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2019-2020 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service recognizes consistently superior professional achievement within and beyond the position.


Candidate Background – Candidates must presently be serving in full-time professional service capacities (not necessarily titles) with more than 50 percent of their assignment in non-teaching services. The latter include academic administration, business affairs, student affairs, institutional support technologies, instructional and research support technologies and directors of campus libraries. It is the intent that the Professional Service award be reserved for staff working full-time within their nominating campus. Full-time faculty (as defined in the eligibility criteria for Faculty Service) are not eligible. In the case of split-assignments across the nominating campus, individuals are eligible for nomination for this award if they are serving in a full-time professional capacity.  In addition, support staff not serving in professional class titles are ineligible for nomination, but are eligible for nomination in the Classified Service Awards category.  Please note, promotion within a department does not preclude a person from being nominated.

Length of Service – Candidates must have completed three academic years of full-time professional service within the nominating campus out of the previous five years in the position for which they are nominated immediately prior to the year of nomination.

Restrictions – Individuals serving in the classified services are ineligible for nomination (e.g., positions paid on an hourly rather than salary basis are generally in the classified services).

Special Considerations for the Professional Service Award – Exclusively for the Excellence in Professional Service Award, nominations may be made by not-for-profit agencies serving a State University function at one of the organization units (e.g., the campus Research Foundation offices, etc.) of the State University of New York.  Any such nominations count toward the total allocations permissible for the nominating campus.

Recipients of an Excellence Award may not be nominated for an Excellence Award in another category within a five-year interval.

Selection Criteria 

Nominees for the award must be individuals who have repeatedly sought improvement of themselves, their campuses and ultimately the State University and, in doing so, have transcended the normal definitions of excellence.

At all Position levels - Nominees shall be those individuals who can serve as professional role models for a University system in the pursuit of excellence.  The following criteria shall be used in selecting persons for nomination of this award:

Within the Position Description - The candidate must perform superbly in fulfilling the job description for the position held; and

Beyond the Position Description - The candidate should also demonstrate excellence in professional activities beyond the parameters of the job description.  The ideal candidate will satisfy the standards in a creative and innovative fashion while demonstrating flexibility and adaptability to institutional needs.  Consideration should be given to capabilities and accomplishments in the areas of leadership, decision-making and problem-solving.  Evidence in this category includes, but is not limited to, professional recognitions, initiation of ideas, development of proposals and committee activities.

Items to Include in Nomination File

Last Updated: 10/1/19