The SCMS office receives and records the submissions and nominations for all
awards, verifies SCMS membership where required, acknowledges receipt and
notifies all applicants of the final outcome of the competitions.
awards include the the Dissertation Award, the Honorary Lifetime Membership
Award, Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award, the Katherine Singer Kovács Essay
Award, the Pedagogy Award, the Student Writing Award and the Service Award. The $500 annual Service Award was established
to recognize sustained and distinguished service to the Society.
the integrity of the award, the Board of Directors serves as the nominating and
selection committee. If a member of an award selection committee has a close
tie to an applicant or nominee (a former student, advisee, etc.), the committee
member should notify the committee chair and excuse himself/herself from
evaluating the award submission in question. [In 1989 fall EC minutes regarding
the dissertation committee in particular: If the submission in question makes
the short list, a new committee member (if possible, the chair of the previous
year’s committee) will be asked to participate and read all of the submissions
in the short list and help decide the winner.]
deadlines are established with consideration of a number of factors including,
the volume of applications, the application/nomination requirements, and the
date of the annual conference.
All award committees must complete their work no
later than one month before the annual conference. The winners are invited to
attend the annual conference to receive their awards.
Award submissions are handled through the SCMS website (www.cmstudies.org). The SCMS staff
coordinates updating the annual conference announcements and procedures, and
notifies winners and applicants of the outcomes on behalf of SCMS and the
committees. Past award winners are also listed on the website.
Committees that administer awards should be asked
to provide a one-page précis of procedures used in their deliberations as part
of their report to the Board of Directors for the annual meeting.