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Distinguished Lectureship Award
A new award, The Southern Sociological Society Distinguished Lectureship Award, may be awarded annually to a member of the Southern Sociological Society in recognition of his/her excellence as a scholar and lecturer. This award has three key goals. First, it allows the Society to honor one of its distinguished scholar/teachers in a public manner. Second, it allows SSS to provide a much-needed resource to departments that typically lack the resources to bring distinguished scholars to their campuses. Third, it serves to promote SSS.
Criteria: The criteria are twofold: first, the nominee must be a distinguished scholar who is recognized as having made a significant contribution to the discipline through major publications. Second, evidence must be provided which demonstrates that the nominee is an excellent lecturer. The honoree, who receives an award of $500 and the honorific title of Southern Sociological Society Distinguished Lecturer for the year awarded, must commit to giving a minimum of two public lectures at SSS region colleges/universities in that year. As with similar awards, the location of the lectures will be chosen on a competitive basis by a selection committee; institutions with fewer resources will be given priority. Ideally, expenses will be shared by institutions and SSS. The latter will help support the lecture series by contributing up to $1,000 to subsidize travel and other expenses. The honoree may also deliver a lecture in a special session dedicated to that end at the SSS annual meeting in the year following his/her designation.
Nomination Procedure: Any member of the SSS may submit a nomination but self-nominations are not accepted. The nominee must be a member of SSS. The primary nominator should submit a packet of materials including several letters endorsing the nomination (the majority of them from current SSS members), the nominee’s curriculum vitae, particular publications and evidence of excellence in teaching (student evaluations, syllabi and other supporting documentation).
Nominations must be submitted by January 15; email nominations, including electronic versions of supplementary materials, are preferred.