Sponsored by SAGE Publishing

Nomination deadline: October 15. 2021 (11:59pm CST)

The Marilyn Gittell Activist Scholar Award has been established to highlight the importance of field-based urban scholarship and promote the dissemination of work by activist urban scholars. The award is sponsored by SAGE Publishing.

The inspiration for this award and lecture is the career of Dr. Marilyn Gittell, former Director of the Howard Samuels Center and Professor of Political Science at The Graduate School at City University of New York. Dr. Gittell was an outstanding scholar and a community activist who wrote seminal works on citizen participation, and was founding editor of Urban Affairs Quarterly, (now known as Urban Affairs Review). She was deeply committed to training young urban scholars of color and women, and taught them to understand the workings of democracy from the ground up, using the methods of rigorous field research. Over the course of her career, Dr. Gittell became well-known for research that dealt with difficult policy issues, that directly engaged the communities impacted by those issues, and that challenged both scholars and policymakers to consider the community impacts of policy actions. Thus, the award seeks to honor the contributions of a scholar whose research record shows a direct relationship between activism, scholarship and engagement with community(ies).

Eligibility Guidelines

The award is designed to focus on the research of an individual who is, or has been engaged in field-based research in an urban context (anywhere in the world). The research would ideally incorporate direct engagement with local community-based organizations and/or local residents around a policy area of high importance.

Award Benefits

The award recipient receives a plaque, an honorarium of $1,000, and a conference registration waiver (valued at $400+). The award recipient will also participate in a special session at the annual UAA conference to share her/his research, its findings and implications for practice and policy.

The plaque and honorarium will be presented at the annual awards reception held during the spring UAA conference. Following the conference, a press release will be prepared announcing the winner.

Nomination Instructions

Nominations may be made online by any UAA member. To make a nomination provide:

  1. the nominee’s name, institutional affiliation and email address
  2. the nominee’s curriculum vitae and
  3. any supporting documentation of the nominee’s community engagement.

Repeat Nominations Welcome 

Individuals who have been previously nominated, but not selected for the award, may be re-nominated at any time.  There are no limits on the number of times a person is nominated. To re-nominate an individual, simply follow the nomination instructions above.

See the UAA website for full details and nomination instructions.

Questions: Please contact the UAA Executive Office at awards@uaamail.org