Awards & Recognition

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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.

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



We invite nominations for employees who have consistently demonstrated outstanding job performance and who have made specific contributions that have impacted their department/school or the university. Nominations should be based on consistent excellence in the performance of job duties and responsibilities and should cite examples of how the nominee has demonstrated:

Nominations can be made by faculty, staff or supervisors and require the endorsement of the nominee's supervisor. Employees may not nominate themselves.

A department/school/division may submit one nomination for every 50 Full-Time Employee regular staff.

To nominate someone, use the 2017 Online Award of Distinction Nomination Form. Nomination forms must be completed no later than Thursday, September 7, 2017, 5:00 pm. Nominations received by HR after 5:00 pm on the deadline date will not be considered. All nominations must be submitted using the online form ONLY (no emails, faxes or hard copies will be accepted). 

Nomination summaries cannot exceed 500 words.

As an optional supplement to your nomination, you can include up to three letters of support (multiple people can sign a letter of support). Letters of support are not required for a complete submission. If you wish to provide letters, please e-mail them directly to Kay Manning at Only letters of support received by the deadline of 5:00 pm, September 7, 2017 will be included with your nomination 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 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 the "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 recipients 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 2017 Award of Distinction dinner will be held on October 19, 2017.


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If you have any general questions about the Award of Distinction or are having any technical issues submitting your form, please contact Kay Manning at or 404-727-7550.