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TAA Council Awards Restructured for 2020

Council Awards are established by TAA’s governing body and administered by the Council of Fellows and Awards Committee (referred to as the ‘Awards Committee’ for short). Beginning in 2019, the Awards Committee undertook an effort to rethink most of the awards, to develop clearer distinctions among them, and to rewrite the criteria used for determining winners. Council Awards are intended to recognize individual achievements in writing or in service to TAA or fellow authors. Unlike the Textbook Award program, they do not aim to judge the quality of a single work, but rather to recognize the accomplishments of authors and industry professionals, in different stages and aspects of their careers.

If, in the Awards Committee’s judgment, no suitable candidate emerges for a given award, we do not confer the award that year. Nominations are welcomed from the membership – the deadline for this year is February 28, 2020.

To nominate yourself or another member of the academic publishing community for an award, please complete the Nomination Form and email to [email protected] using the subject header "TAA Awards nomination". Please see the specific Awards Criteria for each award for additional documentation needed.

If you have any questions, contact TAA Executive Director Michael Spinella at [email protected] or (973) 943-0501.




Service Awards

2019 TAA Council Award winnersPresident’s Award

This is an award determined by the TAA President (not the Awards Committee) based primarily on service to TAA during the past year. It may be awarded to a member or friend of TAA at any career stage.

Author Mentoring

Author Mentoring is a service award for a teacher, administrator, fellow author, or other professional colleague who takes extraordinary care to encourage and advise earlier career authors. It is the only Council Award that may not be self-nominated. Eligible candidates will typically be in the middle or late stages of their career. Learn more

Keedy-Anderson

Keedy-Anderson is a service award for TAA members who display devotion to TAA and/or the authoring community through continuous acts of support and service. The award is named for founding member Mike Keedy, and charter member Paul Anderson, both of whom exemplified service to TAA and authors. The award will typically be conferred on someone late in their career who has served over a long period of time. Learn more

Writing Awards

Rising Star

Rising Star is intended to recognize authors earlier in their careers whose published work(s) to date have had impact in their discipline and indicate a likelihood of significant future contributions. Learn more

Pynn-Silverman Lifetime Achievement Award 

The Pynn-Silverman Award recognizes authors whose writing, teaching, and service over a full career have demonstrated the highest degree of excellence in authoring and commitment to the community. Learn more

Council of Fellows

The TAA Council of Fellows honors distinguished authors who have a long record of successful publishing. Any author whose textbook or other instructional and academic works have established his/her presence in scholarly publishing over time, who has been innovative in the presentation of material, is qualified for nomination into the TAA Council of Fellows. Induction into the Council of Fellows is the premier honor bestowed by TAA. Learn more

Click here for a list of all previous Council Award winners


Council Award Criteria

Author Mentoring Award

The TAA Author Mentoring Award recognizes an individual with a long and distinguished record of mentoring authors—either through TAA or individual efforts.

Nominations
Candidates may be nominated by any member of TAA, but need not themselves be a TAA member. Candidates may not self-nominate for this award.

A minimum of two letters of nomination should be submitted. Letters should describe how the nominee was successful in mentoring multiple authors or academics over a sustained period of time. Examples of mentoring success should be provided.

Award Criteria
Candidates are judged on two primary factors:

  • Description and examples of a long history of mentoring successes.
  • Evidence of mentoring multiple authors and/or academics.

Selection Process
The TAA Council established and authorized the TAA Council of Fellows and Awards Committee to have responsibility for seeking and evaluating nominations and establishing the process that is followed each year. Deadlines for nominations and other information relevant to the award are posted on the TAA website. In general, deadlines are in January or February each year for the awards to be presented at that year’s Annual Conference.

Awards are made at the discretion of the TAA Awards Committee, which may choose to grant a maximum of one award per year.

Send nomination form and documentation to: [email protected]. Use the subject header "TAA Awards nomination".


The Keedy-Anderson Service Award

The Keedy-Anderson Service Award recognizes individuals with a long record of providing service to authors, to TAA, or to the individual’s discipline, either through TAA, another organization, or through individual efforts. Strong nominees promote TAA to their colleagues, at their university, or within the authoring community. The award is named for Paul Anderson and Mike Keedy, two charter members of TAA who exemplified service to TAA and authors.

Nominations
Anyone may nominate him/herself or a colleague for the Keedy-Anderson Service Award and must present evidence to reflect the criteria.

Award Criteria

  • Service to TAA. Successful candidates contributed to the success of TAA over a sustained period of service. Such accomplishments may include activities in membership, public advocacy, or committee service. Multiple accomplishments in these areas should be part of the nomination letter.
  • Service to the Authoring Community. Successful candidates enhanced the lives and careers of authors through TAA, another professional organization, or through individual efforts. Such accomplishments may include activities such as teaching, mentoring, leading, or otherwise serving authors.

Selection Process
The TAA Council established and authorized the TAA Council of Fellows and Awards Committee to have responsibility for seeking and evaluating nominations and establishing the process that are followed each year. Deadlines for nominations and other information relevant to the award are posted on the TAA website. In general, deadlines are in January or February each year for the awards to be presented at that year’s Annual Conference.

The Committee typically selects one awardee annually but may determine in any given year that no awards are given, or that two candidates are to be awarded.

Send nomination form and documentation to: [email protected]. Use the subject header "TAA Awards nomination".


Rising Star Award

The TAA Rising Star Award is intended to recognize emerging talent in educational and academic authoring whose work reflects a level of quality that holds promise for future contributions to the recipient’s academic discipline. The work may be a textbook, book chapter, monograph or journal article but must be scholarly in nature.

Nominations
Candidates must be in the developing stage of their careers, but there is no age restriction. Candidates may nominate themselves or a colleague for this award. Membership in TAA is not a prerequisite for this award. Candidates may not be currently serving on the TAA Council or the TAA Awards Committee. Candidates may not have received other Council awards recognizing authoring contributions from the TAA (Publication and Contract Review Grants may have been earned, but not writing awards).

A letter with detail supporting the nomination should be submitted to the Committee.

Award Criteria
The Rising Star award may be based on recognition of a particular work of excellence—it may even be the first work produced by the candidate—however, the selection committee is looking for indications that the candidate is poised to make ongoing contributions to the discipline, as well as judging that the work(s) under consideration represent a significant finding, an innovative research methodology, or a particularly impactful work for peers or students.

Although the award is primarily bestowed for authoring of scholarly or educational works, candidates should demonstrate achievements/contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  • Scholarship/writing which may include research, textbook authoring, academic publication, presentations, or other scholarly and creative activities, but need not include a long list of publications. It is understood that this award in intended for early-career authors, so a first publication may even be submitted.
  • Professional service which may include service to TAA, or work at the community, state, or national levels that represents or promotes academic and educational publishing.


Selection Process
The TAA Council established and authorized the TAA Council of Fellows and Awards Committee to have responsibility for seeking and evaluating nominations and establishing the process that is followed each year. Deadlines for nominations and other information relevant to the award are posted on the TAA website. In general, deadlines are in January or February each year for the awards to be presented at that year’s Annual Conference.

The Committee typically selects one awardee annually but may determine in any given year that no awards will be given, or that two candidates are to be awarded.

Send nomination form and documentation to: [email protected]. Use the subject header "TAA Awards nomination".


The Pynn-Silverman Lifetime Achievement Award

The Pynn-Silverman Lifetime Achievement Award was established to honor individuals whose achievements over a career of devoted effort and service, demonstrate the highest degree of commitment to excellence in authoring works to advance their discipline, encourage, enlighten and support the work of colleagues, and educate students in the field. The award is named for Ron Pynn and Franklin Silverman, two charter members of TAA who pursued and modeled these qualities in their own work.

Nominations
Candidates may nominate themselves or a colleague for this award and must present evidence to reflect the criteria. Candidates are not required to be members of TAA. A letter with detail supporting the nomination should be submitted to the Committee.

Award Criteria

Publication History
Successful candidates authored a considerable body of work in their field that has proven over time to reflect the best understanding of their discipline at the time, and to have helped advance knowledge of the discipline.

While co-authored works are eligible for consideration, it is expected that the candidate authored a number of works alone. There is no set number of works required to qualify, but a successful candidate authored a substantial number of article-length works and/or several book-length works.

Textbooks, courseware, monographs, and journal articles may all be considered, but the essential element is high-quality and proven value over time. Other considerations that may indicate a strong candidate might be having published in more than one discipline or specialty area, and evidence of recognition of the quality of the author’s works as shown by winning TAA Textbook awards, or other national awards for teaching or writing.

Professional Public Standing
Successful candidates provide evidence of their standing as prominent contributors to their discipline. This might be shown through awards or citations for teaching, recognition as a regular speaker, especially keynotes, at national conferences in the awardee’s discipline, or other indicators as appropriate.

Successful candidates are able to show their work contributed to increased public understanding and appreciation of their field and/or of academic standards. For example, a candidate may provide newspaper and magazine articles, or television appearances representing them as recognized experts who can translate issues in their discipline to the public.

Selection Process
The TAA Council established and authorized the TAA Council of Fellows and Awards Committee to have responsibility for seeking and evaluating nominations and establishing the process that is followed each year. Deadlines for nominations and other information relevant to the award are posted on the TAA website. In general, deadlines are in January or February each year for the awards to be presented at that year’s Annual Conference.

The committee typically selects one awardee annually but may determine in any given year that no awards are given, or that two candidates are to be awarded.

Send nomination form and documentation to: [email protected]. Use the subject header "TAA Awards nomination".


TAA Council of Fellows

The TAA Council of Fellows honors distinguished authors who have a long record of successful publishing. Any author whose textbook or other instructional materials have established his/her presence in the marketplace over time, who has been innovative in the presentation of material, is qualified for nomination into the TAA Council of Fellows. Induction into the Council of Fellows is the premier honor bestowed by TAA.

Council of Fellows members are chosen by a TAA Selection Committee based on a set of criteria which includes their:

  • Level of participation in TAA activities
  • Teaching excellence
  • Quality and quantity of textbooks (if textbook authors)
  • Quality and quantity of professional journal articles, monographs and edited books (if academic authors)

How to Apply

The deadline for application to the TAA Council of Fellows is established each year by the TAA Council of Fellows and Awards Committee.

Applications must include documentation in support of the Council of Fellows Criteria.

Send nomination form and documentation to: [email protected]. Use the subject header "TAA Awards nomination".


Questions

If you have any questions, contact TAA Executive Director Michael Spinella at [email protected] or (973) 943-0501.

Click here for a list of all previous Council Award winners

 
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