Alumni Awards

Purpose of Award

Every year the department shall recognize and honor three outstanding individuals for their success and influence as leaders, for significant career achievements, and for being outstanding role models for current students.

  • Outstanding Alumni Award
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • Faculty Award

Eligibility for Award

Outstanding Alumni Award

Any person may be nominated who is a graduate of the College of the Liberal Arts and majored in Sociology, Criminology, Crime, Law and Justice, Administration of Justice or another degree historically administered by the department.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Any person may be nominated who is a graduate of the College of the Liberal Arts and majored in Sociology, Criminology, Crime, Law and Justice, Administration of Justice or another degree historically administered by the department. Eligibility for the award is limited to individuals who have graduated from the University within the last fifteen years.

Faculty Award

Any current member of the Sociology & Criminology faculty.

Nature of the Awards

Awardees will be invited to campus to receive their award at the department award ceremony. In order to appropriately recognize awardees, awards will be presented to recipients who are able to attend the ceremony. Recipients who are not able to attend the ceremony in the year nominated will be invited to participate in a subsequent year.

Selection Process

Nominations will be solicited from the faculty, staff, alumni relations and development office and from the Sociology & Criminology Board of Visitors. Nominators will be responsible for preparing a nomination dossier for their candidate(s) and to include a résumé and a letter detailing why this person is being nominated.

A representative from the alumni relations and development office, in conjunction with the Board Chair and the Head of the Sociology & Criminology Department, will narrow the nomination list to no more than five candidates. The Department will then consult with the Alumni Engagement Committee to make the final selection. The final candidate will be approved by the dean in advance of being notified.