Nominations are open for the 2024 Spring Staff Awards

The awards recognize the many contributions of university staff to Vanderbilt’s core goals and mission. The winners of each award will be announced at the third annual Spring Staff Assembly on May 20.  

The Spring Staff Awards include longtime university awards, including the Commodore Award and the Belonging and Inclusivity Excellence Award, along with newer awards, such as the Vanderbilt Early Impact Award and the One Vanderbilt Excellence Award.  

Nominations can be submitted by staff, students, faculty or postdoctoral scholars via the online nomination form through Friday, March 15.  

Please see the staff awards website for nomination guidelines and award amounts.  

The 2024 Spring Staff Awards are as follows:  

Vanderbilt Early Impact Award  

Awarded to a full-time staff member who has worked at Vanderbilt University for a minimum of one year and less than five years and has exhibited excellent performance that shows promise of future growth in his/her/their field. This individual exemplifies professionalism and has made significant contributions as a junior staff member at Vanderbilt.  

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Mentorship Excellence Award  

Awarded to a full-time staff member who serves as a role model by inspiring colleagues and promoting professional development. This individual demonstrates excellence in mentorship, fosters greater individual contributions and/or greater team cooperation and embodies Vanderbilt University’s mission, goals and values.  

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One Vanderbilt Excellence Award  

Awarded to a staff team, department and/or group that has demonstrated collaborative excellence on behalf of the university community. The team has worked across the university on a project, significant effort or initiative that advances Vanderbilt’s mission.  

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Belonging and Inclusivity Excellence Award  

Awarded to a full-time exempt and a non-exempt staff member who have demonstrated exceptional efforts in nurturing a sense of belonging within the Vanderbilt University community. These individuals have shown dedication to creating an inclusive environment where all members feel valued, respected and empowered.

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Commodore Award  

Awarded to full-time regular staff members who have made significant contributions to Vanderbilt University’s pursuit of excellence in education, research and community service. One award is presented to hourly staff and one to salaried staff.  

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The Spring Staff Assembly is scheduled for Monday, May 20, at 3:30 p.m. CT in the Student Life Center’s Commodore Ballroom. More details about the event will be announced later.  

For more information about the spring awards, the full nomination criteria or to submit nominations, visit the Staff Awards webpage.