Awards

The Professional Staff Senate Awards Committee solicits and reviews nominations for three awards:

Recipients of the awards are honored at the annual Professional Staff Senate Recognition Luncheon held on June 6, 2013 at the Center for Tomorrow. More information on the luncheon will be forthcoming.

2011 Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2011 award winners, honored at our annual recognition luncheon held on May 11th!

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service

This award recognizes individuals who have repeatedly sought improvement of themselves, their campuses, and ultimately the State University of New York and, in so doing, have transcended the normal definitions of excellence. Eligible individuals are currently serving in professional service capacities, have completed at least three years of continuous full-time service in the position for which they are nominated, and are in a position with more than 50 percent of their assignment in non-teaching services. Note: Individuals holding qualified academic appointments or serving in part-time positions are not eligible.

Eligibility

Nominations for the Chancellor’s Award must be drawn from individuals presently serving in full-time professional service capacities with more than 50 percent of the assignment in non-teaching services. Nominees must be current full-time professional staff employees and must have completed at least three years of continuous full-time professional (not classified) service in the position for which they are nominated. Prior award recipients should not be nominated again. Posthumous nominations are not eligible for consideration.

Award Criteria

  • The candidate must perform superbly in fulfilling the job description for the position held.
  • The candidate should demonstrate excellence in professional activities beyond the parameters of the job description.
  • The ideal candidate may satisfy the standards in a creative or innovative fashion while demonstrating flexibility and adaptability to institutional needs.
  • Consideration should be given to capabilities and accomplishments in the area of leadership, decision-making and problem solving. Evidence in this category would include professional recognitions, initiation of ideas, development of proposals, committee ctivities.

Nomination Package

Any member of the university community may submit a nomination. They are responsible for preparing the nomination package which must include the following:

  • The Nomination Form;
  • The nominator’s summary letter of support;
  • The nominee’s current vitae;
  • The nominee’s current position description and performance program; and
  • A maximum of five letters of support with one each from a supervisor, a colleague and a constituent.

Nomination Forms

Nomination forms are available by emailing Anna Kedzierski at kedziers@buffalo.edu.

Guidelines and Requirements for the Nominations Package

  • Select individuals to write letters of support who have specific knowledge of the nominee’s performance and who are in the best position to provide letters of support. Strong dossiers describe varied aspects of the nominee’s service.
  • Letters should provide specific examples that show how the nominee has exemplified excellence. Generalizations should be avoided.
  • The Nominator’s summary is the single most important part of the nomination. It should address specific examples of how the candidate excels in each of the criteria for the award and list the candidate’s most outstanding qualifications and major achievements.
  • The Nominator’s summary may utilize information not included elsewhere, such as information from additional letters of support not included with the dossier
  • The Nominator’s summary is the only letter forwarded to Albany as this campus’ rationale for nomination of the candidate.
  • The Nominator’s Summary is limited to a maximum of five pages.
  • All award criteria and qualifications must be met; documents should be complete; guidelines should be met for the number and sources of the letters.
  • Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

Deadline for Nominations

Completed nominations must be submitted to the Professional Staff Senate Office, 543 Capen Hall no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

Outstanding Service Award

The award recognizes professional excellence and outstanding service of noteworthy scope and depth which is beyond that encompassed by the job description. The service may include religious, charitable, scientific, educational, artistic, literary or civil involvements that enhance the quality of life.

Eligibility

The service must focus on the betterment of the community as a whole, but may be associated with university initiatives. Eligible individuals are current full-time professional staff employees who have completed at least two years of continuous full-time professional staff service by January 2011. Note: Previous winners are ineligible for five years after receiving the award.

Criteria

  • The service must focus on the betterment of the community as a whole, but may be associated with university initiatives.
  • The service may include religious, charitable, scientific, educational, artistic, literary, or civic involvement that enhances the quality of life.
  • Grounds for distinction may include, but are not limited to, evidence of leadership, community involvement, commitment, creativity, and initiative

Nomination Procedure and Materials

Any member of the university community may submit nominations. The nomination must include the following:

  • The Nomination Form;
  • The nominee’s current vitae;
  • The nominee’s current position description;
  • A maximum of five letters of support, with one letter describing professional excellence and no more than four letters describing service; and
  • The nominator’s summary letter of support.

Nomination Forms

Nomination forms are available by emailing Anna Kedzierski at kedziers@buffalo.edu or by calling 716-645-2003.

Guidelines and Requirements for the Nomination Package

  • Nomination materials must include clear and detailed examples of both community service and professional excellence.
  • Select letter writers who can specifically describe the role and contributions of the nominee. Strong dossiers describe varied aspects of the nominee’s service.
  • Letters of support should provide specific examples that show how the nominee has contributed to the betterment of the community and/or the university.
  • Letters of support should be as concise and precise as possible. Generalizations should be avoided. The letter should contain the signature of the person writing it.
  • Letters of support should be addressed to the Nominator.
  • The Nominator’s overview must specifically address the selection criteria, listing the candidate’s most outstanding qualifications and major achievements.
  • The Nominator’s overview may utilize information not included elsewhere, such as information from additional letters of support not included with the dossier.
  • The Nominator’s overview is limited to a maximum of five pages and should be addressed to the Awards Committee Chair.
  • No attachments will be accepted (i.e. booklets, manuals, newspaper clippings).
  • All award criteria and qualifications must be met; documents should be complete; guidelines should be met for the number and sources of the letters.
  • Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

Deadline for Nominations

Completed nominations must be submitted to the Professional Staff Senate Office, 543 Capen Hall no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Outstanding Service to the Professional Staff Senate Award

Individuals nominated for the Outstanding Service to the Professional Staff Senate Award must fulfill the selection criteria for the award.

This award recognizes an individual member of the professional staff or a group of professional staff members who have provided outstanding service to the Professional Staff Senate (PSS) as a member of the Executive Committee or as a member of a standing or ad-hoc committee or task force of PSS. Any current member of the professional staff is eligible for this award.

Eligibility

Any member of the Professional Staff at the University at Buffalo is eligible.

Nomination Procedure

Any member of the University at Buffalo Professional Staff may submit a nomination.

Letters of Support

After selection of the nominee(s), the next task in the nomination process is to solicit letters of support. You may meet with the nominee(s) to solicit recommendations for letter writers or select them on your own. Please keep in mind the following points as you select individuals to write letters of support:

  1. Choose individuals who are best able to articulate and have specific knowledge of the nominee’s service, as well as are in the best position to provide letters of support.
  2. Begin the process of soliciting letters early enough to ensure that you receive them on time. It is recommended that you solicit more than are needed in case you don’t receive all letters on time. Deadlines are firm!
  3. Consider soliciting more letters than you need so you are able to select the best ones for submission.
  4. Communicate to the letter writers the importance of taking this task seriously.
  5. Communicate to the letter writers the importance of providing specific examples of the nominee’s service. Be sure that s/he understands that generalizations about the nominee are not helpful.
  6. Each letter of support should be addressed to the nominator and signed by the letter writer.

Please Note:The committee values the quality of the letters more than the level of the letter writer’s position. Any member of the professional staff community may submit nominations.

Nominator’s Summary

The Nominator’s Summary is the most important part of the nomination packet. Please keep in mind the following points as you write the Nominator’s Summary:

  1. It must specifically address the Award’s selection criteria. It should include specific examples of how the nominee(s) meet the criteria for this award.
  2. It should summarize and highlight information from the letters of support.
  3. Information from other sources (e.g. letters of support not included in the dossier) may be included.
  4. Keep in mind that, while the Nominator’s Summary is limited to a maximum of three pages, successful nominators typically avail themselves of every opportunity to outline in detail the nominee’s qualifications and achievements.
  5. The nominator’s summary should be address to the Awards Committee Co-Chairs and signed by the nominator.

In summary, please remember the following:

  1. Be sure that your nominee meets all criteria.
  2. Be sure that the dossier contains all items on the checklist and that all documents are complete.
  3. Be sure that that you have followed the guidelines for the number of letters.
  4. Note that incomplete or late dossiers will not be accepted.

Nomination Must Include:

  • The Nomination Form;
  • The nominee’s current vita;
  • The nominee’s current position description signed by the nominee's supervisor;;
  • A maximum of four letters of support, and
  • The nominator’s summary letter of support (three pages maximum).
  • Original and twelve (12) copies of dossier

Nomination Forms

Please obtain a nomination packets by emailing Anna Kedzierski at kedziers@buffalo.edu or by calling 716-645-2003.

Deadline for Nominations

Complete nominations must be submitted to the Professional Staff Senate Office, 543 Capen Hall, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

For information, please email Ellen Dussourd at dussourd@buffalo.edu or Letitia Thomas at lthomas@buffalo.edu.

Last updated: 02 October 2014