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About the Awards and Award Criteria

All Drexel University, including Drexel University College of Medicine and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, full- and part-time faculty and professional staff (both individuals and teams), with the exception of members of the President's Cabinet, Executive Council, Vice Presidents and College of Medicine Chairs, are eligible for nomination for the President's Awards.  All award recipients must be full- or part-time faculty or professional staff members.  Nominations from non-employees or family members will not be accepted.  (Previous award recipients, individual and as part of a team, may not be nominated for the same award for two years after receiving the award.)

Award for Excellence for Professional Staff

This award is the highest honor recognizing excellence and/or innovation that enables the University to fulfill its mission and achieve its goals. Individual award recipients will receive $1,500; teams will receive up to $5,000 (maximum $1,000 per individual).

Award Criteria

All Drexel University, including Drexel University College of Medicine and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, full- and part-time professional staff (both individuals and teams) are eligible for nomination for this prestigious award. Award winners from 2013 and 2012 are not eligible for nomination.

Nominees must have made a significant contribution to Drexel that supports the University’s, College of Medicine’s, or ANS' mission statement and met one or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated excellence and/or innovation that enables Drexel to fulfill its mission and achieve its goals and strategic plans.
  • Developed ground breaking ideas or novel approaches for process or program improvement that have been reviewed and approved for implementation.
  • Effectively collaborated with other colleges, departments, or divisions on a major project or initiative that supported Drexel in achieving its strategic objectives and mission.
  • Delivered exceptional results, produced significant cost savings or enhanced efficiency through extraordinary service.
  • Exemplified Drexel’s core competencies at a superior level, continually fostering pride within the Drexel University communities.

Civic Engagement Award for Faculty and Professional Staff

This award recognizes the outstanding personal commitment to community engagement, an integral component of Drexel's mission to serve its students and society. Individual award recipients will receive $1,000 and a donation of $1,000 to the charity of his/her choice; teams will receive up to $5,000 (maximum $1,000 per individual) and a donation of $1,000 to the charity of his/her choice. Award winners from 2013 and 2012 are not eligible for nomination.

Award Criteria

All Drexel University, including Drexel University College of Medicine and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, individuals or teams consisting of full- and part-time faculty or professional staff are eligible for this prestigious award.

Nominees must support President Fry's vision regarding Drexel being ranked as one of the nation's leading universities for civic engagement and met one or more of the following criteria:

  • Contributed to the design and implementation of solutions and strategies intended to build sustainable communities, fostering Drexel’s commitment to civic engagement.
  • Had a positive impact and served to improve or change important issues within the community.
  • Addressed the community’s needs in extraordinary and innovative ways.
  • Instrumental in the creation, organization, and mobilization of other individuals, groups and resources that are involved in projects benefiting the community.

Intercultural Engagement & Diversity Award for Faculty and Professional Staff

This award recognizes and honors significant contributions that promote awareness of and respect for diversity, create opportunities for intercultural engagement, and build upon Drexel's founding principle of inclusion. Individual award recipients will receive $1,000; teams will receive up to $5,000 (maximum $1,000 per individual). Award winners from 2013 and 2012 are not eligible for nomination.

Award Criteria

All Drexel University, including Drexel University College of Medicine and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, individuals or teams consisting of full- and part-time faculty or professional staff are eligible for this prestigious award.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Contributed to Drexel's commitment to increasing awareness of and respect for diversity and building upon Drexel's founding principle of inclusion.
  • Integrated diversity and intercultural engagement efforts into an ongoing program or service at Drexel (i.e., improving upon an existing program).
  • Designed and measured diversity and intercultural engagement efforts (i.e., something that can be repeated).
  • Implemented diversity and intercultural engagement efforts that leverage resources to reach the entire University community (i.e., creating partnerships among faculty, professional staff, and students).
  • Included a teachable component into the diversity and intercultural engagement efforts (i.e., providing an opportunity to learn something about a particular group, culture, or process).

2014 Selection Committee

The cross-departmental Selection Committee was appointed by the President’s Cabinet. This committee reviews nominations to ensure that nominees meet Drexel’s performance standards. They will identify the award finalists and forward their recommendations to the President and his Cabinet for final selection.

2014 Committee Members

  • Arlene Anderson - Executive Director, Business Operations, IRT
  • Justine Christmas - Financial Analyst III, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Michael Davis - Director, Prospective Student Services, Enrollment Management
  • Brian Ellis - Assistant Dean, LeBow College of Business
  • Nicole Ferretti - Associate Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis, Finance & Treasurer
  • Marcella Gonsalves - Director, Sacramento Executive MPH Program
  • Sara Hertz - Vice President, Museum Operations, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
  • Mike Janes - Executive Director, Human Resources
  • Jennifer Johnson - Associate Director, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement 
  • Greg Montanaro - Executive Director & Associate Vice President, Government & Community Relations
  • Danuta Nitecki - Dean of Libraries, Office of the Provost
  • Priya Sankar - Associate General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
  • Aubree Snader - Associate Director, Protocol and Events, Institutional Advancement
  • Carrie Wulff - Marketing Coordinator, University Communications
  • Eric Zillmer - Athletic Director and Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology, Student Life and Administrative Services

Timeline

June 24 - July 18, 2014: Nomination Period

September 30 - October 7: Award winners, nominees, and their supervisors notified

November 3: Award recipients and all nominees honored at the annual President's Awards Ceremony