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Canadian Association for University Continuing Education

Awards & Honors

Program and Marketing Awards

An annual competition is held to recognize innovation and excellence for both marketing materials and program development in a number of categories.

Research Awards (scroll down for more information)

Marketing Awards

Program Awards

Honorary Membership

CAUCE has a distinguished record of honoring outstanding colleagues for their contributions to University Continuing Education in Canada, by awarding them Honorary Member status. Thus far we have recognized 62 distinguished adult educators. The honor is generally awarded at the conclusion of an individual’s career in University Continuing Education, and is intended for those who have served the objectives of CAUCE in outstanding fashion. It is meant to honor someone whose work has had a positive impact, not only at the local level but at a national or international level as well. If this describes someone you know, then you are encouraged to nominate this individual for Honorary Membership in CAUCE.

Nominations shall summarize the reasons for the nomination and include biographical data and an outline of the nominee's contribution to continuing education generally and to the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education more specifically. Please feel free to include a curriculum vitae or any other supplementary information to enable the nominations committee to thoughtfully assess the merit of the nomination.

The CAUCE Executive will decide on an appropriate recipient(s) at its February meeting and will advise both the nominee and nominator shortly thereafter. If your nominee is selected for this award, you’ll be asked to prepare a citation to read at this year’s conference banquet in Winnipeg.

In addition to peer recognition, honorary members may attend the CAUCE conference and AGM at a special registration fee.

The deadline for nomination for honorary membership is February 13, 2015. 

Nomination Form (Word Document)

CAUCE Honorary Members

(Alphabetical Listing)



Armitt, Angela (1984)*

Mayer, Denis (2014)

Baker, Harold R. (1994)*

Morris, John (2000)

Baskett, H.K. (Morris) (1997)

Moss, Gwenna, (2002)

Bérube, Rhéal (1982)

Murray, Jim (1987)

Blaney, Jack (1985)

Myers, Doug (2002)

Brack, Robert E. (Bob) (1993)*

Nance, Margit (2002)

Campbell, Duncan D. (1984)*

Nesbit, Tom (2012)

Chapman, R.S. (1984)*

Orris, Milton (1994)

Clements, Ken (1997)*

Pappert, E. (1977)*

Croft, Marian (1996)

Parker, Tom (1979)*

Curran, H.W. (1973)*

Potvin, Douglas J. (1990)*

Fearns, H.H. (1960)*

Radway, Ken (2013)

Foth, Dennis (2009)

Roberts, Hayden (1988)*

Gray, Virgina (2008)*

Schenk, Dale (2006)

Guinsburg, Tom (1993)

Selman, Gordon (1979)

Hamilton, Bruce (1991)

Sharpe, Jim (2005)

Healey, Kathleen (1977)

Siegle, Peter (1960)*

Hoegg, Jo Lynne (2001)

Sim, Alex (1990)*

Hutton, Jane (2009)

Skanes, Graham (2005)

Kennedy, Joyce Deveau (2002)*

Sloane-Seale, Atlanta (2013)

Kidd, J. Roby (1960)*

Stearn, C.H. (1960)*

Kulich, Jindra (1993)*

Thayer Scott, Jacquelyn (2000)

Lafreniére, Gérard (1982)

Thompson Gordon (2007)

Lamble, Wayne (2005)

Tweedie, A.S.R. (1975)*

Landstrom, Margaret (2004)

Uegama, Walter (2001)

Lockwood, Charles (1985)

Varsava, Anu (2014)

Lumpkin, Ramona (2000)

Waldron, Mark (1991)

MacDonald, Mairi (1991)

Waugh, Alex, (2001)

MacIntosh, Norma (2013)

Whale, W. Brock (1990)

MacNeil, Teresa (1998)

Whalen, Doreen, (2006)

Maine, Floyd (1962)*

Wolfe, Bert (2000)

Marrocco, Mimi (2013)

Woods, Gail (2003)


Journal Award 

This award recognizes excellence in an item in the Article, Forum, or Reports of Practice categories in the Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education published in the calendar year preceding the Annual General Meeting.  President elect should remind the Editor of the Journal of his or her responsibility for setting up and chairing, in a non-voting capacity, a three-person adjudication committee (with bilingual judging capacity as necessary), whose activities will include review of criteria if warranted.  It may be determined that no award be given in a particular year.

The committee should be formed by February of each year so that the work may be done in March and April.  The winner(s), if any, should be selected by mid-April and advised immediately by the Journal editor so they can plan to attend the Awards Luncheon held during the Annual Conference.  In addition, the Journal Editor should advise the President-Elect of the decision, and send the names of the winner(s), the full title of the article(s) and comments from the adjudication committee to the member of the Executive Committee holding the Awards Committee Liaison portfolio, for inclusion in the Awards Luncheon program.  The President Elect should ensure that an award certificate is prepared for the winner and that the Journal Award is presented at the Awards Luncheon.  

The winner of the 2014 Journal Award is Erika Smith, PhD Candidate, University of Alberta

Are adult educators and learners 'digital immigrants'? Examining the evidence and impacts for continuing education

Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education/Vol. 39, No 1 (2013) Revue Canadienne de L’Éducation Permanente Universitaire / Vol. 39, No 1 (2013).

The Award Of Recognition

Since 1988 CAUCE has acknowledged individuals and/or organizations who have made significant contributions to University Continuing Education, even though they were not directly or professionally involved in this field.

While this award of recognition is only made to outstanding individuals, it is not given on a yearly basis but only when an outstanding nominee is submitted and felt to be outstanding by the Executive of CAUCE. Award recipients are selected for their sustained and major contribution to the enterprise of Continuing Education through their role in communicating and championing University Continuing Education to the wider community, their support and resources to a Continuing Education Unit, or to lifelong learning projects, their leadership in adult education causes, including contributing to policy or decision-making, and promoting the recognition of the importance of Continuing Education within the University community.

Nominations may only be received from Institutional Members of CAUCE. While there is no prescribed nomination form, you are asked to build the case for a nominee that clearly articulates and documents their outstanding contribution. The deadline for nominations is normally mid-February with the call for nominations going out in early January. 

The deadline for 2015 nominations is February 13, 2015.

Year Recipient Nominated by
2014 Paul Bélanger Université de Montréal
2010  A. Maxwell House Memorial University of Newfoundland
2004 G. Raymond Chang Ryerson University
1988 Lloyd Shaw Dalhousie University
1989 Walter Pitman Ryerson Polytechnical Institute
1990 Donner Canadian Foundation Simon Fraser University
1991 Michèlle Jean Dalhousie University and Saint Francis Xavier University
1996 Frank McKenna University of New Brunswick



CAUCE Research Awards

The CAUCE Research Awards recognizes both graduate student research and individuals who have made a sustained contribution to research.

Graduate Student Research Award
The purpose of the award is to recognize a graduate thesis or dissertation that makes a distinct contribution to Canadian-based university continuing education and/or adult education.

Submissions are invited from individuals attending Canadian universities or Canadians attending universities outside of Canada. In order to be eligible, the thesis or dissertation must have been successfully completed (defended) within two calendar years prior to the award application. Theses previously submitted to CAUCE for this award are not eligible for consideration.

The following criteria will be used in evaluating submissions:

  • centrality and relevance of the topic to university continuing education;
  • clarity of the thesis statement;
  • strength and coherence of the findings/conclusion;
  • effectiveness of the organization and style of the presentation.

Applicants must submit:

  1. a 500-word statement indicating the relevance of the research to university continuing education;
  2. a copy of the dissertation or thesis;
  3. at least two supporting letters.


Graduate Student Research Award Winners


Janice Cruise, University of Saskatchewan


Heather McRae, University of Victoria


Brian Campbell, University of Regina


Lorraine Carter, Laurentian University


Dirk Morrison, University of Saskatchewan


Nancy Petersen, Simon Fraser University


Francois Ruph, Université du Québec


Janice Landry, St. Francis Xavier University

Distinguished Researcher Award
The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual who has made a long-term, sustained contribution to research into university continuing education and/or adult education in Canada.

Nomination Process:
In the case of each award, individuals from CAUCE member institutions may nominate their peers. The nomination should describe the contribution made by the nominee to the field and provide a rationale of why the person is a deserving winner of the award.

Application for research awards are due to the CAUCE Secretariat via email no later than March 15, 2015.

Please submit your application to:

CAUCE Secretariat, c/o Centre for Continuing and Distance Education, 464-221 Cumberland Avenue North, Saskatoon SK  S7N 1M3, Phone: 306-966-5604, Fax: 306-966-5590, Email:


Distinguished Researcher Award Winners


Lorraine Carter, Nipissing University
Vernon Curran, Memorial University of Newfoundland


Tom Nesbit, Simon Fraser University


Scott McLean, University of Calgary


Randy Garrison, University of Calgary


Gordon Thompson, University of Saskatchewan


Earl Misanchuk, University of Saskatchewan

The same general procedures as described for the awarding of research projects will be used in relation to submissions made for the research awards given out at the annual conference. For complete details, please visit the Research Fund webpage.