Distinguished Award Recipients - 2019

Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Theodore Christou

The purpose of the Distinguished Service Award is to honour CAFE members whose dedication and commitment has made a significant contribution to both the mission of CAFE in promoting the Foundations of Education, as well as service to the members of CAFE in support of our Association. This year’s award recipient is Dr. Theodore Christou, currently Associate Professor at Queen’s University, who was nominated by PhD student Jackson Pind. The nomination package  highlighted Dr. Christou’s advocacy for the Foundations at local, national, and international venues; his establishment of a mandatory course in his university; and his writing of articles in multiple venues, ranging from Macleans and the National Post to CTV news. Dr. Christou is well published in the Foundations, specifically The Foundations in Teacher Education through CATE, and as journal editor for the Canadian Journal of Education. He has also served in every single executive position within CAFE, including being the first grad student representative and now as past president. The review committee was compelled by the exceptional nomination package, and commented that “Dr. Christou has been a consistent, vocal advocate for CAFE and for the work of Education Foundations in his faculty, professional societies, the public realm, and certainly at our national conferences." Moreover Dr. Christou’s publications are a testament to his devotion to both the history and philosophy of education. It is a very impressive list indeed. Dr. Christou, we are pleased to present this year’s Distinguished Service Award to you.

Canadian Association of Foundations in Education (CAFE) Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award

Dr. Helen Raptis

The purpose of the CAFE Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award is to honour CAFE members whose dedication and commitment to excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate advising or mentorship has made a significant contribution to the professional growth of students working in the area of Educational Foundations. This year’s award recipient is Dr. Helen Raptis who was nominated by Ms. Alison Brophey and Dr. Shailoo Bedie. The nomination package highlighted aspects of outstanding advising and mentoring that Dr. Raptis has undertaken, and was supported by numerous letters and testimonials from former students who noted her commitment to human relationships and academic excellence, amidst complex institutional structures.The review committee was compelled by the strength of the nomination package, which made a solid case for her meritorious work in advising and mentoring students above and beyond expectations. The reviewers noted that Dr. Raptis meets and exceeds all criterion for this award! Dr. Raptis, we are pleased to present this years Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award to you.


The Canadian Association of Foundations of Education (CAFE) Publication Award for a Single or Co-authored Journal Article

Mr. Scott Pollock and Dr. Marie-Hélène Brunet - "When it became equal”: How Historical Consciousness and Theories of Agency Can Explain Female Students’ Conceptions of Feminism (2018)

The purpose of this award is to recognize peer-reviewed articles that have made a major contribution to knowledge in the disciplines that fall under the rubric of the Foundations of Education, and contribute to educational theory in the social sciences and humanities.

There were many worthy nominations for this award for journal articles published between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2018. The Committee for the publication award recognized the level of difficulty at arriving at one recipient with such thoughtful submissions this year.

The recipients of this award for 2019 are Mr. Scott Pollock and Dr. Marie-Hélène Brunet,

for their co-authored journal article published in Canadian Social Studies in 2018, entitled

“When it became equal”: How Historical Consciousness and Theories of Agency can

Explain Female Students’ Conceptions of Feminism.

E. Lisa Panayotidis Dissertation Award in the Foundations of Education

Dr. Pamela Rogers

The Lisa Panoyitidis Dissertation Award is presented as a legacy to E. Lisa Panayotidis, who did so much to promote the Foundations of Education in Canada (in particular, the study of educational history). This award honours a doctoral graduate whose dissertation improves educational processes in the study of Educational Foundations, or adds to the field’s body of knowledge. This year’s recipient is Dr. Pamela Rogers for her dissertation entitled: Tracing Neoliberal Governmentality in Education: Disentangling Economic Crises, Accountability and the Disappearance of Social Studies. This dissertation was nominated by her thesis supervisor, Dr. Tim Stanley, who shared important observations from the dissertation examining committee. Dr Stanley notes that they found this work impressive, original, and exceptional in methodology, as well as engagement with theory. Our CAFE Dissertation Award Committee concurred, and I share the following brief comments: "This is an original piece of work that is based on extensive research. The author displays an impressive and inclusive grasp of Foucault’s theoretical frame and uses this as the foundation for an equally impressive synthesis of the literature on governmentality. Using a combination of critical discourse policy analysis and interviews/focus groups, the work demonstrates how ‘subjects’, and bodies of knowledge, were disciplined and constrained through the education policy-making process in Nova Scotia between 1994-2016." In the final analysis, this dissertation reflects much obviously sincere hard work, with a wide range of data, to compose a convincingly deep and especially readable document. Dr. Rogers is certainly a praiseworthy candidate for this award. In my view this dissertation should be widely read and cited. It is a credit to the disciplines in which Dr. Rogers writes, and to the field of Educational Foundations generally.

Masters Thesis Recognition Award

Natalie Romanow, MEd

The purpose of the CAFE Outstanding Master’s Thesis Recognition Award is to acknowledge exceptional research accomplishments of recent master graduates in the Foundations of Education. This recipient of this year’s award is Ms. Natalie Romanow for her thesis entitled:

Confidence in Crisis: An Investigation of Educational Strategies in a Crisis-defined System. Ms. Rominow was nominated by her supervisor Dr. Lauren Bialystok, who states Ms. Romanow provides a deft analysis of the development of EQAO and standardized testing in Ontario and its convergence with “crisis” discourses of educational systems concerning students’ “mental health” and falling rankings, resulting in conflicting stories about the aims of education and the role of the individual learner in ameliorating outcomes. As Dr. Bialystock states: “I believe this is an excellent thesis and a highly successful exercise in applying educational theory to policy and practice. The committee reviewers agreed that Ms. Romanow’s thesis is indeed meritorious and very worthy of recognition by CAFE. Natalie's Master of Education degree was conferred by the University of Toronto.

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