Gagnon Prize Application


Criteria for the Paul A. Gagnon Prize

K-12 History Teachers

  • Commitment to the idea that scholarship and teaching go together and that learning, especially for teachers, must be a lifetime dedication and a source of continuing exhilaration and joy.
  • Consistent commitment to the study of history and teaching it to students at the pre-collegiate level.
  • Publishing or presenting historical research that advances historical education and scholarship.
  • Continuing dedication to advancing historical knowledge and expertise through participation in historical seminars, workshops, and conferences.


Individuals or Groups Who
Promote History Education

  • Commitment to the idea that history education is an essential part of every citizens education and that every student, regardless of ability track, is owed the opportunity to learn U.S. and world history.
  • Consistent commitment to the study of history and teaching it to students at the pre-collegiate level.
  • Published work, presentations, or other work that argues for the importance of history education and significantly promotes and/or protects history education is schools.
  • Continuing dedication to advancement of history education as demonstrated through outstanding teaching performance, curriculum development, presentations at historical seminars, workshops, and conferences or any other endeavors that promote K-12 history education.


Significant Dates

  • December 2, 2022 - Completed applications and supporting materials must be received by the NCHE Office.
  • January 13, 2023 - Paul A. Gagnon Prize winner will be notified by the NCHE Office.
  • March 23-25, 2023 - The Paul A. Gagnon Prize will be awarded at the 2023 NCHE Conference.


2023 Paul A. Gagnon Prize

Winner Will Receive...
  • A plaque
  • A $1,000 cash prize
  • Complimentary registration for the 2023 & 2024 NCHE Conference
  • A presentation spot on the program at the 2024 NCHE Conference


Submission of Application Materials

  • A cover letter of not more than two pages indicating why the individual or group deserves the award (either self-nomination or nominating another).
  • A curriculum vitae including institution, teaching assignments, and contact information.
  • A narrative description of the program or project and an explanation of how it advanced the study of history at the pre-collegiate level.  Please include a copy of any presentations if applicable.
  • Three letters of support written by individuals familiar with the applicant's work, not more than two pages for each letter.