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Faculty & Classified Staff Rewards & Recognition Program

The college recognizes VWCC's loyal, efficient and friendly employees who provide valuable services to our students, customers and citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are extremely proud of our reputation, especially the talents and contributions of our dedicated, hard-working employees who provide these services.

Every employee is valuable and plays a very important role in helping to fulfill our mission. We fully support and encourage methods - both formal and informal - to recognize, praise and reward our employees for outstanding contributions, exemplary performance, and continuous service.

Our goal is to acknowledge and recognize our employees and to encourage excellence in service to the college and the citizens we serve. Thus, we have a variety of reward and recognition programs that include in part peer-to-peer, colleague, and supervisory nomination based awards.  The Learning Environment Award allows employees, students and the community to nominate eligible 9-month teaching faculty for recognition.  During the nomination period, students may nominate regular 9-month teaching faculty for the Master Advisor Award.

Annual Teaching Faculty Awards

Teaching Excellence Award

The Teaching Excellence Award rewards regular full-time 9-month teaching faculty who have excelled in one or more of the four teaching domains in the previous academic year. During the nomination period, fellow 9-month teaching faculty members and/or deans may nominate an eligible teaching faculty member. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations should offer specific details about the area of excellence that is deserving of meritorious recognition. The recipient(s) of the reward will receive an honorarium of $500 and a plaque at the college's annual Employee Awards Ceremony.

J. Andrew Archer Teaching Award

Teaching at Virginia Western provides us with the opportunity to interact with many selfless and talented people whose principles and work we admire and respect. Unfortunately, we sometimes become so immersed in our daily responsibilities that we fail to take the time to show our colleagues just how much we appreciate the work they do and the contributions they make. To address this concern, the college initiated in 1998 an annual recognition and appreciation program that provides regular 9-month teaching faculty the opportunity to identify other eligible teaching faculty within their division whose contributions and service deserves special recognition and commendation. During the nomination period, teaching faculty may nominate a colleague within their academic school. Four awards will be given annually to one regular full-time 9-month teaching faculty from each academic school.  The recipients receive an honorarium of $500 and a plaque at the college's annual Employee Awards Ceremony.

Master Faculty Advisor Award

The Master Advisor Award reflects the importance that VWCC places on academic advisement and the instrumental role that regular full-time 9-month teaching faculty play in advising students to take responsibility for their educational success. During the nomination period, students, classified staff, fellow faculty members and/or supervisors can submit a Master Faculty Advisor Nomination form to the respective Academic Dean. Self-nominations are accepted. The recipient(s) of the reward will receive an honorarium of $500 and a plaque at the college's annual Employee Awards Ceremony.

Students wishing to nominate faculty may obtain the nomination form from either Human Resources or the division office within an academic school.

Annual Faculty & Classified Staff Awards

Service Award

The college celebrates and honors employees for their length of service with the Commonwealth of Virginia. This program is for all full-time and certain part-time faculty and classified staff with five or more years of service, given at five-year milestones.  Full-time employees may select an award offered up to their service milestone and will be presented their selected award along with a certificate of appreciation at the annual Employee Awards Ceremony. 

Outstanding Classified Staff Achievement Award

The Outstanding Classified Achievement Award recognizes excellence and honors full-time classified and regular part-time wage employees for their outstanding dedication, enthusiasm, extraordinary accomplishments and contributions to the mission of the college. During the nomination period, any employee may nominate employees whose characteristics illustrate extraordinary contributions and outstanding achievements. Three recipients receive a trophy and a $500 monetary reward at the annual Employee Awards Ceremony. Full-time classified employees and regular part-time wage employees, having no active written notices, and with at least one year of service are eligible for this reward. Employees may receive the award only once in a two-year period.

Classified Employee of the Year Award

The Classified Employee of the Year Award recognizes full-time classified staff whose work and contributions to Virginia Western are exemplary, based on but not limited to job performance, job knowledge and skills, cooperation, dependability, loyalty, attitude, integrity, and relations with fellow employees, students and/or the community.  During the nomination period, any employee may nominate a full-time classified employee for this award.  In order for the employee to be eligible for the award, the recipient shall have received at least one Acknowledgement of Extraordinary Contribution Form within their last performance cycle and one that has not received the award within the past two years.  The recipient of this award will receive a plaque, $500 monetary reward, and a one-year special parking pass at the annual Employee Awards Ceremony.

STAR Award

The STAR award seeks to recognize full-time 12-month faculty, classified staff, and regular part-time wage employees for service, teamwork, achievement, and/or results demonstrating a commitment to the core values of Virginia Western.  As a forward-thinking college, we place an emphasis on service that encompasses diversity, integrity, respect, teamwork and success.  During the nomination period, any employee may nominate employees who exemplify the STAR Award and has not received the award within the past two years.  The recipient receives a trophy and a $500 monetary reward at the annual Employee Awards Ceremony.

J. Andrew Archer Award for Administrative/Professional Leadership Excellence Award

The J. Andrew Archer Award for Administrative/Professional Leadership Excellence Award is a peer-to-peer award within the members of the Administrative Senate Committee. During the nomination period, members of the Administrative Senate Committee nominate a peer within this committee who demonstrates excellent leadership as reflected in part through action, motivation, integrity, team building, communication, as well as vision and goal setting. The award includes $500 and a plaque for excellent leadership at the annual Employee Awards Ceremony. Those eligible to receive this award shall have at least one year of VWCC administrative/professional service as of the date of the award and have not received the award in the prior four years.

Virginia Western Achievement Award

The Virginia Western Achievement Award is designed to acknowledge noteworthy, specific or ongoing contributions or accomplishments that are beyond regular normal expectations of assigned work duties that assists the college in achieving its mission.  During the nomination period, any employee may nominate faculty, classified staff, adjuncts, or regular part-time wage employees. Self-nomination is permitted with supporting corroboration. Three employees who have not received the award in the previous two years will receive a $200 honorarium and honored publicly. 

You Make the Difference Annual Award

The You Make the Difference Annual Award is designed to recognize full-time faculty, classified staff, adjuncts and regular wage employees whose performance is consistent with the mission and vision of Virginia Western.  Examples include employees who go outside of their job duties to provide excellent customer service; going the extra mile; meeting the challenge; integral team member; a positive attitude in difficult situations; problem solving; recommending solutions; or offering new ideas, which led to college implementation.  During the nomination period, all employees can nominate an eligible employee or self-nominate with supporting corroboration. Three employees who have not received the award in the previous two years will receive a $200 honorarium and honored publicly. 

Public Service Excellence Award

Excellence in serving students and our community is a glimpse of employee actions that make a positive impact throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Our employees do remarkable work every day in the spirit of our profession and pride for our community. Excellence in state government service presents itself in many ways.  Employees can tell their story or one of another that exemplifies service excellence as a public employee for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  During the nomination period, any employee may nominate full-time faculty, classified staff, adjuncts and regular part-time wage employees or self-nominate with supporting corroboration.  Three employees who have not received the award in the previous two years will receive a $200 honorarium and honored publicly

Ongoing Faculty & Classified Staff Recognition

You Make the Difference

A You Make the Difference card is available for employees to recognize the noteworthy actions of other employees throughout the year providing immediate and spontaneous recognition. Eligible employees who have received You Make the Difference card(s) consistent within the intention of the program may receive recognition through monthly drawings from cards received during the current year.  Recipients of this award may receive special monthly parking, movie tickets, a VWCC logo item, or a taxable gift card.

Immediate Recognition

Immediate recognition is available for supervisors to recognize their employees' actions that go above-and-beyond normal work expectations. Immediate awards vary based on employee eligibility and may include gift cards, monetary awards, recognition leave, certificates of appreciation, movie tickets, VWCC logo items, and You Make the Difference cards. Recognition leave is only available to full-time classified employees.  Supervisors may also recognize full-time classified staff by the completion of an Acknowledgement of Extraordinary Contribution Form.

Learning Environment Award

The Learning Environment Award is recognition that is available throughout the year for extraordinary and exemplary contributions or a single act supporting the learning environment.  Eligible employees include regular full-time 9-month teaching faculty who have excelled in one or more of the following areas: teaching, scholarly and creative engagement, institutional responsibility, and service. In order to acknowledge such behaviors and contributions, the Learning Environment Award provides continuous opportunities for fellow faculty members, administrators, staff, students, and members of the community to identify regular full-time 9-month teaching faculty for consideration of this award. Recipients may choose their recognition from a variety of de minimus awards such as a set of movie passes, special parking, VWCC logo item; or may choose up to a $50 donation to the college student book fund, emergency fund, student scholarship fund, or other Foundation employee giving funds.  Examples of an appropriate nomination might include exemplary performance organizing a successful campus event or going above-and-beyond expectations in one single action assisting a student or a member of the community.

Those who wish to recommend a faculty member for a Learning Environment Award may do so at any time during the year by submitting a completed Learning Environment Award Form to the Human Resources Office.

Students and community members wishing to nominate faculty may obtain the nomination form from either Human Resources or the division office within an academic school.

Employee Awards Ceremony

Being honored publicly is one of the highest honors the college bestows.  Each year a formal event occurs to honor and recognize employees for service award milestones and select special awards.

Rewards and Recognition Work Group

The Rewards and Recognition Work Group is comprised of previous special award recipients and a Human Resources representative serving as the ex-officio. The work group is charged with reviewing nominations submitted for special awards including the Learning Environment Award.  The work group will make a recommendation for the recipient(s) of the award(s) based on established criteria.

The Employee Recognition Policy for faculty & classified staff is on VW Connect in the Human Resources Policies & Procedures section.  Additional information on 9-month teaching faculty rewards and recognition is located in the Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan.