The Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Inc.

The Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Inc. (ASBS), a professional organization of scholars, was  founded in 1935 by Theophilus E. McKinney, Dean of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The organization was established to provide a forum for Black social science teachers to assemble and  discuss trends in education and curricula needs of their students.

Thus, the purpose of ASBS is to provide opportunities for scholars to engage in the exchange of ideas,  information, theory, and research.  Annually, social and behavioral scientists and other scholars from  Historically Black Colleges and Universities host a conference which serves as a forum to continue the work  of ASBS by addressing issues that impact Blacks in the nation and beyond.

Dr. Delores P. Aldridge

Professor Marguerite R. Howie

Dr. Charles U. Smith


ASBS' membership consists mainly of African-Americans in the social sciences.  However, membership is extended to scholars and students from all social and behavioral science disciplines and to professionals and students of all ethnicities.  Additionally, ASBS membership is not restricted to institutions of higher learning.  Scholars from other educational entities or related agencies that hold and promote the ideals and philosophy of the Association are also welcome.

ASBS sponsors several annual awards and activities.  The W.E.B. DuBois Award, was established by the Association in 1970 to honor  outstanding social and behavioral scientists and civic leaders who have made significant contributions in improving the lives of African  Americans. Past recipients include prominent scholars, community and civic leaders, and political officials.

The Theophilus E. McKinney Undergraduate Student Research Competition honors the Association's founder,  Dr. McKinney who felt that undergraduate students should be trained to become professionals through a series of activities.  He used ASBS to establish a student  organization that afforded them participation opportunities. This award recognizes and encourages the continued participation and  research accomplishments of undergraduate students.

The Marguerite Rogers Howie Distinguished Service Award was initiated by the Association in 2002.  The award honors the lengthy and outstanding service of Professor Marguerite Rogers Howie, who dedicated more than 40 years of service to ASBS.  She spearheaded development of a series of initiatives including the Association's Endowment. This award is presented to an ASBS member whose service to the Association models that of Professor Howie.

The Charles U. Smith Junior Faculty Achievement Award was established by Dr. Smith.  The award served a dual purpose.  It encouraged  junior faculty members as they embarked upon careers in higher education and extended appreciation for scholastic achievements that earned these individuals positions in the academy. Dr. Charles U. Smith, the Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Distinguished Dean of Graduate Studies at Florida  A&M University, received numerous awards from the academy and his community.

The Delores P. Aldridge Graduate Student Research Award recognizes the participation and research accomplishments of graduate  students and encourages them to address social and behavioral issues that impact Blacks. It was named to honor Dr. Aldridge for  contributions made to establish the activity and to recognize her continued interests in students' success. Dr. Aldridge is the Grace Towns Hamilton Professor Emerita of Sociology and African American Studies at Emory University.

She is a nationally recognized scholar, author, and personality in the Academy.  Dr. Aldridge has dedicated a significant portion of her profession to mentoring graduate students through teaching, research, and advisement.    

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