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DEADLINE: Nominations, including letters of recommendation or support must be received no later than March 1, 2019.
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 in 2017, the College 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 largely unchanged. Another College level award, the Robin Sarris Outstanding Employee Award now highlights an outstanding supervisory employee in the College, and in 2017 was renamed the Robin Sarris Outstanding Supervisor Award. The Outstanding Staff Team Award is also largely unchanged.
Recipients of these awards receive a framed certificate as well as recognition at the LSA Staff Achievement Awards and Spring Fling Event. In addition, a monetary prize of $1,000 is distributed to each individual winner of the Kay Beattie and Robin Sarris awards. The team award will vary based on team size.
The Outstanding Individual Employee Award focuses on recognizing exceptional contributions by a non-supervisory staff member. The Rising Star Award is designed to reward an up and coming LSA employee with up to 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 Staff Achievement Awards and Spring Fling 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 that positively impact LSA.
Outstanding Individual Employee Award
The award is presented to an individual staff member (with greater than 3 years 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 Award
The award is presented to an individual staff member (with no more than 3 years of service in LSA) involved in any area of staff work who has made outstanding contributions that go beyond the ordinary fulfillment of the position’s duties.
Any LSA employee in a job title in the Career Family Classification System for staff or AFSCME contract is eligible to receive these awards. Temporary employees, students, faculty, and other LSA personnel 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 Robin Sarris Outstanding Supervisor Employee Award is considered equivalent to the former Robin Sarris Individual Outstanding Employee Award, as is the Rising Star Award. Should an individual receive duplicate nominations, they will receive a certificate and 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.
The Staff Achievement Awards Selection Committee will review all nomination materials. As in previous years, nomination materials will remain confidential unless nominators opt to have information shared with nominees. All nominees must be in good standing in LSA and have received recent, 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 in the criteria for each award.
Nomination forms can be accessed via each of the following links:
Outstanding Individual Employee (Divisional)
Rising Star Award (Divisional)
All members of the LSA community (students, faculty, staff, alumni, etc.) are invited to submit nominations for an individual or a staff work group/team working in LSA. See eligibility above.
The 2019 Selection Committee will be comprised of staff from across LSA (including two Chief Administrators), a staff member from University Human Resources, and a representative from LSA Human Resources. The Committee will submit 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.
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: Nominations must be completed by no later than March 1, 2019.
If you have any questions, please contact LSA HR at (734) 615-0587 or via email at email@example.com.