Past Awardees

William Foote Whyte Award

2015: Phil Nyden

Remarks submitted by Jenna Chernega, Winona State University

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 types 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 to enter the discipline. But as a student, I am especially grateful for Phil’s time and energy, for being a teacher and a mentor.

2014: Herbert J. Gans for his lifetime of research and writing that communicates to   broader audiences an understanding of both the current social fabric of American society, and possibilities for a more equitable future.
2013: Rosabeth M. Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and Chair and Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative.
2012: Robert Groves, Director of the US Census, Research Professor at University of Michigan and University of Maryland, and Provost of Georgetown University.
2011: Leora Lawton, President of TechSociety Research in Berkeley CA, Executive Director of the Berkeley Population Center and member of the sociology department at the University of California, Berkeley.
2011: Thomas F. Pettigrew, Research Professor of Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
2010: Dr. Henry J. Steadman, President, Policy Research Associates, Inc.
2009: Dr. Kristin Moore, Child Trends.
2008: Professor J. Steven Picou, University of South Alabama.
2007: Professor Robert Bullard, Ware Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University.
2006: Dr. Barbara Altman, Distinguished Consultant Appointee as Special Assistant for Disability Statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics.
2005: Professor Severyn Bruyn, Emeritus, Department of Sociology, Boston College.
2004: Professor Charles Vert Willie, Emeritus, Harvard University.
2003: Dr. Judith Cook, Professor of Sociology in Psychiatry and Director of the Mental Health Services Research Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
2002: Julia Mayo, St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers.
2001: Stephen F. Steele, Anne Arundel Community College and Applied Data Associates.
2000: Lewis Yablonsky, California State University, Northridge.
1999: Donald Light, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
1998: Ross Koppel, University of Pennsylvania.
1996: William Foote Whyte, Cornell University.
1994: Ronnie J. Steinberg, Temple University.
1993: Robert Dentler, University of Massachusetts-Boston (emeritus).
1992: David J. Kallen, Michigan State University.
1989: Albert Gollin, Newspaper Advertising Bureau.
1987: Katrina Johnson, NIH.
1986: Arthur B. Shostak, Drexel University.
1985: Anne Knettles McCarrick, Medical College of Virginia.
1983: Jack Riley, retired; Matilda White Riley, NIH.

Student Award

2015: Marisa C. Allison, George Mason University and Ben Merriman, University of Chicago. Honorable Mention:  Laura Pecenco, University of California, San Diego.

2014: Amanda L. Freeman, Department of Sociology, Boston College and David M. Ciplet, Department of Sociology, Brown University.

2013: Sharon Jank, Department of Sociology, Stanford University and Lindsay Owens, Department of Sociology, Stanford University. Honorable Mentions: Brad R. Fulton, Department of Sociology, Duke University and Tressie McMillan Cottom, Department of Sociology, Emory University.
2012: Oren Pizmony-Levy and Kathleen Oberlin, Indiana University – Bloomington.
2011: Tracy Perkins, University of California at Santa Cruz.
2010: Esteban Calvo, Harvard School of Public Health (with Natalia Sarkisian, Boston College), for their work and paper Retirement and Well-being: Examining the Characteristics of Life Course Transitions.
2010: Charles Varner and Cristobal Young, Department of Sociology, Princeton University, for their paper Millionaire Migration and the State Taxation of Top Incomes: Evidence from New Jersey.
2009: Lou Jacobson, Humboldt State University, California, for his work on motivations and decision-making processes for adopting energy-efficient products.
2008: Becky Hsu, Princeton University, for her work on the use of microcredit in China to alleviate poverty.
2007: Darren Noy for his work Principles for Organic Public Sociology: Reflections on Publicly Engaged Research in the San Francisco Homeless Policy Field.
2006: Antoinette Swayne-Kohlman, Alliant International University.
2005: Dolores Forbes-Edelen.
2004: Nancy Wong.
2002: Kirsten Sletten, St. Cloud State University.
2001: Emily Sama Martin, University of Pennsylvania.
1999: Megan Cross, University of San Diego.
1998: Teri Kepner, Society for Applied Sociology.
1996: Gary David, Wayne State University.
1989: Shari Williams, Temple University.


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