Any professional who has completed at least two years of service at SUNY Cortland is eligible for an award. Awards are given for excellence in three categories:
Institutional Service Award
Nominees should be individuals who serve as role models within their area of responsibility, their profession or department. Characteristics such as leadership, organization, problem-solving or decision-making skills should serve as examples of professionalism of the highest caliber. These characteristics may be demonstrated in a number of ways, including but not limited to:
- Outstanding performance within the job description
- Participation in committees or activities that support the College’s Long Range Planning Goals
- Participation in professional development and training
Innovation Within Profession Award
Nominees should be individuals who have demonstrated creativity in the development or application of ideas or concepts within a professional operation. Characteristics of innovation may be demonstrated in a number of ways, including but not limited to:
- Application of technology within one’s field
- Redesign of a process or program to improve effectiveness
- Maximization of campus resources in operations (e.g. fiscal efficiency)
Service to Students Award
Nominees should be those who have
demonstrated leadership in the development or enhancement of programs and services that respond to student needs. Characteristics of excellence in service may include, but will not be limited to:
- Demonstration of “going the extra mile” in order to serve students
- Development of creative student programming or services
- Implementation of programs or processes designed to improve services to students
Typed letters of nomination must be submitted in the following format:
- Name, title, department of nominee
- Name of nominator, relationship to nominee (e.g. colleague, supervisor, student)
- Award category that captures the achievement of the nominee.
- Specific information in support of the nomination that answers why the individual’s service/innovation/achievement in that category should be recognized.
- Up to two letters of support (recommended).
The Awards Committee reserves the right to request additional supporting information as necessary. Nominees must have completed at least two years of service as a Professional Staff member and must not have been a recipient of an award within the same category within the previous three years. Nominations should be for current service/innovation/achievements and for activities that would either not be considered to be within the normal scope of activities included in the nominee’s performance program or should be documented to show how the service/innovation/achievement far exceeded normal expectations.
Recipients will have announcements of the honor sent to The Bulletin and the Cortland Standard. They will also receive a certificate of recognition at a small ceremony.
Please consider nominating one of your colleagues for their exemplary service. There are few greater compliments than to have a peer, student, or alumni notice a job well done by a professional staff member. It is also an excellent addition to your annual DSI report to note that you have been nominated or chosen for your excellence in service. For more information, contact Professional Service Awards Committee Chair, Colleen DeGouff, Bursar/Student Accounts, at (607) 753-2313.