Cratis D. Williams/James S. Brown Service Award
The Cratis D. Williams/James S. Brown Service Award is given to an individual who has made exemplary contributions to Appalachia, Appalachian studies, and/or the Appalachian Studies Association. There is a two-step nomination process.
1) Nominations should include a statement regarding the individual’s specific contributions or the individual’s c.v./résumé.
2) Following a review of nominations, the selection committee will request additional information about one or more finalists before selecting the award recipient.
Send nominations by mail or email to:
Interdisciplinary Studies (0227)
344 Lane Hall
Blacksburg VA 24061-0227
DEADLINE: January 16, 2011.
James S. Brown devoted a career to understanding community life in eastern Kentucky. Jim Brown graduated from Berea College in 1937 and began his studies at Harvard in 1941, focusing his research on kinship structure, social change, and the settlement of migrants from rural Kentucky into new urban settings. A sociologist on the faculty of the University of Kentucky from 1946 to 1982, Dr. Brown's pioneering studies of the region's society, demography, and migration provided a solid foundation for the field of Appalachian studies.
Cratis Williams helped pioneer the field of Appalachian studies with his influential 1961 Ph.D. dissertation, The Southern Mountaineer in Fact and Fiction. Dr. Williams' work is characterized by his interdisciplinary approach to understanding the cultural life and history of the region. The symposium held upon his retirement from Appalachian State University in 1976 was a catalyst for the formation of the Appalachian Studies Association.
Helen M. Lewis Community Service Award
The Helen M. Lewis Community Service award is given to an individual or an organization that has made exemplary contributions to Appalachia through involvement with and service to its people and communities. Nominations should include a statement regarding the individual or organization's specific contributions to the region or its people, accompanied by at least two letters of support.
Send nomination materials to:
Director, Center for Appalachian Studies
Appalachian State University,
University Hall, Boone, NC 28608
DEADLINE: February 1, 2011.
Carl A. Ross Student Paper Award
The Carl A. Ross Appalachian Student Paper Competition is open to students in two categories: middle/high school and undergraduate/graduate students. The authors of the winning papers will receive $100 each. Costs of attending the conference are the winners’ responsibility. All papers must adhere to guidelines for scholarly research. To submit a paper for consideration for the 2009 competition, e-mail a Microsoft Word copy of the paper by December 8, 2009, to Joette Morris Gates.
Middle/high school papers should be 12-15 pages in length; undergraduate and graduate papers should be 20-30 pages in length. Students submitting papers must be enrolled in courses at the time of the conference.
Students submitting papers must be enrolled in courses at the time of the conference. To verify their student status, students can submit one of the following to the mailing address below by December 15, 2009: a copy of a schedule of classes or transcripts indicating enrollment for the spring 2010 term; a letter from a faculty advisor verifying the student’s status for spring 2010, which should include the faculty member’s email address, phone number, and mailing address. Students who wish to present their papers at the conference must also submit a Proposal for Participation following the submission guidelines.
Questions & submission should be addressed to:
Joette Morris Gates, email@example.com
DEADLINE: December 8, 2010.
e-Appalachia Award for Outstanding Website
The e-Appalachia Award is given annually in recognition of an outstanding website that provides insight on Appalachia and its people or provides a vital community service to Appalachians.
Nominations should be made to
Website Committee Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: February 1, 2011.
The ASA and Berea College annually present the Weatherford Awards to honor published works that “best illuminate the challenges,personalities, and unique qualities of the Appalachian South.” Three awards are given, one in nonfiction, one in fiction, and a new award in poetry, presented in honor of Grace Toney Edwards. The awards honor Willis D. Weatherford Jr. and Sr. for their contributions to the region. The late Alfred Perrin began the award in 1970.
The only requirement is that the subject matter of the books be Appalachian or that they be set in Appalachia. All nominations for the Weatherford Awards must be made by December 31, 2010, and all entries must be originally published in 2010.
Please send seven copies of the book to:
Chad Berry, Director
Loyal Jones Appalachian Center
205 North Main Street
Berea, KY 40404
For more information, visit http://www.berea.edu/appalachiancenter/weatherford/default.asp
The Jack Spadaro Documentary Award
The award’s name honors the activist and whistleblower, Jack Spadaro, who has spent his entire professional career working within the coalmining industry for the betterment of the Appalachian community.
One award is given annually to recognize the best film, video, radio, television, or other media presentation on Appalachia or its people.
Technical and Submission Requirements (PDF 50k)
Please send submissions to Jack Wright at:
5616 Marion Johnson Rd
Athens, OH 45701
DEADLINE: February 1, 2011.