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 16, 2017.
  • 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, 2017.


2016 Recipient: Morse Hall Fire Recovery Team

Immediately after the fire in the Morse Hall chemistry building on August 25, 2015, this team came together to ensure its successful reopening in time for the start of the 2015 Fall Quarter only twenty five days later.  The team reviewed, evaluated and implemented solutions to the multiple obstacles to restoring service in the building, considering safety, financial, strategic and operational impacts to the University.  Consistent, swift, and accurate communication at all levels was critical to the success of the response, and each member of the team was empowered to provide information and input at every step of the recovery effort.  Even under intense time pressure, each area within this large team understood their goals and objectives to ensure the safety of students and employees, all coordinated to minimize disruption to Western’s academic mission.  Thanks to the team’s effort, thousands of students, faculty and staff were able to continue their coursework and research without disruption, relocation or resource constraints.  This is what Active Minds Changing Lives, and the Western Way is all about!

Past Recipients