Deadline: 1/31/20

The Teaching Social Problems Division announces its 2020 Graduate Student Paper Competition.

Examples of topics include innovative teaching methods, service-learning courses, innovative uses of technology, assessment of learning and pedagogical philosophy. Papers can not only include ‘traditional’ research manuscripts, but also can include Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) manuscripts.

The winner will receive a plaque of recognition, one-year membership to SSSP, waived conference registration fee to attend the 2020 meeting, and an additional cash prize of $100. The winner also receives an opportunity to present their winning paper at the 2020 SSSP meeting.

To be eligible, a paper must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must be a graduate student at the time of the 2020 SSSP annual meeting (or graduated in 2020);
  2. The paper must not be co-authored with a faculty member or a colleague who is not a student;
  3. The paper must have been completed between January 2018 and January 2020;
  4. The paper must not have been submitted or accepted for publication (papers that have been presented at a professional meeting or that have been submitted for presentation at a professional meeting are eligible);
  5. Paper must be 30 pages or less, including notes, references, and tables.

Please note that any paper submitted for consideration for the Paper Competition must also be submitted, through the annual meeting Call for Papers, to be presented at the 2020 meeting of the SSSP. Double submission to other SSSP award competitions will disqualify the submission.

Self-nominations are welcome and highly encouraged.

Please submit the paper electronically as a Word compatible file, along with a letter of nomination, to the: Graduate Student Paper Competition Committee Chair Pattie Thomas at

The winner will be announced prior to the 2020 SSSP Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.