The Edward F. Sheffield Award was named in honour of Ted Sheffield, the first Professor of Higher Education in Canada (University of Toronto), and founding President of CSSHE. The award recognizes the best research article published in the Canadian Journal of Higher Education each year.

The editorial team selects the winner using the following criteria: centrality and relevance of the issue addressed to CJHE mission; originality and creativity in the use of theory and application of theory; appropriateness of the research methodology; clarity of the argument; effectiveness of the presentation, organization, and style; strength of conclusions; and relevance and significance to Canadian higher education.

2022Victoria Ford, Alyssa Wooster, and Mary BartramWork Hard, Party Hard: Harm Reduction in a Postsecondary Setting
2021J. Paul GraysonThe Emperor’s New Clothes: Maclean’s, NSSE, and the Inappropriate Ranking of Canadian Universities


Bessma Momani, Emma Dreher, and Kira WilliamsMore Than a Pipeline Problem: Evaluating the Gender Pay Gap in Canadian Academia from 1996 to 2016
2019Karen Robson, Paul Anisef, Robert S. Brown, and Rhonda GeorgeUnderrepresented Students and the Transition to Postsecondary Education: Comparing Two Toronto Cohorts
2018Rochelle Wijesingha and Howard RamosHuman Capital or Cultural Taxation: What Accounts for Differences in Tenure and Promotion of Racialized and Female Faculty?
2017Pierre Gilles Piché and Glen JonesInstitutional Diversity in Ontario’s University Sector: A Policy Debate Analysis
2016Camie AugustusKnowledge Liaisons: Negotiating Multiple Pedagogies in Global Indigenous Studies Courses
2015Michelle Pidgeon, Jo-ann Archibald, Colleen HawkeyRelationships matter: Supporting Aboriginal graduate students in British Columbia, Canada
2014Patrick PelletierLa logique institutionnelle d’appropriation du concept ThinkPad university : le cas des écoles et facultés de gestion québécoises
2013Emery J. Hyslop-Margison
Hugh A. Leonard
Post Neo-Liberalism and the Humanities: What the Repressive State Apparatus Means for Universities
2012Rozzet Jurdi
Sam Hage
Henry P.H. Chow
Academic Dishonesty in the Canadian Classroom: Behaviours of a Sample of University Students
2011Michael SkolnikA Look Back at the Decision on the Transfer Function at the Founding of Ontario’s Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology
2010Laura ServageThe Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the Neo-Liberalization of Higher Education: Constructing the Entrepreneurial Learner
2009David MarshallDifferentiation by Degrees: System Design and the Changing Undergraduate Environment in Canada
2008Michael Ornstein
Penni Stewart
Janice Drakich
Promotion at Canadian Universities: The Intersection of Gender, Discipline and Institution
2007Julia Christensen
Donald McCabe
Academic Misconduct within Higher Education in Canada
2006Charles Bélanger
Joan Mount
Paul Madgett
Ivan Filion
National Innovation and the Role of the College Sector
2005J. Paul GraysonThe relationship between grades and academic program satisfaction over four years of study
2004John LevinTwo British Columbia university colleges and the process of economic globalization
2003Art BudrosDo university presidents make a difference? A strategic leadership theory of university entrenchment
2002Lesley AndresTransfer from community college to university: Perspectives and experiences of British Columbia students
2001Mathieu AlbertStratégies d’apatation des organismes subventionnaires en sciences humaines et sociles au Canada et au Québec aux compressions budgétaires gouvernementales
2000L. McAlpine,
C. Weston, C.
Beauchamp, C.
Wiseman, J. Beauchamp
Monitoring student cues: Tracking student behaviour in order to improve instruction in higher education
1999Derek HumTenure, faculty contracts, and bargaining conflicts
1998Lena McCourtie
Peter Miller
Philosophical literacy: Dialogue on a pedagogical experiment
1997Irene KarpiakGhosts in wilderness: Problems and priorities of faculty at mid career and mid-life
1996E. L. Donaldson
E. A. Dixon
Retaining women students in science involves more than course selection
1995James Dean
Rodney Clifton
An evaluation of pay equity reports at five Canadian universities
1994Brent McKeown
Allan Macdonell
Charles Bowman
The point of view of the student in attrition research
1993Steve O. Michael
E. A. Holdaway
Entrepreneurial activities in postsecondary education