The Lester F. Ward Distinguished Contribution to Applied and Clinical Sociology Award, presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to applied and clinical sociology over a period of ten or more years.

The Alex Boros Award for Contributions to the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, presented to an AACS member who has served AACS with distinction.

The Robert Ezra Park Award for Sociological Practice, presented to an outstanding sociologist who has made a special contribution demonstrating how sociological practice (applied or clinical) can advance and improve society.

The Paul Wellstone Community Service Award, presented to a person or organization in the community where the Annual Meeting is held. The recipient of this award will have made significant and noteworthy applied sociological contributions in the community they serve. In some cases, it may be obvious how the award recipient’s work is sociological, in others not.  In nominating for this award, think of sociological work as broadly as necessary from the perspective of applied sociology so as not to unduly limit the field of applicable candidates.

The William Julius Wilson Award, presented to an individual or organization whose work has been demonstratively effective in breaking the cycle of poverty.

The AACS Client Problem Solving Award (Previously named Judith Little Student Problem-Solving), presented to the winning team of students and their advisor of the Client Problem Solving competition  as determined by the client and an adjudicating panel of applied/clinical sociologists.


Lester F. Ward: Jan Fritz, Lester Kurtz,  Gregory Squires, William Julius Wilson, Jack Levin, Joyce Miller, Earl Babbie, Michael Q. Patton, Don Dillman, Carla Howery, Robert Dentler, Troy Duster, Judith Blau, Janet Mancini Billson, Kai Erikson, Jeffrey Breese

Alex Boros Award: Michael Fleischer, Jeff Will, Eleanor Lyon, Jammie Price, Jerry Krause, Stephen F. Steele, John Kennedy, Harry Perlstadt, Harold Cox, James Hougland, Susan Stein, Paul Melevin, Jay Weinstein, Jeff Breese, Jammie Price, Jay Weinstein, Stephen F. Steele, Thomas Van Valey, Tina Quartaroli

Robert Ezra Park Award: Lubomir Popov, Michael Fleischer, Michael Hirsch, John Hagedorn, Pam Jenkins, Thomas J. Scheff, Janet Billson, Jane Reisman, Ross Koppel, Patricia Ryan and Bruce Warren, Ray Rist, Ann Charvat, Ross Koppel, Eleanor Lyon, William Falk, Shirley Laska

Paul Wellstone Community Service Award: The Paul Wellstone Award for 2017 went to Circle Health Services (formerly The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland), EDC African Community Center, Montgomery Area Council on Aging (MACOA) Meal on Wheels (MOW), Veteran’s Place of Washington Blvd, Well Arts, Cathedral Center, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health, Phil Olson, Clara White Mission, San Antonio Gender Association, Missourians for Single Payer Healthcare

William Julius Wilson Award: Dr. Aldon D. Morris–Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University; The Doorway and its Executive Director, Marilyn Dyck; Walnut Way Conservation Corps and its founders Sharon and Larry Adams

Client Problem Solving Award : 2017AACS Choice: Courtney Shaffer, Katie Thompson, Alyssa Vielle of Elizabethtown College; Client’s Choice:  Claude Clarke, Grace Crawford, Brenna Gonzales, Allison Heitsman of Virginia Wesleyan University; 2016- Graduate Student Team Award, University of Northern Colorado: Student participants: Adrianna Smell, Jamie Krushensky, Lauren McDonald and Mitchell Staut. Undergraduate Student Team Award, Elizabethtown College student participants: Philip Ebersole, Caitlin Lockard, Irene Snyder and Katie Thompson. (Please note that Philip Ebersole was on the team in 2015 but this is another team for 2016) Honorable Mention Winner, Virginia Wesleyan College (this is now called the Client’s Choice): student participants: William Jacob Virgili, Sierra Morgan Rothenberger, Allison Renee Heitsman, Joshua Gene Cherry. (Formerly Judith Little Award): Samantha Poremba, Caitlin Lockard, and Philip Ebersole of Elizabethtown College; Casey Crook, Jawaan Neighbors, Marissa Foore of Oklahoma State University; Kadiatu Jabbie, Glovinia Harris, and Arsenio Brown of Huston Tillotson University; Gina Castillo, Flora Maciel Garibay and Inez Peña of Linfield College; Maria Casati and Anna Hackman of the University of New Orleans