The Fall Staff Assembly and staff awards are part of the semiannual effort to celebrate staff excellence and recognize the many contributions of university staff to Vanderbilt’s mission. This year’s Fall Staff Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 2.
“The Fall Staff Assembly is a way of honoring our staff’s diverse expertise and vital contributions to Vanderbilt’s mission—as teams and as individuals,” Chancellor Daniel Diermeier said. “By celebrating growth, mentorship, collaboration and leadership among our many talented staff members, the assembly and the awards underscore the importance of our One Vanderbilt culture, which is something that truly sets our university apart.”
Award nominations, which are submitted online, are open through Thursday, Sept. 30. Please see the staff awards website for nomination guidelines and award amounts. The Staff Awards Review Committee reviews all applications and makes a recommendation to senior administration.
The fall awards for staff excellence are as follows:
Community Impact Award
Awarded to a full-time staff member and/or staff group/team who represent(s) Vanderbilt University externally through community engagement, service, association leadership or other outreach that creates a better understanding of the university to those who are not necessarily a part of our immediate Vanderbilt “community.”
Professional Excellence Award
Awarded to a full-time staff member who contributes to Vanderbilt University’s success. The staff member has gone significantly above and beyond their specific job duties and has demonstrated excellence in supporting Vanderbilt’s mission. This individual positively influences the work environment, fosters cooperation, achieves goals, and/or overcomes obstacles while carrying out employment responsibilities.
Innovation Excellence Award
Awarded to a full-time staff member and/or staff group/team who demonstrate(s) excellence in innovation that has had a meaningful and significant impact on a process, program or initiative at Vanderbilt University. This individual and/or staff group/team has implemented or attempted a new system or approach in the past 12-18 months.
Research Excellence Award
Awarded to a full-time staff member and/or staff group/team whose efforts in support of research at Vanderbilt University has been exemplary and significantly impactful in the process of discovery or knowledge.
Student Impact Award
Awarded to a full-time staff member and/or staff group/team who has gone above and beyond to positively affect the quality of life of students at Vanderbilt University. This could be through access, resources, mentorship or service. The staff member and/or staff group/team should have a positive impact on the students’ continued success at Vanderbilt.
Leadership Excellence Award
Awarded to a full-time staff member who shows outstanding commitment to Vanderbilt University’s mission by exhibiting strong leadership, such as building engagement and trust, coaching and developing others, leading with courage and building partnerships, among other efforts. The staff member will show commitment to empowering, educating and supporting Vanderbilt colleagues.
The Fall Staff Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. CT and will feature comments from the chancellor and the University Staff Advisory Council. More details about the event will be announced at a later date.
For more information about the spring awards, the full nomination criteria or to submit nominations, visit vanderbi.lt/2021staffawards.
Nomination forms can be found at https://vanderbilt.infoready4.com/#university-opportunities. Questions should be directed to Employee Learning and Engagement (firstname.lastname@example.org).