Staff awards

General eligibility

An eligible nominee for a staff award awards must:

  • be employed in their primary position by the College of Humanities and Sciences or one of its units
  • be employed as classified staff or university and academic professional (exception: Excellence in Advising Awards)
  • not have already received the specific award for which they are nominated, or similar, within the last three years
  • exemplify the core values of the College of Humanities and Sciences
  • not be involved in the review or selection process for any of these awards

Nomination procedures and requirements

A complete nomination packet includes the following in a single PDF file:

  • a nomination letter that describes the nominee’s alignment with the specific criteria of the award using characterizations and examples
  • a minimum of one, but no more than three, letters of support from peers, coworkers, supervisors or unit/division leadership

Award types and descriptions

Eligibility – Nominee has been employed at Virginia Commonwealth University for at least 20 years.

Criteria – This award is presented to an individual who, above all else, exemplifies loyalty to Virginia Commonwealth University. This person has supported and represented VCU in all they have done during their long-standing career. Further, this person has served the College of Humanities and Sciences as a prominent and impressive professional, setting the standard by which their peers and successors will be measured. A successful nominee exhibits unflagging dedication to the university and to the College of Humanities and Sciences, as well as a meritorious career of celebrated professionalism and support for which other members of their unit express great and deep gratitude.

Award recipients

  • 2018 – Patsy Connors, College of Humanities Sciences
  • 2017 – Stephanie Millican, Department of Biology

Eligibility – Nominee is responsible for general administrative support, office management, technology administration or reception for one or more persons/units.

Criteria – This award is presented to an individual who has cultivated a reputation as the go-to person for general and miscellaneous administrative matters by displaying expert knowledge of various policies and guidelines, enthusiastically assisting those in need and holding themselves to high standards in all they do. This person may coordinate a variety of operations, manage extremely busy schedules or expertly accomplish myriad miscellaneous responsibilities, all with outstanding time management and attention to detail. A successful nominee exhibits dependability, excellent multitasking ability, a consistent “can-do” attitude and maturity under stress.

Award recipients

  • 2019 – Janet Cousins, College of Humanities Sciences, and Will Moran, Department of Biology

Eligibility – Nominee is responsible for the management of the budget, coordination of fiscal operations, management of travel and reimbursements and/or execution of purchasing for one or more units.

Criteria – This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates extraordinary efficiency, skill and knowledge in carrying out fiscal operations and adhering to fiscal policy. This person communicates openly and thoroughly with members of their unit(s) regarding concerns of budget, fiscal policy and/or purchasing. This person is also unyieldingly ethical and is implicitly trusted with the financial wellbeing of their unit(s). A successful nominee exhibits outstanding communication skills, efficient and effective productivity, superior ethical decision-making skills and confidence in their work.

Award recipients

  • 2019 – Virginia Casanova, School of World Studies

Eligibility – Nominee is responsible for personnel administration, employee relations, employee dispute mediation, payroll administration or another function of human resource management for one or more units.

Criteria – This award is presented to one individual who regularly exceeds expectations regarding human resource management such that their unit or units run smoothly and without notable incident from an HR perspective. This person is self-motivated to solve problems as they arise, possesses a deep and thorough understanding of relevant HR policy, is an effective communicator with other HR stakeholders in the university and handles complicated HR matters in a superlative way. A successful nominee exhibits a highly approachable personality, creative problem-solving skills, empathy towards others and a consistently thoughtful approach to difficult situations.

Award recipients

  • 2019 – Alcinda Finefrock, Department of Political Science

Eligibility – Nominee is responsible for providing academic advising to students enrolled in a social science or humanities major, minor or certificate program as defined by CHS Office of Student Services.

Criteria – This award is presented to an individual who provides distinguished academic support to students, serves as an exemplary resource on academic matters and makes the success of their students a top priority. This person enthusiastically explores best practices in advising, manages their caseload (or equivalent) in a highly organized manner and fosters both academic and professional success in their students. A successful nominee exhibits trustworthiness, a focus on the success and wellbeing of their students, a strong sense of responsibility and exceptional organizational skills.

Award recipients

  • 2019 – Natasha Long, Robertson School of Media and Culture

Eligibility – Nominee is responsible for support of two or more units in the College of Humanities and Sciences. This support may not necessarily be equally distributed amongst the units, and may not be the same kind of support for each unit.

Criteria – This award is presented to an individual who provides outstanding support to more than one unit in the College of Humanities and Sciences either due to the service-oriented unit for which they work, or due to additional/special assignments which necessitate such support. This person is welcoming of new challenges, creative in their pursuit of excellent service and an enthusiastic team player. A successful nominee exhibits consistency in their work, an open mind, exceptional communication skills and exceptional problem-solving skills.

Award recipients

  • 2019 – Regina Coles, College of Humanities Sciences

Eligibility – Nominee is responsible for grant administration, research administration, lab scheduling, teaching lab administration or lab safety management, including computer labs.

Criteria – This award is presented to one individual who provides the highest level of knowledgeable support to the research, teaching or space management of their unit’s lab spaces. These efforts may include but are not limited to pre-grant administration, grant continuation and renewal, post-grant administration, providing RAMS guidance, supervising lab volunteers and employees, supervising lab procedures and protocols, managing safety compliance, managing lab schedules and overseeing all service requests related to such spaces. A successful nominee exhibits an excellent rapport with research or teaching personnel, exceptional understanding of applicable policies, high productivity and attention to detail.

Award recipients

  • 2019 – Emily Watkinson, Department of Biology

Eligibility – Nominee is responsible for providing academic advising to students enrolled in a science major, minor or certificate program as defined by CHS Office of Student Services.

Criteria – This award is presented to an individual who provides distinguished academic support to students, serves as an exemplary resource on academic matters and makes the success of their students a top priority. This person enthusiastically explores best practices in advising, manages their caseload (or equivalent) in a highly organized manner and fosters both academic and professional success in their students. A successful nominee exhibits trustworthiness, a focus on the success and wellbeing of their students, a strong sense of responsibility and exceptional organizational skills.

Award recipients

  • 2019 – Sheila Blair, College of Humanities Sciences Advising