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Distinguished Contributions to Teaching

ASA Major 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. PLEASE NOTE: The nomination letter must be able to cite the nominee's CV (specific parts of the CV or the CV as a whole) as evidence to where the nominee has specifically made contributions to the teaching of sociology. Each nomination must include an additional three to four nomination letters before sending  the complete nomination to ASA. If the these requirements are not meant the committee will not be able to consider the nomination.

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 nominations to: American Sociological Association, c/o Governance, 1430 K Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005; fax: (202) 638-0882; e-mail governance@asanet.org. The deadline for the 2015 award is January 31, 2014.

Selection Committee Members

Name Beginning of Term Ending of term Position
Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur 1/1/2013 12/31/2015 Member
Maxine P. Atkinson 1/1/2012 12/31/2014 Member
Elizabeth Grauerholz 1/1/2012 12/31/2014 Member
Regina Buonaccorsi Smardon 1/1/2013 12/31/2015 Member
Eleanor Townsley 1/1/2012 12/31/2014 Chair
Bill Winders 1/1/2013 12/31/2015 Member
Rebecca J. Erickson 1/1/2014 12/31/2016 Member
Diane Pike 1/1/2014 12/31/2016 Member
Katherine A. Giuffre 1/1/2014 12/31/2016 Member

Recipients of the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Major ASA Award

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. Wagenaa

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