Locations of the Most Recent Annual Conference Meetings

Sheraton Music City

Nashville, Tennessee


The Hyatt Regency Hotel

Cincinnati, Ohio   -   2013

The Hilton DoubleTree-Buckhead Atlanta, Georgia   -   2014

The Embassy Suites - Fayetteville/Fort Bragg

Fayetteville, North Carolina   -   2015

The Sheraton Hotel - Music City Nashville, Tennessee  -  2012


The Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Inc., a professional organization of scholars in the academy, was founded by the late Dr. Theophilus E. McKinney, Dean of Johnson C. Smith College (now, University) in Charlotte, North Carolina. McKinney indicated that the many economic, social, and political problems faced by Black Americans were different from those experienced by other racial groups. He organized and held the Conference on Social Offerings in Negro Colleges at Johnson C. Smith University on October 26, 1935. The goal of the meeting was to bring together social science teachers in Negro colleges (now, Historically Black Colleges and Universities) to discuss their common problems and to determine a purpose, points of view, and guiding principles in the teaching of social science courses.

The group formed as the Association of Teachers in Negro Colleges, elected officers, made assignments for conference presentations, and scheduled its second meeting. As time passed, the organization dropped "Negro" from its name and added behavioral scientists. Later the organization became, as it is now known, the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists.

Since its inception, the nation and the world have undergone tremendous changes and alterations. The Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists remains in the forefront of creative thought in the social and behavioral sciences. It continues to provide opportunities for scholars to engage in the exchange of ideas, information, thought, and theory. Annually, social scientists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, who are actively engaged in teaching and utilizing social scientific knowledge, come together and discuss ways to improve the national status of societal conditions.