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FIU Service & Recognition Awards


The FIU community gathers each year to honor and recognize FIU's distinguished staff and faculty members for their outstanding achievements and years of service.

As valuable members of the FIU family, all faculty and staff play a pivotal role in recognizing fellow colleagues and coworkers for their outstanding achievements. To that end, the Division of Human Resources invites your nomination(s) for this year's eleven award categories.

A look back to the 2016 Service and Recognition Awards

The 2016 Service and Recognition Awards Ceremony took place on Friday, March 4th at the Graham Center Ballrooms. More than 800 faculty and staff were recognized for their years of service. Additionally, an estimated 350 individuals were recognized by their peers and nominated for one of 7 award categories.

We congratulate all faculty and staff recognized for their years of service, as well as all those nominated for outstanding achievements. We extend a special congratulations to our 2016 award recipients and finalists:



FIU Torch Award Recipient: Sara M. DuCuennois
FIU Opportunity Award Recipients : My CollegeScheduler Implementation Team
Consuelo B. Boronat
Jorge M. Devarona
Eduardo J. Monteiro
Srinivas Popuri
Lan Quach
Luis J. Rodriguez
Ivette Tejedor
FIU Community Award Recipient: David Kadko
FIU Sustainability Recipient: Alexandra R. Dutton
FIU Service Excellence Award Recipients: Carlos A. Saiz

Aime Martinez

Digital Communincations
Fabian Alcantara
Christina J. Frith
Osmel Matos
David B. Roberts
President’s Access & Equity Award Recipient: Yesim Darici
Presidential Excellence Award Recipients: Argoecology Program
Mahadev G. Bhat
Krishnaswamy Jayachandran
Presidential Excellence Award Finalists: Leonel E Lagos

Madhavan P Nair

Satisfacroty Academic Progress Policy Revision
Beatriz Anillo
Consuelo B. Boronat
Bridgette E Cram
Hugo Jimenez
Gregory L. Mackey
Tekla Nicholas
Ida I. Pabon
Jose A. Polo Ramos

Writing Workshop Information

Service and Recognition Awards: Nomination Toolkit

Awards & Criteria
Award Categories
Writing Tips
Nomination Template
Intructions: How to submit your nomination



Nomination Writing Tips

  1. Review the Award Criteria carefully.
  2. Think about the nominee(s) you have selected and describe how they have met the criteria.
  3. If the nominee(s) has won other awards that the committee should know about, list them.
  4. If there are facts or data that may be shared to show the significant achievements the nominee(s) have made as it pertains to the award criteria - numbers help tell the story!
  5. Your nominee(s) are the best source of information. Contact them or a supervisor who may be able to provide you with more detailed information.
  6. Now that you have all the data, you are ready to write your nomination. Be creative and remember that the selection committee may know very little about the nominee(s) - you are going to share as much information about them so they can understand why they deserve this award.
  7. Start your summary by introducing the nominee to the selection committee. You may want to share information as their job title, their length of service, career history at FIU, etc.
  8. Share factual information about the nominee(s)' accomplishments. Remember, you are now painting a picture to the selection committee about the nominee(s) and you must keep it factual, yet keep them engaged in understanding the achievements of the nominee(s).
  9. Give examples to support your statements about the nominee(s).
  10. Proofread your essay to make sure there are no misspelled words and if there are any acronyms that not everyone may know about, remember to explain them.

Would you like further assistance writing a strong nomination? Please consider taking a Writing Workshop at the Center for Excellence in Writing. One-on-one sessions will be provided on a first come, first served basis. To schedule your appointment, please contact their center at MMC (305) 348-6634 or at BBC (305) 919-4036.

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Nomination Template

To write a strong nomination, follow the template provided below The more relevant information you provide, the better chance the committee has of getting to know why your nominee should be considered.

  1. Introduction: Introduce your nominee. Describe how long you have known the nominee and in what capacity. Include their job title, length of service, career history at FIU, etc.
  2. Share factual information about the nominee(s)' accomplishments. Explain how they meet the prescribed criteria for the award you are nominating them for.
  3. Provide concrete examples of how they meet the criteria to support your nomination.
  4. Your nomination should be no less than 300 words.

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How to nominate

  • Review the 11 award categories and criteria for the next Service & Recognition Awards and determine which award best fits your colleague(s)
    1. Look over the nomination writing tips
    2. Draft your nomination using the nomination template
    3. Ready to submit your nomination?
        Follow these steps:
      • Visit nominate.hr.fiu.edu
      • Log in using your FIU Credentials
      • Click “Next” to begin the nomination process
      • Select and confirm the award category for your nomination
      • Search and select your nominee
      • Continue to follow the instructions on the website until you reach the “Nomination Summary” page.
      • Paste your pre-written* nomination into the text box and click “Nominate!”
        • *Please note that this page will automatically expire after 24 minutes. It is best to write your nomination using the nomination template prior to logging into the system.
    Have any other Questions? Please contact Trudy Fernandez, Director of HR Relations at (305) 348-0101 or via email at Trudy.Fernandez@fiu.edu

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    Awards & Criteria & Nomination Website

    Your involvement in the nomination process is essential to letting your colleagues know their superior achievements make all the difference in building a stronger and better FIU.

    Please note, self nominations and anonymous nominations will not be considered. Eligibility is not open to the following leadership classifications: University President, Provost, Deans and Vice Presidents.

    Below are the award categories and criteria for each award. We invite you to review each category before submitting your nomination!

    Ready to nominate? Click here for the nomination website: http://nominate.hr.fiu.edu

    Award Criteria
    Presidential Excellence Award
    Supported institutional, strategic, and operational excellence by restructuring processes to improve efficiency, productivity, and quality; and/or implementing critical programs; receiving recognition from peers in the academic community for excellence in research, scholastic, or creative activities. (Full-time faculty, administrative and staff members hired prior to 7/1/2015 are eligible for this award category.)
    President's Access and Equity Award
    Demonstrated efforts exceeding his or her mandated job responsibilities to support the goals and objectives of diversity and inclusion. A demonstrated commitment to the spirit of diversity through participation in extracurricular activities and/or formal or informal initiatives at the institutional, community, state, regional, or national level; shown leadership through positive interaction among persons of different cultural backgrounds; and behavior which illustrates commitment to inclusion of persons within the institution who are members of traditionally under-represented groups. (Full-time faculty, administrative and staff members hired prior to 7/1/2015 are eligible for this award category.)
    FIU Community Award
    Supported the university's mission by promoting high quality teaching, state-of-the-art research and creative activity, or collaborative engagement with our local and global communities during the past year. (Full-time faculty, administrative and staff members hired prior to 7/1/2015 are eligible for this award category.)
    FIU Opportunity Award
    Promoted FIU's vision of being a leading urban public research university by contributing outstanding service with a focus on student learning, innovation, and collaboration. (Only full-time administrative and staff members hired prior to 7/1/2015 are eligible for this award category.)
    FIU Torch Award
    Exemplified FIU's institutional values of truth, freedom, respect, responsibility, and excellence by exhibiting the highest standards of character and ethical behavior. (Full-time faculty, administrative and staff members hired prior to 7/1/2015 are eligible for this award category.)
    FIU Sustainability Award
    Promoted FIU's respect for the environment by providing knowledge, education, and modeling ways to achieve climate preservation as well as capitalize on the economic opportunities of the solutions developed. (Full-time faculty, administrative and staff members hired prior to 7/1/2015 are eligible for this award category.)
    Service Excellence Award (Staff)
    This individual possesses the job knowledge, people skills, motivation, and drive for continuous improvement that provide a level of service excellence that exceeds the expectations of FIU customers and colleagues. He or she is known for service excellence beyond his or her mandated job responsibilities. Consistently seeks opportunities for collaboration and cross-functional improvements to better serve the University community. (Full time staff members hired prior to 7/1/2015 are eligible for this award. Cross-department nominations are highly encouraged.)
    Service Excellence Award (Administrative)
    This individual possesses the job knowledge, people skills, motivation, and drive for continuous improvement that provide a level of service excellence that exceeds the expectations of FIU customers and colleagues. He or she is known for service excellence beyond his or her mandated job responsibilities. Consistently seeks opportunities for collaboration and cross-functional improvements to better serve the University community. (Full time administrative employees hired prior to 7/1/2015 are eligible for this award. Cross-department nominations are highly encouraged.)
    Service Excellence Award (Team)
    These individuals possess the job knowledge, people skills, motivation, and drive for continuous improvement that provide a level of service excellence that exceeds the expectations of FIU customers and colleagues. They are known for service excellence beyond their mandated job responsibilities. Consistently seek opportunities for collaboration and cross-functional improvements to better serve the University community. (Full time faculty, administrative, and staff members hired prior to 7/1/2015 are eligible for this award. Cross-department nominations are highly encouraged.)
    FIU Safety and Loss Prevention Award (Staff)

    NEW this year!
    Promoted safety by demonstrating proactive efforts to reduce accidents and promote safety-related initiatives. Staff has reported unsafe work conditions, promoted safe behaviors, a safe environment and a stronger safety culture. Staff has been instrumental in resolving unsafe work conditions and/or safety deficiencies. (Full time staff members hired prior to 7/1/2015 are eligible for this award. Cross-departmental nominations are highly encouraged.)
    FIU Safety and Loss Prevention Award (Faculty/Administrative)

    NEW this year!
    Promoted safety by demonstrating proactive efforts to reduce accidents and promote safety-related initiatives. Faculty or administrative employee has reported unsafe work conditions, promoted safe behaviors, a safe environment and a stronger safety culture. Faculty or administrative employee has been instrumental in resolving unsafe work conditions and/or safety deficiencies. (Full time faculty and administrative employees hired prior to 7/1/2015 are eligible for this award. Cross-departmental nominations are highly encouraged.)

    The President's Access and Equity Committee will review nominations for the President's Access and Equity Award, and will forward their recommendation to our president for his selection of this year’s honoree. The members of the Operations Committee will review nominations for all other awards, and select the honorees for each award category, with the exception of the Presidential Excellence Award. Finalists for the Presidential Excellence Award will be forwarded to our president for his selection of this year’s honoree.

    The honorees for each category will receive a monetary award along with a commemorative token that exemplifies their achievements. In the event there is more than one honoree in an eligible award category, the cash portion is equally divided among the members.

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