CLAS Leadership Award

The CLAS Leadership Award is given annually to recognize staff in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who exhibited exceptional leadership qualities and positively impacted individuals, departments, or the college. Ribbon

This award recognizes employees who exhibit excellence in leadership by adhering to the following criteria:

  • Sets a high standard of integrity by leading through example
  • Motivates and inspires people around them
  • Supports innovative ideas in diverse environments
  • Encourages meaningful and dynamic professional relationships
  • Promotes professional development
  • Maintains a positive and constructive approach to receiving and giving feedback; fostering a culture of inclusiveness

All permanent full-time and part-time (50% or more) professional and scientific, merit exempt, and merit staff employed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are eligible to be nominated for this award.

Nominate a staff member 

  • Please be sure to provide specific information and examples in your nomination materials. Please submit this documentation with the application. 
  • Any CLAS staff, faculty, or student can nominate a CLAS staff member. Nominators must complete the nomination form and include the necessary supporting information.

The deadline for submission is Monday, April 15, 2024. Nominations that are incomplete or received after the deadline will be returned.

Nomination, selection, and announcement process

  • This award process is conducted annually. The nomination form must be received no later than Monday, April 15, 2024. 
  • Nominations are to be submitted online using the form. Questions can be sent to the Awards and Recognition Committee Chair, Rosie Ver Steegh, by emailing 
  • Nominations will be evaluated with respect to the award criteria by members of the CLAS staff recognition committee and the dean. More than one CLAS Leadership Award may be awarded by the committee each year.
  • Recipients of this award will be announced in May. 
  • Awardees will receive one of two $500 stipends.