PSA Awards

 Nominations for 2018 Awards Now Open!

Nominations for 2018 Awards should be sent to the Awards Committee Chair, Augustine Kposowa
Department of Sociology
1150 Watkins Hall
University of California
900 University Avenue
Riverside, 92521
Email: augustine.kposowa@ucr.edu.

Except for the Distinguished Scholarship Award, the deadline for all nominations is February 1, 2018.

The 2018 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 2018 award, a book or the most recent article in a series must have been published in 2016 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, 2017. You will need to send three copies of the book; request mailing address when you submit nomination information.

The 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 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 2017 (Vol. 60). For the 2018 awards cycle, awardee will be selected by the PSA Publications Committee.

The 2018 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 2018 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; 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018, this is Long Beach, 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.

2017-8 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

PSA 2017 AWARDS

Distinguished Undergraduate Student Paper Award:  Allison Nasson (University of Puget Sound)
“Donor Friendly Victimhood: Narrative Construction as a Fundraising Strategy”

Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award:  Hyunsu Oh (University of California Merced)
“Immigration Pathway and Life Satisfaction: The Case of Female Marriage Migrants in
Contemporary South Korea”

Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Praxis AwardDr. Susan Peterson (Clark County School District)

Social Conscience Award:  Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., Portland, Oregon

Early Career Innovation in Teaching Sociology Award:    Dr. Meredith Williams (Humboldt State University)

Distinguished Scholarship Award:   Dr. Jennifer Utrata (University of Puget Sound)
Book: Women Without Men: Single Mothers and Family Change in the New Russia  (2015, Cornell University Press

PSA 2016 AWARDS

Distinguished Scholarship Award: Michael Messner (University of Southern California), Max Greenberg (University of Southern California), and Tal Peretz (Auburn University)
Book: Some Men: Feminist Allies and the Movement to End Violence Against Women (2015, Oxford University Press)

Early Career Award for Innovation in Teaching Sociology: Luis Sanchez (California State University Channel Islands)

Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Praxis Award: Michelle Inderbitzin (Oregon State University)

Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Perspectives Award: Erin Cech (Rice University)
Paper: “Engineers or Engineeresses? Self-conceptions and the Development of Gendered Professional Identities”  58(1):56-77    Spring 2015

Distinguished Undergraduate Student Paper Award: Danya Axelrad-Hausman (University of Puget Sound)
Paper: “Seeking Justice: Examining Identity Formation Within the Enivironmental Justice Movement”

Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award: Jo Mhairi Hale (University of California Davis)
Paper: “Impact of the Great Depression and Cumulative Inequality on Cognitive Decline”

Social Conscience Award:  Women’s Economic Agenda Project, Oakland, CA

PSA 2015 AWARDS

2015 Distinguished Scholarship Award: Paul Almeida, Mobilizing Democracy: Globalization and Citizen Protest
              Honorable mention: Randol Contreras, The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream

The 2015 Dean S. Dorn Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award: Karen Pyke, University of California Riverside

The 2015 Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Praxis Award: Valerie Francisco, University of Portland

The 2015 Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Perspectives Award: Jan E. Stets and Peter J. Burke, “Self-Esteem and Identities,” Vol. 57(4):409-433.
                 Honorable mention: Valerie Jenness, “Pesticides, Prisoners, and Policy: Complexity and Praxis in Research on Transgender Prisoners and Beyond,” Vol. 57(1):6-26.

The 2015 Distinguished Undergraduate Student Paper Award: Jesus Perez, “Latina/o Self-Identified Students at HSU: Beyond Their Freshmen Year”​

The 2015 Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award: Hasan Mahmud, “Social Determinants of Remitting Practices Among Bangladeshi Migrants in Japan”

Social Conscience Award: Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community