The Minority Scholars’ Committee of the American Studies Association invites nominations for the Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award. The prize was established in 2012, and will honor a scholar who, like Richard Yarborough, demonstrates dedication to and excellence in mentoring.

Nominations will be considered “active” for three years, including the year of initial submission. Those submitting nominations are welcome to send updated or additional information every year during that time, to supplement the original nomination packet. Any supplements must be received by the deadline for submission of nominations of any given year.

Nomination materials should include:

  • A letter of nomination (no longer than 5 single-spaced pages) describing the nominee’s achievements in mentoring underrepresented students and faculty working in the field of American studies, broadly construed. This statement should include his or her contributions at their home institution and in the broader community. This statement might also address the nominee’s scholarly contributions, as well as the impact of the nominee’s research on the careers of underserved and underrepresented communities.
  • Supporting letters from collaborators, colleagues, postdoctoral fellows, undergraduate and graduate students mentored. Although these letters can be individually authored, nominators are urged to solicit a smaller set of collectively authored letters with multiple signatories.
  • The nominee’s CV

Submitted materials should be representative, rather than exhaustive. Total materials submitted should not exceed 25 pages. For more information, potential nominators may contact the Minority Scholars Committee chair, Laurel Mei-Singh at

One set of nominating materials must be submitted to the ASA website by September 16, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted.

The winner will be contacted regarding the annual meeting of the association to be held November 3-6, 2022 in New Orleans, LA where they will be announced as the awardee.

Post date: August 3, 2022

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