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Great Plains Sociological Association (GPSA)

Great Plains Sociological Association

The Great Plains Sociological Association 2019 Annual Conference

Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7 ~ Sioux Falls, SD
Conference Theme: Exploring Human Populations

Conference Registration Form

Important Dates:

August 1: Online portal opens for submissions

October 1: Deadline for all proposals for papers, panels, and workshops

October 15: Deadline for submissions of student paper and poster entries

October 15: Deadline for registration (required of all presenters and student competitors)

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 6th 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 research.  Organizers 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

Contact information for submission of articles:

Laura Colmenero-Chilberg, Editor

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.

Current GPSA Officers

President: Cindy Aamlid, PhD., Southwest Minnesota State University

President Elect: Trenton Ellis, PhD., Black Hills State University

Secretary‐Treasurer: Andrew Kubas, PhD., Saint Paul College

Past President: Courtney Waid-Lindberg, PhD., Northern State University

2018 GPSA Committees


Trenton Ellis

Andrew Kubas


Liz Legerski

Kristi Brownfield

Faculty Honors/Awards

Gina Aalgaard Kelly

Patricia Ahmed


Kristi Brownfield

Trenton Ellis


Laura Colmenero-Chilberg

Daphne Pedersen

Kristi Brownfield

Student Paper/Posters

Patricia Ahmed

Liz Legersi

Cindy Aamlid


Gina Aalgaard Kelly

Mary Emery

Gary Goreham

Student Advisory Committee

Patrica Ahmed

Editorial Board

Gina Aalgaard Kelly

Laura Comenero-Chilberg

Courtney Waid-Lindberg

Andrew Kubas

* To be amended to include a third (non-executive) person

The Association annually releases The Great Plains Sociologist, the official publication of GPSA. Submissions from faculty and students are welcome. Please submit articles for The Great Plains Sociologist online to the editor, Laura Chilberg, BHSU.

Links to digital copies of prior Great Plains Sociologist volumes, sorted by year of release, will be posted below as soon as proper formatting is verified.