Best Dissertation Nominees must meet the following criteria to be considered for this Higher Education SIG Award:

  • Eligible dissertations must be filed within a 12-month period prior to the annual July 1st HESIG Awards Nomination Deadline (e.g., from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 for the 2010 HESIG Awards Nomination Deadline) and the student has achieved doctoral candidacy status in either an EdD or PhD program.
  • Eligible nominees do not have to be a member of CIES, nor enrolled in a CIES doctoral program.
  • Dissertations must be submitted in English.
  • Nominated dissertations must focus on international and comparative issues of higher education.
  • Dissertation can be of a conceptual or empirical nature, from any research paradigm that provides a unique contribution to developing scholarship in the field of international and comparative higher education, and show originality and rigor.
  • It is preferred that all nominees who make the final cut submit a paper based on their dissertation for the upcoming CIES national or regional conference.
  • Nomination can be made by (a) the student, (b) a CIES member, or (c) doctoral committee chair (even if that chair is not a member of CIES).
  • Dissertations submitted to other CIES award categories are ineligible.

Best Dissertation Award Recipients

  • 2010 Recipient: Christopher Collins, University of California, Los AngelesHigher Education and Knowledge for Nation-State Development: The Role of the World Bank and U.S. Universities in Poverty Reduction in the Developing World.
  • 2010 Recipient: Sheila Hsu-Ling Huang, University of Washington Professional Socialization of International Doctoral Students in Differing Disciplinary Contexts in the U.S.: A Mixed-Methods Study.
  • 2010 Recipient: Anne Katling Wong, University of Toronto Anesthesia in Thailand and Canada: A Comparative Case Study of Two Residency Training Programs.
  • 2011 Recipient: Cynthia K. Epperson, University of Missouri-St. LouisAn Analysis of the Community College Concept in the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.
  • 2011 Recipient: Jae-Eun Jon, University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesThe New Landscape of Korean Higher Education: Institutional and Personal Factors Influencing Intercultural Competence.
  • 2011 Recipient: Ran Zhang, Indiana UniversityConfrontation or Cooperation: Spaces of Action for Student Grievance in Chinese Universities.
  • 2012 Recipient: Enkhjargal Adiya, University of PittsburghGender Equity in Access to Higher Education in Mongolia.
  • 2012 Recipient: Jian Liu, University of TorontoExpansion and Equality of Opportunity in Access to Chinese Higher Education: A Cultural Perspective.
  • 2013 Recipient: Maia Chankseliani, Oxford UniversityMixed-Method Study of Higher Education Access in Georgia: Does Location Matter?
  • 2013 Honorable Mention Recipient: Yuhao Cen, Indiana UniversityGrowth as Product and as Process: Student Learning Outcomes Attained through College Experiences in China.
  • 2013 Honorable Mention Recipient: Mark Meehan, University of South CarolinaIslam, Modernity, and the Liminal Space Between: A Vertical Case Study of The Institute for Traditional Islamic Art and Architecture, Amman, Jordan.
  • 2014 Recipient: Lukas Graf, Freie Universität Berlin and Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für SozialforschungThe Hybridization of Vocational Training and Higher Education in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
  • 2014 Honorable Mention Recipient: Gerardo Blanco Ramírez, University of Massachusetts at AmherstQuality by Association Across North-South Divides: United States Accreditation of Mexican Institutions of Higher Education.
  • 2014 Honorable Mention Recipient: Eun Kyung Lee, University of PittsburghHigher Education Expansion and Economic Growth in Japan and South Korea.
  • 2014 Honorable Mention Recipient: Julian Weinrib, University of TorontoSouth-South-North Research Partnerships: A Transformative Development Modality?
  • 2015 1st Place Recipient: Jack Lee, University of TorontoEducation Hubs in the Making: Policy Rationales and International Relations.
  • 2015 2nd Place Recipient: Rebecca Schendel, University College LondonA Critical Missing Element: Critical Thinking at Rwanda’s Public Universities and the Implications for Higher Education Reform.
  • 2015 Honorable Mention Recipient: Stephanie K. Kim, University of California, Los AngelesAn International College in South Korea as a Third Space between Korean and US Models of Higher Education.
  • 2016 Recipient: Cynthia Toms, Azusa Pacific UniversityGlobal Development Through International Volunteerism and Service Learning: Who’s Saving Whom?.