Nomination Submissions for 2013 Annual Meeting

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RSS Award Programs

Call for Submissions – 2013

The RSS Awards Committee is seeking submissions for the following awards 

Deadline for all Nominations: February 17, 2013

Distinguished Service to Rural Life

Purpose: To recognize a person, organization, or collective who has made an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of rural life, rural people, or rural policy.

Comments: Nominees should be individuals, organizations, or collectives whose activities exemplify the goals of the RSS. Nominees may or may not be RSS members. This award is intended to recognize excellence in non-academic settings, such as a non-governmental organization, government agency, or private firm.

Submit:

  • A cover letter from the principal nominator outlining the major contributions of the nominee.
  • A biographic sketch of the candidate/organization.
  • Brief materials (e.g., brochure, report, etc.) describing the project or program if nominee is an organization or collective.
  • Two to four letters of support.

Distinguished Rural Sociologist

Purpose: To honor one or more RSS members who have made superior career contributions to the field of rural sociology through research, teaching, extension, public service, and/or public policy.

Comments: Awards are based on overall professional accomplishments in rural sociology.

Submit:

  • A cover letter from the principal nominator detailing the member’s qualifications for the award.
  • A current version of the nominee’s vita.
  • Two to four letters of support.
  • Optional materials: selected publications, student or peer evaluations, and other professionally relevant materials.

Excellence in Research

Purpose: To recognize a RSS member who has made outstanding contributions to rural-oriented research and/or theory.

Comments: Contribution of nominee to substantive area of rural-oriented research and/or theory should be emphasized.

Submit:

  • A cover letter from the principal nominator detailing the member’s qualifications for the award.
  • A current version of the nominee’s vita.
  • Two to four letters of support.
  • Optional materials: up to three examples (e.g., publication, report) of the nominee’s research.

Excellence in Instruction

Purpose: To recognize outstanding rural-oriented teaching by a RSS member at the graduate and/or undergraduate level.

Comments: Innovation in teaching and learning should be emphasized. Innovation may relate to a particular course, thematic area, population of students or pedagogical approach or technique. Evidence of impact should be provided.

Submit:

  • A cover letter from the principal nominator detailing the member’s qualifications for the award.
  • A current version of the nominee’s vita.
  • Two to four letters of support (at least one letter from another faculty member and one from a student).
  • Selected evidence (e.g., syllabus, website, teaching evaluations, learning assessments, assignment) that supports the case for instructional excellence.

Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach

Purpose: To honor an RSS member, working at a university or college, who has made significant contributions to extension and public outreach.

Comments: This award is intended to recognize public service excellence in academic settings. Excellence centers on having made a significant impact on rural residents, rural life, and/or rural policy. A specific program or area of outreach or extension should be highlighted.

Submit:

  • A cover letter from the principal nominator detailing the member’s qualifications for the award.
  • A current version of the nominee’s vita.
  • Two to four letters of support.
  • Brief materials (e.g., brochure, 1-2 page summary) describing the project or program.

Certificate of Appreciation

Purpose: To honor RSS members who have provided outstanding service to the Society beyond the call of duty in a singular area of effort.

Comments: The specific effort highlighted should not be associated with career accomplishments or service as an officer or committee chair in the Society.

Submit:

  • A cover letter from the principal nominator outlining the specific outstanding service provided by the member.
  • One letter of support. 

The Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award

Purpose: To enhance the involvement of graduate students in the RSS annual meeting, and to support their professional development.

Comments: The nominee must be a current RSS member. The paper must be accepted for presentation at the RSS annual meeting in the year the award is made. The paper may be co-authored with another graduate student who is a RSS member, but not with a faculty member. Papers should be of normal journal article length and format (12 pt font, double-spaced, 20-30 pages inclusive). Masters theses and dissertations will not be considered. This award includes a $300 prize, 3 nights lodging at the 2013 RSS conference, and one-year membership in RSS.

Submit:

  • One electronic copy of the completed paper.
  • A current version of the author’s vita.
  • A letter from the author’s faculty advisor or department chair certifying graduate student status.

For all of the above awards, please send nomination packets by February 17, 2013 to:
Joan Brehm, RSS Awards Committee Chair, 2012-13

Illinois State University

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Campus Box 466

Normal, IL  61790-4660

Tel: 309-438-7177

Email: jmbrehm@ilstu.edu

 The Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award 2013  (Journal Article)

Purpose:  To recognize outstanding scholarship in the form of a book or article (alternating years for each format) that demonstrates excellence in scholarly work in the same sprit as that exemplified by the late Fred Buttel.

Comments:  This year the committee seeks nominations for outstanding scholarly journal articles that advance the field of rural sociological knowledge. The article must have been published in 2012 or 2013.

Submit: 

  • A letter of nomination from the author, publisher, or other relevant source.
  • A current version of the author’s vita.
  • A copy of the nominated article for review by the committee.

For the Fred Buttel Award, please send all nomination packets electronically to Carmen Bain, cbain@iastate.edu, by February 17, 2013.