Awards

See below for instructions and deadlines for 2021 award nominations.

2020 award winners are also listed below.


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 2020 winner is Ellen L. Idler (Emory University).

Nomination Process: We have two ways to nominate a colleague for the MWR Distinguished Scholar Award.

  • Submit the name of nominee with a brief justification to the Chair of the MWR Scholar Selection Committee by December 1 of each year. The committee will then solicit supporting materials and/or evaluation letters.
  • Submit a full nomination of a candidate by March 1 of each year. 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.

We will not seek nominations for the 2021 Award. The SALC council made the difficult decision to not seek nominations this year because of the disruption caused by the pandemic. Under normal circumstances, the 2019 award winner, Merril Silverstein would have delivered the Matilda White Riley lecture at the 2020 ASA meeting. It is a highlight of the conference and a coveted opportunity for SALC members to engage with each other and the award winner. Rather than deliver the lecture virtually or “double up” and have both the 2019 and 2020 award winners give lectures at the 2021 ASA meeting, the award winners and SALC council agreed to the following:

  • Merril Silverstein, 2019 Matilda White Riley award winner, will deliver his lecture at ASA 2021.
  • Ellen Idler, 2020 Matilda White Riley award winner, will deliver her lecture at ASA 2022.
  • There will be no 2021 award winner. This will allow the award process to get back on track.
  • The 2022 Matilda White Riley award winner will deliver their lecture at ASA 2023, as usual.

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 2020 award is for a book by Roi Livne (University of Michigan):
2019. Values at the End of Life: The Logic of Palliative Care. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

2020 Honorable Mention: Celeste Watkins-Hayes (Northwestern University):
2019. Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality. Univ of California Press.

Nomination Process: Eligible publications include original research reports, theoretical or methodological developments, and policy-related contributions. The outstanding publication will rotate between papers and books, with the latter eligible every three years. Papers, including articles and chapters, published within the last three years (2018-2020) are eligible for the 2021 award.

A single author or one of the coauthors must be a SALC member. Multiple entries cannot by 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. Papers that have been uploaded as Advance Access articles but have not yet been published, cannot be submitted until next year as they will have 2020 copyright dates (for the 2021 award).

A nomination letter should accompany a PDF of the article or book. The letter should provide the full citation, describe the scope of the publication, and highlight some of its contributions to the field. Nominations of publications for the 2021 award should be sent to Susan Short, Chair of the Outstanding Publication Award Committee, at susan_short@brown.edu. Other committee members include Tirth Bhatta, Kenneth Ferraro, and Zhenmei Zhang.

Deadline is March 1, 2021.

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 2020 award is for a paper by Shannon Ang (University of Michigan):
“Your Friends, My Friends and Our Family: Informal Social Participation and Mental Health through the Lens of Linked Lives.”

2020 Honorable Mention: Jessica West (Duke University):
“Hearing impairment and mental health among married couples.”

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 2020. 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 2021 may have been published anytime during 2019 or 2020). Unpublished papers should not exceed 9,000 words of text (not including references, tables, etc). Self-nominations are encouraged.

To be nominated, send an electronic version of the paper along with a completed and signed SALC Graduate Student Award Nomination Form to I-Fen Lin, Chair of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, at ifenlin@bgsu.edu. Other committee members include Marc Garcia, Jason Houle, Scott Landes, and Amélie Quesnel-Vallée.

Deadline is March 1, 2021.

Outstanding Mentor 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 2020 winner is Jacqueline L. Angel (University of Texas at Austin).

Nomination Process: 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. We also urge those preparing nomination letters to indicate where co-signers are working now and to think broadly about types of mentorship.

Nominations for the 2021 award should be sent to Jacqueline Angel, Chair of the Outstanding Mentor Award Committee, at jangel@austin.utexas.edu. Other committee members include Ryon Cobb, Mieke Beth Thomeer, and Phillip Cantu.

Deadline is March 1, 2021.

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