The AHA is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Award for Scholarly Distinction, which was established by the AHA Council in 1984 to honor senior historians in the United States. Since then, the award has been presented to 60 eminent scholars.
Recipients must be senior historians of the highest distinction who have spent the bulk of their professional careers in the United States. Generally, they must also be of emeritus rank, if from academic life, or equivalent standing otherwise. Under normal circumstances the award is not intended to go to former presidents of the Association; rather, the intent is to honor persons not otherwise recognized by the profession to an extent commensurate with their contributions.
A complete nomination should include (1) a letter of nomination that contains specific details addressing eligibility (see above) and (2) a two- to three-page c.v. of the nominee with a summary of major publications and career highlights. Additional letters of support can also be submitted, provided the total number of pages submitted (including nomination and c.v.) does not exceed 10.
Send nominations to Sharon K. Tune, Assistant Director, American Historical Association, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889 by April 29, 2011. A nominating jury appointed by the AHA Council will review the nominations and will recommend up to three individuals for approval at the Council’s spring 2011 meeting. The honoree(s) will be announced at the Association’s 126th annual meeting to be held January 5-8, 2012, in Chicago. For more information visit the Award for Scholarly Distinction page on the AHA’s web site.