George Sulzner Award

The George Sulzner Award for Outstanding Service will be presented to a member of the association who has provided distinguished service to ACSUS. The award honors the career of Dr. George T. Sulzner, who exemplified the spirit of selfless service to ACSUS, Canadian Studies, and academia in his role as a mentor, administrator, officer, and patron for all of these causes and the people involved with them. This award recognizes the efforts of people who reflect that same spirit and whose contributions to ACSUS may not have been previously recognized but who have made a lasting contribution to the success of its mission.

Recipients will be members of ACSUS who have a record of substantial activity in support of the administrative, programmatic, advisory, and/or decision-making efforts of the association and its mission to advance the academic study of Canada. Eligible recipients also may be noted for conspicuous service to the cause of Canadian Studies in the United States that have not directly involved the activities of the association.

The award will be presented on a biannual basis through a process including nominations (by a member of the association) to the ACSUS Awards Committee, sent to Selected recipients will be chosen as a result of a recommendation of the ACSUS Awards Committee to the ACSUS President.

2023 Award

The 2023 George Sulzner Award recipient was Robert Timko, Professor Emeritus at Commonwealth-Mansfield University

Robert Timko is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Canadian Studies at Commonwealth-Manfield University. He has been active in Canadian Studies since 1992 with a special interest in Canadian Philosophy. Since 2017 he has served as a Volunteer Instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Temple University Center City, Philadelphia, where he teaches a variety of courses in Canadian society, culture, history and literature from a philosophical perspective. He served as President of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers and the Middle Atlantic and New England Council for Canadian Studies and has held Visiting Teaching and Research Professorships in Philosophy and Canadian Studies in Russia (Volgograd, Volzhsky, and St. Petersburg), Canada (Guelph and Fredericton), and the U.S. (Philadelphia). He has authored, and co-authored with Joan Whitman Hoff, several textbooks in philosophy which emphasize diverse and inclusive approaches to questions of identity, beliefs, and worldviews. He is an enthusiastic fan and devoted student of the Murdoch Mysteries.

2021 Award

The 2021 George Sulzner Award recipient was André Senecal, Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont