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.

Award nominations for 2017 are due May 15th. Read more

Congratulations to our 2016 award winners!

The William Foote Whyte Distinguished Career Award is presented to:

Dr. Jan Marie Fritz from the University of Cincinnati for her work on sociological practice, environmental justice, community, women’s studies, and health.

Below is a brief selection from her nomination letter: “Professor Jan Marie Fritz is one of the leading experts internationally in the field of sociological practice. She is a full professor at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, in an interdisciplinary program in planning. She is also affiliated to the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Department of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. In addition, she is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg and a special education mediator for the State of Kentucky. Professor Fritz has worked in many countries and has an excellent reputation for her global activities as a scholar, administrator and researcher. She is particularly known for her cutting‐edge research in sociological practice, environmental justice, community, women’s studies and health. She is the author or editor of more than 120 publications that have appeared in numerous languages (e.g., Greek, Portuguese, French and Spanish).”

The Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement is presented to:

Landon Schnabel from Indiana University Bloomington for his work on violence prevention and protective order assistance and Elisabeth Becker from Yale University for her comparative work on European Muslim communities.

Honorable mentions were also given to Jennifer Tobin Gurley from Colorado State University for her work on youth creating disaster recovery and Katharine Broton from the University of Wisconsin Madison for her work on experiences of poverty and material hardship among college students.

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