The deadline to nominate a member for the 2020 Joseph B. Gittler Award was April 15. Check back this fall for the 2021 nomination procedures. See below for information on award eligibility and a list of past winners.


Nominations are now closed for the 2020 Joseph B. Gittler Award. Check back this fall for information on how to submit nominations for the 2021 Joseph B. Gittler Award.

Established in 2007 at the bequest of Joseph B. Gittler, this award is made in recognition of the significant scholarly achievements that a SSSP member has made in contributing to the ethical resolution of social problems.

  1. Any member of the Society may nominate one or more persons for the award. Members of the Joseph B. Gittler Award Committee are encouraged to nominate.

  2. All nominations must be accompanied by supporting evidence sufficiently detailed for the committee to render a decision (e.g., a resume; media accounts of activist activities inspired by the nominee's scholarly efforts, testimonials from grass roots organizations or advocacy agencies; or additional supporting description of the nominee's work, demonstrating that the contributions meet the criteria for nomination). Please include supporting information not covered in a resume. List names of colleagues who would be willing and able to write supporting letters upon the request.

  1. The nominee must have been an active member of the Society for the Study of Social Problems for at least three years prior to receiving the award.

  2. The nominee must have produced and disseminated scholarship promoting ethical solutions to social problems over the preceding three or more calendar years. Ethical solutions entail scholarship that promotes awareness and/or activism to increase public recognition that social problems and social injustices are ethical issues; and/or scholarship that identifies and promotes societal level responses to social problems and injustices. Scholarship may be undertaken from a wide variety of perspectives, including both applied research (qualitative or quantitative research) and normative work (e.g., argumentative, historical, philosophical, textual or theoretical analyses).


Review the list of past winners of the Joseph B. Gittler Award.


The online nomination form for the 2021 Joseph B. Gittler Award will be available in the fall of 2020.

Please address all questions to:
Dr. Paul D. Steele, Chair
Joseph B. Gittler Award Committee