Liberal Arts Excellence in Leadership and Mentoring Award

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General Information

This award provides recognition to employees who exhibit exemplary performance, is an effective leader, mentors others, and positively demonstrates the University’s core values (Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, Excellence, and Community).

Further, the employee creates and maintains an atmosphere of collaboration and creativity, which contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of their colleagues and promotes a collegial team environment. The employee inspires and motivates others to pursue opportunities to enhance their professional development.


    • Displays outstanding levels of leadership and mentorship
    • Practices a high standard of ethics and professionalism
    • Serves as a role model and inspires others to work collaboratively and creatively
    • Promotes a work and service environment that is respectful, collegial, and supportive
    • Leads by example
    • Actively engages in mentoring others and strongly supports professional growth and development opportunities for their team



Nominating Procedure

Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  The nomination shall consist of:

    • Nominator Information
    • Nominee Information
    • Three supporting letters, each letter not to exceed one page in length:
      1. One letter of support from the nominator
      2. One additional letter of support from nominee’s immediate supervisor    
      3. One additional letter of support from someone who has a working relationship with the nominee

*If the nominator and immediate supervisor are the same, please provide an additional letter of support from someone who has a working relationship with the nominee.


Mini Statue, Plaque + $1000

Eligibility Requirements for all awards

Standing and fixed-term, non-exempt, exempt, and technical service employees in the College of the Liberal Arts. 

    • Employed by the College for a minimum of 12 months as of the nomination deadline
    • Must be rated as a successful contributor or above per the performance evaluation metrics and has not had any disciplinary actions within the last 12 months
    • Past recipients of awards are eligible for nomination in the same category after three years unless otherwise specified within the award description

Wondering who to nominate? Sample questions to get you started:

    • Who has exhibited exemplary performance as a leader?
    • Who has been a great mentor to others?
    • Who demonstrates the University's core values (Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, Excellence, and Community)?
    • Who recognizes the feelings and emotions of others and leads from a place of understanding?
    • Who understands the individual value and contributions of each person with which they work, and helps to foster an environment where each person's best can be achieved?

Note: Nominee does not have to be in a supervisory role.

Nominee Information

Nominator Information

Supervisor Information

Supporting Letter Requests

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