Distinguished Service and/or Engaged Research Graduate Student Award in Relation to Diversity Efforts

The Distinguished Service and Engaged Research Graduate Student Award in Relation to Diversity Efforts recognizes a graduate student (i.e., a student member of AAAL at the time of application and enrolled in a university Master's, Ph.D., or Ed.D. program in applied linguistics or a related field whose service and engaged research endeavors (1) promote the interests of traditionally underrepresented or minoritized groups in the field of applied linguistics, (2) raise public awareness of important social issues connected to language, and (3) increase the opportunities for collaboration and dialogue among all members of AAAL. This award is to be given annually. Awardee(s) and their work will be recognized through social media and publications by the Graduate Student Council. This award differs from the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) Graduate Student Award (GSA), to be launched Fall 2021, which is given to graduate students to support their attendance at the AAAL annual conference. 

Eligibility

Service endeavors could include systematic use of social media platforms to promote issues related to diversity, organization of both in-person and digital meetings for groups of graduate students previously underrepresented in AAAL and in applied linguistics, collaboration with local communities (e.g., K-12 schools, teachers, high school students, etc.) in the promotion and support of multilingualism, equity, and diversity, or other actions which meet the aforementioned criteria. 

Engaged research efforts (1) promote the interests of previously underrepresented or minoritized groups in the field of applied linguistics, (2) raise public awareness of important social issues connected to language, (3) increase the opportunities for collaboration and dialogue among all members of AAAL, and (4) include direct outcomes for research and community participants. Engaged research endeavors could include community-based action research, design-based research, teacher-research-service collaborations, and others in the promotion and support of multilingualism, equity, and diversity, or other actions which meet the aforementioned criteria. 

This award is to be given annually. At the discretion of the award committee, the award may or may not be presented during a given year. A reason not to make an award would be an insufficient number of nominations or no nomination that meets the excellence expected.

Nomination Procedure

Any member of AAAL may nominate a graduate student for this award. This includes faculty members, graduate student peers, and the nominee themselves. Individuals who have been nominated but not selected for the award in previous years are eligible. However, they must be re-nominated with a current statement of nomination and CV to be considered for the current award. Members of the current and former GSC steering committee and sub-committees are ineligible.

The nomination should include (1) a statement of nomination (maximum length of two single-spaced pages, authored by one or a maximum of two individuals or a maximum of three-minute multimodal composition), stating specific contributions of the nominee in the aforementioned criteria; (2) an attached current CV of the nominee (or a comparable summary of the nominee’s major scholarship and service achievements); and (3) a 50-word summary of the nominee’s contributions to diversity efforts. Due to the stipulated need for confidentiality of nominations, only these nominated materials will be accepted.

The nomination deadline is June 1 annually. Award selection is made by January 30 annually. Please send your nomination to andi@aaal.org.

The call is now closed. 

Nominations will be assessed based on the extent to which they address the following questions:

  1. What contributions to the interests of previously underrepresented or minoritized groups in the field of applied linguistics have been made?
  2. How do these efforts raise public awareness of important social issues connected to language?
  3. What opportunities for collaboration and dialogue among all members of AAAL have been created or enhanced?