Human Resources and Payroll

Reward and Recognition

 

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George Mason University values a culture of recognition to appreciate, motivate and retain its faculty and staff. The Human Resources and Payroll Reward and Recognition program creates and implements recognition opportunities that are fun, meaningful and linked to the values and mission of Mason.

Purpose of Recognition

The George Mason University Rewards and Recognition program’s purpose is to recognize individuals and teams for contributions to their department, school or the University as a whole. Mason faculty and staff are encouraged to use the recognition tools and resources available to them to foster an environment of shared success and commitment. The program provides various opportunities to acknowledge other’s contributions from gift cards and non-monetary awards to events that celebrate the achievements of Mason’s faculty and staff.

Types of Awards

Recognition is most effective when it takes place on a regular basis in a variety of different ways. Mason’s Reward and Recognition program provides a continuum of opportunities for recognizing colleagues across the University.

Formal Recognition - this type of recognition occurs on a regular basis and is delivered by HR & Payroll, The Commonwealth of Virginia or in schools or departments.

HR & Payroll Awards

  • Employee of the Month
  • Faculty Staff Book Scholarship
  • Outstanding Achievement Awards
  • University Day Service Awards

Departmental Awards

Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Awards for Public Service

Informal Recognition - this type of recognition includes on-the-spot and day-to-day recognition and is typically administered by HR & Payroll but delivered by departments and schools.

eCards - electronic greeting cards that anyone can send to congratulate, encourage or send some cheer.

Monetary Awards

  • Gift Cards - for request for peer-to-peer recognition
  • Impact Awards

Non-Monetary Awards – awards that are material goods, such as non-refundable gift certificates, plaques, trophies, desk items, clothing, tools, electronics or sports equipment.

  • Mason Flare – fun, informal awards for request for peer-to-peer recognition
  • Student Employee Recognition – for request to recognize Mason’s student employees
  • Presidential Citation

Recognition Leave

Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Outstanding Achievement Awards celebrate the hard work, dedication and achievements of Mason’s faculty and staff across several awards categories and support Mason’s values and mission. The awards ceremonies are held once a year in the fall. In addition to the HR & Payroll awards, there are awards presented at the Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony sponsored by other departments; Distance Education, Environmental Health and Safety Office, Staff Senate, Sustainability and University Life.

The Outstanding Achievement Awards are held annually in the fall. Nominations are typically due one month before the ceremony. The date for nominations and the ceremony will posted on this web site and advertised through various University marketing and communications channels.

Previous Recipients

2017 Recipients 2016 Recipients 2015 Recipients

The 2017 Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony will be held on November 2, 10:30 – Noon in Dewberry Hall. Nominations for the HR & Payroll Awards are due by September 29. Departmental Awards have varying due dates for their nominations, please see the criteria for each departmental award for more information.

Here are some guidelines to help you prepare a nomination for a Mason colleague.

HR & Payroll Awards

Adjunct Faculty Service Award

Adjunct faculty members play a crucial role at Mason. They bring expertise, experience, energy, and enthusiasm that enhance the Mason experience for faculty, staff, and students. The Adjunct Faculty Service Award recognizes a member of the adjunct faculty who displays exceptional commitment and service to the University, its Mission and Students. This award is open to two to three adjunct faculty members and each recipient will receive $1,000.

Criteria for this award:

  • The nominee must be an adjunct faculty member who has taught at Mason for at least four semesters
  • Contributes to the success of colleagues and complements the department and Mason through their dedication and exemplary service
  • Embodies the mission and values of the university community

Nomination Form:


Civility Star Award

Mason’s values and mission uphold the highest standards of integrity, civility, and respect for self, our students, our colleagues, and the community at-large. Mason’s faculty and staff should uphold these core values to form a collaborative community for the betterment of all. This award recognizes an individual who is a role mode of integrity, civility, respect, and positive behavior. The recipient will receive $1,000.

Criteria for this award:

  • The nominee must be a faculty or staff member who has been employed at Mason for at least one year.
  • Consistently acts with respect in all interactions and holds themselves personally responsible for their own behavior and actions.
  • Promotes positive relations in the campus community by not only being an example to others, but also by encouraging and nurturing good behavior.
  • Cultivates and maintains an environment where one’s behavior and words, even in times of conflict, reflects restraint, responsibility, and respect.

Nomination Form:


David W. Rossell Quill Award

This award recognizes individuals whose efforts exemplify the leadership and dedication of David W. Rossell, who retired from George Mason University in 2007 with over 20 years of loyal service. His devotion to the Mason community focused on leadership, teaching and fulfilling Mason’s mission. The recipient will receive $1,000.

Criteria for this award:

  • Must be an instructional, administrative or professional faculty who has been employed at the University for at least one year
  • Works on projects or initiatives outside the realm of normal duties, resulting in the advancement of the University's mission. Shares time and expertise in service to the University and to the community and puts our students first.
  • Displays effort to advance the stature of the department and/or the entire University
  • Displays leadership

Nomination Form:


Exceptional Support Award

Employees who provide excellent support are the backbone of Mason; they provide the strength for their department and the University to grow and prosper. They are often the “go-to” person in their department providing excellent customer service and ensuring that the functions and operations of their department run smoothly. Up to 10 Exceptional Support awards can be awarded and each recipient will receive $1,000.

Criteria for this award:

  • Nominee must be a University employee for at least one year
  • Provides support to ensure that the functions and operations of the nominee's department run smoothly. Contributes to the success of colleagues by sharing applicable knowledge and expertise
  • Demonstrates quality customer service to internal and external customers with responsiveness in a timely and appropriate manner
  • Gets results by identifying, creating, and implementing innovative solutions to improve the way work is done, making it easier, more efficient and/or less costly

Nomination Form:


Margaret C. Howell Award

This award recognizes individuals whose efforts carry on the work and demonstrate the character of the late Margaret C. Howell, who retired from George Mason University in 2002 after 20 years of outstanding, committed service. Her work focused on the development of respect, diversity and individual dignity throughout the University and the community. The recipient will receive $1,000.

Criteria for this award:

  • Nominee has at least three continuous years of service at Mason
  • Displays evidence of work that promotes respect, diversity and individual dignity throughout the University and the developing community. Some examples include mentoring students, faculty or staff; developing programs that promote cross-cultural understanding and cooperation; resolution of problems and concerns based on individual differences.
  • The nominee's efforts have impacted an individual or individuals, Mason and/or the surrounding community

Nomination Form:


Martha J. Reiner Quality Customer Service Award

The award is named after Martha J. Reiner, who retired in 2005 after 17 years of quality customer service to the Mason community. She was the recognized goodwill ambassador and "go to" person for her department, who along with her commitment to outstanding customer service skills, worked to recognize others through the development of programs like the Employee of the Month. The recipient will receive $1,000 and an inscribed plaque.

Criteria for this award:

  • Nominee must be a University employee for at least one year
  • Shows exceptional initiative in "going the extra mile" to provide service to internal and external customers with timely and appropriate follow-up
  • Shows responsiveness to the needs of students, patrons or customers to enhance the department and/or Mason’s mission
  • Demonstrates improvement of customer service and satisfaction

Nomination Form:


Outstanding Achievement Award

The Outstanding Achievement Award was designed to recognize individuals for their significant achievements for the betterment of the University and whose actions exemplify Mason’s values. Each recipient will receive $1,000.

Criteria for this award:

  • Nominee must be a University employee for at least one year. Classified employees, administrative/professional faculty and wage employees are eligible for this award.
  • Accomplished some achievement that resulted in significant benefit to the University, school, institute or department
  • Achievement must be a sustained, long-term accomplishment (for at least a one year period) within the realm of the employees’ job
  • Nominees' accomplishment must support the mission and values of the University

Nomination Form:


Mason Faculty/Staff Alumni Award

Alumni of George Mason University currently working for Mason are a special group of employees who are proud to call themselves Patriots. Their hard work and contributions to the university community are a reflection of their unique perspectives as former students and current employees. This award pays tribute to this special population of employees.

There will be one faculty award recipient and one staff award recipient. Each recipient will receive $1,000.

There will be one faculty award recipient and one staff award recipient. Each recipient will receive $1,000.

Criteria

  • The nominee must be a staff or faculty member who has been employed at Mason for at least one year and must have a degree from George Mason University.
  • Makes lasting and unique contributions to Mason to enhance the life for faculty, students and staff.
  • Embodies the mission and values of the university community.

Nomination Form:


Team Excellence Award

The Team Excellence award has been discontinued, and you can find more information about recognizing a high performing team here.

Departmental Awards


The Digital Learning Award

The Digital Learning Award is part of the annual Human Resources (HR) Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony. Funded by Digital Learning, The Stearns Center for Teaching & Learning award is given to an administrator or staff member whose efforts support quality in online education at Mason.  The winner will receive a $500 stipend and a certificate presented by the President at the annual HR awards ceremony.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, October 16, 2017.

Award Criteria:

  • Nominee must be administrative faculty, professional faculty, classified or wage staff who has at least one year of continuous service at George Mason University, and who has demonstrated strong support and commitment for digital learning at George Mason University. 
  • Nominees should have regular responsibilities supporting digital learning , e.g., serving to champion, improve, and/or enhance online education at Mason, whether at course, departmental, program, college/school and/or university level.
  • A Mason employee may only receive this award once every two years.

We encourage you to nominate:

  • Administrators & staff members whose leadership and commitment have advanced and supported digital learning at Mason.
  • Administrators and staff members who have championed digital learning at the course, department, program, college/school and/or university level at Mason.  
  • Administrator and staff members who have actively partnered with the Stearns Center (previously the Office of Distance Education and the Office of Digital Learning), to develop and/or support quality online courses and programs at Mason.   

This award is open to all Mason administrators and staff.  

Please note that instructional faculty are not eligible for this award; please consider nominating instructional faculty for the Teaching Excellence Awards, sponsored by The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning. Employees of The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning also are not eligible for this award.  

Nominations for The Digital Learning Award will be reviewed by a selection committee. Please send completed nominations to Digital Learning at diglearn@gmu.edu. For more information on the Digital Learning Award or any questions, please contact Darlene Smucny at dsmucny@gmu.edu.   

Nomination Form:

2017 Nomination Form


Safety Recognition Award

Sponsored by the Environmental Health and Safety Office

Nominations will be accepted annually prior to the Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony and the monetary award will be divided between multiple awardees. Please contact safety@gmu.edu for an exact deadline.

This award is given to a person or group of employees (department, facilities shop, laboratory, etc.) to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to improving health and safety on campus. Any employee or group of employees may be nominated by a colleague, supervisor, customer or student. The management staff within the Environmental Health and Safety Office will serve as the awarding committee.

Please send completed nominations toeilto:safety@gmu.edu">safety@gmu.edu. For more information on this award, please visit Safety Recognition Award


Outstanding Supervisor Award

Sponsored by the Staff Senate

The nominations for this award will be accepted in the month of August 2015

The Outstanding Supervisor Award, sponsored by the Mason Staff Senate, recognizes supervisors who most closely meet the criteria in each category. The winner is selected based on her or his ability to:

  • Promote collegiality in the department,
  • Be receptive to employee ideas and engage them in the department and/or university goals,
  • Promote and model a positive work-life balance,
  • Acknowledge exemplary performance,
  • Be fair in acknowledging exemplary performance,
  • Encourage professional growth of classified or non-student wage employees,
  • Support the work of classified and non-student wage earners,
  • Support innovation in the department, and
  • Model leadership skills.

Please visit Outstanding Supervisor Award to download a nomination form and learn more about the nomination process.


Sustainability Hero Award

Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability

About the Award

The Sustainability Hero Award acknowledges the contributions of individuals and teams who have gone the extra mile to seek creative solutions that have promoted healthy, sustainable living or reduced Mason’s environmental impacts. These are people who understand the significance of promoting a sustainable way of life for not only our staff and faculty, but our students as well, who are the next generation of stewards.

Who is Eligible?

Any faculty or staff member (or teams) whose primary job is not sustainability is eligible for this award. A previous winner is not eligible to receive an award of this type if they have received one in the past three years. The Sustainability Hero Award is issued once per year, during the Human Resources Outstanding Achievement Awards, usually occurring in September or October of every year.

How is the Winner Selected?

The Sustainability Hero award is selected based on the number of faculty, staff or student recommendations received for that person or team and on the level of impact that their actions had on university sustainability (either cultural, operational, or both). If multiple individuals or teams are nominated, the Office of Sustainability staff reserves the right to make the final decision. The winner receives $200 in cash and a certificate of appreciation from the President during the award ceremony.

How to Apply or to Recommend Someone for the Award

Send an email to gogreen@gmu.edu or a team member of the Office of Sustainability with detailed information about the person you would like to see receive the award. It helps to have more than one person recommending someone for this award.


Nancy Murphy Mason Spirit Award

Sponsored by University Life

This award recognizes individuals who exemplify the distinguishing attributes and values of the late Nancy Murphy, who retired from George Mason University in 2012 after 22 years of dedicated and spirited service to the University community. The winner will receive a Mason Bookstore $50 gift card and $250 monetary award.

Criteria for this award:

Nominee is a faculty or staff member who has at least three continuous years of service at Mason

The nominee's efforts have had a positive influence on an individual(s), office(s) and/or the Mason community

Nominee demonstrates:

  • Spirit for all things Mason
  • Community building
  • Mentoring students and/or staff
  • Taking initiative to improve the school/work life at Mason
  • Having fun and enjoying life
  • Optimism
  • Belief in others

All nominations should be submitted to Alissa Karton at akarton@gmu.edu. Please contact Alissa at 703-993-1438 with any questions.

Nomination Form:


Jade Barricelli Spirit of Advising Excellence Award

Sponsored by the Mason Academic Advisor Network (MAAN)

Nominations will be accepted annually prior to the Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony. The deadline for this award is October 5, 2017.

About the Award

Named for former Mason advisor Jade Barricelli, this peer nominated award created by the Mason Academic Advisor Network (MAAN) instills in other advisors the need to continually assess how our work will elevate and improve the advising community at George Mason University, and how we can ultimately improve the academic experience of George Mason University students.

Award Criteria

The academic advisor selected as the recipient of this award will have demonstrated their commitment to both the student experience as well as their commitment to their fellow colleagues within the academic advising community, in the following ways:

  • Uses and disseminates information about appropriate student support services
  • Monitors student progress toward academic and career goals
  • Engages in developmental advising (which includes career and life planning)
  • Exhibits a mastery of institutional regulations, policies and procedures
  • Demonstrates a caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty, and staff
  • Supports advising colleagues by being dependable and available
  • Attends and supports advisor development programs, such as the Mason Advisor Certificate or other advising initiatives
  • Adds to the visibility and role of MAAN as an essential resource to the University
  • Openly communicates and collaborates with students, faculty, and staff in support of MAAN’s Mission and Vision

Eligibility

Any Mason employee with responsibility for advising undergraduate and/or graduate students (includes Graduate Assistants). Previous winners are not eligible for 5 years after receipt of the award.

Nomination

Additional information about this award and the nomination form may be found on the Center for Academic Advising, Retention, and Transitions (CAART) website. Questions may be directed to maan@gmu.edu.

Do It Yourself (DIY) Recognition

We encourage Mason employees to print and use the meaningful and instant appreciation cards and labels on this page to recognize others. You can also check out our Pinterest page for more inspiration, ideas and free recognition!

Thank you and congratulations cards

Can be printed on 8.5x11 (letter) or on 5x8 index cards in color or black and white. Be sure to choose the appropriate size (after you choose print, click on properties, then click on the paper quality tab and scroll through the menu to pick the correct size).

Instant Employee Appreciation

Just print, cut and share!

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These stickers could be used alone...

But were designed to put on the bottom of Hershey Kisses or Rolos for some really “sweet” recognition. Avery ¾” round labels are recommended.

Looking for a little reward & recognition inspiration?

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Sympathy Cards

Are provided upon request. Please email awards@gmu.edu with the number of cards you’d like and to which mail stop they should be sent. sympathy card image placeholder

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Recognition Post-It Notes

...are provided upon request! They come in packs of 25, 3x4” post-it notes. Please email awards@gmu.edu with your request indicating style, number of packs and to which mail stop they should be sent.