Names Change for Two ASA Awards
W.E.B. DuBois Name Is Directly Related to Scholarship
As the result of a major petition drive, including signatures from two-thirds
of the ASA Council and 13 ASA presidents and the necessary number of votes
in the May 2006 ASA election, ASA announces the change in name of two of its
major awards: the Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award is now the W.E.B.
DuBois Career Award for Distinguished Scholarship, and the DuBois-Johnson-
Frazier Award is now the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award. The latter award is
named after sociologists Oliver Cox, the first recipient of the award back in 1971,
Charles Johnson, and E. Franklin Frazier. This is the second change to the ASA
major award program in the past two years after the addition of the Excellence in
Reporting of Social Issues Award.
Aldon Morris (Northwestern University) and Michael Schwartz (Stony
Brook University), who wrote the petition for the changes in both award names,
believed it was important to make connections between the history of the discipline
and those who are practitioners today (see May/June 2006 Footnotes).
In addition, Morris and Schwartz said in their petition, If the award is named
after someone whose visibility extends well beyond the profession, it allows the
profession to borrow this visibility, and to project our winners to an audience well
beyond the profession. For sociology, we believe that this is particularly important,
since we aspire as a profession to reach an audience beyond the confines of
our discipline with insights that can hopefully make a difference in social life.
Because of such needed publicity, Morris and Schwartz believed DuBois was
a perfect fit for the Distinguished Scholarship Award. DuBois was the consummate
public intellectual. . . . He fought
for the rights of people of color, not just
in the United States, but also around
the world. He fought for womens
rights, workers rights, Jewish freedom,
a peaceful world without nuclear
weapons, and for human dignity and
democracy across the globe. They continued,
. . . because of his singular role
as public intellectual, his name would
confer a more appropriate luster to the
award than other, also worthy, choices.
While the names of the two awards
have changed, the criteria and purposes
of these prestigious awards remain the
same. For more information about this
award and all ASA awards, see "Call for ASA Award Nominations" of this issue of Footnotes.
The changes in award names went into effect in September 2006 after ASAs
Annual Meeting in Montréal. Any members who would like to send in a nomination
for these awards, or one of the other ASA major awards, can do so via
email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about ASAs major award
program, visit our website at www.asanet.org.
Congratulations to the 2006
ASA Section Award Winners!
ASA is proud to announce the winners
of the various awards given by ASAs
special interest sections. Not all 44 sections
give awards, but the vast majority
of sections have now reported their
2006 award winners to ASA, and they are
listed on the ASA website www.asanet.org under Sections. A hearty congratulations
is extended to each of these
outstanding scholars and ASA members!