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Georgia Southern University’s
Awards of Excellence for Faculty & Staff

Nominations and Application Packets are due December 3, 2019 – January 31, 2020*

*If you are having difficulty with the nomination or application process, please email gsawards@georgiasouthern.edu.

The University’s Awards of Excellence for Faculty and Staff are designed to identify and reward individuals that make outstanding contributions to the success of Georgia Southern University.

Through this celebratory awards process and ceremony, Georgia Southern will promote employee engagement by recognizing individuals who demonstrate excellence in performance and contributions to one area of the University’s  Pillars and Values.

Objectives of the University’s Awards of Excellence for Faculty & Staff

  • To provide both faculty and staff initiated rewards;
  • To recognize and promote positive relationships and behavior patterns supportive of the individual, team, departmental, and/or institutional priorities and goals;
  • To provide timely recognition to employees through immediate or planned recognition;
  • To provide various types and levels of recognition based on the significance and impact of contribution;
  • To inform supervisors and faculty about the variety of monetary and non-monetary reward options available to recognize an outstanding employee; and
  • To distribute awards through a Spring ceremony.

The Awards of Excellence

A total of 25 awards will be given annually: 12 Strategic Pillar Awards (1 Faculty, 1 Staff), 12 Institutional Values Award (1 Faculty, 1 Staff) and (1) Team Award will be given*

Strategic PillarsInstitutional Values
Student SuccessIntegrity
TeachingAcademic Excellence
ResearchDiscovery and Innovation
Inclusive ExcellenceOpenness and Inclusion
Operational Efficiency, Effectiveness and SustainabilitySustainability
Community EngagementCollaboration

Awards of Excellence

The University’s Awards of Excellence for Faculty and Staff are aligned with the University’s Strategic Pillars and Values and designed to identify and celebrate individuals that make outstanding contributions to the success of Georgia Southern University.

A total of 25 awards will be given annually: 12 Strategic Pillar Awards (1 Faculty, 1 Staff), 12 Institutional Values Award (1 Faculty, 1 Staff) and (1) Team Award will be given*

Strategic Pillar Awards

*Each award is given to one (1) Faculty member and one (1) Staff member

Student Success

The Student Success award is designed to promote and reward those who have demonstrated outstanding efforts to increase student success.

Teaching

This Teaching award will acknowledge those that improve student learning and prepare students to compete in the global marketplace.

Research

The faculty award for Research recognizes a faculty member for excellence in research and/ or creative scholarly activity. The staff award for Research recognizes one staff member for outstanding support in the conduct of research or who have advanced processes, methods and systems through research.

Inclusive Excellence

This award recognizes those individuals who generated valuable ideas that have helped to develop new or improved processes, methods, systems, programs or services for their team, their department, our University or the external community.

Operational Efficiency, Effectiveness and Sustainability

The Sustainability Award was designed to recognize those with a commitment to sustainability that is exceptional and best exemplifies dedication to the sustainability values of the University.

Community Engagement

This Community Engagement award is designed to give recognition to those who display outstanding community engagement in support of the University.

Institutional Values Awards

*Each award is given to one (1) Faculty member and one (1) Staff member

Integrity

The Integrity Award honors those who practice ethical awareness in decision making and demonstrate an on-going commitment to integral ethical behavior and practices.

Academic Excellence

This award recognizes those individuals who provide or promote educational opportunities or resources that stimulate students academic progression and graduation.

Discovery and Innovation

This award recognizes those individuals that promote creative scholarly activities, technologies and/ or environments that encourage innovative and problem-solving research collaboratives.

Openness and Inclusion

This award recognizes those who exhibit the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion into practical action.

Sustainability

The Sustainability Award was designed to recognize those with a commitment to sustainability that is exceptional and best exemplifies dedication to the sustainability value of the University.

Collaboration

The Collaboration Award was designed to recognize and promote those who are dedicated to service to their departments, students, faculty, other departments on campus, and/ or the surrounding community through communication, innovation, integrity and inclusion.

Team Award

*one (1) team award

The Team Award recognizes a group of individuals comprised of three or more employees (staff and/or faculty) that contribute to one of the five strategic imperatives while demonstrating one of the six core values to help the University be the best place to work, learn, and succeed.

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive an Award of Excellence, an employee must be employed by the Georgia Southern University or the former Armstrong University for a minimum of three years at (the nomination period of August 1st) and must have received a rating of meets expectations or higher on the previous 2 performance evaluations.

All personnel up to, but not including, Directors and Chairs are eligible for nominations for Awards of Excellence. Directors in this instance does not infer to Academic Program directors, rather Directors within Divisional units.

An employee who has won a particular award in the past 3 years is not eligible to compete for that exact same award. 

Certain Award Review Committees may have eligibility criteria that supersede these criteria, these are set as a minimum. 

The Nomination Process

Any employee may nominate another employee regardless of division, faculty or staff status, supervisory or peer relationships. Nominators can nominate as many faculty and staff as they wish. No self-nominations are allowed. If nominated for more than one award, a faculty/staff member must select one preferred award in order to move forward in this process.  As such a faculty/staff member would only submit one application package per academic year for and Award of Excellence. Consequently, a faculty/staff member cannot receive multiple awards in the same year. Certain Award Review Committees (see section below) may have nomination criteria that supersede these criteria, these are set as a minimum.

All nominations will be submitted through the online submission form. 

The awards process includes: 

  • Eligibility requirements.
  • List of application material.
  • Schedule of deadlines for nominations and committees’ selection decisions.
  • Open-ended questions nominees and supporters will answer.  Each form should be tailored to the particular award.
  • List of what awardees, excluding team awards, will receive a monetary award along with a newly created medallion. Team award winners will receive a plaque.
  • List of current and previous award winners (pictures, bios).
  • Upcoming ceremony information (date, time, place, dress code).

Nomination Period/Application Submission Schedule for 2019-2020

December 3, 2019 – January 31, 2020* – Nominations Open

  • Nominations
  • Verification of Eligibility
  • Application Submission
  • Committee Accepts Application for Review

February 1 – February 28, 2020 – Review Process by Committees

March 1, 2020 – Award Recipients Names Forwarded to President’s Office

April 2020 – Georgia Southern University Excellence in Awards Celebration

*recognizing the new nature of these awards, when nominations open for 2020-2021 Academic year, the call for nominations will open August 1- October 1. All subsequent dates will roll forward accordingly.

Deadlines for submission will determine when forms are “closed.”  No incomplete or late forms will be accepted.

Application Packets & Components

After receiving notice from the overseeing committee, the Nominee will acknowledge acceptance of the nomination. Application packets must be a minimum of 6 pages but not exceed 20 pages. Nominees may only submit one application per academic year. If nominated for more than one Award of Excellence, the nominee chooses which award to submit an application for. All documents should use 12-point Times New Roman or similar font with 1” margins. The nominee should submit an application package comprising the following elements*:

  • The application form that is emailed to the nominee (1 page).
  • Narrative. Answer at a minimum the 4 following questions to guide the narrative (1 – 2 pages):
    • Achieves excellence in the award nominated for.
    • Develops, utilizes, and shares innovative skill sets related to the award nominated for.
    • Continually develops and broadens expertise in the award area.
    • Any other relevant information about contributions to the award nominated for. 
  • Resume/Condensed Curriculum Vitae (2 – 6 pages).
  • 1- 3 references that speak to that particular award that you’re being nominated for. It is the responsibility of the nominee to provide these guidelines to those who write their letters. It responsibility of the nominee to collect and upload letters as part of the application packet. These letters are open format, limited to two pages. Letters of recommendation may want to address how the nominee achieves some of the following points:
    • Achieves excellence in the award nominated for.
    • Develops, utilizes, and shares innovative skill sets related to the award nominated for.
    • Continually develops and broadens expertise in the award area.
    • Any other relevant information about contributions to the award nominated for. 
  • Others artifacts as warranted to substantiate excellence in the award nominated for.

*Certain Award Review Committees (Faculty Senate Development, Research, and Service Committees) may have application packet and components criteria that supersede these criteria; these are set as a minimum. The nominees will be contacted or emailed by these committees with additional information.

Committee Review Structure

A total of 10 committees will review the Faculty, Staff and Team awards. Six of the committees will provide a peer-review process for the applicants and four committees will be joint. The joint committees will consist of members from both the faculty and staff with equal representation. The charge to the following committees is to review application packets and decide on the Awards of Excellence winners. Each committee will evaluate the applicants based upon a set criterion and rubric. Rubrics are designed per award.

Separate Committees

Faculty Peer-Review Process; Staff Peer-Review Process

  1. Teaching (Pillar) and Academic Excellence (Value)
    Faculty: Faculty Senate Development Committee 
    Staff: Staff Council Committee for Teaching/Academic Excellence Awards
  2. Research (Pillar) and Discovery and Innovation (Value)
    Faculty: Faculty Senate Research Committee 
    Staff: Staff Council Committee for Research/Discovery and Innovation Awards
  3. Service (Pillar) and Collaboration (Value)
    Faculty: Faculty Senate Service Committee
    Staff: Staff Council Committee for Service/Collaboration Awards

Joint Committees of Faculty/Staff

4 Committees

  1. Inclusive Excellence (Pillar) and Openness and Inclusiveness (Value)
    Committee Review will be conducted by the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. 
  2. Operational EE&S (Pillar) and Sustainability (Value)
    Committee Review will be conducted under the direction of the AVP for Planning and Analysis in conjunction with and the Director of the Center for Sustainability. These leaders will identify individuals that have expertise in operational efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability that can ascertain the contributions of the applicants.  The committee structure should be a cross-section of faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
  3. Student Success (Pillar)
    Committee Review will be conducted by the Student Success Institutional Committee with representation from the Faculty Senate Student Success Committee. 
  4. Integrity (Value) & Team Award 
    The committee will be representative of faculty and staff, across Divisions and Academics.

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