- Lieber Memorial Associate Instructor Award (2009)
Shelley L. Nelson received her B.S. in Sociology from Oregon State University in 2000. She then earned her M.A. in 2005, and her Ph.D. in 2011 in Sociology at Indiana University.
Before she graduated, Nelson was an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant at Oregon State University. At Indiana University, she was a Graduate Assistant, Lab instructor, and instructor of various courses in sociology and statistics from 2002-2010. In 2006, she instructed the ICPSR Summer Program at IU. By 2010, Nelson was back at Oregon State University instructing classes in the Department of Sociology.
Nelson is a member of the American Sociological Association, and a reviewer for The Sociological Quarterly.
Among many awards, Nelson won the Alumni Book Award in 1999, and the William C. Jenné Award for Academic Excellence in 2000 from the Department of Sociology at Oregon State University. From the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, Nelson was awarded a tuition scholarship from 2002-2004, a summer research fellowship and ICPSR summer funding in 2003, two more summer research fellowships in 2004 and 2006, and a fellowship from Preparing Future Faculty for 2007-2008. She was also awarded a tuition scholarship from the Liberal Arts and Management Program at IU from 2004-2006. IU also awarded her with the Edwin H. Sutherland Award for Excellence in and Commitment to Teaching in 2008, and the Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award in 2009. In 2010, Nelson was the recipient of the SAGE/Pine Forge Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award.