Awards

The section offers two awards to sociologists who have worked hard to make a difference through the practice of sociology — the Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement and the William Foote Whyte Career Award.

Congratulations to our 2015 award winners!
The William Foote Whyte Distinguished Career Award is presented to

Phil Nyden

Phil is the past chair of the SPPS, a professor at Loyola University, and the Founder and Director of the Loyola University Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL). CURL has affected the organizations it partners with in countless ways, but has also impacted policy at city, state and federal levels and created change throughout the discipline of sociology. It has helped to elevate applied social research and engages in a remarkable form of collaboration by engaging in innovative and applied research while also maintaining high quality research methods, which makes the work of CURL equally at home in policy reports and in academic journals. Phil is a master of bringing people from all walks of life to the table and this is partially because of Phil’s philosophy of knowledge.

Phil believes that knowledge exists everywhere and that everyone has valuable knowledge, not just those of us in the academy, but community members, activists, and policy makers. Bringing all of those type of knowledge to the table makes for better research.

The entire discipline of sociology, but applied sociology especially, should be grateful for the wonderful, diverse, dedicated researchers that Phil has helped enter the discipline. But as a student, I am especially grateful for Phil’s time and energy, for being a teacher and a mentor.

Remarks submitted by Jenna Chernega, Winona State University

The Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement is presented to
Marisa C. Allison, George Mason University
Ben Merriman, University of Chicago
Honorable Mention:  Laura Pecenco, University of California, San Diego

Below are the descriptions for the Call for Award Nominations.

The William Foote Whyte Award is for up to two individuals who have made notable contributions to sociological practice and public sociology, which can include several of the following elements: outstanding clinical, applied or public sociological work, exceptional service to the section, publications that advance both the theory and methods of sociological practice or public sociology, or mentoring and training of students for careers in sociological practice or public sociology. Please send nominations by May 15, 2015 to Laura Nichols, the ASA SPPS Section Chair. Please also cc our Section Secretary/Treasurer Angela Aidala (aaa1 at columbia.edu). Self-nominations are welcome.

The Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement is for up to two graduate students who have made a promising contribution to the field, such as a project or paper in the areas of sociological practice and public sociology. Work done within the three years prior to the conferral of the award will be considered. Products of graduate-level classes, internships, or independent projects are eligible. An award recipient who attends the 2014 ASA Annual Meeting will receive a cash award of $500 to offset travel expenses. Nominations should consist of a letter detailing the nominees contributions, a copy of the paper or other project, and supporting materials such as a curriculum vitae or resume, and/or other additional letters of support. Please send nominations by May 15, 2015 to Laura Nichols, the ASA SPPS Section Chair. Please also cc our Section Secretary/Treasurer Angela Aidala (aaa1 at columbia.edu). Self-nominations are welcome.

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