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.
2013 Recipient - Eileen Clark
I’d like to thank the Executive and members for awarding me this significant honour. When you are in an organisation like TASA, I think the more you put into it, then the more you will get out of it. Perhaps it’s the same as life in general! I have learned so much from my time in TASA and gained so many friends. It’s also been a lot of fun.
We’ve heard this week about the history of SAANZ and TASA, and how things are changing. In the current issue of Nexus (November 2013), the editors write about how universities no longer recognise the value of service to professional organisations. We know about the difficulties early career academics have in finding permanent jobs as lecturers, and the postgraduate day on Monday explored the range of careers that are open to sociologists. The great majority of TASA members still work in universities, but I’d like to look into the crystal ball and think about what TASA might look like by the time the next big anniversary comes around.
By then, perhaps, many of our members will be working in areas other than the traditional lecturing and research. They will be working in universities as administrators; working for the government; in business or non-government organisations; and as teachers in private colleges, TAFEs and high schools. Obviously, the way these people ‘do sociology’ will be different from what we know at present. Let’s take a look at one of them.
A friend of mine has a degree in sociology from the University of New South Wales, and she became a high school teacher. Now, if you think running first-year tutes is hard work, think about teaching Class 8F on a Friday afternoon. Many of the students at the school where my friend teaches are of low socioeconomic status and from multicultural backgrounds. She told me about a typical classroom exchange during a discussion on the workplace:
‘My Dad says it’s all these illegal refugees who are coming here and taking our jobs. And the government gives them all houses and cars. It’s not fair. They should go back to where they belong!’
Of course, this is the same racist claptrap we have been hearing for 30 years or more, but my friend used her sociological skills and knowledge to counter it. First, she decided to collect some empirical data, the most basic of sociological skills. She turned to one of the refugee students in the class:
‘Neyzang, is this true? What does your father do?’
‘We’re on a Temporary Protection Visa, Miss. He’s not allowed to work. The government gives our family $270 a week. We’re sharing a two-bedroom flat with two other families because we can’t afford anything else.’
My friend now called upon one of those great classic sociological concepts, Verstehen, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes:
‘Derryn, how would you like to live like that?’
The challenge for TASA in the next fifty years is to think about how it can be of service to members like these, and to provide opportunities so they can be of service to TASA.
Thank you very much.
John Germov - 2010 Recipient
2010 Winner – John Germov
John received the following letter from TASA:
Congratulations on being the inaugural recipient of The Outstanding Service to TASA Award. This is a new award designed to recognise members who have delivered exceptional service to Sociology through its professional association. You are the first person to have been nominated for the award, and the first person to receive it.
I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the inaugural award. You have delivered outstanding service as President of TASA, Editor of JOS, editor of the TASA website, a member of the ISA Executive, and co-editor of the path-breaking Histories of Australian Sociology. You have done all of these things while maintaining an active research profile, and providing leadership in the teaching of sociology and public sociology.
It is generally acknowledged that your time as TASA President was especially significant in terms of reinvigorating the association for the challenges of the digital era. TASA is pleased to honour your unique and substantial contribution.