Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award

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In 2014, the Urban Affairs Association inaugurated the Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award to recognize individuals whose body of work has contributed to defining the field and furthering the intellectual and professional development of emerging scholars.  One or more awards will be given annually at the UAA Conference.

DEADLINE: September 18, 2023 (11:59pm CST) – Last day to submit an application or nomination

Step 1: Review the Eligibility Guidelines
Step 2: Submit a Nomination
Award Benefits
Selection Process
Past Recipients
Selection Criteria

Scholars from any discipline, who have engaged in research, teaching and/or service related to urban affairs are eligible for nomination. Due to the competitive nature of the award, nominees should have well-established professional careers.

Eligibility Guidelines

The individual(s) selected for this award 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; or,
  • Significant teaching and mentoring of junior scholars; or,
  • Distinguished professional service that advances the work of urban affairs practitioners; or,
  • Outstanding institutional or organizational service that advances urban affairs education; or,
  • Significant scholarship, teaching and/or service that advances equity, inclusion, and diversity within the field of urban affairs.
Nomination Instructions

Nominations can be made by any UAA member. To complete the nomination form, you will need to submit all of these items:

  1. Nominee’s information: name, professional title, institutional affiliation, and email address;
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vita; and,
  3. Three (3) letters of support. Each letter must be no more than 1500 words in length. Do NOT include more than three letters. Only three letters will be forwarded to the award committee for review. You must upload all three letters in order to complete the nomination form. Incomplete nomination forms will not be forwarded for review.
Submit a Nomination


Prior Nominees

All nominations made within the past three (3) years, will be given full review and consideration. For this year’s selection process, previous nominations will be considered for submissions made in:  2021, 2022, and 2023.

If a nomination was made prior to the three years noted above, a new nomination must be submitted to receive consideration by the committee. Each new nomination will remain in the nominee pool for three years (including the year of nomination).

To verify the year of any nomination, contact the UAA Executive Office at

Award Benefits

The award recipient receives:

  • A special award plaque
  • A lifetime UAA membership (valued at $83 USD each year)
  • A 50% discount on conference registration for all future UAA conferences (valued at $200+ USD each year)
  • Up to two (2) nights of complimentary lodging at the conference hotel for the year in which the recipient receives the award. If the recipient is not able to attend the UAA Conference in the year of the award, the lodging benefit may be deferred up to one year.

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 will be presented at the Awards & Recognition Program held during the annual UAA Conference. Following the conference, a press release will be prepared announcing the recipient.

Selection Process

All eligible nominations will be reviewed by the Recognitions Committee of the UAA, which is appointed by the Chairperson of the Governing Board. The committee may request additional information from nominees and/or nominators to facilitate its review.

The Committee will review nomination materials and inform the UAA Executive Director of the outcome. The UAA Executive Office informs the recipient of the award decision.