American Sociological Association

Section on Aging and the Life Course

Aging and the Life Course Award Nominations Calls

Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award

This annual award honors a scholar in the field of aging and the life course who has shown exceptional achievement in research, theory, policy analysis, or who has otherwise advanced knowledge of aging and the life course. 

We have two ways to nominate a colleague for the MWR Distinguished Scholar Award.

  1. Submit the name of nominee with a brief justification to the Chair of the MWR Scholar Selection committee by December 1, 2019.  The committee will then solicit supporting materials and/or evaluation letters. 
  2. Submit a full nomination of a candidate by March 1, 2020.  Letters of nomination should describe the nominee's contributions to the study of aging and the life course that warrant consideration. If multiple persons wish to nominate a person, we strongly encourage co-signers on a single nomination letter. 

Nominations will be carried over for two years. Materials should be sent to Jennifer Karas Montez, Chair of the MWR Distinguished Scholar Award Committee, at jmontez@maxwell.syr.edu. Other committee members include Eileen Crimmins, Jennifer Ailshire, and Richard Miech. Recent award winners are listed at http://www.asanet.org/sections/aging_sections_History.cfm

Deadline is March 1, 2020

Outstanding Publication Award

This annual award honors an outstanding recent contribution to the field of sociology of aging and the life course as determined by the Outstanding Publication Award Committee.

Nomination Process: Eligible publications include original research reports, theoretical or methodological developments, and policy-related contributions. The outstanding publication can be an article, chapter, or book published within the past three years (from 2017-2019). A single author or one of the coauthors must be a SALC member. Multiple entries cannot by submitted by the same author(s); please choose the strongest entry. Only SALC members are permitted to make nominations, but nominators should make only one nomination. Self-nominations are accepted. Papers that have been uploaded as Advance Access articles but have not yet been published cannot be submitted until next year as they will have 2020 copyright dates.

A nomination letter should accompany a PDF of the article or book. The letter should provide the full citation, describe the scope of the manuscript, and highlight some of its contributions to the field. Nominations of publications for the award should be sent to Andrea Willson, Chair of the Outstanding Publication Award Committee, at willson@uwo.ca.

Deadline March 1, 2020

Graduate Student Paper Award

This annual award honors an outstanding paper written by a graduate student member(s) of SALC, as determined by the Graduate Student Paper Award committee. The award consists of $250 presented to the winner at the SALC Business Meeting, held during the annual ASA meeting.

Nomination Process: Papers authored or coauthored solely by students are eligible; faculty co-authorship is not allowed. Eligible student authors include master’s and pre-doctoral student members of the section who are currently enrolled in a graduate program, or who have graduated no earlier than December 2019. Unpublished, under review, accepted, or published papers are eligible. If published, the paper should have appeared within the past two calendar years (e.g., a paper nominated in 2020 may have been published anytime during 2018 or 2019). Unpublished papers should not exceed 9,000 words of text (not including references, tables, etc). Self-nominations are encouraged.

To be nominated, send an electronic version of the paper along with a completed and signed SALC Graduate Student Award Nomination Form to John Reynolds, Chair of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, at john.reynolds@fsu.edu.

Deadline March 1, 2020

Outstanding Mentor Award

SALC has a rich legacy of mentoring, both of students and junior faculty. We want to honor this history by recognizing SALC members who have distinguished themselves as mentors in the field of aging and the life course.

Nomination Process: Letters of nomination should describe the nominee’s contributions to mentoring in the area of aging and the life course that warrant consideration. If multiple persons wish to nominate a person, we strongly encourage co-signers on a single nomination letter. We also urge those preparing nomination letters to indicate where co-signers are working now and to think broadly about types of mentorship. Nominations should be sent to Mark Hayward, Chair of the Outstanding Mentor Award Committee, at mhayward@prc.utexas.edu.

Deadline March 1, 2020