Service Excellence Award

Download the 2017 Call for Nominations

The NASSS Service Excellence Award is awarded at our annual meeting to an individual who has offered distinguished service and long time contributions to the organization (NASSS), and/or the area of the sociology of sport more generally.

Please submit—in the form of a letter—a one to two page statement on a nominee whom you believe is a worthy recipient of this award.  The letter should describe in some detail the reasons why NASSS should recognize the recipient.

Criteria may include, but is not limited to:

  • service to NASSS as an organization
  • scholarly impact on the field through the discipline of the sociology of sport


  • Nominations may be submitted by an individual, or jointly by a group of individual NASSS member(s).
  • It is not required that the nominee or recipient be a NASSS member.  Nor is service to the organization as an elected officer a sufficient or required criteria.

Please submit nomination letters to Cheryl  Cooky, the Chair of the 2017 NASSS Service Excellence Award Selection Committee.  You can also email Cheryl for further information:

he Committee, which includes long-standing NASSS members and past-award recipient(s), look forward to reviewing the nominations.

The deadline for submission of nominations is August 31, 2017.

Past Recipients

2016 Norman Denzin (University of Illinois)
2015 Mary Jo Kane (University of Minnesota)
2014 R. Vivian Acosta (Brooklyn College) and Linda Jean Carpenter (Brooklyn College)
2013 Nancy Spencer (Bowling Green University)
2012 Merrill Melnick (SUNY Brookport) &  Peter Donnelly (University of Toronto)
2011 Don Sabo (D’Youville College) & Gary Sailes (Indiana University)
2010 Joseph Maguire (Loughborough University)
2009 Susan Birrell (University of Iowa) & Harry Edwards (University of California, Berkeley)
2008 Jennifer Hargreaves (Universities of Surrey and Brighton, UK) & Richard Lapchick (University of Central Florida)
2007 Mike Malec (Boston College) & Michael Messner (University of Southern California)
2006 Vicky Paraschak (University of Windsor)
2005 Nancy Theberge (University of Waterloo)
2004 Jim Frey (University of Nevada–Las Vegas)
2003 John Loy (Universities of Illinois and Otago)
2002 Andrew Yiannakis (University of Connecticut) & Susan Greendorfer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
2001 George Sage (University of Northern Colorado) &  D. Stanley Eitzen (Colorado State University)
1996 Jay Coakley (University of Colorado–Colorado Springs), Gunther Lueschen (University of Alabama), & Lee Vander Velden (University of Maryland)
Gerald Kenyon (Universities of Wisconsin and Waterloo)