The purpose of this award is to recognize research and scholarship on higher education and/or topics directly relevant to Canadian higher education which can include the socio-political context, access, governance, teaching and learning, institutional studies, or education and employment.


The award is intended to be conferred on a practicing scholar in mid-career. A scholar in mid-career is an individual who, in addition to having an established reputation for scholarship will continue to contribute to research in the field for some time to come. A mid-career scholar is normally 7-20 years post-Ph.D., has a significant publication record, and an established reputation for publishing research on aspects of Canadian higher education.

In reviewing candidates for the award, particular emphasis will be given to work published by the candidate in the last five years (immediate past five years, excluding parental, medical, or other recognized leaves from research activity), with at least five publications in reputable peer-refereed journals, book chapters, and/or scholarly books in the field of higher education. The award is not meant to recognize teaching or service to institutions or the profession.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be made by members or non-members, but self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominators may submit a maximum of two nominations per year. Nominations must be forwarded in electronic form to the CSSHE Secretariat in MSWord format. The deadline for nominations is 31 January each year.

Each submission must be complete and include:

  • A duly completed nomination form;
  • A letter of nomination introducing the candidate and providing a supporting rationale for the nomination (please address the criteria directly);
  • A curriculum vitae of the candidate, including a full list of publications.
  • Examples of recent publications of the candidate (maximum 3).

The Secretariat
Research and Scholarship Award
Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education

Past Recipients

2021Michelle PidgeonSimon Fraser University
2020Sarah EatonUniversity of Calgary
2019Not Awarded
2018Amy MetcalfeThe University of British Columbia
2017Not Awarded
2016Heather KanukaUniversity of Alberta
2015Creso SáUniversity of Toronto
2014Not Awarded
2013Not Awarded
2012Not Awarded
2011Not Awarded
2010Not Awarded
2009Lesley AndresThe University of British Columbia
2008Not Awarded
2007Not Awarded
2006Lynn McAlpineMcGill University
2005Not Awarded
2004D. Randy GarrisonThe University of Calgary
2003Not Awarded
2002Not Awarded
2001Glen A. JonesOISE/University of Toronto
2000John S. LevinThe University of Arizona
1999Rodney A. Clifton &
Paul Grayson
The University of Manitoba
Akinson College/York University
1998Sandra AckerOISE/University of Toronto
1997Philip Abrami &
Gilles Nadeau
Concordia University
Universite de Moncton
1996A.B. McKillopCaleton University
1995Not Awarded
1994Janet DonaldMcGill University
1993Harry MurrayThe University of Western Ontario
1992Paul AxelrodYork University
1991Raymond PerryThe University of Manitoba
1990Michael SkolnikOISE/University of Toronto