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SLA Award for Public Outreach & Community Service: Call for Nominations

The deadline for submitting nominations is October 1, 2017.

Created and awarded for the first time by the SLA in 2014, this award honors an SLA member or members for work that effectively impacts public awareness of social issues involving language and communication and/or represents a significant service to a particular community outside of the academy.  Such work may be in any medium including but not limited to books, reports, exhibits, pedagogical materials/curricula, documentary films, newspaper or magazine articles, blogs, digitized or broadcast media, and lectures.  Eligible work must have published, presented, or aired during the five years immediately preceding the submission deadline.  A Selection Committee appointed by the SLA President will consider all applications and may request additional materials as needed. Awards will be announced at the Annual SLA Business meeting. 

  1. Applicants may self-nominate or be nominated.  Each nomination should include a description of the work for which the nominee is being considered, providing the details, extent, and scope of the project, in a statement of at least 500 words.  Please also include, whenever possible, evidence of impact (such as the effectiveness of a public outreach project) or testimonials to community service by community members (2-3 pages suggested length).
  1. To facilitate the review process, please submit all application materials in the form of PDF files and make sure that key materials submitted in other languages are translated into or summarized in English to facilitate their optimal evaluation.
  1. Since an individual’s representative work is eligible for five years, this evidence of accomplishment, with any relevant updates, may be considered in more than one annual award cycle.  This means that applicants who have been unsuccessful in a given cycle may reapply based on the same materials so long as they do so within the five-year eligibility window; we also ask that if necessary their application be reformatted as per 1 and 2 above.
  1. Send nominations or inquiries to