Calhoun Excellence in Mentoring Career Award

DEADLINE: Friday, September 01, 2024

The Dr. Thomas C. Calhoun Excellence in Mentoring Award honors a member of MSSA who provides an exceptional level of support to the professional development and career advancement of their mentees (undergraduate and/or graduate students). Candidates will be assessed on their record of assisting mentees matriculate through undergraduate and/or graduate programs and develop their own academic and professional paths.

Purpose: To establish an annual MSSA institutional award to recognize outstanding members who actively participate in the organization and dedicate substantive time to nurturing successful mentor/mentee relationships.  The recipient will receive a plaque/award selected by a committee composed of the Chair of the Thomas C. Calhoun Excellence in Mentoring Award Committee, the President, and two additional members of the MSSA appointed by the President.

Award Recognition: One winner per year will be chosen and announced at the MSSA Annual Conference Dinner/Business Meeting.

Nomination:  The process of nomination will be a letter of nomination by any MSSA member in good financial standing that addresses the criteria listed below.

The Dr. Thomas C. Calhoun Excellence in Mentoring Award Criteria

1. Serve as a role model for integrity and professionalism within the discipline of Sociology and Sociological Practice
2. Evidence of mentoring that promote the profession/discipline: A) Advance collaborations, networking, presenting, projects, etc…, B) Develop leadership skills and other academic skills, C) Balance career and personal life)
3. Impact of mentoring: A) Number of Mentees, B) Accomplishments of mentees (e.g. current position, grant support, publications, regional and national recognition, leadership, etc…), C) Approaches to mentoring)

All questions and nomination information, as outlined above, should be sent (via email) to the Committee Chair, Dr. Earl Wright II  (