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Call for Nominations for The HSUS' 2009 Animals and Society Course Awards

The Humane Society of the United States

WASHINGTON — The Humane Society of the United States invites applications from college and university faculty members for its 11th-annual Animals and Society Course Awards.  The awards recognize excellence in courses concerning the human-animal bond, human obligations toward animals, the status of animals, and related topics. Past recipients have included scholars working in academic fields including animal science, animal-assisted therapy, anthropology, archeology, art, biology, communications, culture studies, education, environmental studies, ethology, history, law, literature, medicine, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology and veterinary medicine. 

Judging is administered by Bernard Unti, Ph.D., of The HSUS, with the assistance of Kenneth Shapiro, Ph.D., of Animals and Society Institute, editor of Society & Animals: The Journal of Human-Animal Studies. Input is provided by outside readers, selected for their expertise in the disciplines of applicants who reach the final stage of the vetting process. Judges use criteria such as depth and rigor within the topic, impact on the field of human-animal studies, and originality of approach. Competitive entries for the awards would be courses that bring the study of animals and society into new arenas; approach the field from a novel perspective, or make use of novel teaching methods; provide exposure to students who would not otherwise address academic issues relating to animals and society; or are tailored to participants whose learning experience will have a direct impact upon animals and/or animal protection. 

Two Animals and Society Awards will be presented for courses at either the undergraduate or graduate level, at colleges and universities worldwide. The first award is for an established course currently being taught. The second award is for a new course scheduled to be offered. Each award carries a prize of $1,500. 

Nominees who offer more than one course may submit multiple applications. The prize money will be given to the institutional department in which the winning course is taught.

Nominations must include:
• a cover letter from the faculty member
• a course outline or syllabus with enough detail and annotation to show the substance of the course
• a one or two paragraph description of the pedagogical strategy or framework that guides the course
• a one paragraph description of how the prize money will be used
• student evaluations for the previous two years the course was offered, where appropriate
• a letter of recommendation from the relevant department chairperson

The deadline is September 30, 2009.  No special forms are necessary. Send nominations as e-mail attachments to jboston@hsus.org or mail hard copies of nominations to:

Animals and Society Awards
Humane Society University
The Humane Society of the United States
700 Professional Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20879


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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.