Call for nominations for 2024 DeCelles Award for Excellence in Teaching Public Administration – Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration

The Pierre DeCelles Award for Excellence in Teaching Public Administration is aimed at excellent mid- or late-career post-secondary teachers in the field of public administration and recognizes the outstanding skill, accomplishment, innovation, and commitment of an exceptionally creative and effective teacher who is worthy of emulation. The award honours the memory of Professor Pierre DeCelles, who taught for many years at the École nationale d’administration publique, was recognized for his teaching there, and was ENAP’s Director General.


Directors of programs that are members of CAPPA were invited to nominate a faculty member in their program by providing a letter about how the nominee meets the criteria for the award, the nominee’s most recent curriculum vitae, and any other materials that are supportive of the nomination, such as a maximum of three letters of support, and/or student evaluations.

Criteria for the Award

Criteria for the award include quality of the nominee’s own teaching; the diversity of the nominee’s teaching, for example with different types and levels of students; innovation in teaching; and contribution to the overall educational experience in the nominee’s department, faculty, or university. The nominator should apply these criteria taking into account the program(s) with which the nominee is affiliated.

Awards Committee

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee consisting of Professors Sandford Borins (Emeritus, University of Toronto), Susan Phillips (Carleton University), and Audrey L’Espérance (École nationale d’administration publique). Questions about the criteria or process should be addressed to Professor Borins.

Deadline and Submission of Nominations

The deadline for submission of nominations is 12 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2024. Nomination materials were to be sent by email in one PDF file to,, and

Announcement of Recipient

The awards committee intends to announce the recipient of the award by Monday, March 18.


The recipient of the award will receive a certificate at the 2024 CAPPA Annual Conference at Dalhousie University on May 22 – 24, 2024, either in-person or online. The recipient will be invited to respond to the presentation of the award by discussing their pedagogy.