit the letter of intent and abstract to Dr. Anne Cafer (amcafer@olemiss.edu).


When submitting the abstract and letter of intent, please include your name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email. For students, include a letter or email from a faculty advisor or department chair certifying your student status.


Part II. January 20th, 2022: Submit completed paper
Upload a completed paper via google forms 
here for full consideration. Papers must be uploaded by January 20th, 2022.


Feb. 7-8, 2021

2021 SRSA Annual Conference 

was held virtually February 7-8, 2021. See news and events page to view award winners. 

Jan. 25, 2021

SRSA past president John Green is the new president-elect of the Rural Sociological Society: https://news.olemiss.edu/professor-elected-to-lead-national-rural-sociology-association/

Jan. 12, 2021

SRSA leaders Annie Cafer and John Green contributed findings to a national study detailing the states that have achieved the most racial progress over time: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-most-and-least-racial-progress/18428

Southern Extension and Research Activity 47 (SERA-47) on Local and Regional Food Systems


The Southern Extension and Research Activity 47 (SERA-47), centered around local and regional food systems, completed its five-year initiative.

SERA-47 was renewed for another 5 years. Building upon the goals reached, three objectives for the renewed efforts were identified:

  • Increase interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations and networking efforts among Extension and Research food system professionals across the region; 

  • Identify current and emerging issues specific to food system development in the Southern region;

  • Assess local food system policy, opportunities for expansion, environmental change, and economic development issues, make policy recommendations, and develop best practices for communities across the region.

Registration is available for the 2021 SERA-47 Virtual Annual Meeting. 

3 days of engaging and informative discussions on local and regional food systems!  

To register for the Virtual Annual Meeting, please visit:  https://msudafvm.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8CC8A4VWvqxnjAW

The meeting dates are December 13 – 15, 2021. 


The tentative schedule:

Monday, December 13: 10:00AM – 12:30PM CST

Tuesday, December 14:  10:00AM – 12:00PM CST

Wednesday, December 15:  10:00AM – 12:30PM CST


Heading these efforts are: Virginie Zoumenou-Chair, Marcus Coleman-Co-chair, and Jayesh Samtani-Secretary.

In order for this project to be more comprehensive, inclusive, and encompassing of the region, we are asking you to invite members of your respective networks who may have an interest in this. Please pass this on to colleagues, and they can contact Virginie Zoumenou at vmzoumenou@umes.edu to obtain more information and to formally join the group.