Please make your ISSRM Lodging Reservations Now!

With the dates for ISSRM 2018 at Snowbird Resort rapidly approaching, we want to remind everyone of the need to make lodging reservations – and to urge you to do so very soon!  Although May 17 is the “official” deadline for making reservations, we are nearing capacity for our block of rooms that are guaranteed at the reduced symposium rate. It is quite possible that room availability could become a problem well before that deadline.  If lodging demand exceeds the size of the room block set aside for ISSRM attendees, Snowbird will continue to make room reservations only on a space-available basis.  If bookings by persons other than ISSRM participants reach a point where all available Snowbird lodging has been utilized, those without reservations will be forced to locate off-site lodging options on their own.  With Salt Lake City a 30-minute drive from Snowbird along a steep and winding canyon road, that would be a major inconvenience at the very least and an impossible situation for anyone attending the conference who does not have access to a vehicle. SO PLEASE, GET YOUR LODGING RESERVATIONS TAKEN CARE OF NOW! 

Lodging reservations can be made most easily by calling the Snowbird central reservation office (800-453-3000, or 801-947-8220); the reservation center is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.  The reservation office can also be contacted by emailing lodging@snowbird.com. Individuals must identify themselves as part of the ISSRM 2018 room block (Group Code 2C52N5) in order to receive the discounted group rates. Alternatively, to register for lodging on-line go to www.snowbird.com and use the group code of 2C52N5. FOR STUDENT RATE RESERVATIONS, it will be necessary to call in to the Snowbird central reservation office at 800-453-3000 or 801-947-8220.

Sincerely,

Rick Krannich and Jordan Smith
ISSRM 2018 Co-Chairs

Call for Papers in Special Issue “Engaged Scholarship for Resilient Communities” of the Journal Social Sciences

The journal Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760; index by *Scopus*) is currently running a Special Issue entitled “Engaged Scholarship for Resilient Communities”. Prof. Richelle Winkler and Prof. Angie Carter are serving as Guest Editors for this issue.

Local and community-scale practices show potential for addressing critical social and environmental problems, particularly in the absence of effective state or federal policy and programs. Partnerships between community organizations, policy-makers, and academic groups can both inform community-level solutions and create opportunities for learning and empowerment. For this Special Issue, we seek submissions on the analysis or application of community-engaged research promoting community sustainability. We define community-engaged scholarship broadly and will consider papers related to the research-teaching-service nexus using participatory action, citizen science, participatory GIS, community-based participatory scholarship, or other similar approaches where academic groups are engaged in a reciprocal relationship with community partners toward common goals. Accepted papers will directly apply these methods to the goals of improving urban or rural community well-being or otherwise working towards community sustainability, resiliency or policy solutions.

For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website
at: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci/special_issues/engaged_scholarship_for_resilient_communities

The submission deadline is *1 November 2018*. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Guest Editors, Prof. Richelle Winkler (rwinkler@mtu.edu) and Prof. Angie Carter(ancarter@mtu.edu) or the Editorial Office in the email (socsci@mdpi.com) in advance.

Social Sciences is fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several studies.

*No publication fee is required*

For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci/instructions.

We look forward to hearing from you.

On behalf of the Guest Editors
Prof. Richelle Winkler
Prof. Angie Carter

Kind regards,
Siyang Liu
Managing Editor
Email: siyang.liu@mdpi.com

** REMINDER ** Call for IASNR Council Nominations – Deadline 23 April 2018

Submit your Council nominations before it is too late. We strongly urge you to nominate suitable colleagues for one of the four IASNR Council positions listed below. Submit your nomination(s) by Monday, April 23rd.

* IASNR Council Professional (3 seats)
* IASNR Council Student Representative-Elect

Don’t miss this opportunity to nominate your recommended candidate(s) for the IASNR Council!

Service on the IASNR Council affords members the opportunity to contribute substantially to current operations and future directions of the organization. IASNR strives for the organizational leadership to be “broadly representative of the membership, reflecting a balance of: (1) disciplinary orientations in the social sciences; (2) natural resource management fields; and (3) professional practice” (e.g., academic, agency, and NGO scientists; resource managers; domestic and international; mid-career and seasoned). Interested individuals must have familiarity with the organization, evidenced by a history of active involvement in ISSRM and/or other IASNR activities. Additional information regarding eligibility and responsibilities of these positions is included below and available on the IASNR website (www.iasnr.org) under the “About IASNR” section. All IASNR Council positions are unpaid voluntary positions.

IASNR COUNCIL POSITIONS
The IASNR Council consists of nine professional members, one student representative, and the co-editors of the journal as ex-officio members. The Council serves a broad role in supporting IASNR objectives to (1) foster the interdisciplinary social scientific understanding of the relationships between humans and natural resources; (2) further the application of social science information in natural resource decision-making; and (3) provide mechanisms whereby social scientists, resource managers, practitioners, agency personnel, and decision makers can generate dialogue and useful exchange of ideas. Council members are expected to actively engage in Council activities, including participation in Council meetings, service on Council committees, thoughtful and timely response to Council communications, attendance at ISSRM and any IASNR-supported activities at ISSRM, and infusion of new and innovative ideas in support of organization objectives. We especially encourage nominations of IASNR members from outside the U.S.

Council Professional Positions
The term of service for professional Council members is three years (January 2019 to December 2021). Nominees for professional Council positions must have been an IASNR professional member for a minimum of one year prior to the beginning of service on Council. The same individual may be re-elected for a second term, but no member may serve more than two terms without an interval of at least three years off Council.

Council Student Representative-Elect Position
The term of service for the Student Representative on Council is two years (January 2019 to December 2020) – serving one year as Student Representative-Elect, then transitioning the following year to serve one year as Student Representative as the primary liaison between the Council and Student Affairs Committee, for which the Student Representative and Student Representative-Elect serve as co-chairs. We strongly encourage nominees to have at least two years remaining before the completion of their graduate degree because the term encompasses a full two years. Nominees for Student Representative-Elect must have been an IASNR student member for a minimum of one year prior to the beginning of service on Council. The same individual may not be re-elected for a second term.

NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS
IASNR members may submit one or more nomination for each open position (self-nominations are not allowed). Nominations must include the following: (1) nominee’s name, title, affiliation, and contact information; and (2) a brief supporting statement (e.g., highlighting past IASNR or ISSRM involvement, describing relevant experience or qualifications). Nominations should be sent by email directly to the Elections Committee (c/o Tom_Fish@nps.gov and “cc” to info@iasnr.org) no later than Monday, 23 April 2018. Please include “IASNR Election Nomination” in the email subject line.

Elections will be held in May, with notification of results at the 2018 ISSRM. Official duties will begin 01 January 2019, following a six-month transition period as non-voting observer. Note: The ‘service year’ for IASNR Council positions corresponds with the organization’s fiscal operating year, 01 January to 31 December. Contact the Elections Committee with any related questions.

Thank you for your continued support of IASNR.

~IASNR Council Elections Committee

Exciting News from Social Ecology Press and UPC!

IASNR has entered into agreements with the University Press of Colorado for distribution of Social Ecology Press books as well as on co-publishing of new books! UPC will handle the marketing and distribution of our books which will give us access to a vibrant and global publishing marketplace. We will be working with them over time to give some of our books a new look and also to archive older versions for open access.

Social Ecology Press books are now available for purchase directly from UPC!

We will establish a new Social Ecology Press Editorial Board in the upcoming year and welcome inquiries from the IASNR membership on all issues related to book publishing.

For further information click here (PDF)

In Memorium – Donald R. Field

In Memorium
Donald R. Field

Early Saturday morning, April 7, 2018, University of Wisconsin Professor Emeritus Donald Reed Field passed away. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy H. Field, children Peggy, Andrew, and Donald Jr., six grandchildren, and a large extended family. Beyond the joys these family members brought to Nan and Don, they are a lasting signal of the core traits this couple instilled in each person they came into contact with – honesty, love, commitment, faith, and will to move forward. Thankfully, Don’s ability to impart such traits was not restricted to bloodlines – it extended to a legion of students, colleagues, and indirect progeny. All who studied with, worked alongside, or otherwise were blessed to interact with him felt his grace, and profited from his wisdom.

Professor Field served in many capacities and roles throughout his distinguished career, including as an Assistant Professor at South Dakota State University and then at the University of Washington (where he was promoted through the ranks to Professor), Chief Scientist Pacific Northwest Region of the National Park Service (where he also served as the agency’s first Senior Scientist in Sociology), and Professor of Forest Resource Management at Oregon State University. He spent the last 23 years of his career at the University of Wisconsin where he served as Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Director of the School of Natural Resources, and Professor of Rural Sociology and Forest and Wildlife Ecology. Taken together, these positions provide a penetrating glimpse into Don’s creative life-space – he traversed the intersections between the natural sciences and social sciences as had few before him. More importantly, he erected some of the first bridges to creating a transdisciplinary framework for addressing the many wicked problems assailing the natural resource-human interface.

Don Field’s work in natural resource sociology is foundational. His research findings appeared in many of the leading journals published today, and along with his numerous books, book chapters, and research monographs remain core to current work in the areas of leisure studies, rural sociology, and natural resource social science. The enduring importance of his contributions is in part reflected by the numerous awards he received over the course of his career, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, the Department of Interior’s Meritorious Service Award, the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Conservation and Recreation Research from the National Recreation and Park Association, the George Hartzog Award from the National Park Service, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association for Society and Natural Resources, the Award of Merit from the Natural Resources Research Group of the Rural Sociological Society, the Distinguished Rural Sociologist Award from the Rural Sociological Society, the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Penn State, and election as a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences.

Field’s level of engagement with and contributions to the creation of professional networks and organizations is unparalleled. He served as an elected Council member, Secretary, and Vice-President with the Rural Sociological Society. His creativity and sense of purpose led him to actively pursue the development of new outlets and organizations that brought natural resource and social scientists together. He served for six years as co-editor of the recreation resource-based scholarly journal Leisure Sciences. He organized the first International Symposium on Society and Resource Management in 1986, and continued to play a lead role in nurturing and organizing the ISSRM symposia for the next quarter-century. Based on research papers from the first Symposium he launched Society and Natural Resources in 1988, and continued as the journal’s co-editor in chief until 2003. In 2001 he led the creation of a new professional association, the International Association for Society and Natural Resources, and served as IASNR’s founding Executive Director from 2002 to 2005.

Don Field’s life was devoted to bringing people with different agendas together to address the pressing issues facing our nations’ natural resources. He infused a passion among all he worked with to add to and apply social science knowledge in ways that would enhance both natural resource conditions and social well-being. He will never be far from our hearts, or our minds.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Middleton, Wisconsin. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00, followed by Mass at 11:00 am. A reception and sharing of memories will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to honor Don’s legacy consider a contribution to a newly-created endowment fund that will be established in his name within the International Association for Society and Natural Resources. The goal of this fund will be to create a permanent endowment that can be used to help underwrite costs of student participation at future ISSRM symposia, on an ongoing basis. Checks in support of the “Donald R. Field Student Assistance Fund” should be made payable to IASNR, and forwarded to:

Dr. Courtney Flint, IASNR Treasurer
Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology
Utah State University
Old Main 216G
Logan, UT 84322-0730

If you would prefer to donate using a credit card, please contact Dr. Flint (courtney.flint@usu.edu) and she will assist with that process.

“Publishing with and Reviewing for SNR” Free Webinar – April 23, 2018

Society and Natural Resources and the IASNR Professional Development Committee are excited to announce a complimentary webinar on April 23, 2018 (Monday), titled “Publishing with and reviewing for SNR.” This webinar is co-hosted by Dr. Linda Prokopy and Dr. Tasos Hovardas, the co-Editors-in-Chief of Society and Natural Resources. This one-hour webinar will cover the following topics:

  • publishing in peer-reviewed journals as an author
  • serving as a reviewer in peer-reviewed journals (i.e., how to conduct a high-quality review)

This is a great opportunity for graduate students, post-docs and early-career professionals to explore publication opportunities with Society and Natural Resources, a leading journal in natural resource social science and interdisciplinary conservation science. Learning about how to serve as a reviewer of manuscripts can also be very helpful for writing.

Date: April 23, 2018 (Monday)
Time: 10:30-11:30 AM EDT

Please register for “Publishing with and reviewing for SNR” before April 19 (Thursday) 11:59 pm EDT by clicking here. As part of the registration process, you will be asked to write down 2-3 questions about the publication and review processes that you would like to discuss with our co-hosts or other participants.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please share this webinar with any students, colleagues and others who might be interested in learning more about this resource.

Contact the following individuals with any related questions or problems if needed:

Sincerely,

~ Society and Natural Resources and IASNR Professional Development Committee

2018 ISSRM Student Roommate Matching

Looking for a roommate to help offset lodging costs for the 2018 ISSRM? The IASNR Office and Student Affairs Committee can help! Students have the option of sharing a double room (two queen beds per room). If you are interested, please complete this survey by April 10th. It is important to make reservations as soon as possible, so please complete the survey as soon as possible, but no later than April 10th.

Student Room Rates (student status documentation required)*

  • West Village – bedrooms (2 Queens)
    $100.00/night (plus $10/night resort fee and room tax @ 11.92%) for double occupancy—total cost per night is approximately $123.11 with tax.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon in Utah for the 2018 ISSRM!

Best regards,

IASNR Office and Student Affairs Committee

Master’s Graduate Assistantship – Design & Implementation of Citizen Science

Master’s Graduate Assistantship – Design & Implementation of Citizen Science

Starting Fall 2018 at NC State University (2-year position)

The College of Natural Resources (CNR) at North Carolina State University invites applications for a M.S.-level assistantship beginning in Fall 2018 (start dates are negotiable). The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr. Caren Cooper (Dept. of Foresty and Environmental Resources & NC Museum of Natural Sciences) and be self-motivated and hardworking with interests in human dimensions, communication, and policy research related to citizen science. With funds from the EPA, and in collaboration with social and environmental justice organizations and Virginia Tech, the student will assist with a new project to discover, model, and communicate risk of lead in tap water across the United States. The student will help with the design and implementation of a national inventory of premise and service line pipes in the United States, additional protocols related to infrastructure and water attributes, multi-modal communication of risk estimates to varied stakeholders, and assessment of learning outcomes.

Possible research directions include, but are not limited to:

  • risk communication in citizen science contexts
  • legal, ethical, technological, and social issues related to data privacy and sharing
  • value-sensitive design to culturally adapt project protocols and materials for diverse populations
  • assessment of learning outcomes and actions (household, community, political, etc)

Click here for more information.

Human Dimensions Specialist at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC)

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) is currently seeking highly qualified applicants for a Human Dimensions Specialist position.

AGFC seeks applicants with ability and experience to engage in collaborative research and work across various departments, agencies, and disciplines. This position will apply theories, concepts, and methods from the social and behavioral sciences to natural resource management (i.e., fisheries and wildlife management, conservation, and/or outdoor recreation) issues and policies to inform management actions of the AGFC. We seek applicants with research expertise in applied psychology, sociology, or related fields who investigate human interactions with natural resources and the environment. That focus should include the role of human behaviors, attitudes, social norms, etc. as they apply to evolving practices and policies in natural resource management and conservation.

The Human Dimensions Specialist will manage a research program that applies social science theory and methods to natural resource management. The position will employ rigorous scientific and analytical methods to conduct stakeholder assessments and program evaluations. The position will engage in science communication and public outreach. The position serves as AGFC’s expert in both the quantitative and qualitative methods of social science research projects (questionnaire design, survey implementation, data management, and statistical techniques). The position is expected to disseminate information relevant to scientific and land management audiences via technical scientific reports, policy briefs, peer-reviewed publication, and popular-press articles. Applicants should have experience with science communication, public outreach and engagement, and/or social marketing. This includes experience conducting integrated research and outreach with diverse stakeholder groups.

Applications must include complete work history and references. Applicants may apply online at https://jobs.agfc.com.  Applications must be submitted by midnight on April 20, 2018.

M.S. or Ph.D. Assistantship in Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation (Available for Fall 2018)

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) at North Carolina State University invites applications for an MS or PhD-level research assistantship beginning in Fall 2018. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr. Lincoln Larson on a study evaluating college students’ beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors related to wildlife conservation, with a particular emphasis on hunting. The research project is sponsored by the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service through the Multistate Conservation Grant Program. Working with collaborators at NC State, the candidate will have a unique opportunity to help lead a team of researchers and practitioners from 26 public universities and state wildlife agencies across 13 states. Results of the project will inform research and practice that impacts the future of wildlife conservation in the United States. Click here for more information.