Awards

2021 award winners are listed below.

Instructions and deadlines for 2022 award nominations are now provided.


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: To nominate a colleague for the MWR Distinguished Scholar Award submit a full nomination letter by March 1, 2022. 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 two years. The 2022 awardee will give their lecture at the 2023 ASA meeting.

Materials should be sent to Stefanie Möllborn, Chair of the Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award Committee at mollborn@sociology.su.se.  Other committee members include Amelie Quesnel-Vallee, Jason Houle, and Madonna Harrington Meyer.

We did 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:

  • Ellen Idler, 2020 Matilda White Riley award winner, will deliver her lecture at ASA 2022.
  • There was 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 2021 award is for an article by Courtney E. Boen (University of Pennsylvania):
2020. “Criminal Justice Contacts and Psychophysiological Functioning in Early Adulthood: Health Inequality in the Carceral State.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 61(3), 290-306.

Nomination Process: Eligible publications include original research reports, theoretical or methodological developments, and policy-related contributions. The outstanding publication must be an article or book chapter published within the past three years (from 2019-2021) to be eligible for the 2022 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.

A nomination letter should accompany a PDF of the article or chapter. 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 award should be sent to Melissa Hardy, Chair of the Outstanding Publication Award Committee, at Melissa.Hardy@psu.edu.  Other committee members include Jeylan Mortimer, Estaban Calvo, and Kenzie Latham Mintus.

Deadline is March 1, 2022.

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 2021 award is for a paper by Leafia Zi Ye (University of Wisconsin):
“Continuous Integration or Cumulative (Dis)advantage? U.S. Immigrants’ Economic Trajectories in Later Life”

2021 Honorable Mention: Tabitha G. Wilbur (Indiana University-Bloomington):
“Stressed but not Depressed: A Longitudinal Analysis of First-Generation College Students, Stress, and Depressive Symptoms.” Social Forces, 100(1), 56-85.

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 2021. 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 2022 may have been published anytime during 2020 or 2021). Unpublished papers should not exceed 9,000 words of text (excluding 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 Feinian Chen, Chair of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, at fchen1@umd.edu. Other committee members include Bridget Goosby, Stephanie Ureña, and Mara Sheftel.

Deadline is March 1, 2022.

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 2021 winner is Linda K. George (Duke University).

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 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. 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. Please include the nominee’s CV in submission materials. Nomination submissions will carry over for at least two years.

Nominations can be sent to Linda George, Chair of the Outstanding Mentor Award Committee, at linda.george@duke.edu. Other committee members include Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Jill Suitor, and Vesna Pajovic.

Deadline is March 1, 2022.

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