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The Positive Recognition Program (PRP) for Employee Excellence reinforces Queens College’s mission and strategic plan. It helps us recognize talented individuals who integrate strategic goals into the campus culture:

  1. Weaving transnational connections;
  2. Launching graduates into the global future;
  3. Nurturing the scholarship and creativity of our world-class faculty;
  4. Building a campus community;
  5. Enriching our local community.

The purpose of the PRP for Employee Excellence is to:

  • Identify employees who serve as models to the community for professional achievement;
  • Reinforce Queens College’s commitment to recognizing outstanding performance;
  • Respond to reported employee satisfaction levels for employee feedback and recognition;
  • Promote a sense of community by providing formal opportunities to celebrate employee accomplishments.

PRESIDENT’S EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION COMMITTEE (PERC)
A 13-member committee consisting of faculty, staff, and executives representing all areas of the college is appointed by the President to oversee PRP implementation. Members serve 2-year terms, renewable at the discretion of the President.

PROCESS

  • In November, nominations are submitted online by the appropriate nominator on or before the deadline.
  • In December, all nominations are reviewed at a PERC meeting.
  • Nominations are reviewed by Human Resources to ensure that candidate behavior and performance reflect the criteria of each award.
  • In January, recommendations for award recipients are presented to the President.
  • Honorees are notified immediately thereafter.
  • In March, honorees receive awards.
  • Unless otherwise noted, nominator/nominee may be from any QC affiliate including Auxiliary Services, QC Foundation, Research Foundation at Queens College, Student Union, or similar agency.

AWARDS
The PRP consists of many different components that serve to enhance the work environment for QC faculty and staff and the learning environment for students.

Each March, the campus community, led by the President and the executive cabinet, gathers to honor faculty and staff who consistently demonstrate extraordinary performance and commitment to the mission, vision, and goals of Queens College. The four categories of awards are: President’s Excellence, Leadership, Individual Contributor, and Team. Each award is described below.

PRESIDENT'S EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Award: President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by Adjunct Faculty
Purpose: Recognizes outstanding teaching by an active adjunct faculty member.
Eligibility: Nominee must have taught at least one course at the college in the current academic year and in at least three of the preceding four years.
Nomination: Made by any member of the college community. Self-nomination is prohibited.

Award: President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by Faculty
Purpose: Recognizes outstanding teaching by full-time faculty members.
Criteria:  
Eligibility: There is a 5-year waiting period to be eligible for consideration after having been previously awarded a Teaching Excellence Award.
Nomination: Made by any member of the college community. Self-nomination is prohibited.

Award: President's Excellence Award for Gittleson Staff

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Purpose: Recognizes excellence in the Gittleson series (CUNY Office or Administrative Assistant).
Criteria:
  • Consistently contributes to the effective delivery of services throughout the campus community.
  • Regularly displays good judgment, independent thinking, and initiative.
  • Performs work that is above and beyond performance expectations.
  • Displays a sense of responsibility for his/her actions.
  • Demonstrates continuous self-development and a desire to learn new approaches to delivering efficient/effective services to the campus community.
  • Serves as a constant role model and an inspiration to all members of the college community.
  • Eligibility:
  • A minimum of 5 years of service in a Gittleson series title.
  • There is a 5 year waiting period to be eligible for consideration after having been awarded an Excellence Award.
  • Nomination: May be submitted by any member of the college community. Self-nomination is prohibited.

    Award: President's Excellence Award for HEO's

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    Purpose: Recognizes performance excellence in the HEO series.
    Criteria:
  • Continuously demonstrates value-added performance through participation in college initiatives.
  • Conveys, through interactions with the campus community, a dedication to excellence and service opportunities.
  • Acts as a role model to others in the campus community.
  • Through self-assessment and educational opportunities, continues to master new innovative processes and approaches and integrates them into the campus community.
  • Eligibility:
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of service in a HEO series title.
  • Excluded Higher Education Officers are ineligible for consideration.
  • There is a 5-year waiting period to be eligible for consideration after having been previously awarded an Excellence Award.
  • Nomination: Any member of the college community. Self-nomination is prohibited.
     
    LEADERSHIP AWARDS
    Award: Discimus ut Serviamus (We learn that we may serve)

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    Purpose: Recognizes distinct and extraordinary accomplishments with identifiable impacts that have significantly advanced enabling, understanding, or communicating key issues. This award is not intended to recognize lifetime achievement or longevity.
    Selection: Honorees are selected by the President/VP/Deans.
    Criteria:
  • Accomplishment that significantly enhances QC’s reputation.
  • Work that has been displayed through publications, development of new technologies, education, outreach, leadership or supports activities consistent with QC’s mission.
  • Eligibility: Must hold a position in a Teaching/Non-teaching/Classified Managerial/ECP titles series.
    Nomination: Any member of the community. Self-nomination is prohibited.

    Award: The Jewel of Queens College

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    Purpose: Recognizes supervisors and managers who model QC’s core values: Excellence, Community, Global Perspective, Accountability, and Integrity.
    Criteria: Daily demonstrates QC’s core values.
    Eligibility:
  • Supervise at least one full-time employee.
  • Must have at least 3 years of service.
  • Nomination: By a person directly reporting to the nominee.
     
    TEAM AWARDS
    Award: The Knight's Court

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    Purpose: Recognizes departmental units or cross-unit work groups that facilitate, promote, or demonstrate one or more of our institutional values through their collaborative efforts.
    Criteria:
  • Displays outstanding leadership qualities through teamwork.
  • Promotes service and consistently completes projects on time and within budget while promoting a productive, safe, and healthy work environment.
  • Makes outstanding contributions to the campus community.
  • Eligibility:
  • Departmental unit must have at least two employees.
  • Must have achieved outstanding measureable results implementing plans to reach a goal.
  • Must have furthered the QC Mission and top priorities.
  • Nomination: Any member of the community. Self-nomination is prohibited.
     
    INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR AWARDS
    Award: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

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    Purpose: Honors employees who far exceed performance expectations.
    Criteria:
  • Exceeds performance expectations within the department, while interacting and providing outstanding and ongoing excellence in services to faculty, staff, students, and/or other customers.
  • Creates positive impressions of their department by their spirit of service and collaboration with others.
  • Eligibility:
  • Must have completed at least 6 months of service at the time of nomination.
  • Open to any full-time employee.
  • Excellent attendance/punctuality.
  • Nomination: Any member of the community. Self-nomination is prohibited.

    Award: The Strategic Groundbreaker

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    Purpose: Focuses on employees who embrace strategic challenges.
    Selection: Final selection is made by the Provost and VP for Finance & Administration.
    Criteria:
  • Through the use of new processes, approaches, or technologies, demonstrates outstanding creativity in addressing challenges that are linked to QC’s mission and reputation, and/or allow QC to operate more efficiently and effectively.
  • Enhances the quality of work-life in ways that make a significant difference for colleagues or customers through their development of creative solutions to problems that result in significantly more effective and efficient department or college operations.
  • Eligibility: Any QC employee.
    Nomination: Any member of the community. Self-nomination is prohibited.

    Award: Out-of-the-Box Technology

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    Purpose: Recognizes advancements made in academic and/or administrative technology, granted to employees who make meaningful suggestions and take steps to achieve technology goals. This award is not limited to successful implementations.
    Criteria:
  • Demonstrates courageous out-of-the-box thinking in technology.
  • Shows a willingness to experiment with justified and sustainable technological resources to enhance learning and strengthen collaboration on campus.
  • Eligibility: Any QC employee.
    Nomination: Can be submitted by a direct report to the supervisor/manager, project teammate, committee member, and/or end-user.

    Award: Rising Star

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    Purpose: Recognizes employees who develop and realize their potential.
    Criteria:
  • Shows commitment to professional growth and development and enrichment.
  • Consistently applies knowledge gained through self-development to expand potential to deliver outstanding service to the QC community.
  • Demonstrates growth in confidence, delivery, professionalism while consistently displaying exemplary judgment.
  • Eligibility:
  • Must have obtained a professional certificate from institutions such as SEDA, PDLM, DCAS, or a professional organization or college degree program.
  • Non-Executive titles within Classified/Civil Service or Professional title series are eligible for this award.
  • Nomination: By senior- or executive-level employees. Nomination must be confirmed by Human Resources.

    Award: Rookie of the Year

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    Purpose: Recognizes a new employee who has shown outstanding performance in his/her current position.
    Criteria:
  • Adjusts to the new work environment while demonstrating outstanding enthusiasm and a high level of energy.
  • Displays initiative and self-motivation.
  • Demonstrates effective collegial interactions when facing new or difficult tasks.
  • Contributes innovative and useful ideas and shares them with others.
  • Eligibility: Any QC employee with between 3 months to 1 year of employment at QC at the time of nomination.
    Nomination: Submitted by any member of the nominee’s department.

    Award: Honor Roll

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    Purpose: Recognizes employees who make the campus a better place.
    Criteria:
  • Shares talents, creativity, and special skills in ways that connect departments to one another, to the campus, or to the community at large.
  • Improves the climate or morale of the college.
  • Volunteers on campus, community, university, or beyond.
  • Eligibility:
  • Must have completed at least 6 months of service at the time of nomination.
  • May serve in any title.
  • Have above average attendance/punctuality.
  • Nomination: Made by any supervisor.
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