The Carol Connor Mid-Career Award was established in 2022 to honor the memory of Carol Connor, who was a consistently active and impactful member of the society and was President-elect when she died. The award is intended to recognize a mid-career researcher in the field of scientific studies of reading, who is currently active in research, and has a distinguished research record over a substantial period. Other factors which the Awards Committee may take into account include breadth of research achievement, and contribution to the advancement of the science of reading, for example by enhancing the public understanding and esteem of reading research, or fostering links with other disciplines, or stimulating good independent work by young researchers 

Eligibility: Nominees will have gained their PhD 10-20 years prior to nomination (taking into account the following: career breaks for caring responsibilities, medical leave, part-time employment etc.). Nominees are restricted to voting members of SSSR. 

Process: Nominations may be made by any member of SSSR. 

Individuals nominating on an applicant’s behalf should submit the application to Jennifer Hughes ( by April 15, 2023.  The winner will be announced at the annual meeting. The following application materials are required: 

  • nominee’s CV
  • 1 nomination letter (no longer than 2 pages) explaining how the nominee meets the above criteria, with specific examples. 

Please send application materials to Jennifer Hughes ( by April 15, 2023.

The Award Winner will deliver an address at the annual meeting of SSSR, typically in the alternate year from the DSCA award address. After the address, the Award Winner is expected to submit a manuscript of their address to the Society’s journal - Scientific Studies of Reading - for publication.