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Postgraduate Impact & Engagement Award

About the Prize

New to 2020
This annual award recognises the impact and engagement of a Postgraduate TASA member’s scholarship that is of high social value to Australian society and/or sociology. We invite TASA Postgraduate members to submit an application (or nominate others) for outstanding impact or engagement with sociological scholarship. Nominations are also welcome from Supervisors.

This award is not limited to publications but also to outstanding contributions in teaching, community work and non-traditional academic outputs.

The award seeks to value and encourage an understanding of scholarship and impact that extends beyond publication and citation metrics. This award draws on the Boyer model of scholarship recognising the value of Discovery, Integration, Application and Teaching.


Submissions for the 2020 round extended to August 6th. 

Nomination form 
Note: The Nomination form link will take you to the TASA login page. After logging in, the nomination form will appear. Please email Sally in TASA Admin if you need assistance logging in.


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2020 inaugural winner TBA
2020 inaugural winner TBA
The winner will be announced later this year during an online TASA Awards presentation session. 

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Application
Application

Applicants can self-nominate or be nominated by a peer or supervisor. 

Applicants will write up to 500-word letter briefly describing their scholarly contribution and addressing the following questions:

  • Who has been impacted or engaged? (yourself, students, community members, industry, government, civil society, academia);
  • How have they been impacted? (behaviour, policy, learning, organisational structures or systems, workplace and industry practice, theory)?; and
  • How far does the impact or engagement extend (local, national, regional or international)?

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Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicant is currently enrolled in a Honours, Masters or PhD program (proof of enrolment required);
  • The applicant can apply if they have graduated from a postgraduate program in the calendar year of the award, however, activities for assessment must have been undertaken during their candidature;
  • Applicant is a financial TASA member as at the closing date for Award applications;
  • Applicant has submitted a Nomination Form;
  • Applicant, whether awarded the scholarship or not, agrees to their one-page statement being published in Nexus/TASA blog/Postgraduate blog;
  • Applicant has not previously been a recipient of the award; and
  • Applicant agrees to submit a brief report on their scholarship to be published in Nexus/TASA blog/Postgraduate blog, if awarded the prize.

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Assessment Criteria
Assessment Criteria

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria on a scale of 1 (minor) – 5 (outstanding):

  • Evidence of impact/engagement;
  • Evidence of relevance to Australian society and/or sociology; and
  • Evidence of change in target audience.

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The Prize
The Prize

The recipient of the Prize will receive:

  • A complimentary conference registration to attend the TASA conference at which the Prize is presented (includes conference dinner);
  • A certificate & trophy to acknowledge formally the receipt of the Prize;
  • An invitation to submit an article for Nexus/TASA Blog on the paper;
  • Publicity through the TASA membership and wider social science community; and
  • A listing on this PGIE Award TASAweb page.

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The Boyer model of Scholarship
The Boyer model of Scholarship

Boyer, E. L. (1990). Scholarship reconsidered: Priorities of the professoriate. Princeton University Press, 3175 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648


The Scholarship of Discovery
“…the commitment to knowledge for its own sake, to freedom of inquiry and to following, in a disciplined fashion, an investigation wherever it may lead… contributes not only to the stock of human knowledge but also to the intellectual climate of a college or university.” (p. 17)

Scholarship of Integration
“…scholars who give meaning to isolated facts, putting them in perspective. By integration, we mean making connection across disciplines, placing the specialties in larger context, illuminating data in a revealing way, often educating non-specialists, too.” (p. 18)

Scholarship of Application
“moves toward engagement as the scholar asks, ‘how can knowledge be responsibly applied to consequential problems? How can it be helpful to individuals as well as institutions?” And further, “Can social problems themselves define an agenda for scholarly investigation?” (p. 21)

Scholarship of Teaching
“The work of the professor becomes consequential only as it is understood by others… teaching both educates and entices future scholars. Indeed, as Aristotle said, ‘Teaching is the highest form of understanding.’” (p. 23)


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Judging Panel
Judging Panel
  • Postgrad portfolio leader
  • +2 members of the Postgrad Subcommittee
  • Public Engagement/Applied Sociology Portfolio Leaders

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Application Procedure
Application Procedure
  • Nominations must be made on the official nomination form form by July 31st
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Judging Panel.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome in enough time for those nominees who were not successful to still register for the conference in time to be included in the program (September 6) and access the ‘Early Bird’ rate (closes October 1).
  • The decision of the review panel is final and no further discussions will be entered into.
  • The winner will have the payment of their conference registration made by the TASA Office (due to the pandemic, the 2020 winner will have their 2021 conference registration paid for). 

 



From left, Evan Willis (recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award), Kirsten MacLean (Conference MC), Xiaoying Qi (2013 JMA recipient), Adam Possamai (2013 JMA Chair), Eileen Clark (2013 recipient of the Outstanding Service to TASA Award), Jo Lindsay (2012/2013 TASA President), & Gary Bouma (recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award).


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