American Sociological Association

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award

Award Description

The ASA Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award honors ASA members' outstanding contributions to the teaching of undergraduate and/or graduate sociology. The award recognizes contributions that have made a significant impact on the manner in which sociology is taught at a regional, state, national, or international level. These contributions may include preparation of teaching- and curriculum-related materials and publications, participation in the scholarship of teaching and learning, development and communication of innovative teaching techniques, leadership in teaching-related workshops and symposia, involvement in innovative program development, and contributions to the enhancement of teaching within state, regional, or national associations.

The award typically is given for a series of contributions spanning several years or an entire career, although it may recognize a single project of exceptional impact. The award is not designed to recognize outstanding teaching ability at one's own institution unless that is part of a career with broader impact. Individuals, departments, schools, or other collective actors are eligible. Nominations should include the name of the nominee and a one to two-page statement explaining the basis of the nomination (maximum 2000 words), a vita, and a maximum of 5 letters of support.

Criteria for evaluation will include undergraduate and/or graduate teaching contributions that go beyond the local department; teaching honors and recognition; a significant contribution to the teaching and learning of sociology such as preparing teaching materials, innovative teaching techniques and curricula disseminated to a broad audience; publications and participation in the scholarship of teaching and learning; leadership in workshops, symposia, or regional/national teaching efforts; innovative program development; and/or contributions to teaching enhancement at the state, regional, national and/or international level.

Send complete nomination packets via email to The deadline for the 2019 award is January 31, 2018


Selection Committee Members

Name Begin End Position
Susan Markens 1/1/2018 12/31/2018 Chair
Mark A. Berends 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 Member
Anna Aleksandra Bruzzese 1/1/2016 12/31/2018 Member
Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng 1/1/2018 12/31/2020 Member
Jacob Hibel 1/1/2018 12/31/2020 Member
Rachel Tolbert Kimbro 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 Member
Rebecca Romo 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 Member
Stacy Torres 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 Member
Van C. Tran 1/1/2018 12/31/2020 Member


2017Howard Aldrich

2016 - Helen A. Moore

2015 - Gwen Sharp - "Sociological Images Blog"

2015 - Lisa Wade - "Sociological Images Blog"

2014 - Kathleen Lowney

2013 - Rose Brewer

2013 - Jay Howard

2012 - Diane Pike

2012 - Katherine Rowell

2011 - Maxine Atkinson

2010 - Keith Roberts

2009 - Carla B. Howery

2008 - Carol Jenkins

2008 - Elizabeth Grauerholz

2007 - Edward Kain

2006 - Kathleen McKinney

2005 - Caroline Hodges Persell

2004 - Jeanne Ballantine

2003 - Robert M. Hauser and Michael Burawoy

2002 - John Macionis

2001 - Department of Sociology, Indiana University

2000 - George Ritzer

1999 - William G. Roy

1998 - Sociology Major Program, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Santa Clara University

1997 - Robert R. Alford

1996 - Vaneeta D'Andrea

1995 - Dean S. Dorn

1994 - Reece McGee

1993 - Memphis State University Center for Research on Women (Bonnie Thornton Dill, Elizabeth Higginbotham, Lynn Weber)

1992 - Theodore C. Wagenaar

1991 - no award given

1990 - Southwest Texas State University Sociology Program

1989 - James A. Davis

1988 - Sharon McPherron and Charles A. Goldsmid

1987 - William A. Gamson

1986 - Sister Marie Augusta Neal

1985 - University of Kentucky Department of Sociology

1984 - Joseph Bensman

1983 - David Riesman

1982 - John C. Pock

1981 - Hans O. Mauksch

1980 - Everett K. Wilson

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