Conference Overview

 The 60th Annual Conference

April 4-7, 2018
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
123 Losoya St. 
San Antonio, TX 78205

NOTE:  The "Final Four" will end right before the conference starts, so be sure to reserve your hotel room as soon as possible, since the city expects to have about 50,000 coming in for the event, and many will stay a while afterward. 

2018 Program Director

Christopher Brown, Ph.D.
Department of Geography 
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001, MSC MAP 
Las Cruces NM 88003-8001


The deadline for submission of proposals for papers/panels/roundtables for the 2018 Conference is December 8th, 2017. Submissions are made online, on the "Sections & Affiliates" page. Click on the names of the sections, choose the one that best fits your paper/panel/roundtable, and click the appropriate submission type. 

New & Renewing Members: Please Note

Membership is automatically included in conference registration, making all conference registrants members of the Association. As always, membership will continue to include subscriptions to the Social Science Journal and the WSSA News.

Membership Only

If you are not able to attend the conference, but wish to retain your subscriptions to the Social Science Journal and the WSSA Newsletter, your right to vote in elections for Board Officers and Members, to participate in the annual Business Meeting, and to vote on matters set before the membership for decision, there is a membership-only option.  To choose that option, fill out the Membership-only online form, or click here to download the paper Subscription Membership-only form to mail, with a check or money order.

Disability Accessibility Services

WSSA will make every reasonable effort to arrange for motorized scooters, sign-language interpreters, sighted guides, and other communication avenues for conference registrants who need them. WSSA cannot support any ADA requests for support which are not directly related to the activities of the conference.  
This includes, but is not limited to, guided tours, activities and other events which may be provided by a third party affiliated with but not primarily a part of the WSSA conference (e.g., tours and trips provided by affiliates and sections, local universities, etc.).  Please email the Meeting Services staff ( by no later than March 1 of the conference year to identify the accommodation that you need. The Meeting Services staff will contact you to discuss needs and possible arrangements. 

Related Announcements

If your organization would like to post an announcement about an upcoming event or conference that will be of interest to WSSA members, please contact the Communications Director, Kate Herke.  Appropriate announcements will be posted under the "Other Upcoming Conferences" link, below the "WSSA Awards/Careers" tab.

Refund Policy

Requests for refunds of conference registration must be made in writing, by email to the Conference Manager.

  • Requests made by March 1 will receive approximately 90% of the amount originally paid (amount paid minus the amount that the credit card companies will charge us to make the refund). 
  • Requests made by March 15 will receive approximately 80% of the amount originally paid (amount paid minus both the amount that the credit card companies charged us for the original transaction plus the amount they will charge us to make the refund).
  • Requests made by March 27 will receive approximately 75% of the amount originally paid.
  • No refunds will be made after March 27.