Joseph B. Gittler Award

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2024 Joseph B. Gittler Award was April 15, 2024. Check back this fall for the 2025 nomination procedures. See below for information on award eligibility and a list of past winners.


In 2007, a bequest by Joseph B. Gittler was made to the association establishing an award given to a SSSP member for significant scholarly achievements on the ethical resolution of social problems. The stipend for this award is $500. Past winners of this award can be found here.


  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).

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.

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 write supporting letters upon request.

The nomination deadline for the 2024 award was April 15, 2024. 

The 2024 award will be presented at the 74th Annual Meeting in Montréal, Canada, August 9-11, 2024.

Please address all questions to:

Dr. Rodney D. Coates, Chair
Joseph B. Gittler Award Committee