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ASA Seeks a Few Good Sociologists . . . for ASA’s Annual Awards Nominations

ASA members and interested persons are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2005 ASA Awards. The deadline for award nominations is June 15, 2004, except where stated otherwise. The ASA Dissertation Award and the Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award follow different schedules (see below). Award selection committees, appointed by ASA Council, review the nominations. Award decisions will be made by mid-summer, and awards will be presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, with the exception of the Dissertation Award, which will be presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. All nominations should be addressed to: American Sociological Association, c/o Governance, 1307 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 383-9005. Send inquiries to

Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award

This award honors scholars who have shown outstanding commitment to the profession of sociology and whose cumulative work has contributed in important ways to the advancement of the discipline. The body of lifetime work may include theoretical and/or methodological contributions. The award selection committee is particularly interested in work that substantially reorients the field in general or in a particular subfield. Nominations should include a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae and letters in support of the nomination. The most compelling cases contain five to eight letters from a variety of individuals able to speak to the qualifications of the nominees. The person making the nomination should obtain this material and forward it to the committee, with the nominee’s curriculum vitae, as a package. Nominations remain under active consideration for five award cycles. Thus, nominations received by June 15, 2004, are considered for the awards given in years 2005 to 2009. Members of the Association and other interested parties may submit nominations. Nomination materials submitted in previous years for carryover nominees may be updated, but any such new material must be received by June 15, 2004, for consideration for the 2005 award. Late-arriving nominations or updates will be held over for the following award year.

Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award

This award is given for a single book or monograph published in the three calendar years (2002, 2003, 2004) preceding the award year. Two members of the Association must submit letters in support of each nomination. Nominations should include the name of author, title of book, date of publication, publisher, and a brief statement about why the book should be considered for this award. Nominations for the 2005 award must be received by April 1, 2004. The winner of this award will be offered a lectureship known as the Sorokin Lecture. Regional and state sociological associations/societies may apply to ASA to receive this lecture at ASA’s expense after the award recipient is announced.

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award

The ASA Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award honors outstanding contributions to undergraduate and/or graduate teaching of 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 a 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. Nominations should also include a vita, if applicable, and relevant supporting materials. Members of the Association or other interested parties may submit nominations.

Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology

This award honors outstanding contributions to sociological practice. The award may recognize work that has facilitated or served as a model for the work of others; work that has significantly advanced the utility of one or more specialty areas in sociology and, by so doing, has elevated the professional status or public image of the field as a whole; or work that has been honored or widely recognized outside the discipline for its significant impacts, particularly in advancing human welfare. The recipient of this award will have spent at least a decade of full-time work involving research, administrative, or operational responsibilities as a member of or consultant to private or public organizations, agencies, or associations, or as a solo practitioner. Nominations should include a one- to two-page statement and the vita of the nominee.

Award for Public Understanding of Sociology

This award is given annually to a person or persons who have made exemplary contributions to advance the public understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public. The award may recognize a contribution in the preceding year or for a longer career of such contributions. Nominations should include the nominee’s vita and a detailed one- to two-page nomination statement that describes how the person’s work has contributed to increasing the public understanding and knowledge of sociology.

Jessie Bernard Award

The Jessie Bernard Award is given in recognition of scholarly work that has enlarged the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society. The contribution may be in empirical research, theory, or methodology. It is presented for significant cumulative work done throughout a professional career. The award is open to women or men and is not restricted to sociologists. Only members of the Association may submit nominations for the Jessie Bernard Award. Nominations for career achievement should include a letter of nomination, a copy of the vita of the nominee, and examples of relevant scholarship or other materials.

Dubois-Johnson-Frazier Award

Created in 1971, this award honors the intellectual traditions and contributions of W.E.B. DuBois, Charles S. Johnson, and E. Franklin Frazier. The award is given either to a sociologist for a lifetime of research, teaching, and service to the community or to an academic institution for its work in assisting the development of scholarly efforts in this tradition. Nominations should include a summary of the nominee’s career or achievement, and the way in which it is consistent with the traditions of these outstanding African-American scholars and educators. Nominations should include a one- to two-page statement and a vita, if applicable.

2004 ASA Dissertation Award

The ASA Dissertation Award honors the best PhD dissertation from among those submitted by advisors and mentors in the discipline. Dissertations from PhD recipients with their degree awarded in the 2003 calendar year will be eligible for consideration for the 2004 ASA Dissertation Award. Nominations must be received from the student’s advisor or the scholar most familiar with the student’s research. Nominations should explain the precise nature and merits of the work. Send nominating letters, six copies of the dissertation, and nominee’s curriculum vita (with current address). The deadline for nominations for the 2004 Award is April 1, 2004.