2022 award winners are listed below.
Instructions and deadlines for 2023 award nominations are now available below.
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Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award
This annual award honors a scholar in the field of aging and the life course who has shown exceptional achievement in research, theory, policy analysis, or who has otherwise advanced knowledge of aging and the life course.
The 2022 winner is Deborah Carr (Boston University).
Nomination Process: To nominate a colleague for the MWR Distinguished Scholar Award submit a full nomination letter by March 1, 2023. Letters of nomination should describe the nominee’s contributions to the study of aging and the life course that warrant consideration. If multiple persons wish to nominate a person, we strongly encourage co-signers on a single nomination letter. Nominations will be carried over for consideration for the award for two years beyond the year of the initial submission of the nomination package.
Materials should be sent to Miles Taylor, Chair of the Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other committee members include Stephanie Ureña, Ynesse Abdul-Malak, and Scott Lynch.
Outstanding Publication Award
This annual award honors an outstanding recent contribution to the field of sociology of aging and the life course as determined by the Outstanding Publication Award Committee.
The 2022 award is for an article by Sanyu Mojola (Princeton University), Nicole Angotti (American University), Enid Schatz (University of Missouri), and Brian Houle (Australian National University):
‘A Nowadays Disease’: HIV/AIDS and Social Change in a Rural South African Community. American Journal of Sociology 127(3):950–1000. November 2021.
2022 Honorable Mention: Patricia Morton (Wayne State University) and Kenneth Ferraro (Purdue University):
“Early Social Origins of Biological Risks for Men and Women in Later Life.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 61(4):503-522. 2020.
Nomination Process: Eligible publications include original research reports, theoretical or methodological developments, and policy-related contributions. This year, we will only be considering books published within the past three years (2020 or later).
The author or one of the coauthors must be a SALC member. Multiple entries cannot be submitted by the same author(s); please choose the strongest entry. Only SALC members are permitted to make nominations, but nominators should make only one nomination. Self-nominations are accepted.
A nomination letter should accompany four hard copies of the book. The letter should provide the full citation, describe the scope of the book, and highlight some of its contributions to the field. Nomination letter should be emailed to Nicole Angotti, Chair of the Outstanding Publication Award Committee, at email@example.com. Four hard copies of the book should be sent to: Nicole Angotti, American University Department of Sociology, Watkins Building, Room 111, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016-8072. Other committee members include Esther Friedman, Jessica Kelley, and Juhee Woo. All nominations are due by March 1, 2023.
Graduate Student Paper Award
This annual award honors an outstanding paper written by a graduate student member(s) of SALC, as determined by the Graduate Student Paper Award committee. The award consists of $250 presented to the winner at the SALC Business Meeting, held during the annual ASA meeting.
The 2022 award is for a paper by Kai Feng (University of Pennsylvania):
“Unequal Duties and Unequal Retirement: Decomposing the Women’s Labor Force Decline in Post-Reform China”
2022 Honorable Mention: Vanessa Delgado (UC Irvine):
“In-between” to “Front and Center”: How Brokering Shifts to Advocacy in Emerging Adulthood”
Nomination Process: Papers authored or coauthored solely by students are eligible; faculty co-authorship is not allowed. Eligible student authors include master’s and pre-doctoral student members of the section who are currently enrolled in a graduate program, or who have graduated no earlier than December 2022. Unpublished, under review, accepted, or published papers are eligible. If published, the paper should have appeared within the past two calendar years (e.g., a paper nominated in 2023 may have been published anytime in 2021 or later). Unpublished papers should not exceed 9,000 words of text (not including references, tables, etc).
To be nominated, send an electronic version of the paper along with a completed and signed SALC Graduate Student Award Nomination Form to JD Wolfe, Chair of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other committee members include André Christie-Mizell, Anna Muraco, and Yan Zhang. All nominations are due by March 1, 2023, and self-nominations are encouraged.
SALC Mentoring Award
SALC has a rich legacy of mentoring, both of students and junior faculty. We want to honor this history by recognizing SALC members who have distinguished themselves as mentors in the field of aging and the life course.
The 2022 winner is Irma Elo (University of Pennsylvania).
Nomination Process: Submit a nomination of a candidate by March 1, 2023. The nominee’s CV should be included with the nomination materials. Letters of nomination should describe the nominee’s contributions to mentoring in the area of aging and the life course that warrant consideration. If multiple persons wish to nominate a person, we strongly encourage co-signers on a single nomination letter and for co-signers to include short specific personal descriptions of how the nominee has mentored them. We also urge those preparing nomination letters to indicate where co-signers are working now and to think broadly about types of mentorship and the contributions of that mentorship for promoting diversity and inclusion in the discipline and beyond. Specifically, letters should describe mentorship experiences over the range of the nominee’s career, including but also going beyond mentorship provided around research and for graduate students, and include specific details regarding the nominee’s mentorship. Nominations will be carried over for consideration for the award for two years beyond the year of the initial submission of the nomination package.
Nominations can be sent to Irma Elo, Chair of the Outstanding Mentor Award Committee, at email@example.com. Other committee members include Nik Lampe, Melanie Plasencia, and Michael Topping.