There are moments that mark a career. Today was one of those moments. At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE), the society conferred their 2020 Research and Scholarship Award on me.
I am excited by this for three reasons:
- It recognizes and celebrates academic integrity as a field of research that is important in Canadian higher education. This energizes me a lot! I have heard over and over and over again that academic integrity is not research field, even though there are journals and conferences dedicated to it and there is quite an active research community outside Canada. Awards such as this recognize the importance of researching this area.
- I get to follow in the footsteps of a selected few researchers who have won awards for their work on academic integrity, most notably, Julia Christensen Hughes, who together with the late Don McCabe, won the Canadian Journal of Higher Education (CJHE) Sheffield Award for their 2006 seminal article Academic Misconduct within Higher Education in Canada.
- Although I have been a member of CSSHE for a few years and have presented at their conferences, I am just a regular member of the society. The award was conferred by my scholarly peers, but not my “cronies”. In fact, there were some members of the executive I met today for the first time. Unlike some societies where members of the adjudication committee give awards to their friends or their own students, the society based their selection on the quality of my research portfolio. To me, this speaks volumes about the integrity of the award and the internal ethics of the organization.
This was a particularly meaningful year to receive this award, as the society celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. I am truly grateful for this award and I look forward to living up to its reputation.
Hearty congratulations to the recipients of the other awards conferred this year, too. I have included a screen shot of the slide presented at the AGAM today showing the names of all of the award recipients.
Thank you, CSSHE!
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Sarah Elaine Eaton, PhD, is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, and the Educational Leader in Residence, Academic Integrity, University of Calgary, Canada. Opinions are my own and do not represent those of the University of Calgary.