AAAL recognizes outstanding contributions through a variety of awards.
- The Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award recognizes and honors a distinguished scholar and his/her service to the profession in general and AAAL in particular.
- The Graduate Student Award recognizes student members with outstanding proposals for the annual conference and supports attendance by those members at the conference.
- The AAAL Book Award honors high quality books that make an exceptional contribution to the field as a whole or to a specific area of specialization.
- The Dissertation Award will begin in 2016 and honor dissertations completed during the previous two years.