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Staff Awards

Vanderbilt University recognizes staff’s outstanding work and contributions to the university and beyond through its staff awards program. These awards are designed to spotlight the talents, dedication and professionalism that staff bring to their work at the university, and to celebrate the rich diversity of contributions that are foundational to Vanderbilt’s excellence as a center for research and empowering education. 

Depending on the award, an individual and/or team, may be nominated. Please see the specific awards for more information. If multiple individuals want to submit nominations for the same candidate, the selection committee would prefer a single nomination.

Fall Awards

Community Impact Award

Awarded to a full-time staff member and/or staff group/team who represent(s) Vanderbilt University externally through community engagement, service, association leadership or other outreach, that creates a better understanding of the university to those who are not necessarily a part of our immediate Vanderbilt “community.”

An individual award consists of a prize of $2,500 and a physical award. A selected team receives up to $10,000 ($2,500 maximum per individual) and a physical award. The team’s maximum size is 10 staff members.

Please email ele@vanderbilt.edu with any questions related to the Community Impact Award.

2021

Elaine Gallagher
Sophia Murray
Angela Jones
Linda Wilson
Sheteka Phillips
Jamie Broadwater

Vanderbilt Child and Family Care, Childcare Administration Team

Professional Excellence Award

Awarded to a full-time staff member who contributes to Vanderbilt University’s success. The staff member has gone significantly above and beyond the specific job duties and has demonstrated excellence in supporting Vanderbilt’s mission. This individual positively influences the work environment, fosters cooperation, achieves goals, and/or overcomes obstacles, while carrying out employment responsibilities. 

An individual award consists of a prize of $2,500 and a physical award.

Please email ele@vanderbilt.edu with any questions related to the Professional Excellence Award.

2021 Christina Cunningham Director of Administration, Undergraduate Affairs and Residential Faculty
2021 Anthony Jones Senior Cook, Commons Dining Center

Innovation Excellence Award

Awarded to a full-time staff member and/or staff group/team who demonstrates excellence in innovation that has had a meaningful and significant impact on a process, program, or initiative at the Vanderbilt University. This individual and/or staff group/team has implemented or attempted a new system or approach in the past 12-18 months.

An individual award consists of a prize of $2,500 and a physical award. A selected team receives up to $10,000 ($2,500 maximum per individual) and a physical award. The team’s maximum size is 10 staff members.

Please email ele@vanderbilt.edu with any questions related to the Innovation Excellence Award.

2021

Charmin Bates, Division of Communications and Marketing
Kate Derrick, Division of Communications and Marketing
Natalie Figlio, Division of Communications and Marketing
Neha Khetan, Division of Communications and Marketing
Natascha Heckers, Division of Communications and Marketing
Daniel Loxley, Athletics
Tamara Cooley, Public Safety
Johnny Vanderpool, Emergency Preparedness
Robert West, Plant Operations
Susan Kennedy, Office of the Chancellor

Double Commencement Team

Research Excellence Award

Awarded to a full-time staff member and/or staff group/team whose efforts in support of research at Vanderbilt University has been exemplary and significantly impactful in the process of discovery or knowledge.

An individual award consists of a prize of $2,500 and a physical award. A selected team receives up to $10,000 ($2,500 maximum per individual) and a physical award. The team’s maximum size is 10 staff members.

Please email ele@vanderbilt.edu with any questions related to the Research Excellence Award.

2021

Jennifer Skelton
Linda Gower
Leesa Sampson

Vanderbilt Genome Editing Resource

Student Impact Award

Awarded to a full-time staff member and/or staff group/team who has gone above and beyond to positively affect the quality of life of students at Vanderbilt University. This could be through access, resources, mentorship, or service. The staff member and/or staff should have a positive impact on the students’ continued success at Vanderbilt.

An individual award consists of a prize of $2,500 and a physical award. A selected team receives up to $10,000 ($2,500 maximum per individual) and a physical award. The team’s maximum size is 10 staff members.

Please email ele@vanderbilt.edu with any questions related to the Student Impact Award.

2021 Michelle Kovash Associate Director for Student Affairs, Law

Leadership Excellence Award

Awarded to a full-time staff member who shows outstanding commitment to the Vanderbilt University’s mission by exhibiting strong leadership, such as: building engagement and trust, coaching and developing others, leading with courage, building partnerships, among others. The staff member will show commitment to empowering, educating, and supporting Vanderbilt colleagues.

An individual award consists of a prize of $2,500 and a physical award.

Please email ele@vanderbilt.edu with any questions related to the Leadership Excellence Award.

2021 Cara Tuttle Bell Director of Project Safe
2021 Mark Harrington Supervisor Control Systems, Utility Distribution

 

Spring Awards

Commodore Award

Awarded to full-time regular staff members who have made significant contributions to Vanderbilt University’s pursuit of excellence in education, research, and community service. One award is presented to hourly staff and one to salaried staff. Each award winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 and an engraved crystal bowl.

Regular full-time staff members with at least 10 years of consecutive Vanderbilt University service at time of submission may be nominated for the award. Previous recipients of the Commodore Awards are ineligible.

Nominations closed for this award on April 5, 2021, and the next call for nominations will take place in Spring 2022 The division/department point person or delegate of vice chancellor, associate vice chancellor, dean, vice provost, or similarly situated role may nominate. Please email ele@vanderbilt.edu with any questions related to the Commodore Award.

2020 Valeria Y. Cobb Susan Gray School
2020 Randall P. Tarkington Housing and Residential Education
2019 Sheree Wright General Counsel
2019 Elizabeth Bumpous Owen Graduate School of Management
2018 Dennis Spann School of Nursing
2018 Antoinette Hicks Business Services
2017 Danny McKissack Grounds Maintenance
2017 Lilliana Rodriguez Spanish and Portuguese
2016 Karen Page School of Engineering
2015 Judy Brandon Office of Dean of Students
2014 Clair Gant Edgehill Child & Family Center
2013 Rosemary Moody Leadership, Policy and Organiz

Diversity Leadership Award

Awarded to a full-time staff member who has exhibited an outstanding commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and has demonstrated exemplary contributions to developing a culturally diverse and welcoming university community reflective of inclusive excellence. The award consists of a prize of $2,500 and a physical award. 

Candidates must be regular full-time staff members with a minimum of three years of consecutive Vanderbilt service and are not a previous recipient of the award.

Nominations closed on March 5 for the 2020-2021 Diversity Leadership Award. The next call for nominations will take place in Spring 2022. Please visit the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion website for additional information.

2021 Midori Lockette Government and Community Relations
2021 Antonio Robinson Information Technology 

Vanderbilt Early Impact Award

Awarded to a full-time staff member who has worked at Vanderbilt University for a minimum of one year and less than five years and has exhibited excellent performance that shows promise of future growth in his/her/their field. This individual exemplifies professionalism and has made significant contributions as a junior staff member at Vanderbilt. The award consists of a prize of $2,500 and a physical award. 

Vanderbilt University staff, postdocs, and faculty may nominate full-time staff for this award during the nomination period. Self-nomination is not allowed. Regular full-time staff members holding positions below the director or department head level with a minimum of one year and less than five years of consecutive Vanderbilt University service at time of submission may be nominated for the award. Seasonal or intermittent employees are ineligible.

Nominations closed on April 5 for the 2021 Vanderbilt Early Impact Award. The next call for nominations will take place in Spring 2022. Please email ele@vanderbilt.edu with any questions related to the Vanderbilt Early Impact Award.

2021 William G. Hansen Health Sciences Education
2021 Bill Burgess Student Access

Mentorship Excellence Award

Awarded to a full-time staff member who serves as a role model by inspiring colleagues and promoting professional development. This individual demonstrates excellence in mentorship, fosters greater individual contributions and/or greater team cooperation, and embodies Vanderbilt University’s mission, goals and values. The award consists of a prize of $2,500 and a physical award. 

Vanderbilt University staff, postdocs, and faculty may nominate full-time staff for this award during the nomination period. Self-nomination is not allowed. Regular full-time staff members at Vanderbilt University may be nominated for the award; seasonal or intermittent employees are ineligible.

Nominations closed on April 5 for the 2021 Mentorship Excellence Award. The next call for nominations will take place in Spring 2022. Please email ele@vanderbilt.edu with any questions related to the Mentorship Excellence Award.

2021 Ally Sullivan Facilities
     

One Vanderbilt Excellence Award

Awarded to a full-time staff team, department and/or group that has demonstrated collaborative excellence on behalf of the university community. The team has worked across the university on a project, significant effort or initiative that advances Vanderbilt’s mission. The seelcted team receives up to $12,000 ($2,500 maximum per individual) and a physical award. The team's maximum size is 12 staff members. 

Staff, postdocs, and faculty at Vanderbilt University may nominate a team for this award during the nomination period. Self-nomination is allowed. The nominated team should be comprised of full-time staff; seasonal or intermittent employees are ineligible. 

Nominations closed on April 5 for the 2021 Mentorship Excellence Award. The next call for nominations will take place in Spring 2022.  Please email ele@vanderbilt.edu with any questions related to the One Vanderbilt Excellence Award.

2021

Courtney Berry
Daniel Coradazzi
Evyn Cosgrove
Kerrie Turney
Lauren Moon
Lauren Tillman
Leslie Lemus
Michael Jones
Nasine De La Rosa
Oliva Farley
RC Stabile
Jorge Wellmann

Residential Education
2021 Aaron Longhurst
Beatrice Nolan
Christopher Reddon
Ericka Foster
Hobert Woods
Katesha Roland
Lattica Mitchell
Leopoldo Sguera
Mamand Taabur
Marina Bazdarevic
Ricky Hughes
Custodial Services

 

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