VSSA Scholar Award

Annual awards, up to three each year (one per discipline), have been made since 1981 in recognition of outstanding scholars in the various social science disciplines who have ties to Virginia. Traditional forms of scholarship such as published books and journal articles are typically very important in the selection process, but other forms of scholarly activity, including the application of research, can be as well.

Nominee Criteria:

  • Impact of scholarship/contribution to discipline, including: quality and impact of publications, strength of nomination letters, quantity of scholarly publications, notable presentations, external grant activity.
  • Recipients need not be members of the VSSA, but they must agree to attend the annual spring meeting and participate in the awards luncheon.
  • At the annual meeting’s plenary session, scholar award recipients will to reflect on their professional career and will be invited to submit a written version of their remarks for publication in the next volume of the Virginia Social Science Journal.