Staff Excellence Award Program

The Staff Excellence Award program is intended to recognize outstanding service by staff members and is awarded to one individual each year.

Eligibility

  • All non-MPP Sonoma State University staff
  • Have twelve or more months of University service
  • Work half time or more
  • Have a commendable work record

Criteria

The Staff Excellence Award recipient will have made a significant impact on the University through outstanding dedication, competence, exceptional performance, excellent service to students, and ingenuity, as demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  • Contributions and demonstrated commitment to the University's mission and core values
  • Significant improvements in student service or enhanced student satisfaction
  • Significant improvements in a work process or system, or significantly increasing the efficiency of an operation or unit
  • Demonstrated exceptional ability to foster collaboration, communication, and cooperation among colleagues and members of the campus community
  • Demonstrated performance at a level far above and beyond normal expectations

How to Nominate

  1. Complete the nomination form  . Give specific examples of nominee's outstanding service in the areas listed on the nomination form. Nominators may only nominate one person per cycle.
  2. Submit nomination form to hr@sonoma.edu to be reviewed for eligibility. The form will then be routed to the Appropriate Administrator and Vice President for signature, who may add comments prior to its return to Employment Services.

Awards

The recipient of the Staff Excellence Award receive:

  • Cash award of $2,000
  • A certificate
  • Photo on the HR website
  • Honored at the annual Appreciation event

Responsibilities

Nominator

Complete and submit the nomination form, then route the form to Employment Services. Give specific examples of the nominee’s outstanding service. Clarify or provide additional information regarding the nomination as requested by the Appropriate Administrator, Vice President, Employment Services, or committee members.

Appropriate Administrator and Vice President

Review the nomination. If there are questions regarding the nomination, clarify with the nominator or Employment Services. Sign the form and return to Employment Services. The Appropriate Administrator and Vice President may add comments prior to sending the form to Employment Services, for review by the committee.

Awards Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee consists of a diverse representation of the campus community. Committee members will be responsible for attending two meetings and independently reviewing all nominations received, select finalists and then make a recommendation. Committee members are required to maintain confidentiality throughout the process and only consider information provided on the nomination form when assessing the nominees.

Employment Services

Provides overall coordination, support, and training for Awards Advisory Committee members. Establishes the nomination period deadline, distributes announcements and nomination forms, verifies a commendable work record for nominee(s), receives nomination forms and routes for signature, and holds signed nomination forms for review by committee members. Employment Services serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Awards Advisory Committee.