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Awards

Below are the descriptions, procedures, and deadlines for our Section Awards. If you have questions, please contact the chair of the respective award.

Marvin E. Olsen Student Paper Award

The Marvin E. Olsen Student Paper Award recognizes outstanding papers presented by graduate students at the annual American Sociological meetings. In addition to recognition, recipients will receive a modest monetary award to help defray expenses associated with attending the ASA meetings. Nominees are limited to graduate students who are giving presentations at the year’s annual meetings. All members of the Section are invited to submit nominations for the award, together with supporting documentation. All members, including potential recipients, are encouraged to submit nominations. (The paper can be presented at any session or roundtable at ASA). The deadline for submitting papers is March 1, 2014. For more information, contact the chair of the award committee, Sabrina McCormick at sabmc@gwu.edu.

Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award

The Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award is given in alternate years for publications of special noteworthiness in the field of environmental sociology. In alternate years publications are considered in either book or article form. This year the committee will consider books published within the period, January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2013. All members of the Section are encouraged to submit nominations; self-nominations are welcome. To nominate a series of thematically-related articles, please send three copies of the works along with a nomination letter by April 1, 2014 to Sabrina McCormick at sabmc@gwu.edu.

Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award

The Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award is to recognize individuals for outstanding service, innovation, or publication in environmental sociology or sociology of technology. It is intended to be an expression of appreciation, to be awarded when an individual is deemed extraordinarily meritorious by the Section. All members of the Section are invited to submit nominations for the award, together with supporting documentation. Nominations for this award must be received by March 1, 2014. To nominate an individual for this award, please send a letter of nomination describing the nominee's contribution to environmental sociology and/or the sociology of technology, accompanied by a copy of the nominee's CV, to the chair of the award committee, Dorceta Taylor at dorceta@umich.edu.

The Environmental Sociology Teaching And Mentorship Award

The biannual Teaching and Mentorship Award honors faculty members who have provided especially dedicated service to the teaching of environmental sociology and the mentorship of students at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. Section members are encouraged to nominate colleagues, but all members, especially those in smaller institutions, are encouraged to self-nominate. Nomination packets should be scanned into a single PDF and submitted by email to Shannon Bell at shannon.eliz.bell@uky.edu.

Nomination packets should include:

  1. Letter of Nomination, not to exceed 2 pages

  2. Personal statement on teaching philosophy, not to exceed 3 pages

  3. CV with the following relevant components highlighted: teaching/mentoring awards and activities; publications or presentations co-authored with students (underline the names of student co-authors and indicate whether undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral student)

  4. Maximum of 5 letters of student support (any mix of present or past undergraduate and/or graduate students)

  5. Maximum of 2 additional letters of support from colleagues who are not former students

  6. Maximum of 3 syllabi of relevant coursework (with no more than 2 graduate syllabi), all from within the previous 5 years

  7. Summary of teaching evaluations for the courses in #6

Previous Award Winners


Marvin E. Olsen Student Paper Certificate Outstanding Publication Award Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award

Note: Established in 1983 as the "Distinguished Contribution Award," the award was renamed to honor Fred Buttel in 2005

Robert Boguslaw Award for Technology and Humanism (given bi-yearly) ETS Teaching and Mentorship Award (given bi-yearly)