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2022 OU Employee 'Recognition Nomination Season' now under way

Faculty and staff encouraged to nominate colleagues with outstanding achievements over the past year for annual awards

Nominations Season

2022, Employee Recognition, Nomination Season

icon of a calendarFebruary 8, 2022

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The OU Employee Recognition Committee (ERC) is pleased to announce that the university's second annual Recognition Nomination Season is now under way.

Many awards presented to faculty, staff and university partners each year have nomination periods that overlap at this time of year. The ERC encourages campus community members to think about outstanding accomplishments and contributions that they and their colleagues have made over the previous year and submit award nominations to ensure that all receive appropriate recognition.

Awards for which nominations are now being accepted include the honors that are listed below and organized by eligible recipient groups.

All Employees

Monica E. Emerson Diversity Award

Awarded to an individual responsible for significant achievements, creative programming efforts or innovative diversity and inclusion concepts of faculty, staff, students, alumni and academic units in developing a culturally diverse, compassionate university community reflective of inclusive excellence.

Team Award

Awarded to a team of faculty and/or staff members for significant contributions that support the University’s strategic plan initiatives or strengthen and improve the University’s effectiveness as a community/institution.

Timothy G. Larrabee SOGI Equity and Inclusion Award

Awarded to an individual proposing a new initiative, program or project designed to advance sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) equality and inclusion on campus.

OU Women

Phyllis Law Googasian Award

Awarded to a woman who has contributed to the advancement of women at Oakland University and beyond through distinguished leadership, scholarship, advocacy, mentoring, program development or other activities.

All Faculty

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Faculty Excellence Recognition

Honors faculty who have made significant contributions to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of the institution through research, teaching or service.


Outstanding AP of the Year Award

Awarded to an individual that has been at Oakland University for more than six years and has demonstrated achievement through extraordinary effort in support of the university mission and strategic plan, spirit of cooperation, and community and university service.

Rising AP Award

Awarded to an individual who has worked at OU for more than three years and demonstrated achievement beyond the call of assigned tasks and responsibilities, consistently exceptional work and notable leadership qualities.

New Professional AP Award

Awarded to an individual who has worked at OU for less than three years and demonstrated achievement beyond the call of assigned tasks and responsibilities, contributed unique ideas through collaborative efforts, and displayed promising leadership abilities.

Clerical Staff

Sharon Wilhelm Excellence Award

Awarded to a clerical employee who consistently demonstrates exemplary service, builds positive working relationships, exhibits a positive attitude, participates in University activities outside of work responsibilities and contributes to efficiency in the workplace.

Campus community members should also be aware of employee recognition programs for which nominations are accepted year round. These include Employee of the Month and the Community Service Recognition.

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