Awards Committee

The Awards Committee administers procedures and arrangements for bestowal of awards by the Association. The Awards Committee establishes and maintains its own procedures and criteria for the bestowal of each of the various awards under its jurisdiction. The Awards Committee may, at its discretion, elect to by pass bestowal of any award in any interval during which, in its judgment, there is a shortage of meritorious nominations for that award.

Membership of the Awards Committee consists of six members of the Association. Members are appointed for a three year term. Each year two members end and two members begin their term. In addition, additional members may be appointed to the Awards Committee for a period of one term to help with the process of selecting award recipients. These additional members will likely serve on one or two subcommittees that will be needed (see below). Appointments are made by the Committee on Committees. While members of the Awards Committee may recommend prospective members to the Committee on Committees, they do not select their own committee members. They do, however, elect the committee’s chair who should be someone who will be a continuing and active member of the committee. The Chair serves for one year, but can be reelected.

Normally, the Awards Committee shall divide itself into subcommittees, such that at least one member, except the chair, shall serve as a Principal Judge for one of the Association’s awards and as Secondary Judge for another. Each subcommittee reports its recommendations for awards to the committee of the whole for consideration and ratification. If costs are incurred, such as for mailing of books, the PSA office will reimburse these; a receipt should be sent to the Executive Director. Alternative subcommittee arrangements may also be made at the discretion of the chair as required by the nature of the workload in a given year.

The Awards Committee may decide to keep nominations from a previous year in the next year’s pool. Other decisions, such as closing dates for nominations, rules for supporting documentation, criteria for the awards, etc. are made by majority vote at the annual meeting of the Awards Committee or by e-mail.

The Nominations Process:  in the May and September Newsletters, the Executive Director will place an announcement of the awards, soliciting nominations from the Association’s members. In addition, the Executive Director will include an announcement of the awards in emails sent to members/etc. in the fall.

Nominations for 2019 Awards Now Open!
Nominations for 2019 Awards should be sent to the Awards Committee Co-Chairs, Hyeyoung Woo and Debora Paterniti.

Except for the Distinguished Scholarship Award, the deadline for all nominations is February 1, 2019

The 2019 Distinguished Scholarship Award  The Distinguished Scholarship Award is granted to sociologists from the Pacific region in recognition of major intellectual contributions embodied in a recently published book or series of at least three articles on a common theme. To be eligible for the 2019 award, a book or the most recent article in a series must have been published in 2017 or later. If a book has both a hardback and paperback copyright date and no significant changes have been made in the book between editions, the committee will consider the earlier copyright date as the one determining eligibility for the award. Nominations must be from individual members of the PSA; the Committee does not accept nominations from publishers. Edited books are not eligible for this award. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2018. You will need to send three copies of the book; request mailing address when you submit nomination information.

The 2019 Dean S. Dorn Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award  The Dean S. Dorn Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award honors individuals whose distinctions as teachers have made a significant impact on how sociology is taught. It is typically given for contributions spanning several years or an entire career. Nominations for this award should be submitted in packet form and include the following information: 1) a summary statement of the nominee’s contributions to the teaching of sociology that may include, but is not limited to, honors and awards received by the nominee, publications or scholarly activity related to teaching/pedagogy, papers presented at national conferences on teaching/pedagogy, innovative approaches to teaching, a discussion of the nominee’s impact in disseminate knowledge, leadership in teaching, or mentoring students; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) a minimum of four letters of support— at least two from students and two from colleagues — including the nominator’s letter; and 4) other supporting documents as deemed relevant (optional). Prior nominees are encouraged to re-submit updated materials.

The 2019 Early Career Award for Innovation in Teaching Sociology The Early Career Award for Innovation in Teaching Sociology is designed to honor and encourage the work of junior faculty (typically fewer than seven years of teaching experience). This award recognizes innovative and creative approaches to teaching and demonstrated commitment to mentoring students. Nominations for this award should be submitted in packet form and include the following information: 1) a summary statement of the nominee’s contributions to the teaching of sociology that may include, but is not limited to, a discussion of innovative approaches to teaching, a discussion of the nominee’s impact on student learning, or a demonstrated commitment to teaching pedagogy through presentations, publications, workshops or other evidence; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) a minimum of four letters of support from colleagues and students, including the nominator’s letter; and 4) other supporting documents as deemed relevant (optional).

The 2019 Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Praxis Award The Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Praxis Award honors sociological work in the Pacific region (whether by an academic or non-academic), that has made a positive impact on social and organizational institutions, improved organizational performance, contributed to community betterment, and/or eased human suffering. Nominations for this award should be submitted in packet form and include the following information: 1) a nominating letter that provides an overview of the nominee’s distinguished praxis contributions, which should make clear how the nominee’s work has made a positive impact and how the contributions are above and beyond typical professional service; 2) a minimum of two letters of support from individuals having direct knowledge of the nominee’s contribution to sociological praxis; 3) supporting documents, examples of which include, but are not limited to, presentations at scholarly conferences, published articles, reports, media materials, community documents, or grant/contract proposals primarily authored by the nominee, that speak to this significant contribution. Prior nominees are encouraged to re-submit updated materials.

The 2019 Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Perspectives Award  Each year, the Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Perspectives Award honors an outstanding article published in the most recent volume of PSA’s official journal, Sociological Perspectives. To be eligible, the article must be worthy of special recognition for outstanding scholarship and contribution to the discipline. The article must have been published in 2018 (Vol. 61). For the 2019 awards cycle, awardee will be selected by the PSA Publications Committee.

The 2019 Distinguished Undergraduate Student Paper Award  The Distinguished Undergraduate Student Paper Award recognizes an undergraduate student or students for a paper of high professional quality. This award includes a $200 honorarium and two nights of lodging at the 2019 conference hotel. To be eligible a paper must be: 1) worthy of special recognition for outstanding scholarship; 2) written by an undergraduate student or students in the Pacific region; 3) written or substantially revised in the last year; 4) presented at the upcoming PSA annual conference; 5) in article format but not yet published; and 6) less than 10,000 words or 40 pages in length, inclusive of all graphs and tables. Nominations for the award must include a copy of the paper, an abstract, and a minimum of one letter of support. Note: An individual faculty mentor may nominate a maximum of three papers for this award.

The 2019 Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award  The Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award recognizes a graduate student or students for a paper of high professional quality. This award includes a $200 honorarium and two nights of lodging at the 2019 conference hotel. To be eligible a paper must be: 1) worthy of special recognition for outstanding scholarship; 2) written by a graduate student or students in the Pacific region; 3) written or substantially revised in the last year; 4) presented at the upcoming PSA annual conference; and 5) in article format but not yet published. Nominations for the award must include a copy of the paper, an abstract, and a minimum of one letter of support.

The Social Conscience Award  The Pacific Sociological Association’s Social Conscience Award is given to a worthy community-based organization located in the city in which the PSA Annual meeting is held — for 2019, this is Oakland, California. This is a monetary award and honors a community organization that is engaged in providing a much-needed social service in the community. The awardees will be selected by the Social Conscience Committee.

Awards Committee Members  The year following each name indicates the Annual Meeting at which that member completes their service. For example,those who have a (16) following their names complete their service at the end of the 2016 conference in Oakland.

2018-19 Awards Committee Members:
Elizabeth Sowers (19, extended from 2018) CSU Channel Islands
Hyeyoung Woo (19) Portland State University, Co-Chair
Debora Paterniti (20) Sonoma State University, Co-Chair
Faye Wachs (19) Cal Poly Pomona
Christina Sanchez Volatier (20) University of Western New Mexico

2017-18 Awards Committee Members:
Augustine Kposowa, UC Riverside, Chair
Kelley Strawn, Willamette University
Susan Mannon, University of the Pacific
Elizabeth Sowers, CSU Channel Islands
Hyeyoung Woo, Portland State University
Faye Wachs, Cal Poly Pomona

2016-17 Awards Committee:
Augustine Kposowa (18) (Southern) Chair
Judy Hennessy (17)
Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano (17)
Preston Rudy (17)
Kelley Strawn (18) (Northern)
Susan Mannon (18) (Central)
Elizabeth Sowers (18) (Southern)
Hyeyoung Woo (19) (Northern)
Faye Wachs (19) (Southern)

2015-16 Awards Committee
Elizabeth Essary Nelson (16) (Southern), Chair

Julie Shayne (16) University of Washington, Bothell (Northern)
Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano (16) UC Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing (Central)
Marie Butler (16) Oxnard College (Southern)
Augustine Kposowa (17) UC Riverside (Southern)
Judy Hennessy Central Washington University
Preston Rudy San Jose State University

2014-15 Awards Committee
Elizabeth Essary Nelson  Pepperdine University, Chair

Preston Rudy  San Jose State University
Judith Hennessy  Central Washington University
Julie Shayne  University of Washington, Bothell
Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano  UC Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Marie Butler  Oxnard College

Awards Committee Minutes 2015

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