Academic Leadership in Political Science Award

The Academic Leadership in Political Science Award is a certificate awarded to a member of APSA who has demonstrated outstanding inclusive and collaborative academic leadership in the discipline of Political Science, broadly defined. The award was established by the Executive Committee of APSA in response to recommendations made by the Women’s Advancement in Australian Political Science report (2012). It recognises the importance of fostering an inclusive and collegial academic environment, particularly for women and members of non-dominant groups, with benefits also flowing to all emerging scholars.

Nominations will be called for annually. The decision to make an award will be made by a sub-committee appointed by the APSA Executive.

Nominees will be judged on the extent to which they have provided outstanding leadership in one or more of the following areas:

  1. supporting academic pluralism and the value of diverse approaches to the discipline;
  2. mentoring and championing colleagues, especially women and members of non-dominant groups, as well as early career academics;
  3. role modelling academic rigor through constructive feedback about how research can be strengthened;
  4. demonstrating awareness of the unique challenges experienced by women and members of non-dominant groups, as well as those faced by early career academics;
  5. building research communities and collaborative academic opportunities.

Conditions of Entry

  1. The prize is open anyone employed in an academic position in the discipline of Political Science (at any level).
  2. Both nominee and nominator must be members of APSA.
  3. APSA reserves the right not to make an award in any given year.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. Nominations must be supported by short statements (around 500 words each) from the nominator and two other colleagues, describing how the nominee exhibits the values of inclusive and collaborative academic leadership. Supporting statements may come from mentees or other colleagues; at least one statement should be from a woman.
  2. Nominations for an award in 2017 must be sent to the APSA Executive Assistant by 5pm, Monday 19 June, 2017.

Winners of the award will be announced at the APSA conference dinner, where a certificate will be presented by the APSA President. 

Past Winners: 

2017: Professor Adrian Little

2016: Professor Pippa Norris

2015: Dr Gwenda Tavan, Dr Barbara Sullivan, Associate Professor Jim Jose, Professor David Marsh.