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Staff Awards

The UMass Amherst College of Engineering is pleased to recognize the excellence and ongoing contributions of its dedicated staff. 

Each staff award will include $500 and a plaque, with recognition at the annual faculty & staff award celebration in May.

Two awards are offered:

The submission window will be January 15 to March 15. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations

 

Dean's Outstanding Student Support Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a staff member for significant contributions that enrich the student experience and/or have a positive impact on student development in the College of Engineering. 

Significant contributions are viewed as special efforts, beyond the norm, that enhance the well-being and opportunities of students in our engineering community.

This includes, but is not limited to, creatively or resourcefully implementing or enhancing existing programs, activities and/or services that:

  • Further student learning
  • Promote leadership skills, professional development, and/or the ability to innovate
  • Foster an environment of inclusivity
  • Provide guidance, mentorship, and advocacy
  • Encourage hands-on learning and student projects, including lab support
  • Help students navigate difficult experiences
  • Inspire the students they serve
  • Build strong partnerships across the university in support of student success

Candidates should have performed in a manner that exceeds the normal expectation for a staff member and display enthusiasm toward their responsibilities.

Nomination process: Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations. Nomination package should consist of a letter (maximum 2 pages) addressed to the Dean of Engineering expressing the significant contributions made by the nominee.  Up to three supporting letters or comments may also be provided. At least one supporting letter (or the nominator) must be a current engineering student. The nomination package should be submitted to Linda Goldstein.

Selection: A group of students, appointed by departments, will complete an initial review of all nominations and then a committee of past dean staff award recipients will make the final recommendations to the Dean of Engineering as a part of a two-step process. The dean will select the final recipient.

Eligibility: All staff in the College of Engineering departments and offices, including lab technicians and program coordinators, are eligible with a few exceptions.

The following are not eligible:

  • Current staff award committee members
  • Staff who have received a staff recognition award in the last five years (Note: this award is new for 2021)
  • Staff who have not completed two consecutive years of service in the College of Engineering
  • Faculty members, including lecturers and staff that hold faculty status
  • Group nominations; awards are given to individuals only 

 

Dean’s Outstanding Service Award 

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward outstanding service by a staff member to a department and/or to the College of Engineering.

Outstanding service is viewed as a special effort, beyond the norm, that significantly improves the overall College of Engineering operations, environment and experience.

Examples of going beyond the norm include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovating an effective solution to improve a process or solve a difficult problem
  • Taking the lead to implement a new idea, project, program or service
  • Mentoring, inspiring, supporting or motivating others to achieve results or overcome obstacles in support of college goals.

Expected characteristics include, but are not limited to:

  • Positive attitude and teamwork;
  • Initiative, quality of work, and excellence in performing core job requirements
  • Self-motivation, going over and above with a high degree of excellence

Nomination process:

Nominations should consist of a letter (maximum 2 pages) addressed to the Dean of Engineering expressing the significant contributions made by the nominee. Up to three supporting letters or comments may also be provided. The nomination package must be submitted to Linda Goldstein.

Selection: Dean will select recipient in consultation with a committee comprised of previous dean staff award recipients. 

The following are not eligible:

  • Current staff award committee members
  • Staff who have received a staff recognition award in the last five years
  • Staff who have not completed two consecutive years of service in the College of Engineering
  • Faculty members, including lecturers and staff that hold faculty status
  • Group nominations; awards are given to individuals only

 

Past Award Recipients

Dean's Service Award

 2020 Dean's Outstanding Service Award2020      Amity Lee

2019      Barbara Hastings

2018      Kim Renier

2017      Tami Paluca

2016      Sherrie Webb-Yagodzinski

2015      Sally Darby

2014      Joseph Smith

2013      Jennifer Blake

2012      Sandra Gross & Pam Rivest

2011      Shana Passonno

2010      Francis Caron

2009      Jodi Ozdarski

2008      Scott E. Reed

2007      Keith P. Shimeld

2006      Cheryl Brooks & Rick Winn

2005      Patricia Alex

2004      Dorothy Adams

2003      Jane Martel

2002      Frances Corgnati

2001      Lorraine Robidoux & Jennifer Suglia

2000      Patricia Zuzgo

1999      Maryann Sadoski

1998      Linda Klemyk

1997      Alan Rakouskas

1996      Miles Eastman

1995      Frank Duda

1994      Donald Scott

1993      Jane Stein

1992      Andrew Casiello

1991      Isabelle Graves

1990      Daniel Blanchard & Kathleen Rubin

1989      Arnold Glazier

1988      Reynolds Winslow