This honour is accorded to a TASA member who has demonstrated an outstanding level of participation in and promotion of TASA over a number of years. There are many ways in which this can occur, but in all cases the quality of the service is the determining criterion, rather than the quantity alone.
No more than three members will be added to the Outstanding Service Roll in any one calendar year.
It is not necessary to add members to the Roll every year, and it is to be expected that there will be years when there are no suitable nominations.
Members who are added to the Outstanding Service Roll will receive a certificate, a formal letter of appreciation and a trophy. Recipients will be invited to write an opinion piece about some aspect of their work for publication in Nexus, TASA Blog, Journal of Sociology or Health Sociology Review, or any other publication TASA may sponsor at the time of the Award. A list of Award winners will be maintained on the TASA web site.
The Executive will call for nominations each year, with nominations closing on 31 May. Certificates will be presented at the TASA conference in the year the Award is made. This time schedule may be altered in any year at the discretion of the Executive. Recipients shall be offered the same assistance as other TASA prize winners to enable them to attend the presentation. The complimentary conference registration and dinner is not transferable (ie. only valid in the year of the Award).
The written nomination must be signed by two TASA members. Nominations must show how the nominee meets the selection criteria outlined above and must be accompanied by a focussed curriculum vitae of the nominee. Nominees must be TASA members.
Nominations will be considered by the Executive as a whole. At its discretion the Executive may assign this task to a sub-committee chaired by the President or Vice-President, with the decision to be ratified by the whole Executive. Any nominees who are currently serving as Executive members must exclude themselves from the decision-making process.
The processes for the Outstanding Service to TASA Award will be covered by the TASA grievance procedures. Apart from this, the Executive’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Nominations for this Award close on May 31. Please see the Outstanding Service to TASA Award TASAweb page here.