CEA has a long track record for celebrating the incredible potential within Canadian research communities to contribute new perspectives on engaged leadership, engaged teaching and engaged learning. With the Whitworth and Pat Clifford Awards, CEA recognizes the work of innovative researchers from across the country for their scholarly contributions, their promise, and their commitment to breaking new ground, challenging existing ideas and revisiting commonly held assumptions in educational policy, practice or theory in Canada. It is my privilege to serve as Chair of the CEA Awards Selection Committee and to announce the 2013 call for submissions for our two awards that recognize researchers.
CEA’s Whitworth Award, first presented in 1967 and held by 49 researchers thus far, recognizes the impact of innovative and experienced Canadian researchers who have made a sustained and substantive contribution to educational research and practice over a period of time. The Whitworth Award was last presented in 2010 to Dr. Philip C. Abrami, Professor, Research Chair, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP) at Concordia University, for his sustained contribution to improving educational research and practice in schools. Canadian researchers who have made sustained, substantive and significant contributions to research, education and leadership over time in Canada are encouraged to apply for this award. The Whitworth Award is formal recognition of a researcher’s scholarly work and contributions, it provides additional networking opportunities with CEA, and comes with an invitation to submit a feature article about their program of research to Education Canada magazine.
The Pat Clifford Award, first presented in 2009 and held by five researchers thus far, recognizes the high quality work achieved by emerging researchers in Canada. The CEA Awards Selection Committee seeks applicants who demonstrate early career research and teaching promise, scholarly contributions and achievements, and commitment to charting new territory in education policy, practice or theory in Canada. As a classroom teacher and faculty researcher, Dr. Pat Clifford blurred the boundaries between pedagogy and research. Pat strongly believed that teaching was at the heart of research, and that research was at the heart of teaching. The Pat Clifford Award is an enduring commitment to sponsoring and mobilizing the work of new researchers whose ideas and scholarship will change education. In 2012, the CEA recognized the research contributions of Dr. Michelle Hogue, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the First Nations Transition Program at the University of Lethbridge. New researchers are encouraged to apply for this award, for the formal recognition and promotion of your scholarly work, for the networking opportunities and mobilization strategies with CEA, to maximize the impact of your work in practice, and for the invitation to submit a feature article about your research to Education Canada magazine. If you are in the process of completing a Masters or PhD OR have completed a Masters or PhD in the last 2 years, then you may qualify for this award.
Please note that the deadline for submissions for both awards is Thursday May 30, 2013 by 5:00pm EDT.