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The Navigator: Leadership Award


The Navigator Leadership AwardThe Leadership Award was established to recognize outstanding employees who have consistently demonstrated leadership during their Undergraduate Education career by building community, respecting the well-being of people in achieving large-scale goals, exhibiting strong stewardship of institutional resources (time, talent, etc.), and advancing access and opportunity for others.

There are two categories for this award, one for faculty/academic staff and one for support staff. Award recipients will receive $750 and will be recognized during the All-Staff Undergraduate Education Meeting in the spring.

Nominees should have an outstanding commitment to Michigan State University’s core Mission and Values and a proven track record of outstanding job performance and leadership within the unit. Nominees do not need to be in a supervisory position. Their strength as a leader can be demonstrated through participation on committees, as part of project teams, or through peer training and mentorship. When preparing a nomination, please cite specific examples that showcase the individual’s talents and accomplishments.

Please submit your nomination by 5 p.m. on Feb. 29, 2024.

If you would like to check the eligibility of your nominee, or if you have any other questions, please email the awards committee at UGEdAwards@msu.edu.

Please do not notify the employee of their nomination!

Example Achievement Areas

Potential examples of Achievement Areas include (but are not limited to):

  • Empowers, challenges, and inspires staff to reach their highest potential and motivates others through practice and values.
  • Demonstrates a compassion for the ongoing development of others.
  • Officially or unofficially mentors others in navigating job responsibilities to increase the likelihood of performance success.
  • Actively listens and directs people to appropriate resources.
  • Demonstrates clear and concise communication skills guided by compassion and empathy.
  • Exhibits the ability to connect and develop relationships that support a high level of trust and credibility.
  • Positively influences others to work collaboratively and creatively.
  • Promotes equity by welcoming and valuing a diversity of opinions in discussions, demonstrating acceptance of others, speaking up against marginalization and disrespect, and considering accessibility, diversity, and inclusivity in all aspects of job assignments.

Qualifications

  • Nominees must be on the Office of Undergraduate Education payroll as a regular, active employee.
  • Nominees must have been employed by Undergrad Ed for at least three years.
  • Nominators must be employed by or enrolled at Michigan State University.
  • Nominators and nominees must not have a familial relationship.
  • Self-nominations will not be considered.
  • Award eligibility is limited to once every three years.
  • The eligible employee groups for the Support Staff Awards are APSA, APA and CTU employees.