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Environmental Sociology Section Award Nominations

Environmental Sociology Section Award Nominations

Please see below for descriptions and nomination instructions for the four awards that our Section will grant this year, and consider nominating yourself or a colleague! Nominees do not need to be section members, but in accordance with ASA policies, award recipients must be current members of the American Sociological Association at the time the award is given. The same award will not be given to the same individual more than once.

The Environmental Sociology Outstanding Publication Award

This is given for publications of special noteworthiness in the field of environmental sociology. This year the committee will consider books published within the period January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2023. Self-nominations are welcome. To nominate a book, please email a nomination letter by March 15th, 2024 to Policy & Research Committee Chair, Nikhil Deb (

The Environmental Sociology Student Paper Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding paper written by a graduate student or group of graduate students. All members of the Section and the ASA are encouraged to submit nominations; self-nominations are also welcome. In addition to recognition, recipients will receive a modest monetary award. Papers do not have to be published, accepted for publication or submitted to the ASA meeting to be considered. They must have been submitted to the ASA annual meeting and/or to a journal by a graduate student(s) between January 1st, 2023 and December 31st, 2023 in order to be considered. Papers co-authored with faculty are ineligible. To nominate a paper, please send a PDF copy of the paper along with a nomination letter that includes information about the paper’s status by March 15th, 2024 to Policy & Research Committee Chair, Nikhil Deb (

The Environmental Sociology Distinguished Contribution Award.

This award is given annually to recognize individuals for outstanding service, innovation, or publication in environmental sociology. It is intended to be an expression of appreciation, awarded when an individual is deemed extraordinarily meritorious by the Section. All members of the Section are encouraged to submit nominations; self-nominations are welcome. Nominations for this award must be received by April 15th, 2024. 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, Sandra Marquart-Pyatt, Past-Chair, ( Please put “Distinguished Contribution Award Nomination” in the subject line.

The Environmental Sociology Teaching and Mentorship Award

This award honors faculty members who demonstrate a notable dedication to teaching and mentorship, including through innovative pedagogy; actionable attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion; robust community-engaged approaches; and/or other elements of excellence in the teaching of environmental sociology and mentorship of students at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. All members of the Section are encouraged to submit nominations; self-nominations are welcome. The award is open to faculty of any rank, including tenure-track or contingent positions. Nomination packages should be scanned into a single PDF and submitted by email to Alan Rudy ( by April 15, 2024. Nomination packages should include: (1) Letter of Nomination, not to exceed 2 pages, (2) personal statement on teaching and mentorship philosophy, not to exceed 3 pages, (3) CV with the relevant components highlighted, such as 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). Nominations will be vetted within two weeks and a selection of candidates will be asked to submit a comprehensive packet of additional materials including: (1) a maximum of 5 letters of student support (any mix of present or past students), (2) a maximum of 2 additional letters of support from colleagues who are not former students, (3) a maximum of 3 syllabi or other relevant material from the past 5 years, and (4) excerpts or summaries of teaching evaluations as desired.

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