President’s Message

Kathleen Matheos
CSSHE President
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I am honoured to serve as the 39th President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE), and invite you to participate in our organization. CSSHE is a registered not-for-profit corporation, governed by an elected board of directors. We are funded through membership fees, donations, and a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Our open-access peer-reviewed online journal, Canadian Journal for Higher Education (CJHE), also is an important Canadian voice, and a forum for knowledge sharing.

Established in 1970, CSSHE brings together researchers, administrators, and practitioners from across the various disciplines, institutions and sectors to focus on issues of higher education. Its mission is to facilitate, promote, and share research in such areas as teaching and learning, academic and administrative leadership, and higher education policy. Since its inception almost 50 years ago, we have seen vast changes in the landscape of Canadian higher education. Such change is bound to continue as universities and colleges respond to shifts in demographics, funding, politics and policy.

Our diverse membership is one of our greatest strengths, and is comprised of university and college faculty members, instructors, and staff; graduate students; senior administrators; and higher education professionals and practitioners in various roles across institutions. The Society also attracts representation from the federal and provincial governments, and public and private corporations. CSSHE provides a unique opportunity for these diverse groups to come together to share research, practice, knowledge, and perspectives on higher education.

As a member of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the CSSHE holds an annual conference as part of the Congress organized by the Federation. In 2019, our conference will be held at University of British Columbia, June 2-4. In addition to panels and presentations, our conference also provides a face-to-face meeting opportunity for our five affinity groups (Governance and Leadership, International Higher Education, Community Engagement, Blended and Online Teaching and Learning, and Student Success). These affinity groups provide an opportunity for members to connect regarding specific interest areas in higher education, and we are always open to new areas and new affinity groups. We hope you will join us in June in Vancouver.

CSSHE strength is its membership. I invite you to share ideas, concerns and comments with me or any members of the CSSHE Board. We want to hear from you.

Kathleen Matheos


Former Presidents
2017-2018 – Anne Charles
2016-2017 – Robert Shea
2014-2016 – Anne Charles
2012-2014 – Walter Archer
2010-2012 – Alan Davis
2008-2010 – Keith Archer
2006-2008 – Esther Enns
2004-2006 – David Kirby
2003-2004 – Alenoush Saroyan
2001-2003 – Sheila Brown
2000-2001 – Geraldine Woodford
1999-2000 – Pierre Roberge
1998-1999 – Valerie Grabove
1997-1998 – Bryant Griffith
1996-1997 – Glen Jones
1995-1996 – Roy Bonin
1993-1995 – Alice Boberg
1992-1993 – Dan Birch
1991-1992 – Terry Hogan
1990-1991 – Janet Donald
1989-1990 – Norman Uhl
1988-1989 – Paul Gallagher
1987-1988 – Naomi Hersom
1986-1987 – Alexander Gregor
1985-1986 – Charles Bélanger
1984-1985 – Max von Zur Muehlen
1983-1984 – Bernard Sheehan
1982-1983 – John Daniel
1981-1982 – W.A.S. Smith
1980-1981 – Jeffrey Holmes
1979-1980 – Grant Clarke
1978-1979 – John Dennison
1977-1978 – W.M. Sibley
1976-1977 – André Côté
1975-1976 – Ronald Baker
1974-1975 – Malcolm Taylor
1973-1974 – Lucien Michaud
1972-1973 – R.M. Clark
1971-1972 – Pierre-Paul Proulx
1970-1971 – Edward Sheffield