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Name of award changed : "New" has become "Emerging"
WSSA annually presents awards to three junior faculty members at United States universities, recognizing their cutting edge research and their substantial contributions to the social sciences, and the strong promise of future such contributions. Honorees are chosen by the Immediate Past-President of the WSSA, the President, and the President-Elect.
The Immediate Past-President of the WSSA, the President, and the President-Elect annually choose to honor a junior faculty member at a United States university who has been active in his or her discipline for less than six years. The awards recognize cutting edge research and substantial contributions to the social sciences, and the strong promise of future such contributions . The recipients receive a cash award, are honored at the Presidential Luncheon, and have an opportunity to present at the conference. (The accolade began as the "Past-President's Junior Scholar Award", became the "Outstanding New Scholar Award", and starting with the 2017 awardees will be designated the "Outstanding Emerging Scholar Award", which we feel most accurately describes the honorees.)
The 2016 Outstanding New Scholars are Dr. KuoRay Mao, Sociology, Colorado State University; Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe, Disability Studies Program, University of Toledo; and Dr. Julie K. Maldonado, Anthropology, University of California-Santa Barbara.