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11.17 Staff Service Awards

Milestone Awards

The College recognizes the importance of continuing service to the institution by giving a service award to staff after every five years of continued service. Staff will be recognized at the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon.

Staff Outstanding Service Award

In conjunction with the annual Macalester Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon, one staff member is recognized for their performance and impact on our community. Nominations will be based on the following criteria:

1. Outstanding work performance

2. Outstanding contributions to colleagues and/or the department

3. Outstanding service to the College

Who is eligible?

Any non-faculty employee outside of the following Senior Leadership positions, which include:

1. President
2. Executive Vice President & Provost
3. VP, Administration & Finance
4. VP, Advancement
5. VP, Institutional Equity
6. VP, Student Affairs
7. VP, Admissions & Financial Aid
8. VP & CIO, ITS
9. Dean of the Faculty
10. Vice Provost

Eligibility also includes having a minimum of one year of service as of February 28 and being in good standing, which means free of any disciplinary or job related performance concerns.

Winners will not be eligible for re-nomination for 5 years following receipt of the award.

How do I nominate someone?

Requests for nominations will be communicated to staff, specifying the nomination process. This will typically occur during winter. All nominations must be received by the deadline in order to be considered.

How does the selection process work?

Each year the Staff Advisory Council (SAC), organizes a representative group of staff employees to work with the Director of Human Resources. All committee members have a vote except for the Director of HR whose role is to facilitate the process. If committee members provided by SAC are unable to fully participate in the selection process, the Director of HR will select individuals to replace them. In addition to SAC selections, Macalester tradition is to include the previous year’s winner as a voting committee member.

Prior to releasing the nominations to the committee for consideration, the Director of HR will remove nominations of individuals who do not meet eligibility criteria.

Committee members will review all nominations. The committee will meet as many times as needed in order to discuss and recommend a winner.

In cases where a committee member is also a nominee, the committee member will recuse themselves from the process and be replaced by another individual.

A cornerstone of the selection process is confidentiality. As such, the winner of the Staff Outstanding Service Award is not revealed until the luncheon.