Nomination Information


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.

Nomination Criteria

Nominees must:

  • Demonstrate outstanding achievement or innovation and contribute to their departmental/center/institute, WSE, or JHU, beyond the scope of their position.
  • Contribute to exceptional productivity or major process improvements.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to members of the university community.
  • Motivate and inspire the people around them.
  • Show outstanding leadership, professionalism, and/or initiative.

Nomination Categories

  • Rookie of the Year (employed between 01/01/2021 and 12/31/2021, one award)
  • Excellence Awards (three awards)
  • Virtual Innovator Award (this award will be given to the staff member who was outstanding in our transition to a virtual workspace)
  • Leadership Award (this award will be given to a manager or supervisor who exhibits strong leadership qualities, encourages professional development, and creates a culture of excellence on their team)

Nomination Process

  • The nomination period for the 2021 WSE Staff Recognition Awards is currently closed. More information about the nomination process for the 2022 WSE Staff Recognition Awards will be available in late spring 2022.

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed by the Selection Committee, consisting of staff from WSE departments and areas and at least one member who is external to the School. WSE Human Resources will oversee the process, but will not contribute to the committee’s decisions.


Award winners from 2019, 2020, and 2021 are not eligible for nomination in 2022. Excluded staff include:

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