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(Application Deadline: June 1)

The Mentor Award (established in 2014) is designed to recognize excellence in mentorship in the discipline of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Nominations of individuals at all stages of their academic careers are encouraged. 

Any nonstudent member of the ASC is an eligible candidate for the ASC Mentor Award, including persons who hold a full or part time position in criminology, practitioners and researchers in nonacademic settings.  The award is not limited to those who participate in the ASC mentoring program. 

Nonstudent members may be nominated by colleagues, peers, or students but self-nominations are not allowed.  A detailed letter of nomination should contain concrete examples and evidence of how the nominee has sustained a record of enriching the professional lives of others, and be submitted to the Chair of the ASC Mentor Award Committee. 

The mentorship portfolio should include:

  1. A table of contents
  2. Curriculum Vita and
    • Detailed evidence of mentorship by supporting, encouraging and promoting scholarly research 
    • Academic publications
    • Professional development
    • Teaching
    • Career guidance
    • Research and professional networks
    • Other evidence of mentoring achievements.


The letter should specify the ways the nominee has gone beyond his/her role as a professor, researcher or collaborator to ensure successful enculturation into the discipline of Criminology and Criminal Justice, providing intellectual professional development outside of the classroom and otherwise exemplary support for Criminology/Criminal Justice undergraduates, graduates and post-graduates.

Current members of the ASC Board are ineligible to receive this award.

Letters of nomination (including statements in support of the nomination), the nominee’s portfolio, and all other supporting materials should be submitted to the Mentor Award Committee Chair in electronic form by June 1.

Mentor Award Committee Chair
Brenda Sims Blackwell

The ASC Executive Board may decide not to give the award in any given year.  Award decisions will be based on the strength of the nominee’s qualifications and not on the number of endorsements for any particular candidate.

List of past Award Winners