There are two annual Distinguished Service Awards. One is designed to recognize an individual staff member for consistent excellence, exceptional performance and service to the University community. The second award honors a group of individuals who, as a team, completes a special work project or activity during the fiscal year. The work project or activity cannot be a day to day activity of the department or of its team members. This team must have representation from at least two offices; employees from a single work unit are not eligible.
Awards will be given based upon the extent to which the nominee (individual or team) meets the following three criteria:
Those who, day in and day out, demonstrate excellence in their attitude and performance. Some examples:
- Interacts with others in a positive, enthusiastic and cheerful manner
- Commands the respect of co-workers, supervisor, students and others
- Assists others with both personal and professional challenges that impact work life
- Demonstrates extensive knowledge and competence in a wide array of work related topics
- Uses knowledge and expertise to troubleshoot/solve problems quickly
- Handles a large workload effectively and in a timely fashion
- Acts as a team player and encourages teamwork in others
- Exhibits a high degree of professionalism
Those who demonstrate exceptional performance, above and beyond the call of duty and/or completed a task with a high level of excellence. Some examples:
- Accepts responsibilities and performs duties above and beyond what is normally expected
- Works extra hard to help complete a critical work project/s
- Plays a key role in remedying a crisis or an emergency
- Provides services which are outside the scope of normal work duty
- Completes challenging tasks with little direction or supervision
Those who perform an activity which significantly enhances our sense of community or fosters a community spirit. Some examples:
- Serves on University committees that promote the department/University and its staff and students
- Acts as a mentor for others by providing advice, guidance, feedback and encouragement
- Helps to integrate new employees or supervisors into the work environment
- Shares personal knowledge and skills with others in an effort to promote the welfare of staff and students
- Serves as a positive role model for others
All full-time and part-time staff employees (excluding Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents, Assistant Vice Presidents, Executive Directors, Deans, and all other individuals who directly report to the President's Office) who have at least two years of service by the nomination deadline are eligible. Retirees may be eligible if they were employed during the fiscal year, June 1 through May 31. Employees who have previously received this award are not eligible, however, individuals previously nominated who did not win are eligible with the submission of a current nomination packet. A list of past winners will be updated annually. Faculty and student employees or work study students are ineligible for this award.
In the spirit of community and commitment to quality improvement, work teams are also eligible for a special team award. A team may be comprised of any two or more community members (including all full-time and part-time staff, students and faculty) who work as a team to complete a special work project or activity during a fiscal year. This team must have representation from at least two offices: employees from a single work unit are not eligible. The work project or activity cannot be a day to day activity of a department or of its team members.
Previous award winners or nominees, either individual or team, along with current individual nominees are eligible to be included in a work team nomination. An individual may be a member of several nominated teams.
Nominations and letters of support may be submitted by any member of the campus community (administrators, staff, faculty or students) throughout the course of the year. Nominations must be made and completed using the online form by February 15 of each year.
The completed nomination package will be reviewed by Human Resources and placed in each nominees' personnel file. Human Resources will verify that the nominated employee is in good standing with the University.NOTE: Any Villanova employee may nominate or write a letter of support for only one person and/or one team.
All nominees will be judged in comparison to all other nominees for the current fiscal year. Examples and achievements will only be considered if they are related to work in the department and/or at the University. Each committee member will use a ten-point scale to rate the nominees based on the Nomination Statement. Letters of support will then be reviewed. An average score will be developed for each nominee. A run-off vote will then be conducted with the top three scorers to determine the awardee who will be recommended to the President. The President will approve all awards.
One individual award and one team award may be given in each fiscal year. Where there are no outstanding candidates, no awards will be given.
Individuals will receive $1,500 and a plaque. In addition, awardees will have their names inscribed on a permanent plaque prominently displayed on campus. Each winning team will have the team name inscribed on a permanent plaque for display at the University and each team member will receive a certificate. In addition the team leader will receive a plaque with the team name and members listed. In addition, the President will host an event in the team's honor.