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Watson Davis Award for Service

Purpose of the Award

This award recognizes an individual member of the Association who has shown continuous dedicated leadership in and service to ASIS&T and made substantial and lasting contributions to ASIS&T governance, chapters, SIGs, committees, and publications.


The nominee must meet the following qualifications:

  • Nominees shall be current members in good standing and have been ASIS&T members for at least ten years.
  • Prior award winners, current members of the Awards & Honors Committee, and current members of the Board of Directors are not eligible.
  • Nominations will not be carried forward, but an individual may be re-nominated.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Dedicated service to ASIS&T as evidenced by the amount and length of participation in, leadership of, and support to ASIS&T programs, chapters, SIGs, committees, publications, etc.;
  • Sustained, active involvement in ASIS&T;
  • Engagement in activities that create a meaningful impact on ASIS&T communities, such as in high attendance numbers for events, attracting significant news coverage of a publication or event, attraction of new members, and/or positive financial impact for the Association, SIG or Chapter.
Nominations Process

Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 pm US Pacific Time on the deadline date via the designated online portal.

Nominations may be submitted by an individual or jointly by any chapter, special interest group, or any other official unit of the Society.

Nominations must include the following only:

  • Name, affiliation, and contact information of nominee;
  • Name, affiliation, and contact information of nominator;
  • A nomination statement (200-500 words, some or all of which may be included in the citation for the award);
  • Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of nomination with supporting reasons for the choice of the nominee. Specific information about the quality and length of service of the nominee should be provided, with careful consideration given to continuous, dedicated service, and membership.
  • A comprehensive list of the contributions of the member to ASIS&T. Such contributions need not have been on an international level, but nominees should show strong continued service to the Association. Good sources for this data are the ASIS&T Headquarters, the nominee’s resume, and other members.
  • Up to three (3) supporting letters of up to 3 pages in length each.

A jury of five members (including the Jury Chair) and one alternate shall be appointed by the Awards & Honors Committee at the recommendation of the Jury Chair. Jury members must:

  • Be a member in good standing of ASIS&T;
  • Not be a member of any other ASIS&T committee;
  • Not submit a nomination for the award in the year of their jury service; and
  • Declare any conflict of interest related to any nominee for the award and recuse themselves from the jury should the conflict be deemed significant by the Jury Chair (in which case the alternate would be appointed).
Selection Process
  • The jury will utilize both asynchronous scoring and synchronous discussion to arrive at a final decision as to who wins any award.
  • Through the evaluation platform or system, jury members will rate each nominee on a scale of 10 (highest) to 1 (lowest) on each of the criteria listed above. Jury members should also submit a brief synopsis summarizing the most exemplary accomplishments of that nominee.
  • The criteria shall be weighted equally.
  • The Jury Chair shall total all the scores.
  • In the event of a tie that cannot be resolved through synchronous discussion, the jury chair will identify an additional jury member to break the tie. This new jury member will evaluate only the tied nominations and will rate them using the same criteria used by the other jurors.
  • Multiple Watson Davis awards in a single year are possible if multiple nominees are judged to be relatively equal in accomplishments.
  • In the event that no nominee can be declared the awardee, no award shall be given that year.
  • The jury chair shall use the qualitative feedback from the jury as well as their own judgment to write a ~ 250-word citation stating the rationale for making the award.
Nature of the Award

The Watson Davis Award, commemorating the founder of the Association, was established in 1975. The award is sponsored by the Association-at-Large.

Presentation of the Award

The award shall be presented at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Important Dates
  • Jury Appointment: March 15
  • Submission Deadline: March 31 (or adjacent weekday)
  • Selection Deadline: May 15