The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction has five awards that are given to scholars and students to recognize particular achievements.
2022-2023 SSSI Awards
Special thanks to the Carl Couch Family for awarding travel assistance for three students to attend the 2023 SSSI annual meeting:
Samuel Judah Lim, Nanyang Technological University
Alma Lopez, University of Nevada at Las Vegas
Brooke Weinmann, University of Nevada at Las Vegas
Michael Flaherty, Professor, Eckerd College
Corte, Ugo. 2022. Dangerous Fun: The Social Lives of Big Wave Surfers. University of Chicago Press.
Honorable mention goes to:
Hannem, Stacey and Christopher J. Schneider. 2022. Defining Sexual Misconduct: Power, Media, and #MeToo. University of Regina Press.
Yuchen Yang (2022). "The Art Worlds of Gender Performance: Cosplay, Embodiment, and the Collective Accomplishment of Gender," The Journal of Chinese Sociology, 9(9).
Doug Schrock, Florida State University
The relationship between a student and a faculty member can have a profound, lifelong influence on both parties. Likewise, established and accomplished teacher-scholars can serve equally influential and encouraging roles for junior colleagues and provide crucial support for early and midcareer transitions. In sum, the mentoring relationship inspires, gives confidence, and culminates in valuable collegial relationships. The effective mentor serves as advisor, teacher, advocate, and role model. The SSSI Helena Lopata Mentor Excellence Award recognizes these important contributions to our society and craft. Nominees must be members of SSSI to be eligible for this award. We seek nominees who show evidence of:
a sustained career as a beneficial role model;
a sustained record of mentoring students and junior colleagues in acquiring the skills and resources necessary for career success;
promoting successful and timely completion of students’ degree programs;
supporting attendance and participation at conferences;
imparting informed advice relating to career opportunities and choices;
establishing opportunities for networking and professional connections;
motivating students and junior colleagues about research and teaching activities;
helping students and junior colleagues develop a range of talents including skills in research, teaching, professional presentations, writing, preparation of grant and fellowship applications, etc.;
integrating students and junior colleagues into the broader culture of the SSSI.
All nominations should include (a) a letter of nomination and, (b) multiple letters of support, ideally from people with different mentoring relations with the candidate, that testify to a sustained career of outstanding mentorship.
Chris Connor, University of Missouri