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Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award

The purpose of this award is to honor individuals, departments, schools, institutions, or other collective actors for their outstanding contributions to the teaching of sociology at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. The award may recognize contributions over the course of a career, over the history of a program, or for a specific project or projects.

Teaching is broadly defined to include: classroom instruction, curriculum design, directing and mentoring students, developing instructional materials, producing educational films or videos, creating educational software or web sites, writing or editing textbooks or teacher manuals, conducting workshops on pedagogy, training student teachers, and publishing teaching-related research.

Recipients of the award are expected to have excelled in one or more of these areas, and have a minimum of five years teaching experience (or be a program that has been in existence for at least five years). This is not an award simply for being an outstanding classroom teacher at one’s own institution, but is intended to honor individuals or collective actors whose contributions, though they may result from classroom teaching, go beyond their institutions to benefit the discipline as a whole.

Award recipients may organize a session at the annual meeting.

Nomination Procedure
Nominations should include: 1) the name(s) and address(es) of the nominee; 2) three letters of recommendation (one of which is from the nominator) explaining how the nominee has excelled in the teaching of sociology; 3) the nominee’s curriculum vitae or, in the case of collective actors, program description, which includes a list of activities that fall under the areas above; and 4) relevant supporting materials (syllabi, student evaluations, textbooks, manuals, and any other evidence that demonstrate contributions to the teaching of sociology). Nominees may also independently send supporting materials. Both the nominee and the nominator must be members of the Southern Sociological Society.

Nominations must be submitted by December 1 to the Chair of SSS Committee on Honors

Email nominations, including electronic versions of supplementary materials, are preferred.

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award Recipients