UAA Awards — Call for Nominations (deadline: 10/1/22)

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Dear UAA Community, 

We are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2023 Urban Affairs Association (UAA) awards. 

  • A brief description of each award is provided below.  
  • Full descriptions, including award benefits & nomination instructions, are available on the UAA web site.
  • You must be a current UAA member to nominate someone for an award. 
  • NOMINATION DEADLINE: 10/1/22 at 11:59pm CST

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Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar

The Urban Affairs Association gives an annual award for emerging scholars whose work exemplifies outstanding scholarship in urban affairs.  Eligibility: Students pursuing doctoral research related to urban affairs, regardless of academic discipline, are eligible to apply. Applicants must: 1) have finished their coursework; 2) be making good progress towards the completion of their dissertation; and 3) the nominee (OR the nominator) must hold a UAA membership. Additionally, Recent doctoral graduates who have attained their degree within the past two years (i.e., earned degree in 2019, 2020, or 2021) are eligible.

Best Book in Urban Affairs

This award is an annual opportunity. We welcome books on any urban context in the world. The purpose of the award is to encourage high-quality research on urban issues and reward cogent writing on urban affairs. Only digital copies of nominated books will be accepted.

Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs

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.

Janet Smith Emerging Activist-Scholar Research Award

This award was established in 2022 to honor the memory of Dr. Janet Smith. This award honors Janet’s contributions as an activist-scholar as well as her commitment to supporting emerging scholars in developing their own models for community engagement and activism. 

Marilyn Gittell Activist Scholar Award

UAA and SAGE Publishing sponsor an annual award to highlight the work of a locally-focused activist scholar. 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.

Mary Helen Callahan Distinguished Service Award

In 2009, the UAA Governing Board established a new permanent award that celebrates the distinguished service and leadership of Mary Helen Callahan, Executive Director of UAA from 1980 until 2000. The award will be given on a periodic basis to an individual who has provided an outstanding record of service to UAA and/or the field of urban affairs. We are looking for nominees who have distinguished themselves in one or more of the following areas: 1) exceptional and impactful service to the Urban Affairs Association; 2) engagement outside the academy; or 3) distinguished professional service that advances the work of urban affairs practitioners.

Other Awards

Best Article Published in the Journal of Urban Affairs (JUA)

Only papers accepted by JUA and published in the 2022 volume are eligible. This award will be presented to the author(s) of the article selected by a special committee appointed by the Governing Board Chair.

Best Conference Paper (Sponsored by Taylor & Francis)

Initiated in 1985, the Best Conference Paper Award seeks to recognize high quality research presented at the annual spring UAA conference.  This highly competitive award is made to the author(s) of the paper judged by peer scholars as the best presented at the conference. The award is sponsored by Taylor and Francis, the official publisher of the Journal of Urban Affairs.

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