Awards & Recognition

Tools and Resources

NOTE: Starting in 2017, nominations for the Award of Distinction will take place in the fall rather than at the beginning of the calendar year. This move is to better coincide the awards program with Emory’s fiscal year and the annual performance review process.


Each year, the Award of Distinction Program recognizes approximately 10-15 university employees who have made outstanding contributions to the Emory Community. Honorees are recognized at a special dinner and also receive a $1,000 award.



All regular full-time and part-time staff, who have been employed for at least one year are eligible to be nominated for the Award of Distinction. Previous awardees are also eligible. Retirees are not eligible.

Employees not eligible for nomination include faculty, faculty equivalents, librarians, board approved principals and employees of Emory Healthcare.



We invite nominations for employees who have consistently demonstrated outstanding job performance and who have made contributions during the previous calendar year towards Emory's goal of becoming a destination university.

Nominations can be made by faculty, staff or supervisors and require the endorsement of the head of the department/school/division in which the nominee works. Employees may not nominate themselves.

A department/school/division may submit one nomination for every 50 Full-Time Employee regular staff. All nominations must be typed and limited to 500 words.

To nominate someone, use the 2016 Nomination Form (see below). Nomination forms must be emailed and must be received no later than Friday, February 5, 2016. Nominations received in Human Resources after 5pm on the deadline date will not be considered. DO NOT FAX YOUR APPLICATION!



A nominees' contributions should be demonstrated through the employee's successful efforts to create and implement collaborative initiatives between schools and/or units that produce meaningful results towards the achievement of Emory's strategic plan through one or more of the following categories:



Human Resources reviews each nomination for eligibility and completeness, and then routes each nomination to the Award Selection Committee. The Award Selection Committee is appointed by the Vice President of Human Resources and includes former awardees. The Committee evaluates all submissions using the information described in "Nomination Categories" and selects 10 to 15 award recipients each year.



Human Resources notifies each award recipient and his/her respective dean or vice president. A dinner is held to honor the reception of the Award of Distinction. The honoree is accompanied by a guest of his/her choice. The honoree's picture and excerpts from the nomination letter are publicized in the Emory Report. The 2016 Award of Distinction dinner will be held on March 22, 2016.