SSSI Awards – Call for Nominations! #sssi

Call for Nominations for SSSI Awards

Deadline for all nominations: 

Monday, March 2, 2014.

George Herbert Mead Award

The George Herbert Mead Award Committee announces its call for nomination for its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given annually to recognize a scholar’s contribution to the field of symbolic interactionism. Decisions are made by a committee selected by the President of the Society. Please send your nomination letters for the 2015 Mead Award by email attachment to the chair of the committee, Kathy Charmaz. The other members of the committee are Mark Hutter ( and Leslie Irvine ( Please note that nominations for this award from previous years will be passed on to this year’s committee.

Kathy Charmaz

Department of Sociology

Sonoma State University

1801 E. Cotati Avenue

Rohnert Park, CA 94928 (USA)


Telephone: 707-664-3955

Charles Horton Cooley Award 

The Charles Horton Cooley Award Committee announces its call for nominations for the 2015 Cooley award. This award is given annually to an author for a book or article that represents an important contribution to the perspective of symbolic interaction. To be eligible for the 2015 award, a nominated book should have a publication date between 2012 and 2014. Previously nominated works within this three-year publication period remain eligible but must be re-nominated.  Please send nominating letters and copies of books to all three committee members.

Donileen Loseke (Committee Chair)

Sociology, CPR107

University of South Florida

4202 East Fowler Avenue

Tampa, Florida 33620 (USA)

Doyle McCarthy

Department of Sociology DEALY Hall

Fordham University

441 East Fordham Road

Bronx, New York 10458 (USA)

Michael Ian Borer

Department of Sociology

University of Nevada

4505 South Maryland Parkway

Box 455033

Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5033 (USA)

Herbert Blumer Award

The Herbert Blumer Award is presented annually to the author of the best graduate student paper in the tradition of symbolic interaction. To be eligible for this award, authors must be enrolled in a graduate program. Those who have been awarded a Ph.D. prior to May 2014 are not eligible. Submitted papers cannot have been accepted for publication at the time of this submission, although papers under review may be submitted. The winner of this award may submit the paper for publication in any appropriate journal, including but not limited to Symbolic Interaction. The committee for the 2014 award will be chaired by Staci Newmahr (

The other committee members are Stacey Hannem ( and Brandon Jackson ( Please send nominating letters to the committee chair.

Staci Newmahr

Associate Professor of Sociology

SUNY Buffalo State

1300 Elmwood Avenue

Classroom Building B-306

Buffalo, NY 14222 (USA)

(716) 878-6431

SSSI Mentor Excellence Award

The relationship between a student and a faculty member can have a profound, lifelong influence on both parties. Likewise, established and accomplished teacher-scholars can serve equally influential and encouraging roles for junior colleagues and provide crucial support for early and midcareer transitions. In sum, the mentoring relationship inspires, gives confidence, and culminates in valuable collegial relationships. The effective mentor serves as advisor, teacher, advocate, and role model. The SSSI Mentor Excellence Award recognizes these important contributions to our society and craft.  Nominees must be members of SSSI to be eligible for this award. We seek nominees who show evidence of:

  • a sustained career as a beneficial role model;
  • a sustained record of mentoring students and junior colleagues in acquiring the skills and resources necessary for career success;
  • promoting successful and timely completion of students’ degree programs;
  • supporting attendance and participation at conferences;
  • imparting informed advice relating to career opportunities and choices;
  • establishing opportunities for networking and professional connections;
  • motivating students and junior colleagues about research and teaching activities;
  • helping students and junior colleagues develop a range of talents including skills in research, teaching, professional presentations, writing, preparation of grant and fellowship applications, etc.;
  • integrating students and junior colleagues into the broader culture of the SSSI.

Please send or email nomination letters for this award to the committee chair, Dan Miller. The other committee members are Martha Copp ( and Jeffrey Kidder (

Dan E. Miller

Professor of Sociology

6 Glendora Ave.

Oakwood, OH 45409 (USA)

The SSSI Early-In-Career Award

The SSSI Early-In-Career Award Committee announces its inaugural call for nominations for the 2015 award.  This is a new award that will be given annually to recognize junior scholars’ contribution to the field of symbolic interaction and their future potential.  A plaque will be awarded at the annual SSSI banquet.  The award specifically honors those scholars who have made significant contributions within the first ten years since the completion of their PhDs.  Nominations are made through support letters sent (by SSSI members) to the chair of the award committee.  Support letters should include the following information: the candidate’s most noteworthy research and publications thus far; contributions to symbolic interaction; and the candidate’s CV.  The award committee selected by the President of the Society will make the decision.  The initial award committee consists of: Dr. Joseph A. Kotarba, Texas State University (Chair), Dr. Kerry Ferris, Northern Illinois University ( and Dr. Vessela Misheva, Uppsala University, Sweden (

Dr. Joseph A. Kotarba

Professor of Sociology and Director

Center for Social Inquiry

Texas State University

601 University Drive

San Marcos, TX 78666 (USA)

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