Award Information

Eligibility

Nominees must be employed in the Whiting School for a minimum of one year (except for the Rookie Award), be in good standing at the university, and have a satisfactory job performance.

Awards

  • Rookie of the Year (one award, for someone hired between 01/01/2021 and 12/31/2021)
  • Excellence Awards (three awards)
  • Leadership Award (one award, given to a manager or supervisor)

Nomination and Review Timeline

May 23 – Nominations open 
June 8 – Nominations close
June 10 – Committee receives scoring sheets
June 13 – 17 – Committee reviews nominations and submit scores
Week of June 20 – Committee meets to select winners

Nomination Criteria

Excellence/Rookie of the Year Awards: 

  1. Examples of the nominee’s significant achievements and contributions to the department/center/institute and the school and/or university.
  2. Examples of exemplary service, activities and/or performance that go above and beyond the expectations for their position.
  3. Examples of how the nominee has exhibited qualities or behaviors that have made them an exceptional team player (including initiative, communication, and helpful attitude).
  4. Examples of how the nominee demonstrated outstanding commitment and professionalism.
Leadership Award:
  1. Examples of the nominee’s significant achievements and contributions to the department/center/institute and the school and/or university.
  2. Examples of exemplary leadership activities and/or performance that go above and beyond the expectations for their position.
  3. Examples of how the nominee encourages the professional development and growth of their colleagues.
  4. Examples of how the nominee cultivates a culture of excellence and inclusion.

To nominate colleague, please complete this nomination form.

Scoring

For each award, nominees will be evaluated across all four categories and will be scored on a scale from zero to four, according to their demonstrated ability in each category. 

You can view a sample rubric here.

Nomination Review Committee

We have expanded the review committee for 2022 to include 10 people as outlined below. 

  • A staff representative from a department
  • A staff representative from a center/institute
  • A staff representative from WSE’s Office of the Dean
  • The previous year’s four award winners
  • A faculty member
  • A representative from WSE leadership
  • A staff representative from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Once the scores have been calculated, the committee will receive the rankings and will attend a one-hour meeting to review the rankings and decide on the winners.

    If you are interested in volunteering to be a member of the Nomination Review Committee for 2022, please submit your information here.

Exclusions

Award winners from previous years are not eligible for nomination in 2022.

2021 Winners

  • Rookie of the Year: Justin Moreno, Associate Staff Engineer, HEMI
  • Virtual Innovator: Colleen Amaral, Administrative Coordinator, ECE
  • Leadership: Scott McGhee, Sr. Administrative Manager, HEMI
  • Excellence: Phil Chapman, Associate Staff Engineer, MatSci
  • Excellence: Catherine Graham, Communications Specialist, MechE
  • Excellence: Revelie Niles Academic Program Administrator, CS

2020 Winners

  • Rookie of the Year: Chloe Bean, Grants & Contracts Analyst, ChemBE
  • Virtual Innovator: Emily Myrick, Sr. Academic Program Coordinator, CLE
  • Excellence: Rich Middlestadt, Director of WSE Manufacturing, EBO
  • Excellence: Beth Rannie, Sr. Grants & Contracts Analyst, ChemBE
  • Excellence: Andrew Proulx, Sr. Grants & Contracts Analyst, HEMI

2019 Winners

  • Rookie of the Year: Kelly Culotta, Senior Academic Program Coordinator, CS
  • Excellence: Kristin Bechtel, Senior Academic Program Coordinator, AMS
  • Excellence: Michael Lester, Grants and Contracts Analyst, EHE
  • Excellence: Margo Williams, Instructional Designer, EP

Save the Date

 The Staff Awards Ceremony and Lunch will take place on July 11, 2022, at the Glass Pavilion, Homewood campus.

Questions

If you have any questions, or need more information, please contact Melanie Mossman.