Call for Nominations for the 2024 Kernaghan Award for Excellence in Research – Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration

The Kenneth Kernaghan Award for Excellence in Research is for career achievement in research by a faculty member who is part of the Canadian publie administration community as evidenced by being appointed at a Canadian university or college program that is a member of CAPPA or
being a Canadian citizen appointed at a public administration or policy program outside Canada. The award honours the memory of Kenneth Kernaghan, a distinguished public administration researcher, especially in the area of ethics and values, who taught for many years at Brock University, and served as editor of Canadian Public Administration.


Directors of programs that are members of CAPPA are invited to nominate a faculty member in their program or a faculty member appointed in a public administration program outside Canada who is a Canadian citizen. Nominations should include 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.

Criteria for the Award

The three criteria for the award are productivity, quality of the research, and influence of the research. The criteria will be weighted equally. The nominator should apply these criteria taking into account the nominee’s area of research and the intellectual community or communities with which the nominee is affiliated.

Awards Committee

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee consisting of Professors Sandford Borins (Emeritus, University of Toronto), Chair; 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 should be emailed 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 awards committee intends to organize a session recognizing the recipient’s research, and the recipient will be invited to respond to other speakers.