Cross-Divisional Recognition

Recognizes someone outside of the nominators’ division who demonstrates at least one of the eight values or demonstrates progress toward achievement of at least one of the four strategic imperatives.

Criteria: The employee (staff/faculty) demonstrates notable achievement of one of the eight core values (Achievement, Caring, Collaboration, Inclusiveness, Innovation, Integrity, Sustainability, and Wisdom) or one or more of the strategic imperatives that reflect interdisciplinary accomplishment of the strategic plan. Employee must be full-time with at least six months employment and not under a performance improvement plan.

Strategic Imperative Recognition

Recognizes someone who demonstrates progress toward achievement of at least one of the four strategic imperatives.

Criteria: The employee (staff/faculty) demonstrates initiative, motivation, positive attitude, outstanding contributions or accomplishments above and beyond job performance expectations. Accomplishments must reflect accomplishment of one or more of the four strategic imperatives (Student Success, Academic Success, Partnership Success, and Operational Success), and should align with the key performance indicators (KPIs) for the University. Employee must be full-time with at least six months employment and not under a performance improvement plan.

Values Recognition

Recognizes someone who demonstrates one or more of the eight University values.

Criteria: The employee (staff/faculty) demonstrates notable achievement of at least one of the eight core values (Achievement, Caring, Collaboration, Inclusiveness, Innovation, Integrity, Sustainability, and Wisdom). Employee must be full-time with at least six months employment and not under a performance improvement plan.

Beheruz N. Sethna Diversity Champion

Recognizes and honors the inherent value of equity and diversity and celebrates the positive impact diversity has upon our community.

Criteria: The employee (staff/faculty) demonstrates ability to influence others to embrace diversity and inclusion (D&I), practices continual learning in the area of D&I, innovates and/or takes risks to promote D&I, cultivates diverse teams, holds themselves and others accountable for inclusiveness, and performs substantial work at UWG or in the community to promote D&I. Employee must be full-time with at least six months employment and not under a performance improvement plan. Employees who are part-time or have been employed less than six months are eligible to nominate but are not eligible to be nominated.

Sustainability Champion

Recognizes someone who goes out of their way to develop a culture of sustainability throughout campus and who truly embodies the term “leader”.

Criteria: The employee (staff/faculty) has successfully implemented or supported sustainability efforts over the course of no fewer than three years. The contributions can be in any area of campus sustainability expressed by the Sustainability Council. (https://www.westga.edu/academics/cosm/sustainability/sustainability-council.php).

Nomination Process for all Three Types of Recognition:

a. A part-time or full-time employee may nominate a full-time employee. Please note: students and grad assistants are not allowed to nominate nor be nominated.
b. Nomination Form is completed and forwarded to nominee’s supervisor. If assistance is needed to determine supervisor, contact the Best of the West Administrator for your Division. Administrator names may be found on the Best of the West Employee Award & Recognition Program homepage.
c. Supervisor completes Direct Supervisor Scorecard and forwards to Divisional Best of the West Administrator with nomination form.
d. Administrator sends supervisor a certificate for presentation to nominee.
e. Nominees are entered into a pool of candidates for the Divisional Awards.
f. Nominees will be recognized in the printed program at the annual end of year celebration.