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Emerging Leader Award Criteria and Instructions

Established in 2012, this award recognizes an SSP member, working in the scholarly communication field for 10 years or fewer, who has demonstrated their potential through outstanding service and contribution on an SSP committee or task force and has made innovative contributions to his/her field. The award will be announced and presented at the SSP Annual Meeting.

Eligibility criteria:

  1. Is an SSP member in good standing
  2. Began working in the scholarly communication field within the last 10 years
  3. Has demonstrated leadership abilities on an SSP committee or task force
  4. OPTIONAL: Has demonstrated leadership abilities on the job and/or within the scholarly communications field outside SSP involvement

Nomination process:

Any SSP member may submit a nomination packet suggesting a candidate for the SSP Emerging Leader Award. Self-nominations are not accepted. NOTE: Please do not submit a nomination packet unless the suggested candidate has agreed to be nominated.

Materials to submit:

  1. Letter (1,000-1,500 words) explaining in detail how the candidate has met the eligibility criteria. For assistance in preparing your letter, consider explaining briefly how the candidate has demonstrated the leadership qualities in the list below.
  2. A 150-word summary explaining why the candidate is deserving of the honor, with specific examples of demonstrated leadership/innovation abilities.
  3. At least one letter/recommendation from mentors or supervisors of the candidate in support of the nomination. NOTE: The number of recommendations is not as important in the judges’ decision as the extent to which the entire nomination package explains how the candidate has demonstrated the leadership qualities in the list below.

Leadership Qualities:

Ambitious Honest (integrity)
Communicator Mentor
Confident Motivator/Inspirer
Consistent Open (good listener)
Creative Passionate/enthusiastic
Decision maker Problem solver
Dedicated/responsible SSP “evangelist”
Educator Visionary
Go-getter (above and beyond)  

Deadline for submissions:

Nomination packets are due March 15.

If you know an individual who meets these criteria, please nominate them for the Emerging Leader Award. To do so, please review and follow the eligibility criteria and nomination process.