National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS)

History

In April 1969, approximately thirty-five black political scientists gathered at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to discuss the problems faced by persons teaching political science at historically black colleges and universities. The group reconvened in September of that year at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in New York in September of that year. It was the consensus of this now broader group that the problems facing black political scientists, independent of their geographical location or institution, were sufficiently similar to warrant establishment of a national organization. Consequently, the persons present at this September 1969 meeting voted to establish themselves as the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS). The organization's first Annual Meeting was held at Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA in May 1970.

Mission

The National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) is organized to study, enhance, and promote the political aspirations of people of African descent in the United States and throughout the world. It aims to contribute to the resolution of the many challenges that black people confront. Our organization promotes research in and critical analysis of topics usually overlooked and/or marginalized in political science scholarship. We believe that our scholarship must address wide-ranging "real world” issues and not the narrow, and often manufactured, concerns of the discipline.

Impact

NCOBPS has over 400 active members representing colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, government relations and political campaign firms, and local, national, and state public sector agencies. Our collective membership teaches an estimated 1,000 undergraduate and graduate courses per year, with an average class size of 20 students, which amounts to contact with about 20,000 students. 

NCOPBS also has a long tradition of identifying, mentoring, and supporting students interested in political science, including areas of political communication, public policy and administration, public affairs, comparative politics, and international relations. We offer scholarships, fellowships, and research awards to undergraduate and graduate students, and provide many activities for students to network and collaborate with faculty and practitioners of political science.

NCOBPS Awards - 

See the Description of Each Award 


The National Conference of Black Political Scientist awards are given each year to outstanding scholars, researchers, mentors, scholar-activists, and students.  The following awards will be announced at the NCOBPS Award Banquet held our our Annual Meeting, Hilton Garden Inn, Buckhead, March 11-14, 2020.  Submissions should be made to the chairs noted below and in accordance with the guidelines and deadlines for each award. 


W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award

Chair: Ollie Johnson, Wayne State University,  ollie.johnson@wayne.edu 

This award honors Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963), one of the most prolific and insightful academicians, writers and activists in human history.  Books, whose subjects in some way grapple with fundamental questions of political power, race, and other intersections of oppression, are the best candidates for this award.  

Authors/publishers should be in contact with the chairs for additional contact information about the committee members to whom the copies of the book and nomination materials will be mailed directly. Books with either a 2018 or 2019 publication year will be accepted for consideration. Include a statement in the Dubois Book Award – Preference will be given to political scientists who have been dues paying members within the past five years including the nomination year. 

The current curriculum vitae of the author(s) and a nomination letter that explains the strengths of the submission as an integrative work and how it meets criteria established by the award should accompany the book. 

Textbooks, analytic reviews, biographies, and edited volumes are not eligible for consideration. The deadline is December 1, 2019.  


Rodney Higgins Best Faculty Paper Award

Chair:  Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, mitchelg@uwm.edu 

This award is named in honor of Dr. Rodney Higgins (1911-1964), the long-time chair of the Department of Political Science at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. Under Dr. Higgins' leadership, Southern University developed a first-rate political science department and produced an impressive number of political science graduates who went on to become outstanding members of the profession. In turn, these graduates mentored an even greater number of black political scientists. Included among Dr. Higgins' students were Jewel Limar Prestage, Twiley and Lucius Barker, Shelby Lewis, Alex Willingham, Mack Jones, and Thomas Todd. The best paper by a faculty is selected from papers or posters presented at the Annual Meeting of the immediately preceding year. Nominations must be received by November 12, 2019.  

Fannie Lou Hamer Outstanding Community Service Award

Chair: Khalilah Brown-Dean, Quinnipiac University, Khalilah.Brown-Dean@quinnipiac.edu

This award is named in honor of the civil rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), who was the soul of the movement for racial justice in Mississippi. Mrs. Hamer was a SNCC field secretary and a major pillar of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. She was instrumental in “breaking the back” of the racist caste system in the Black Belt. The award is given to a member of NCOBPS, who has made exemplary contributions to the growth and development of the African American community in the United States.

There are no restrictions on nominees, and self-nominations, as well as nominations by others, are encouraged.

All nominations and supporting materials must be received on or before November 12, 2019.

Documentation should be submitted to the Awards Chair.

Supporting documentation should include, but is not limited to:

1. A Current Curriculum Vitae;

2. Letters of nomination and/or support from administrators, faculty, staff and 

community entities explicitly identifying and explaining community service activities over the immediately preceding five years;

3. Supporting evidence that documents dedication to community betterment 

activities. Examples of such documentation may include, but are not limited to:

   *   Newspaper/magazine articles or other printed materials;

   *   Copies of literature from events documenting involvement;

   *   Listing of citizenry-based awards received;

   * Letters of support (no more than two) from organizations or individuals that have directly benefited from the nominees' involvement in the community activity;


Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year Award

Chair: Clarissa Peterson, Depauw University,  cpeterson@depauw.edu

This award is given in respect of Dr. Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964), the fabled administrator and teacher of the M Street School and founder of the Frelinghauysen University for adult education in Washington, D.C. Dr. Cooper was born into a condition of enslavement but secured her Ph.D. in French from the Sorbonne. If warranted, two awards may be given in the same year to one Senior and one Junior faculty member, who demonstrate Excellence in the classroom as teachers, advisers, and academic mentors to students.

There are no restrictions on nominees, and self-nominations, as well as nominations by others, are encouraged.

All nominations and supporting materials must be received by the November 12, 2019.  Documentations should be submitted to the Awards Chair.

Junior faculty should submit documentation from the past three (3) years. Senior faculty should submit documentation for the past ten (10) years. Supporting documentation should include, but is not limited to the following:

1.  A Current Curriculum Vitae;

2.  Letters of nomination and/or support from administrators, faculty, staff and past and present students. (In order to avoid the appearance of "Conflict of Interest,” candidates are encouraged to seek letters from past students.);

3.  One-page statistical summary of overall student evaluations over a period of three (3) years (if possible);

4.  Supporting documentation on events, programs, and activities geared toward improving student learning and development;

PDF Files are acceptable and recommended for easier and timely distribution.


Bayard Rustin Best LGBTQ+ Student Paper Award

Chairs: H.LT. Quan,  Arizona State University, hltquan@gmail.com and Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, University of California at Irvine, twilloug@uci.edu   

 This award is named in honor of Bayard Rustin (1912-1987), who was active in the struggle for human rights and economic justice for over 50 years. Born in 1912, he was reared in West Chester, PA, where he excelled as a student, athlete, and musician. He attended Wilberforce University, Cheyney State College, the City College of New York, and the London School of Economics, earning tuition at odd jobs and singing professionally with Josh White's Carolinians and Leadbelly. 

Time and space do not permit a full and detailed account of Rustin's illustrious career, but he is best known for his active involvement for the struggle for human rights and economic justice association via his association with the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), A. Philip Randolph's March on Washington Movement (1940s), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Montgomery Alabama Bus Boycott, the organization of the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in 1957, The National Youth Marches for Integrated Schools in 1958 and 1959, and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom which, at that time, was the largest demonstration in the nation's history. Rustin helped found the A. Philip Randolph Institute and the Black Americans to Support Israel Committee (BASIC). Openly gay, he advocated on behalf of LGBTQ+ causes in the latter part of his career.

This best paper by a student is selected from papers presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting on the topic of the LGBTQ+ African American community and its participation in American political life. Graduate student papers will be given first consideration. If there are no graduate student applicants, the Award Committee has the option of selecting an undergraduate student paper. Panel chairs are encouraged to forward those papers that they believe to be outstanding to the Awards Committee Chair for consideration.  

Papers must be received by November 12, 2019. Documentation should be submitted to the Awards Committee Chair. PDF Files are acceptable and recommended for easier and timely distribution.


Sammy Younge Best Student Paper Award

Chair: Tiffiany Howard, tiffiany.howard@unlv.edu

This award is named in honor of Sammy Younge (1945-1966), who was an undergraduate student at Tuskegee University during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Active in the Tuskegee Institute Advancement League and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Younge was killed by white terrorists, as he attempted to use the “For-whites-only” restroom at a local Tuskegee Service Station.

The best paper by a student is selected from papers or posters presented at the Annual Meeting of the immediately preceding year. Panel chairs are encouraged to forward those papers that they believe to be outstanding to the Awards Committee Chair for consideration. Papers must be received by November 12, 2019.  


Alex Willingham Best Political Theory Paper Award

Chair:  Darryl Thomas, Penn State University, dct10@psu.edu 

This award is named in the honor of long-term NCOBPS member and brilliant, political theorist, Alex Willingham, a professor of Williams College.  Professor Willingham as a political theorist and student of American politics teaches courses in U.S. politics. These include the basic course on national politics, as well as special courses on the Civil Rights movement, Nonprofit Organizations and Community Change, Southern Politics and issues of access and representation, especially as these are raised under prohibitions on racial discrimination under the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The best paper in political theory or political philosophy is selected from papers or posters presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting. Panel chairs are encouraged to forward those papers that they believe to be outstanding to the Awards Committee Chair for consideration. Papers must be received on or before the deadline of November 12, 2019


Lena Harris Stromile Student Leadership Award

Chair: Sherri Wallace, sherri.wallace@louisville.edu 

This award is named in honor of Lena Harris Stromile, the mother of Dr. Kathie Stromile Golden.  The award honors the contributions of the Stromile family to NCOBPS and their life-long involvement in developing student leaders.  As executive director of NCOBPS for two decades, Dr. Golden has assisted a diverse group of students.  This includes students at Historically Black to Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and students abroad through her leadership of international education programs that has taken her to 70 countries.  Her commitment to student leadership reflects the life lessons and spirit of community work passed on by her mother.  

The Lena Harris Stromile Student Leadership Award is given to an undergraduate or graduate student, who is a member of NCOBPS and has a demonstrative involvement in community service, social justice, mentor programs, or related activities.  Nominations must be received by November 12, 2019. Nominees should submit supporting documents such as:  

1. A Current Curriculum Vitae;

2. Letters of nomination and/or support from administrators, faculty, staff and community entities explicitly identifying and explaining leadership activities; 

3. Supporting evidence that documents dedication to community activities. Examples of such documentation may include, but are not limited to:

    *   Newspaper/magazine articles or other printed materials;

    *   Copies of literature from events documenting involvement;

    *   Listing of citizenry-based awards received.


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