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LSA Annual Staff Achievement Awards Program


DEADLINE: The nomination questionnaire must be received no later than January 31, 2017.  Letters of support will be requested for the top candidates in each category, and will be due by March 10, 2017.

The College of Literature, Science and the Arts established the annual Staff Achievement Awards Program in order to recognize exceptional staff contributions to the success of the College. The program provides LSA with another opportunity to thank staff for the valuable work performed throughout the year.  In celebration of the University’s Bicentennial Year, the College has expanded and revised the portfolio of achievement-based awards.

Awarded at the College level, the Kay Beattie Distinguished Service Award and the Outstanding Team Award remain unchanged for this nomination cycle.  Another College level award, the Robin Sarris Outstanding Employee Award will now highlight an outstanding supervisory employee in the College, and has been renamed the Robin Sarris Outstanding Supervisor Award.  Award recipients receive a framed certificate as well as recognition at the LSA Spring Fling/Staff Achievement Event.  In addition, a monetary prize of $1,000 is distributed to each individual winner.  The team award will vary based on team size. 

The Outstanding Individual Employee Award will now focus on recognizing outstanding contributions by a non-supervisory staff member.  The new Rising Star Award is designed to reward an up and coming LSA employee with less than three years of service in the College.  Both of these awards will be awarded by Division (Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, Undergraduate Education, and the Dean’s Office).  In other words, each division will be able to identify an Outstanding Individual Employee Award winner and Rising Star Award winner such that there could be a total of 10 awardees from across divisions.  Award recipients receive a framed certificate as well as recognition at the LSA Spring Fling/Staff Achievement Event.  In addition, a monetary prize of $500 is distributed to each individual winner. 

The five awards are described in greater detail below.

Robin Sarris Outstanding Supervisor Award

Robin Sarris retired from the LSA Dean’s Office in 2015, after over 30 years of service to the University. This award was renamed after Robin Sarris to recognize her significant contributions to the University, and to the College. The award is presented to a staff member with supervisory responsibility (regardless of length of service) involved in any area of staff work who has made outstanding contributions that go beyond the ordinary fulfillment of the position’s duties.

Kay Beattie Distinguished Service Award

Kay Beattie retired from the LSA Dean’s Office in 2007, after 40 years of service to the University. This award was established in her honor by former Dean Terry McDonald. Presented to an employee with more than 15 years of service at the University who has exhibited progressive career advancement, taking on increasing levels of responsibility with a significant portion of his/her career in LSA.

Outstanding Staff Team Award

Presented to two or more staff members who function as a team and who have taken on time-limited projects.

Outstanding Individual Employee Award

The award is presented to an individual staff member (regardless of length of service) involved in any area of staff work who has made outstanding contributions that go beyond the ordinary fulfillment of the position’s duties.

Rising Star

The award is presented to an individual staff member (with no more than 3 years of service at the College) involved in any area of staff work who has made outstanding contributions that go beyond the ordinary fulfillment of the position’s duties.

 

Eligibility

Any LSA employee with a job title in the Career Family Classification System for staff is eligible to receive these awards. Temporary employees, students, and faculty are not eligible for consideration. Please note: an employee is unable to receive the same achievement award twice unless they are a member of a team.  The new Robin Sarris Outstanding Supervisor Employee Award is considered equivalent to the Robin Sarris Individual Outstanding Employee Award, as is the Rising Star Award.  Should an individual receive duplicate nominations, they will receive a certificate but no monetary award. Eligibility questions should be addressed to LSA HR. Selection will be based on the information provided as part of the nomination process.

Nomination Process

Nominations are collected in two phases.  The initial call for nominations will require completion of a nomination questionnaire.  The Selection Committee will review all nomination questionnaires, and will then ask for letters of recommendation for only the top candidates.  As in previous years, all nomination materials will remain confidential.  All nominees must be in good standing in the College and have received satisfactory performance reviews.  Nominees must be in an active status when the nominations close.

When reviewing nominations, the Selection Committee will look for examples of sustained excellence and strong performance. Consideration will be given to nominees who have made significant contributions or possess special qualities and attributes as outlined by the Annual Staff Achievement Awards Criteria.

Nomination Guidelines

All members of the LSA community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) are invited to submit nominations for an individual or a staff work group/team working in LSA. See eligibility above.

The 2017 Selection Committee is comprised of members of the LSA Bicentennial Award Committee, including staff from LSA Human Resources, University Human Resources, as well as members of the LSA Staff (including two Chief Administrators).    The Committee will submit its recommendations to the LSA Dean and the LSA Chief of Staff for final approval. Members of the Selection Committee, the Dean, and the Chief of Staff are precluded from submitting nominations or letters of support.

Complete the information requested on the nomination form, as well as the questionnaire appropriate for the award.  Letters of support will be requested of only the top nominees in each category.  If requested, each nomination must include a minimum of four (maximum of nine) letters of support.

Helpful Tips

If you know staff members who perform their jobs in an exemplary manner or work groups/teams that are highly productive and effective, please nominate them for an award. In completing the nomination questionnaire, please:

  • Be specific–give examples and the details of what your candidate or team/work group has done that meets the selection criteria. While every candidate will not exhibit all of the award criteria, it is possible that certain characteristics or experiences could fulfill more than one criterion.  The more complete a nomination form is, the more information the Selection Committee has to evaluate the nominee’s candidacy.
  • Avoid general statements such as: “the nominee has a pleasant personality,” “the nominee is a seasoned professional,” or “the nominee is always helpful.”
  • Include as much qualitative and quantitative information as you can about the nominee’s work and contributions on behalf of the unit/College:  “the nominee revised a work process that cut response time in half, and improved service to students and faculty”, or “the nominee’s willingness to listen allowed her to successfully resolve conflict.”
  • If you are nominating a team or work group, be sure to list all members and describe how they work collaboratively for the benefit of the unit/LSA. The nomination statement should explain the importance of team effort to the group’s overall success.

Deadline: The nomination questionnaire must be received no later than January 31, 2017.  Letters of support will be requested for the top candidates in each category, and will be due by March 10, 2017.

Letters of support, upon request, are submitted to Kim Lewandowski via email (kimski@umich.edu) or:

LSA Staff Awards Selection Committee c/o Kimberly Lewandowski

2120 LSA
500 S. State Street
48109-1382

If you have any questions, please contact LSA HR at (734)
615-0587 or via email at lsa.hr.administration@umich.edu.