Awards

The deadlines for 2020 award nominations have passed, but please see below for instructions for future nomination processes.

2020 award winners are 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.

Nominations will be carried over for two years. Materials for the 2020 award should have been sent to Jennifer Karas Montez, Chair of the MWR Distinguished Scholar Selection Committee, at jmontez@maxwell.syr.edu. Other committee members include Eileen Crimmins, Jennifer Ailshire, and Richard Miech. Recent award winners are listed here.

Because of the pandemic, SALC council has decided to skip a year (2020-21) in selecting a recipient for the Matilda White Riley award. This means that next year, 2021, the award will be presented to this year’s honoree, Ellen Idler; and the MWR lecture will be delivered by Merril Silverstein. In 2022 we will resume selecting a winner, who will be announced at the meetings in 2022; and Ellen Idler will deliver the MWR lecture.

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 can be an article, chapter, or book published within the past three years (from 2017-2019 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 manuscript, and highlight some of its contributions to the field. Nominations of publications for the 2020 award should have been sent to Andrea Willson, Chair of the Outstanding Publication Award Committee, at willson@uwo.ca.

Deadline is March 1 of each year.

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 of the previous year (e.g., 2020 for the 2021 award). 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.

Nominations for the 2020 award, should have been sent as an electronic version of the paper along with a completed and signed SALC Graduate Student Award Nomination Form to John Reynolds, Chair of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, at john.reynolds@fsu.edu.

Deadline is March 1 of each year.

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 2020 award should have been sent to Mark Hayward, Chair of the Outstanding Mentor Award Committee, at mhayward@prc.utexas.edu.

Deadline is March 1 of each year.

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