Queen's prof receives prestigious IPAC Award for teaching excellence
Kathy Brock, a professor in the School of Policy Studies and the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University, is the recipient of the 2008 Pierre De Celles/IPAC Award for Excellence in Teaching Public Administration.
“Teaching and learning is not about dusty books or dry lectures but about the movement of ideas,” says Brock. “It is about eros and logos and a bit of pathos. And like the piles of books, it is a bit precarious and could topple at any time. But when you have caught the attention of the students, when their faces reveal their excitement as the ideas take hold, there is nothing more satisfying.”
“Professor Brock is a prolific researcher for whom students come first,” says Maria David-Evans, chair of the IPAC Endowment Fund, who presented the award during the Institute of Public Administration of Canada's 60th annual conference. “She is an exceptional teacher who is prized by her students, colleagues and the public sector community in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.”
Dr. Brock's research focuses on Canadian politics and government, intergovernmental relations, state-voluntary-private sector relations, citizen engagement and comparative Canada-US-Aboriginal governance. She is past director of Public Policy and Third Sector at Queen's School of Policy Studies.
Active in public affairs, Dr. Brock has advised the Joint Coordinating Committee of the Canada-Voluntary Sector initiative, the National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations, Transport Canada Global and Domestic Road Safety initiatives, the Manitoba Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and political parties. She is an associate editor of the journal Canadian Public Policy, and serves on many non-profit and advisory boards, and is also a frequent media commentator.
The award was created eight years ago to honour the memory of professor Pierre De Celles, former Director of the Ecole Nationale D'Administration Publique, and president-elect of IPAC at the time of his death in 2000. It was awarded during the Institute of Public Administration of Canada's 60th annual conference.
The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), founded in 1947, is a dynamic association of public servants, academics, and others interested in public administration. Rooted by its Regional Groups, it is membership-based, creating effective knowledge networks and leading public administration research in Canada and around the world.