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Distinguished Career for the Practice of Sociology

ASA Award

Award Description

This award honors an ASA member's outstanding contributions to sociological practice. The award may recognize work that has facilitated or served as a model for the work of others; work that has significantly advanced the utility of one or more specialty areas in sociology and, by so doing, has elevated the professional status or public image of the field as a whole; or work that has been honored or widely recognized outside the discipline for its significant impacts, particularly in advancing human welfare. The recipient of this award will have spent at least a decade of full-time work involving research, administrative, or operational responsibilities as a member of or consultant to private or public organizations, agencies, or associations, or as a solo practitioner. Nominations should include a one to two page statement and the vita of the nominee. PLEASE NOTE: The nominator should also included  additionally three to four nomination letters for their nominee before sending the nomination to ASA. The nominator must also include the evidence supporting the claims made in the nomination letter(s). If these above requirements are not meant the committee will not be able to accept the nomination.

Send nominations to: American Sociological Association, c/o Governance, 1430 K Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005; fax: (202) 638-0882; e-mail governance@asanet.org. The deadline to receive nominations for the 2016 award is January 31, 2015.

Selection Committee Members

Name Beginning of Term End of Term Position
George Farkas 1/1/2013 12/31/2015 Member
Steve J. Gold 1/1/2013 12/31/2015 Member
Ross Koppel 1/1/2012 12/31/2014 Chair
Gordana Rabrenovic 1/1/2013 12/31/2014 Member
Russell K. Schutt 1/1/2013 12/31/2015 Member
Henry J. Steadman 1/1/2012 12/31/2014 Member
Jennifer A. Stoloff 1/1/2014 12/31/2016 Member
Peggy Kahn 1/1/2014 12/31/2016 Member
Chloe E. Bird 1/1/2014 12/31/2016 Member

Recipients of Distinguished Career ASA Major Award for the Practice of Sociology

2014 - Harry Perlstadt

2013 - Donald Light

2012 - Judith Blau

2011 - Henry J. Steadman

2010 - Ross Koppel & Jan Fritz (co-winners)

2009 - S.M. Miller

2008 - John McKinlay

2007 - Robert Dentler

2006 - Arthur Shostak

2005 - William Kornblum

2004 - no recipient selected

2003 - Lewis Yablonsky

2002 - Lloyd H. Rogler

2001 - David Mechanic

2000 - Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward

1999 - Peter H. Rossi

1998 - Leonard I. Pearlin

1997 - Irwin Deutscher

1996 - Albert E. Gollin

1995 - Albert D. Biderman

1994 - Nelson Foote

1993 - Grace M. Barnes

1992 - Elliot Liebow and Matilda White Riley

1991 - Charles G. Gomillion

1990 - Elizabeth Briant Lee and Alfred McClung Lee

1989 - David L. Sills

1988 - Paul C. Glick

1987 - John W. Riley

1986 - Conrad Taeuber