2018 Award Nominations Deadline: December 1, 2017
Award decision: February 1, 2018

In 2014, the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) inaugurated the Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award to recognize individuals whose body of work has contributed to defining the field.  One or more awards will be given annually at the UAA spring conference. The individual(s) will be recognized for significantly shaping the field of Urban Affairs based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Scholarship in urban affairs that influences the thinking of academics and practitioners over an extended career;
  • Significant teaching and mentoring of junior scholars; and,
  • Distinguished professional service that advances the work of urban affairs practitioners.

Award Benefits

Award recipients receive a plaque, lifetime UAA membership, and complimentary registration for all UAA conferences, and an invitation to the annual VIP Dinner.

Nomination Process

Nominations may be made online by any UAA member. To make a nomination, simply provide the name, institutional affiliation and email address of the individual you wish to nominate. If possible, also provide the names of three individuals who may be willing to write letters of support. Individuals who have been previously nominated, but not selected for the award, may be re-nominated.

Award Selection Procedures

All nominations will be reviewed by the Recognitions Committee of the UAA, which is appointed by the Chairperson of the Governing Board. The Committee will seek additional information (e.g., vitae, three letters of support) from a shortlist of selected nominees. The Committee will review these materials and inform the UAA Executive Director of the outcome. The UAA Executive Office informs the recipient of the award decision.

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Please contact the UAA Executive Office at awards@uaamail.org  or (414) 229-3025.

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