CACS Dissertation Award

The Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS) annually sponsors the CACS Dissertation Award for the best doctoral thesis in curriculum studies in Canada. The award is intended for students who defended dissertations at a Canadian university in the calendar year preceding the application deadline.


The winner of the CACS Dissertation Award will receive a plaque and $500 for expenses to attend the CACS Celebration at the CSSE Conference.


A panel of three experienced researchers in curriculum studies at Canadian universities, who are members of CACS, will adjudicate the submissions. General criteria are overall quality, substance, distinctiveness, and significance. Specifically, reviewers are seeking outstanding dissertations that:

  • demonstrate an original, sophisticated engagement with theory/practice
  • employ a high degree of creativity or critique, and preferably both;
  • provide evidence of a scholarly awareness of   the contribution and significance of the study to curriculum studies in Canada

Short-listed finalists will be asked to submit a full electronic version of their dissertation, including a copy of the signed and dated committee acceptance of the dissertation.

Submission Requirements

Interested applicants or their doctoral supervisors should submit the following, as three separate electronic files:

  1. A cover page providing the following information: applicant’s name; current address, phone and e-mail; the name of the university where the study was completed; the name of the supervisor(s) and the external examiner; and the defense date.
  2. An abstract of 500 words that briefly summarizes the research and highlights its originality and the significance of its contribution to curriculum studies in Canada.
  3. The dissertation’s table of contents accompanied by an excerpt from the dissertation of no more than 1000 words.  Submissions that exceed the word count will not be considered.

Incomplete submissions and hard copies will not be considered.


Applications should be received on 23 January 2017


Please send all applications electronically to:
Aparna Mishra Tarc
York University


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