Awards

Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award


This award, named in honor of the late Barbara Brown beginning in 1991, is granted to the best student-authored, non-published paper submitted for consideration.

This award, named in honor of the late Barbara Brown beginning in 1991, is granted to the best student-authored, non-published paper submitted for consideration.

Students are encouraged to submit a paper for consideration for the Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award presented annually at the NASSS conference.

Barbara A. Brown was a professor of sport sociology at the University of Western Ontario from 1983 until 1990, when she died of cancer aged forty. Dr. Brown, who was President-Elect of NASSS at the time of her death, was widely recognized for her expertise on women in sport and leisure, her political commitment to extending girls’ and women’s opportunities for participation in sport, and her contributions to the development of a professional community of sport sociologists. She was also a dedicated mentor and teacher whose invaluable work with students is appropriately memorialized in the naming of this award for her.

    • Papers should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages, including notes, tables, and bibliography.
    • Authors should follow a consistent style (e.g., APA) throughout the paper.
    • Authors should include a cover page with the title of the paper and their full contact information.
    • Papers do not need to be submitted for presentation at the NASSS conference (though most are), but authors MUST be members of NASSS.
    • Authors must be enrolled in a graduate program at the time their paper is submitted
    • Papers that have been accepted for publication are not eligible for the contest.
    • The committee will accept one submission per author.
    • In the event that a co-authored paper is selected as winner, the authors will share the prize.

BBSPA Submission Guidelines and List of Recipients, 1981 – present.

BBSPA Committee

Distinguished Service Award


Awardees are chosen from nominations by fellow NASSS members.

DSA Recipients, 1993 – present.

Distinguished Service Committee

NASSS Outstanding Book Award


This award is presented to the author of the most outstanding book published in the previous calendar year.

BA Recipients, 1993 – present.

Book Award Committee

2011 NASSS Book Award Nominees (pdf)

Sociology of Sport Journal Outstanding Article Award


This award is presented to the author of the best article published in SSJ from the previous calendar year.

SSJA Recipients, 1993 – present.

SSJ Paper Award Committee