Cameron University to host Oklahoma Sociological Association conference

Cameron University will host “Doing Sociology: Advancing Sociological Knowledge through Practice,” the annual conference of the Oklahoma Sociological Association, on Friday, Oct. 28 at the CETES Conference Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and conference sessions will start at 9 a.m. To register, go to

Dennis R. Johnson, Regional Director of U.S. Census Bureau, will deliver the luncheon keynote address, “The Census Bureau at a Crossroads.” Johnson has served as Regional Director for the six-state Kansas City Region since 2005. He has recently been involved in the restructuring of the Field Division of the Census Bureau, the first major step in the overhaul of all Census Bureau operations. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City and Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University in Parkville, Mo. He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute Leadership School and the Colorado Leadership Development Program.

Joining him on the conference agenda is Steve Barker, Program Manager of the Oklahoma State Data Center and Senior Research Analyst, Oklahoma Department of Commerce. As a part of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Federal and State Cooperative for Population Estimates and State Data Center networks, he is an expert at locating and understanding the most appropriate use of a variety of business, economic, and demographic data sources from the Census Bureau.

OSA is also holding a student essay contest in which undergraduate and graduate students have submitted essays responding to the statement, “How I’ll Use What I Learned in Sociology to Impact the World Around Me and/or Have a Career!” Two winners will be announced during the conference.

Other activities will include presentation of research papers, poster presentations, and a panel discussion on graduate school featuring graduate directors and representatives from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Central Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Sociological Association promotes the scientific study of society and human interaction and encourages development and collaboration among those engaged in studying, teaching, and doing research in the field of sociology. Dr. Maxwell Kwenda, Associate Professor, CU Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology, serves as the organization’s president this year.


October 12, 2011

PR# 11-188