Team Recognition Award

The Team Recognition Award recognizes a group or team of staff and faculty (and possibly students) who exemplify cooperation, collaboration and open communication. The group receiving the award must be comprised of supportive team players who worked in partnership on a project that significantly advanced departmental goals and/or university mission.

To be considered, the team must meet the following criteria:

  • Build effective collaborative relationships across different work units, groups or departments within the organization
  • Contribute to a group effort having a significant impact on departmental goals and/or university mission
  • Work to reach agreements while considering multiple perspectives
  • Create a team environment that promotes cooperation, communication, trust, and respect for differences
  • Develop a partnership that seeks input and involvement of those affected by decisions
  • Place team goals above personal goals while achieving a distinctive result or product

Nomination Process:

  • All nominations must be submitted via the on-line nomination form.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 22, 2018.
  • You may use this form to complete your nomination in advance using any word processing software, and then copy and paste into the on-line nomination form when you are ready.
  • Nominations may be made by any university faculty or staff member. The team of faculty and/or staff may also include students.
  • The president, provost, and vice presidents will review all nominations and make the final selection.


The winning team will be recognized at Opening Convocation on Wednesday, September 20, 2018.


2017 Recipient: Howard Hughes Medical Institute Proposal Development Team    

The HHMI proposal development team originated as a group of faculty members from Biology, Chemistry and Geology concerned about climate, access and retention for underrepresented students in STEM majors.  The group began to meet on a biweekly basis to identify barriers for these students, including enrollment limits on STEM courses, under-preparation for the Math Placement test, and the lack of faculty and graduate student awareness concerning equity and inclusion.  When the HHMI, the world’s foremost biomedical research foundation, announced that it would be accepting proposals for $1M grants to increase minority inclusion and representation in STEM disciplines, the team’s previous conversations and shared understandings made it possible to prepare a proposal to address these issues at Western.  From a field of 1500 eligible colleges and universities,  and 91 submitted proposals, Western was one of 24 to receive a $1M grant.  Because of HHMI’s national prominence and resources, with this grant Western is positioned to become a national leader in STEM inclusion, which can in turn increase Western’s ability to recruit more diverse faculty and students. 




Past Recipients