CASEA Thomas B. Greenfield Dissertation Award

The Thomas B. Greenfield Dissertation Award is presented annually by CASEA to the author of the best doctoral dissertation in educational administration and leadership completed in a Canadian university during the previous year.  The purpose of the award is to encourage superior research and writing by doctoral candidates in educational administration and leadership. Award recipients are announced at the Annual General Meeting and the award is normally presented at the annual banquet.


Dissertations will be reviewed for:

  1. Significance of the challenge/research problem;
  2. Justification of research design, including where appropriate methodology, theoretical and/or conceptual framework, and methods;
  3. Appropriate command of relevant strands of literature;
  4. Potential contribution to educational administration scholarship and/or practice;
  5. Excellence in presentation (e.g., clarity of writing, error-free).

The Greenfield Award Committee will select the winning dissertation by the end of March each year. The committee chair will notify the recipient’s supervisor and the CASEA program chair. In the event that there are 10 or more nominations, the selection committee will shortlist three dissertations based on the nominees’ summary and supervisors’ letters.


Eligibility: Each nominated dissertation must have been successfully defended by the doctoral candidate during the previous calendar year, or the degree must have been awarded during that period.  Either the supervisor or the student must be CASEA members in good standing at the time of the nomination.

Submissions: English and French language submissions will be accepted.  In each year, the award committee will accept and consider submissions from no more than two candidates from the same university.


Recipients of the Thomas B. Greenfield Dissertation Award will receive a certificate of recognition and one year’s paid membership in CASEA. They will also be invited to present their research at the annual CASEA conference.

Submission Requirements

Nominations will be accepted only from the doctoral candidate’s supervisor or co-supervisor. Each nomination package should be e-mailed to the chair of the Thomas B. Greenfield Dissertation Award Committee.

A nomination package MUST include the following:

  1. Nomination letter by supervisor or co-supervisor. The letter must provide:
    1. Name and contact information for the nominee, and
    2. A one-page summary addressing the Selection Criteria (see below) to demonstrate why the dissertation merits consideration for the award.
  2. The nominee’s summary (maximum 10 pages excluding references) of the dissertation outlining:
    1. The purpose of the study and its significance/originality;
    2. Methodology (including justification and explanation of theoretical and/or conceptual framework) and method where appropriate;
    3. The contribution to scholarship and/or practice in educational administration.
  3. An electronic copy of the dissertation.


Third Monday in January


Send electronic documents to:

Dr. David Young
St. Francis Xavier University


Continue in | Continuer en