Dr. Athena Madan, Prof. Enda Brophy, and Dr. Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins
After cancelling the CUFA BC 2021 Distinguished Academics Awards ceremony, we were able to celebrate the research successes of the award winners in an in-depth videography series. Join CUFA BC President Dr. Daniel Laitsch in conversation with the award winners as they discuss the outstanding scholarship and public policy contributions of the distinguished academics. Academics whose research and scholarly activity have made significant contributions to the non-academic community.
The CUFA BC Distinguished Academics Awards celebrate the ideas that contribute to the non-academic community and demonstrate the necessity and vitality of university-based research and scholarly activity.
Learn more about the winners of the CUFA BC 2021 Distinguished Academics Awards
2021 Early in Career Award
Dr. Athena Madan, Royal Roads University
This award recognizes the contributions to the non-academic community made by faculty members who are at an early point in their careers.
Dr. Athena Madan, Assistant Professor in the School of Humanitarian Studies at Royal Roads University, receives the Early in Career Award for her work on humanitarian medicine and intervention, and her commitment to the peace, justice, and development of strong global institutions. Dr. Madan demonstrates an exceptional record of social justice, meaningful engagement with marginalized communities, and humanitarian action. The Early in Career Award recognizes the contributions to the non-academic community made by faculty members who are at an early point in their academic careers.
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2021 Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award
Professor Enda Brophy, Simon Fraser University
Named after the president who created the Distinguished Academics Awards during his term, this award recognizes a specific and recent outstanding contribution to the community beyond the academy through research or other scholarly activity by an individual or group at any stage of their career.
Professor Enda Brophy, Associate Professor in the School of Communication and cross-appointed in Labour Studies at Simon Fraser University, receives the Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award. The award is named after the CUFA BC president who created the Distinguished Academics Awards series during his term and recognizes a specific and recent outstanding contribution to the community beyond the academy through research or other scholarly activity by an individual at any stage of their career. Professor Brophy’s research illuminates the complex dynamics of remote and precarious work, a topic that has gained increasing urgency during the pandemic. Professor Brophy co-produced a report with his students on the labour conditions and collective organizing among food delivery workers in Metro Vancouver during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report is the first of its kind and provides a richly nuanced analysis of Canadian legal cases, hiring policies, pay structures, media stories, and statistical data about the sector. The report sheds light on the vulnerability and precarity of gig workers in Canada who are often women, people of colour, and immigrants. It is a call to action to close the loopholes on the regulations of so-called independent contractors who are often excluded from labour protections and health and safety regulations.
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2021 Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award
Dr. Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins, University of Victoria
Named in memory of Dr. Paz Buttedahl – academic, community builder and faculty association leader – this award is for sustained outstanding contributions to the community beyond the academy through research or other scholarly activities by an individual or a group over the major portion of their career.
Dr. Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins, Professor and linguist at the University of Victoria, receives the Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award for her lifelong commitment to community-based language research, a methodology she introduced originally in a ground-breaking work. Community-based language research aims to advance the democratization of knowledge, social action and social change, and to shift power differentials in research by advocating that language research conducted in collaboration with outsider linguists must be carried out for, with and by the speakers of that language. Throughout her career, Dr. Czaykowska-Higgins’s research, service, outreach, and community engagement has supported the maintenance, revitalization, and reclamation of Indigenous languages. The Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award is named in memory of Dr. Paz Buttedahl – academic, community builder, and faculty association leader – and is awarded to a faculty member who has shown sustained outstanding contributions to the community beyond the academy through research or other scholarly activities by an individual over the major portion of their career.
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Recognizing the Nominees
Congratulations to the award recipients and nominees!