Christopher Knapper Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations now closed. 


In 2002, STLHE created this award to honour individuals who have, over their career, made significant contributions to teaching, learning and educational development in Canadian higher education. The first recipient, Christopher Knapper, was the founding president of STLHE and a member of the Society’s Board of Directors for 20 years.

Call for Nominations

  • The award is offered every two years and a call for nominations is circulated to all STLHE members usually in October of the year in question and posted to the STLHE and IDO listservs. Any member of the Society may make a nomination.
  • The nomination should comprise a brief of no more than three pages, which may include a summary of letters of support received from colleagues. Although additional material may be appended if necessary, the committee’s decision will be made primarily on the basis of the three-page summary.
  • Service to the Society will be an important factor considered by the Selection Committee.
  • Nominees will normally, but not necessarily, be a member of STLHE.

Selection Procedure

Nominations will be reviewed by a sub-committee appointed by the STLHE Board of Directors, comprising one past president of STLHE and three other members of the Board.

Nature of Award

The recipient of the award is invited to attend the June STLHE conference in the year they receive the award and the following year deliver the Award presentation at the conference and to make the special “Knapper Award” presentation. An honorium is provided to assist with travel expenses. In addition, the awardee is presented with the award itself and small gift and becomes a lifetime member of STLHE.

Past awardees

  • Christopher Knapper, 2002
  • Harry Murray, 2004
  • Bente Roed, 2006
  • Dale Roy, 2008
  • Gary Poole and Cynthia Weston, 2010
  • Alan Wright, 2013
  • Debra Dawson, 2016
  • Lynn Taylor, 2018


The completed nomination and supporting documentation should be submitted in a single PDF file, on or before 28 February 2020, through the STLHE depository

All applications received in the depository ( will be acknowledged upon receipt by an automated return email reply so applicants will know their submissions have been received.

If you do not receive an automated response—please contact the Awards Chair, Valerie Lopes,


Please address your questions regarding the Christopher Knapper Lifetime Achievement Award by email to