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About the Awards and Award Criteria

All Drexel University full- and part-time faculty and professional staff (both individuals and teams) are eligible for nomination, with the exception of vice president and vice provost positions and above, including deans and chairs.  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 one program cycle after receiving the award.)

In addition to the nomination letter, all nominations are required to include two letters of support from fellow faculty, professional staff members, students, or members of the community, that must be submitted at the time of your nomination. If your nomination does not include two letters of support it will be ineligible for consideration. When you submit, your nomination must be supported by at least three recommendations from three different individuals/groups: your nomination and at least two additional letters of support. If you have additional letters of support, please email them to Lindsay Norlen at les37@drexel.edu.

Congratulations to the 2018 President's Awards Winners!

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 full- and part-time professional staff (both individuals and teams) are eligible for nomination for this prestigious award. Award winners from 2016 are not eligible for nomination. (Note: The President's Awards program occurs every other year; there were no award winners in 2017.)

Nominees must have made a significant contribution to Drexel that supports the University’s, College of Medicine’s, ANS', or DUO's mission statement and meet 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 their choice; teams will receive up to $5,000 (maximum $1,000 per individual) and a donation of $1,000 to the charity of their choice. Award winners from 2016 are not eligible for nomination. (Note: The President's Awards program occurs every other year; there were no award winners in 2017.)

Award Criteria

All 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 meet 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.

Award for Diversity and Inclusive Community 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 2016 are not eligible for nomination. (Note: The President's Awards program occurs every other year; there were no award winners in 2017.)

Award Criteria

All Drexel University individuals or teams consisting of full- and part-time faculty or professional staff are eligible for this prestigious award.

Nominee's must meet one or more of the following 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 efforts to build inclusive community into an ongoing program or service at Drexel (i.e. improving upon an existing program).
  • Designed replicable and measurable diversity and inclusion efforts (i.e. something that can be replicated).
  • Implemented diversity and inclusion efforts that leverage resources to reach the entire University community (i.e. created partnerships among faculty, professional staff, and students).
  • Provided an opportunity to learn about an underrepresented or marginalized identity (i.e. contributing a teachable component to diversity and inclusion efforts).
  • Contributed positively to an inclusive community through an emphasis on values such as nonviolence, emotional intelligence, inquiry and social learning, democracy, open communication, social responsibility, and growth and change.