The deadline to nominate a member for the 2017 Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award has passed. Please check back this fall for the 2018 Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award nomination procedures. Please see below for information on award eligibility and a list of previous winners.


The Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award will be given annually to an outstanding faculty member who has exercised an extensive leadership role within the SSSP and other professional societies and within the larger community. The award will be established in 2016 and awarded annually with a stipend of $500. In her 2001 Social Problems article, “Making History: A Personal Narrative of My Presidential Year,” Doris chronicles her activities in the Society during the early 1970s, when SSSP’s programs and members offered her a refuge during a restless period within the American Sociological Association (ASA). She was a participant-observer of the events that occurred when Sociologists for Women in Society and the Association of Black Sociologists were seen as “outsiders within” and sought “meaningful” entry and participation in the ASA. Doris turned her observation into action and became one of the leading voices in bringing change to the society and sociology as a discipline. Her leadership was consistent with the Society’s mission, and the Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award will be given to a scholar who effectively:

1) Addresses social issues of contemporary public importance;
2) Brings a deepened public understanding to these issues;
3) Advances social understanding of leadership for change within the larger society;
4) Proposes courses of action to effect that change.

Past Winners

Review the list of past winners of the Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award. 


The online nomination form for the 2018 Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award will be available in the fall of 2017.

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