Welcome to #CSSHE2021! Here’s a breakdown of Sunday May 30 at the conference:


8:30-16:00 – Greeting Table open
The greeting table will be hosted by a staff or volunteer from Congress and will be your go-to for questions and support navigating the online platform.

8:30-16:00 – CSSHE Lounge open
Network with colleagues and have those ‘hallway moments’! CSSHE leaders will facilitate networking and community building sessions throughout the day in the Lounge, so return here throughout the day to see who you can connect with!
Meet-up & Greeting – 10:15-10:45
Topic based networking and community building – 12:00-12:30 – Theories & Methods in Understanding Higher Education; Uncertainties, Challenges, and Visions for the Future; Community Engagement and Partnership; Facilitated by Rhonda Friesen, Booth University College & Vicki Squires, University of Saskatchewan
First time at CSSHE? – 15:30-16:00 – Facilitated by Jacqueline Beaulieu, University of Toronto & Kathleen Matheos, University of Manitoba

Paper Sessions

09.00-10.15 // A1: Global Perspectives on International Students (Live)
09.00-10.15 // A2: Community Engagement and Partnerships (Live)
09.00-10.15 // A3: Bridging Divides in Higher Education through Visual Research Methods (Simulive)
09.00-10.15 // A4: From Study to Industry: Partnerships, Politics, and Perspectives (Live)
09.00-10.15 // A5: Organizational Change, Restructuring, and Mission Shift (Live)

Flagship 1

10.45-12.00 // Flagship 1: Confronting Privilege in Internationalization of Higher Education during
COVID-19: What have we learned?

Fully open access. CSSHE/Congress delegates: Join from within Virtual Event Place. All others: Join at (Passcode: 173756)

Co-hosted by CSSHE & CIESC/SCECI. Supported by the Federation Interdisciplinary Fund. Session will be recorded and made available on the CSSHE website after the conference.

Discussant: Roopa Desai Trilokekar, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, York University.
Crain Soudier, Chief Executive Officer, Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa)
Christina W. Yao, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Higher Education & Student Affairs, Department of
Educational Leadership and Policies, University of South Carolina (USA)
Thashika Pillay, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University (Canada)

Paper Sessions

12.30-13.45 // B1: Advising and Administration as Process and Career (Live)
12.30-13.45 // B2: Pathways and Experiences of International Students (Live)
12.30-13.45 // B3: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Higher Education (Live)
12.30-13.45 // B4: Rech. francophone canadienne (1ère partie): Stratégies et Planification dans
les Institutions et les Systèmes (Live)
12.30-13.45 // B5: Navigating Leadership in Higher Education (Live)

14.15-15.30 // C1: Perspectives of Traditionally Underrepresented Students, Part 1: Inclusion and
Identity (Live)
14.15-15.30 // C2: Decision Making and Negotiation in Higher Education Politics and Policy (Live)
14.15-15.30 // C3: What’s Working? Evaluating Teaching, Learning, and Campus Services (Live)
14.15-15.30 // C4: Rech. francophone canadienne (2e partie) : Etudiant(e)s et Pedagogie:
Approches, Adaptation, et Satisfaction
14.15-15.30 // C5: Story-telling: Stories about Support, Care, and Community Building (Live)



Access all sessions directly through the online platform by clicking Programme/Auditorium in the CSSHE menu (Found under Association Hall A). Contact Congress using the live support function or email with any technical challenges!

Welcome to the 51st Annual CSSHE Conference

A warm welcome to all #CSSHE2021 presenters and attendees! The 51st Annual CSSHE Conference begins on May 30, 2021 and we are thrilled to welcome delegates from 74 institutions in 15 countries. This year’s conference features over 200 presentations from domestic and international delegates, graduate students, researchers and practitioners in higher education.

If you haven’t already, register for #CSSHE2021, and view the conference program. Follow us on Twitter for updates leading up to the conference!

CSSHE Presidential Session | May 31 | 2:15-3:30PM MST

Join CSSHE for the 2021 Presidential Session at the annual CSSHE conference: Experiential Learning and the Future of the Social Non-Profit Sector

May 31, 2021 2:15-3:30pm MST

View recording

Across Canada, non-profit social organizations have been at the forefront of the responses to both COVID-19 and racial injustices this past year. Community engaged learning, community-based learning and other forms of experiential learning explicitly designed to boost the capacity of the not-for-profit sector can also play a crucial role in an equitable pandemic recovery. This session highlights the funding, policy, and partnership opportunities for experiential learning and community campus engagement as part of the recovery efforts.

With speakers:
David Peacock, University of Alberta (Moderator)
Mike DeGagné, Indspire
Val Walker, Business Higher Education Roundtable
Andrea Dicks, Community Foundations Canada
Duncan Phillips, Mitacs
Chad Lubelsky, McConnell Foundation

Register for #CSSHE2021 Annual Conference today!

Looking Back/Looking Forward: CSSHE 50th Anniversary Webinar *UPDATED WITH REGISTRATION LINK

Celebrating 50 years of both the Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education (CSSHE) and the Canadian Journal of Higher Education (CJHE)

Thank you to the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development at the University of Manitoba for supporting this webinar.

Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 12-1.30pm EST


  • Roopa Desai Trilokekar, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, York University
  • Merli Tamtik, Associate Professor, Educational Administration, Foundations & Psychology, University of Manitoba


Sheila Brown is President Emerita of Mount Saint Vincent University, having served two terms as its 9th President. She continues to be actively involved in professional development programs for university leaders. She is a long time member of CSSHE, and served as a Board member 1996-2000, Vice-President 2000-01, President 2001-04 and Past President 2004-05. She was named Distinguished Member in 2006.

Dr. Kathleen Clarke is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she mainly teaches in the Master of Education – Student Affairs Field of Study. She graduated with her PhD in Higher Education from OISE/University of Toronto in 2019. Kathleen served as the Graduate Student Representative for the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education for three years (2014-2017), during which time she was the Local Area Coordinator for the annual conference at Brock (2014) and conference co-chair at the University of Ottawa (2015) and the University of Calgary (2016). She also regularly presents at the annual conference for the society on topics related to graduate education, students with disabilities, and students’ mental health.

Dr. Amira El Masri is the Director of the Center for Global Education and Internationalization at Sheridan. She’s been an active CSSHE member since 2013. She was a member of the CSSHE Conference Planning Committee for two consecutive years (2020 and 2021) and is currently an elected member of CSSHE Board of Directors. She was the winner of the  2020 CSSHE Geis Doctoral Dissertation Award for her doctoral dissertation “International education as policy: A discourse coalition framework analysis of the construction, context, and empowerment of Ontario’s international education storylines”.

Alexander (Sandy) Gregor, retired from the University of Manitoba as Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Division of Postsecondary Studies and Director of Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD). Currently, part of Senior College at the University of Toronto, as a Founding Fellow; and Editor of the Senior College Encyclopedia.

Was President CSSHE (1986-87) and  Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Higher Education in the 1990’s; and for a time CSSHE Executive Secretary, when the Society and Journal were administered through CHERD.

Glen A. Jones is professor of higher education and dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He was President of the CSSHE in 1996-97 and co-editor of the CJHE from 1997-1999. He received the CSSHE Research Award in 2001 and the Distinguished Member Award in 2011. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba in recognition of his contributions to the study of higher education in Canada.

Eric Lavigne is the Coordinator of Program Development at Université de l’Ontario français, the Editor of the French section of the Canadian Journal of Higher Education, and a lecturer in OISE’s Higher Education program. His research interests gravitate around higher education administration, organizational theory, and micropolitics.

CSSHE 2021: Letter to Members on Racial Injustice

Dear Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education members,

We hope that this finds you and those in your care all keeping well. On March 23, 2021, the CSSHE Board of Directors and CSSHE 2021 Conference Committee held a joint meeting to discuss the Black Canadian Studies Association’s (BCSA) decision to withdraw from Congress 2020 and 2021 (

We understand, respect, and support the decision of the BCSA to withdraw from Congress again this year. (Last year, the BCSA withdrew from Congress in protest against the structural racism of the response to the 2019 incident and the inequities that a virtual conference would present.) We also respectfully acknowledge and are grateful for the work of those individuals and societies who have decided to withdraw in solidarity.

In light of these developments and discussions, the CSSHE Board of Directors has chosen to continue engaging with Congress in order to contribute to change and hold our profession and societies accountable as an expression of our shared commitments and values. CSSHE will continue to critically reflect, and to action our values, to create a more just society. We respect the views shared and wish to highlight just a couple of our Society’s most recent commitments as follows:

We recognize that the intersection of structural racism and the pandemic, both in the effects on health as well as economic security, has disproportionately affected communities with large proportions of racialized people, as well as those who are economically disadvantaged. This year, the CSSHE Board of Directors, working through its committees:

We hope to continue this work and invite you to join us at our AGM and Awards Ceremony (Tuesday June 1, 2021, 10.45am-12.00pm Mountain Daylight Time), where we will take some time to reflect on the role that higher education has played in reinforcing systemic racism and how we can continue to address this in our profession and scholarship. In advance of that discussion, we invite you to read the Congress Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (AC-EDID) Report and Recommendations, Igniting Change and to sign the Charter on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization in the Social  Sciences and Humanities.

For those who are unable to attend or would prefer to share their ideas, questions, or critiques through other means, we invite you to email, video chat, or set up a time to talk by phone.

With gratitude,

CSSHE Board of Directors

View the CSSHE2021 Conference Committee’s response to the Federation for the Humanities and Social Science Igniting Change Report

Register for #CSSHE2021 by March 31 to win a University of Toronto Press higher education book!

Early bird registration for #CSSHE2021 Annual Conference ends on March 31. All early bird registrants will be entered into a draw to win their choice of a higher education publication from the University of Toronto Press.

Update your CSSHE membership & register for the conference here:

‘See’ you at #CSSHE2021!

Announcing #csshe2021 Flagship Events

Confronting Privilege in Internationalization of Higher Education during COVID-19:  What have we learned?
Sunday May 30, 2021 | 10:45am-12:00pm MST
Co-hosted by CSSHE & CIESC/SCECI

This session is directed towards a critical, multidisciplinary examination of current, normative internationalization policies in higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the interactions of these policies with mobilities of privilege. Internationalization has grown to be a high priority for higher education institutions in Canada, reflected in their strategic plans and policy documents. Yet, the pandemic has changed mobility across the globe, implicating internationalization engagments in HE. More than ever, Gorki’s reminder (2008) to international or intercultural educators is key, that “good intentions are not enough,” challenging us to question our practice if it does not first and foremost address issues of social reconstruction for equity and justice. In other words, he asks if without such questioning, we render “ourselves complicit to existing inequity and injustice”(p. 516). Institutions of higher education across the globe are at important cross-roads as they pivot, shift and remain steady during the COVID-19 pandemic. While on the one hand they are increasingly committed to international and intercultural education, and indigenizing their campuses, on the other they increasingly face pressures under neoliberal discourses to simplify, quantify and manage the increasing diversity on their campuses in a way that ensures institutional survival. These discourses have manifested in different ways during the pandemic – as mobility has shifted and online education dominated education this past year. Now there is more need than ever before to “slow down” and analyze the historical and socio-political power hierarchies that define and characterize international and intercultural relations, current discourses encourage expediency and managerialism that work towards ‘band-aid’ and ‘quick fix’ approaches, during the rush to keep education relevant during the pandemic.

Panel participants will address the theoretical and practical implications for challenging policies that have failed to incorporate critical pedagogical perspectives and will consider curricular concerns for the intersections of race, gender, class and ability in how internationalization is practiced in universities. They will critically analyse the discourses of internationalization and colonialism reflected in the practices of higher education institutions. As researchers operating from a position of care, inclusion, hope, and advocacy for an internationalism that dismantles socially-identified categories of difference and promotes equity and social justice, they will assist us in ‘interrogating’ internationalization at all levels of higher education institutions: governance (policy, administrative practices), curriculum and pedagogy, social relations (among students, staff, faculty, administrators and the wider community). 

The session is designed around an interactive session, focused on a question and discussion format between panelists and a discussant. The two questions guiding the session are: 1) What are the key moments in the year of the pandemic that open opportunities for institutional learning for practices that aim at equality and justice? 2) What’s at risk as institutions, faculty, students and community move forward in internationalization in the year ahead?


  • Crain Soudier, Chief Executive Officer, Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa)
  • Christina W. Yao, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Higher Education & Student Affairs, Department of Educational Leadership and Policies, University of South Carolina (USA)
  • Thashika Pillay, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University (Canada)

Discussant: Roopa Desai Trilokekar, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, York University.

Enabling Indigenous Scholarship in Canadian Higher Education
Monday May 31, 2021 | 10:45-12:00pm MST
Open event sponsored by the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education

Higher education has traditionally been seen as slow to adapt or even resistant to change. The dominant model of the higher education institution that can be found all over Canada has clear roots in the Anglo-European models that date back hundreds of years. As universities spread, so too did colonial ideas of how education should be organized and shared. The wealth of knowledge from Indigenous cultures and traditions that already existed on and about this land was excluded from the establishment of the Canadian higher education system. 

In today’s system, higher education institutions, operating as colonial institutions, still stand, stretching from Whitehorse to St John’s. And yet, while they might look the same from the outside, Indigenous wisdom and knowledge is beginning to transform higher education from within. 

This CSSHE flagship session will bring together Indigenous senior administrators and researchers, providing space for these leaders to share their stories and experiences and for participants to learn from them. The session aims to move beyond a deficit discourse that tends to package Indigenization and decolonization as buzzwords or merely jobs to be done towards focusing on the strengths of Indigenous research, knowledge, and worldviews, and how these strengths can rejuvenate Canadian higher education. The session will also provide a space to reflect on the paradoxes and difficulties of doing this within the existing structure of higher education, a key tension in the resurgence of Indigenous knowledges.

After a welcome by the moderator and introductions to each speaker, the speakers will be invited to share (whether through storytelling, a presentation with slides, through Q&A, or other format according to their preference) for 10-15 minutes each. This will be followed by audience interaction, facilitated by the moderator. This session is open to everyone, whether registered for Congress or not.

Moderator: Deborah Saucier, President and Vice-Chancellor of Vancouver Island University 
Frank Deer, Canada Research Chair & Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba 
Florence Glanfield, Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming & Research), University of Alberta (she/her)
Tosh Southwick, Independent Consultant and former Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation, Yukon University (she/her)

Renew Your CSSHE Membership

TO:  CSSHE Members

DATE:  March 1, 2021

FROM:  CSSHE Secretariat

SUBJECT:  2021 Membership renewal

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to invite you to renew your membership in the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education / Société canadienne pour l’étude de l’enseignement supérieur (CSSHE/SCÉES).

So why should you join, especially at a time when money for things like memberships is in short supply?

It is important for you to be a member of CSSHE because at 50 years old, CSSHE is the oldest and largest national organization of people who have a scholarly interest in higher education, and a national organization can thrive only to the extent it draws in as many people as possible.

As a member of CSSHE, you understand the importance of informed public debate and discussion about education. We in CSSHE believe that a vital academic community across the country is an important part of that debate. We believe that education in Canada needs more research and more thoughtful analysis. The scholarly community has a unique and important role in this process. As an example, last year, we hosted two webinars–one on higher education finance and the other on decolonization– both of which can be found here: And we have more planned for this year, which your membership will directly support!

There are many obstacles to the scholarly community’s playing this role.  We are few in number, scattered across a huge country. Provincial jurisdiction over education acts to push us apart. It is all too easy for us to work in our own communities, largely ignoring the larger national context.

CSSHE is one of the few links we have in thinking about education in a national context, and in learning from each other’s work. An organization of 300 people won’t overcome the problems, but through our common membership, our website, listserv, our various awards, and especially through our annual conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences we work to create a national presence in higher education. Information and registration to this year’s conference is at

CSSHE is an open and changing organization. Our members have very diverse interests and views.  Our meetings are friendly yet lively events, small enough to be personal but with much debate.  CSSHE helps create and maintain both important work linkages and valuable friendships. Issues of values, politics, leadership, curriculum, development, change, power, and philosophy are all part of our sphere of interest. 

We invite you to renew your involvement at  Meanwhile, if you have any questions or comments about CSSHE, please email or phone our Secretariat (Tim Howard [below]) or President (Michelle Nilson []).

On behalf of the Board, we hope you will become an active member of CSSHE.


DATE : 1er mars 2021

EXPÉDITEUR : Secrétariat de la SCÉES

OBJET : Renouvellement des adhésions 2021

Chers collègues,

Nous vous écrivons pour vous inviter à renouveler votre adhésion à la Société canadienne pour l’étude de l’enseignement supérieur (SCÉES).

La question se pose : pourquoi renouveler votre adhésion, surtout en cette période où l’argent pour des choses comme une cotisation se fait rare?

Il est important pour vous d’être membre de la SCÉES parce qu’à 50 ans, la SCÉES est le regroupement le plus ancien et le plus important de chercheurs et chercheuses qui s’intéressent à l’enseignement supérieur et parce qu’une organisation nationale ne peut se développer que dans la mesure où elle attire le plus grand nombre de personnes possible.

En tant que membre de la SCÉES, vous comprenez toute l’importance de discussions et de débats publics bien informés sur l’éducation. À la SCÉES, nous croyons qu’une communauté universitaire vivante à l’échelle du pays est un élément important de ces échanges. Nous croyons que le domaine de l’éducation au Canada a besoin de plus de recherches et d’analyses plus étoffées. La communauté universitaire a un rôle unique et important à jouer à cet égard. À titre d’exemple, nous avons organisé l’an dernier deux webinaires – l’un sur l’enseignement supérieur et l’autre sur la décolonisation – qui se trouvent à l’adresse suivante : https://SCÉ D’autres webinaires, soutenus directement par vos cotisations, sont planifiés pour cette année.

De nombreux obstacles empêchent la communauté universitaire de jouer son rôle. Nous sommes peu nombreux, dispersés dans un vaste pays. Les lois sur les compétences provinciales en matière d’éducation nous divisent. Il est trop facile pour nous de travailler dans nos propres collectivités, sans tenir compte du contexte national.

La SCÉES est l’un des rares liens que nous avons pour réfléchir à l’éducation dans un contexte national et pour apprendre de nos travaux respectifs. Une organisation de 300 personnes ne surmontera pas les problèmes, mais grâce à notre regroupement, à notre site Web, à notre liste de diffusion, aux divers prix que nous décernons et surtout à notre congrès annuel tenu dans le cadre du Congrès des sciences humaines, nous travaillons à créer une présence nationale dans l’enseignement supérieur. Vous trouverez des renseignements sur le congrès de cette année et sur la marche à suivre pour s’y inscrire au https://SCÉ

La SCÉES est une organisation ouverte et dynamique. Nos membres ont des intérêts et des points de vue très diversifiés. Nos réunions sont amicales mais animées; le nombre de participants est assez petit pour permettre des échanges personnels, mais avec beaucoup de débats. Nous aidons à créer et à maintenir des liens de travail importants et de précieuses amitiés. Les questions touchant aux valeurs, à la politique, au leadership, aux programmes d’études, au développement, au changement, au pouvoir et à la philosophie font toutes partie de notre sphère d’intérêt. 

Nous vous invitons à renouveler votre adhésion au Entre-temps, pour toute question ou tout commentaire au sujet de la SCÉES, veuillez envoyer un courriel ou téléphoner au secrétariat (Tim Howard [voir ci-dessous]) ou à la présidente (Michelle Nilson []).

Au nom du conseil d’administration, je formule le souhait que vous deveniez un membre actif de la SCÉES.


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Virtual Conference 2021: NEW Presentation, Networking & Delivery Formats

Thinking of attending CSSHE’s virtual conference this year? We’re proud to share new conference presentation, networking, and delivery formats to support your conference experience this year. Learn the lingo to read the Conference Program and schedule your #CSSHE2021:

Delivery Formats
Live: Just like it sounds! A live-streamed session. Interact with presenters in real time.
Simu-Live: “Simulated Live” sessions include a pre-recorded webinar and live Q&A with the presenter(s).
On-Demand: These sessions are pre-recorded and available to watch at any time.

Presentation Formats
Panel: A collection of three or four paper presentations organized around a connected theme. Panels are usually 75 minutes long and include time for Q&A, discussion, and feedback.
Roundtable: Roundtables offer an interactive space to exchange and share ideas and are typically used to discuss work in progress or topical issues. Roundtables last for 75 minutes in which up to four presenters discuss the selected issue and engage the audience in conversation.
Workshop: Workshops provide an opportunity for attendees to engage with and learn through training or professional development on a topic relevant to higher education.
Poster: A visual summary of a current or completed research/policy/practice project. Posters
will be exhibited electronically in a designated area of the CSSHE conference portal and will be
available to view throughout the conference.
Ignite: Five minute pre-recorded talks intended to stimulate the sharing of new and
exciting ideas about higher education in a short time period.
Storytelling: A deep dive into higher education topics or issues in a narrative format.
Ask Me Anything: Listen to experts answer questions about specific higher education topics.

Networking Formats
Networking Conversations: Highly participatory sessions organized around particular topics in higher education.
Hallway Moments: Casual networking during the transition time between sessions. Pop into the virtual hallway to connect with colleagues, meet the poster presenters, or share a virtual coffee.
Virtual Lounge: Open all day during the conference, the virtual lounge is another informal space to meet up with colleagues.

Thanks to Conference Organizers Emma Sabzalieva, Leping Mou, and the rest of the Conference Planning Committee for implementing these new formats for our virtual conference. Looking forward to seeing all attendees at #CSSHE2021! Registration is now open. Connect with us on Twitter @csshescees #csshe2021.

President’s Message 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Warm greetings for a joyous and peaceful new year! It is such an honour to serve as the 40th President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education. 2020 was a memorable year for the Society for many reasons. First, it marked the 50th anniversary of the Society, and while we hoped to celebrate in community at Western University, the COVID-19 pandemic made that impossible. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Journal of Higher Education, the official journal of the CSSHE. We look forward to celebrating both birthdays over the course of this year! Despite the challenges of 2020, CSSHE has been actively engaging community and continuing to highlight the expertise of our members; some highlights include:

Launch of our 5 year Strategic Plan: Developed 2020-2025 Strategic Plan based on a membership survey, an environmental scan, and community consultations. You can find the Strategic Plan document on our website, here: Strategic Plan 2020-2025

Two webinars: In lieu of the CSSHE Annual Conference and Congress, which were cancelled, CSSHE hosted two webinars, 

This debate addressed the perennial issue of higher education funding in context of factors such as shifting government policy, neoliberalism, internationalization and globalization, regional geographies, the use of parental and student profile and data for assessment and imbalances created by different funding models in light of equity and inclusion imperatives. It is intended to spark a debate on the funding of higher education from the perspectives of different stakeholder groups.


Pier-André Bouchard St-Amant, Professeur, École nationale d’administration publique – ENAP/ Associate Professor, National School of Public Administration, Montreal
Jerome Cranston, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Regina
Diedre A. Desmarais, Area Director of the Access and Aboriginal Focus Programs, University of Manitoba 
Catherine Dunne, President of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)
Panel Chair & Moderator: Christine Arnold, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Universities Canada states “Universities recognize the vital importance of a diversity of identity and thought, with room for a variety of ideas, geographies, cultures and views. While progress has been made over the past few decades, we recognize that there is more we can – and must – do to truly achieve inclusive excellence.” Our colonial history and continuing imperial legacies make the principles and goals of equity, diversity and inclusion a major challenge for our institutions, particularly where it matters most at the heart of our institutions, i.e. in our classrooms. This session will focus on policies and best practices to move forward our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and principles of indigenous education and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and more broadly to decolonizing the academy. 


Ena Dua, Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University. Author of the book “Equity Myth”. 
rosalind hampton, Assistant Professor, Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. New Book: Black Racialization and Resistance at an Elite University (2020)
Theresa Rajack-Talley, Vice Provost, Equity & Inclusion & Jasmine Walsh, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, Dalhousie University 
Vijay Ramjattan, Recent PhD Graduate, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Doctoral Dissertation: Working with an Accent: The Aesthetic Labour of International Teaching Assistants in Ontario Universities
Panel Chair & Moderator: Michelle Jean-Paul, PhD student at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.

Website updates: The 2020 Conference Committee identified several ways in which the website could be updated and would help members and non-members find resources that are on our website. Over the first month of 2021, you may notice several updates that have been taking place. If you have recommendations or suggestions to make that will improve way-finding or the information that we have available, please do let us know.   

Looking forward, CSSHE has begun to make changes that will help us accomplish the goals set out in the Strategic Plan, and in response to the pandemic and financial crisis. We invite you to participate in the following ways:

  • Ad-hoc committees: This fall and spring 2021, we have been working on the implementation phase of the Strategic Plan. We have developed the Communications, Partnerships and Collaborations, and the Membership and Funding ad-hoc committees to support the work of the standing committees, towards realizing the vision outlined in the strategic plan and supported by our membership. We invite your participation on these committees and the Awards Committee. To volunteer, please indicate your interest here:
  • 2021 Conference: This year’s conference will be hosted virtually at the University of Alberta. The Board voted to set the conference registration rate at $50 for all members, with a subsidized rate of $0 for those who are financially unable to pay.  There will also be three (3) Federation sponsored merit awards of $500 for graduate student participation in this year’s conference. Keep an eye on the conference website for further information. 
  • Webinar: In celebration of the 50th Anniversaries of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education and the Canadian Journal of Higher Education, we will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 6th,  â€œLooking Back – Looking Forward: Where did we begin and where are we now? 50 years of research and scholarship on Canadian higher education. What are the critical challenges we must address in moving forward?”  Information about this event will be forthcoming. 

Finally, the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education is a Registered Canadian Charitable Non-profit organization that is largely run by volunteers. We are proud of all that has been accomplished over the past 50 years as a Society and especially over this difficult past year. That said, we do have expenses related to an outdated infrastructure that is challenging for long term remote delivery of services, a secretariat that supports our membership services, and software that needs updating. We are partnering with the associations that are sharing out secretariat’s operating expenses to find grants and donations and hope to meet some of the needs in that way. Further, we are deeply committed to supporting the participation of graduate students, new professionals, precarious workers, and people from underrepresented backgrounds, and that commitment requires funding for bursaries, stipends, internships, and when safe again, travel. 

We appreciate  those who have donated in the past and again we invite you to make a charitable donation to the CSSHE and will gladly provide a tax receipt for any amount over $20. Your support will make a huge difference in the functioning of our society and the next generation of professionals in our field! If this year is not a good year for making a financial contribution, we invite you to continue your support through your membership, to consider us in your future plans, and to contribute your time and expertise, as you can. 

Michelle Nilson
CSSHE President, 2020-2021

CSSHE 2021 Call for Individual Submissions

The Stage 2 call for individual submissions to the CSSHE Annual Conference 2021 is now open. Submissions can be made until January 31, 2021 HERE. The formats which are open for submissions in Stage 2 are: individual paper for panel, individual contribution to roundtable, poster, ignite session, story-telling, ask-me-anything, and networking conversations. We encourage you to consider sharing your knowledge and expertise through one of the new formats being offered. Details of all the formats can be found in the call for proposals.

View the call for proposals: updated English/French versions

For those submitting an individual paper to a panel or wishing to contribute to a roundtable:
Please see attached the list of 21 panels and roundtables that were proposed during Stage 1/brought forward from 2020 and which are open to individual submissions in Stage 2. This list includes the call for proposals for each panel and roundtable as well as contact details for the organizers in case you want to ask them any questions ahead of making your submission. If your paper does not match any of the panels, use the option ‘Paper Presentation to Open Panel’ or ‘Roundtable Contribution to Open Roundtable’ in the submission form.

We remind you that by submitting a proposal, you agree to and understand the following:

  • Proposals can only be submitted once. Do not submit the same proposal to more than one track.
  • If you need help choosing the most appropriate track, please email the conference committee at
  • The submission should not have been previously published, nor should it be under consideration by another conference.
  • Each person may appear on the conference program as a presenter, chair, or discussant a maximum of two times.
  • All those featured on the conference program 1) must register for the CSSHE conference, 2) must have current CSSHE membership, and 2) must register for Congress.

In our effort to be inclusive and equitable, and not put up financial barriers to participating in CSSHE 2021, the conference registration fees have been set as follows:
Regular rate: $50
Subsidized rate: Free

When registering, you will be able to choose either the regular or subsidized rate as is appropriate to your circumstances. No additional documentation will be required.

We look forward to receiving your submission by January 31 at: