In 1990 CAUT established the Sarah Shorten Award: "to recognize outstanding achievements in the promotion of the advancement of women in Canadian universities and colleges" in memory of the late UWO feminist faculty member who had served as President of each of: UWOFA, OCUFA
and CAUT, as well as three terms as President of the Women's Caucus.
A winner of the prestigious OCUFA
teaching award in 1976, he held his final seminar in the course on satire that he was giving in the Department of English at Carleton University in March 2007 just before the onset of his last illness, and he even managed to prepare the course's examination and a marking scheme for it before he died on 7 April.
He is an excellent teacher, having won the Lakehead University Distinguished Instructor Award (1995), the OCUFA
Teaching Award (1995), and the 3M Teaching Fellowship (1996).