CHA Prizes

CHA Prizes

As part of its mandate to promote and recognise excellence in historical research, the CHA awards a series of prizes. 


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The François-Xavier Garneau Medal

The François-Xavier Garneau Medal, awarded every five years, is the most prestigious of the CHA prizes. It honours an outstanding Canadian contribution to historical research.

The next competition will take place in 2020.

2015 – Winner

  • Bettina Bradbury

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The CHA Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History Prize (formerly known as the Sir John A. MacDonald Prize from 1977 to 2018)

The prize is given to the non-fiction work of Canadian history judged to have made the most significant contribution to an understanding of the Canadian past.

The prize is presented annually by the CHA. The first award was presented in 1977 by the CHA. Each year the recipient is announced at the Canadian Historical Association annual meeting at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Since 2009, the award has been presented at Rideau Hall by the Governor General of Canada.

2019 – Winner

  • Shirley Tillotson

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The Wallace K. Ferguson Prize

The Wallace K. Ferguson Prize recognises the outstanding scholarly book in a field of history other than Canadian history. 

2019 – Winner

  • Aidan Forth

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The Clio Prizes

These annual awards are given for meritorious publications or for exceptional contributions by individuals or organizations to regional history. 

2019 – Winner

  • Hamar Foster, Gerald Friesen, Steven High, Valerie Korinek, Daniel Marshall, Nicole Neatby, Patrick Mannion

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The Albert B. Corey Prize

The Albert B. Corey prize is jointly sponsored by the American Historical Association (AHA) and Canadian Historical Association (CHA) for the best book on the history of Canadian-American relations or the history of both countries. 

The prize will be awarded by the CHA in 2020.

2018 – Winner

  • Ann M. Little

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The John Bullen Prize

The John Bullen Prize honours the outstanding Ph.D. thesis on a historical topic submitted in a Canadian university.
 

2019 – Winner

  • Stephen Fielding

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The CHA Journal Prize ( The best article from #1 and #2 issues)

The CHA Journal Prize is awarded every year for the best essay published each year in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association. 

2018 – Winner

  • James Forbes

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The Jean-Marie Fecteau Prize

CHA Student Prize

The prize is awarded for the best article published in a peer-reviewed journal (including peer-reviewed student journals) by a PhD of MA-level student, in French or in English.

 

2019 – Winner

  • Edward Dunsworth

The CHA's Excellence in Teaching with Primary Sources Award

The Teaching and Learning Committee on the CHA Council is pleased to announce the inauguration of the CHA’s first annual Teaching Award

This annual prize seeks to recognize post-secondary instructors teaching in any geographical, thematic, or temporal field in historical studies who have a record of excellence in emphasizing student engagement with primary sources in their courses in effective, critical, sustained, and, possibly, innovative ways. Effective teaching about the question of primary sources and how people today should contend with them are the central aspects of this award. 

·      Our definition of “primary sources” should be understood in the broadest terms and includes visual, aural, verbal, material, digital, and memorized or remembered items.

·      This prize does not preclude the consideration of historiographical teaching (i.e./ approaching secondary and tertiary sources as primary sources).

·      This prize does not preclude, and indeed encourages, pedagogy that fosters critical approaches to historical empiricism and “the archive” as embroiled in past and present political struggles.

TWO (2) winners will be chosen, annually, for this prize: one in the category of “Early or Alternative Career” and the other in “Open Career State.” Winners will be announced at the 2020 CHA Annual Meeting (at the Annual CHA Prize Ceremonies). The deadline for nomination packages will 31 December 2019.  Nomination packages must be sent to teaching-enseignement@cha-shc.ca on or before the deadline.  For information about nomination package content and judging criteria, see below.

1) Early or Alternative Career Award

·      open to any post-secondary part-time or contract instructor, adjunct professor, or early career (0-5 year), untenured full-time instructor/professor who can

o   demonstrate excellence in teaching with primary sources across a minimum of THREE (3) courses (note: this includes the same course being taught three times, even if all three iterations happened in the same semester)

·      the courses do NOT have to be taught out of a history department but should feature an ongoing historical component to them

·      this category is not open to emeritus faculty

·      people can nominate themselves for this award or be nominated by a peer or department/unit chair 

·      nomination packages can be up to 15 pages long, exclusive of syllabi and the nomination cover page, and must be submitted as a single pdf file
  

Nomination packages may include (this list is not exhaustive or mandatory, just meant to offer examples):

·      a 500-word statement from the instructor outlining and explaining their approach to teaching with primary sources and the three courses (minimum) with which they are applying;

·      a letter of support from the department chair or other full-time faculty member in which the instructor has taught who has witnessed the instructor’s teaching with primary sources and can provide a detailed qualitative assessment of the instructor’s teaching effectiveness;

·      one or more course outlines/syllabi, complete with details of the number of people in the class, assigned readings, and the structure of assignments;

·      testimonies from students who were registered in one or more classes about the teaching effectiveness of the instructor, ideally focused on engagement with primary sources;

·      a detailed assignment from a syllabus that showcases primary source engagement and how this was assessed by the instructor;

·      a detailed lesson plan with a paragraph or more reflecting on the success of the plan

·      formal teaching evaluation reports, or information culled from them (note: this is not mandatory and the adjudicators will be made aware of the numerous critiques that exist about the validity of teaching evaluations)   

Adjudication criteria:

·      teaching how to be critical about primary source engagement

·      depth of focus on primary sources in specific sessions or with specific assignments

·      consistency of focus on primary sources throughout a course and/or throughout 3 courses

·      “focus on primary sources” can mean teaching about: “silences” in the archive, the range of sources available, where to find sources and how to work with them, historical or archival theory especially via specific primary source examples, and/or assignments that incorporate the critical use of primary sources

·      other criteria taken into consideration may include: ability to incorporate a focus on primary sources across a range of courses (i.e./ from low-enrollment seminars to high-enrollment survey courses); ability to teach about a range of types of sources; innovation (factoring in what this might mean for different types of courses); evidence of student satisfaction and teaching effectiveness; the incorporation of non-written, non-English, non-Western, non-modern sources in effective ways. 

Nomination packages can be up to 15 pages long, exclusive of syllabi and the nomination cover page, and must be submitted as a single pdf file. Packages should be emailed to teaching-enseignement@cha-shc.ca . The due date for packages to be received is 31 December 2019. Winners will be announced at the 2020 CHA Annual Meeting. 

2) Open Career State Awards

·      open to any post-secondary instructor (part-time, full-time, contingent, untenured, tenured, emeritus, et cetera) who can demonstrate

o   a record of excellence in teaching with primary sources across at least SEVEN (7) courses, of which THREE (3) have to be entirely different courses

§  team-taught courses can count and, in instances where teams have been teaching for FIVE (5) or more courses, teams can apply for this award

·      the courses do NOT have to be taught out of a history department but should feature an ongoing historical component to them

·      people can nominate themselves for this award or be nominated by a peer or department/unit chair. 

·      nomination packages can be up to 25 pages long, exclusive of syllabi and the nomination cover page, and must be submitted as a single pdf file

 

Nomination packages may include (this list is not exhaustive or mandatory, just meant to offer examples):

·      a 500-word statement from the instructor outlining and explaining their approach to teaching with primary sources and the courses with which they are applying;

·      up to two letters of support from full-time faculty members in the department in which the instructor has taught who have witnessed the instructor’s teaching with primary sources and can provide a detailed qualitative assessment of the instructor’s teaching effectiveness;

·      three or more course outlines/syllabi, complete with details of the number of people in the class, assigned readings, and the structure of assignments;

·      testimonies from students who were registered in one or more classes about the teaching effectiveness of the instructor, ideally focused on engagement with primary sources;

·      a detailed assignment from a syllabus that showcases primary source engagement and how this was assessed by the instructor;

·      a detailed lesson plan with a paragraph or more reflecting on the success of the plan

·      formal teaching evaluation reports, or information culled from them (note: this is not mandatory and the adjudicators will be made aware of the numerous critiques that exist about the validity of teaching evaluations)  

Adjudication criteria:

·      teaching how to be critical about primary source engagement

·      depth of focus on primary sources in specific sessions or with specific assignments

·      consistency of focus on primary sources throughout a course and/or throughout 7 courses

·      “focus on primary sources” can mean teaching about: “silences” in the archive, the range of sources available, where to find sources and how to work with them, historical or archival theory especially via specific primary source examples, and/or assignments that incorporate the critical use of primary sources

·      other criteria taken into consideration may include: ability to incorporate a focus on primary sources across a range of courses (i.e./ from low-enrollment seminars to high-enrollment survey courses); ability to teach about a range of types of sources; innovation (factoring in what this might mean for different types of courses); ability to teach about primary sources to different levels (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th-year, MA, PhD; taking into consideration how not all instructors have access to graduate teaching); evidence of student satisfaction and teaching effectiveness; the incorporation of non-written, non-English, non-Western, non-modern sources in effective ways. 

Nomination packages can be up to 25 pages long, exclusive of syllabi and the nomination cover page, and must be submitted as a single pdf file. Packages should be emailed to teaching-enseignement@cha-shc.ca. The due date for packages to be received is 15 November. For more information contact Danielle Kinsey, CHA Teaching Committee Chair.  Winners will be announced at the 2020 CHA Annual Meeting.

 

2020 – Winner

  • 2020

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

The medals were given to our present and past presidents in recognition of their significant contribution in advancing the study of history in Canada and their commitment to the CHA. Elected by their peers as president, thanks to their solid reputation, they have always served the best interests of the organization and its members.

 

2015 – Winner

  • Past CHA Presidents - Anciens présidents de la SHC

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The Aboriginal History Book Prize

The Aboriginal History Group, a committee affiliated with the Canadian Historical Association, is pleased to offer a prize for the best book in aboriginal history.

2019 – Winner

  • Mary Jane Logan McCallum & Adele Perry

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The Aboriginal History Best Article Prize

The Aboriginal History Group, a committee affiliated with the Canadian Historical Association, is pleased to offer a prize for the best article in aboriginal history.

2018 – Winner

  • Micah A. Pawling
    The Aboriginal History Best Article Prize

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The Canadian Committee on Women's History Book Prize

The CCWH Book Prize in Women's and Gender History is awarded every two years to the best book published in the field in the previous two years, in either English or French. Books in Canadian history are eligible for the prize. Books in other national fields are also eligible for the prize, provided that their authors live and work in Canada. 

2018 – Winner

  • Gail G. Campbell

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The Hilda Neatby Prize - English Article

The purpose of the Hilda Neatby Prize in Women's and Gender History, awarded since 1982 by the Canadian Committee in Women's History at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, is to encourage the publication of scholarly articles on women's and gender history. 

2019 – Winner

  • Karen Flynn

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The Hilda Neatby Prize - French Article

The purpose of the Hilda Neatby Prize in Women's and Gender History, awarded since 1982 by the Canadian Committee in Women's History at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, is to encourage the publication of scholarly articles on women's and gender history. 

2019 – Winner

  • Denyse Baillargeon, Josette Brun & Estelle Lebel

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Best Book in Political History Prize 

The prize is awarded for an outstanding, well-written book judged to have made an original, significant, and meritorious contribution to the field of Canadian political history.

2019 – Winner

  • Michael Dawson

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Political History Prize - Best Article (English Language)

The Political History Group (PHG), a committee affiliated with the Canadian Historical Association, is pleased to offer a prize for the best article in Canadian political history.

2018 – Winner

  • Eric M. Adams & Jordan Stanger-Ross

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Political History Prize - Best Article (French Language)

The Political History Group (PHG), a committee affiliated with the Canadian Historical Association, is pleased to offer a prize for the best article in Canadian political history.

2019 – Winner

  • Paul-Étienne Rainville

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Public History Prize

Public History Prize

The award recognizes work that achieves high standards of original research, scholarship, and presentation; brings an innovative public history contribution to its audience; and serves as a model for future work, advancing the field of public history in Canada.

2019 – Winner

  • Aanischaaukamikw, Cree Cultural Institute | Institut culturel cri

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The Eugene A. Forsey Prize

The Canadian Committee on Labour History is proud to award a prize for the best thesis on labour history.

2019 – Winner

  • Sean Antaya

The Eugene Forsey Undergraduate Prize

The Canadian Committee on Labour History is proud to award a prize for the best thesis on labour history written by undergratudate students.

2016 – Winner

  • Camille Blanchard-Séguin

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Best Article Prize in Labour History

The prize recognizes the best article in labour history.

2019 – Winner

  • Robert Tremblay

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The Neil Sutherland Article Prize

This award honours the pioneering work of Canadian historian Neil Sutherland in the history of children and youth by recognizing outstanding contributions to the field. The prize is given out on a biennial basis under the auspices of the History of Children and Youth Group of the Canadian Historical Association.

2018 – Winner

  • Mona Gleason

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Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism Article Prize

The CCMET Article Prize acknowledges scholarly articles and book chapters, in English and French, judged to have made an original, significant, and meritorious contribution to the historical study of migration and ethnicity. The winners receive a certificate of achievement and their names are published on the Canadian Historical Association website. A monetary award will be given, pending the results of the fundraising campaign. The prize will be awarded annually by the Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism of the Canadian Historical Association.

2019 – Winner

  • Laurie K. Bertram

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Prize for Best article on the history of Sexuality

The CCHS prize is designed to recognize excellence in and encourage the growth of scholarly work in the field of the history of sexuality in Canada.Prize for Best article on the history of Sexuality.

 

2018 – Winner

  • Mona Gleason

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The Canadian Oral History Association (COHA) Prize

The Canadian Oral History Association (COHA) Prize is awarded to an outstanding example of oral history practice.

2018 – Winner

  • Kristina R. Llewellyn & Nicholas Ng-A-Foo

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Media and Communication History Committee Prize

The Media and Communication History Article Prize was awarded to a graduate student. The committee that awarded the prize suspended its operations in 2019.

2016 – Winner

  • Laurie Laplanche

Business History Book Prize

The prize is awarded to the book that offers the best exploration of Canadian business history

2019 – Winner

  • Michael Stamm
    Best book in Business History Prize

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