Presidential Supportive Professional Staff
Award for Excellence
Call for Nominations

The Supportive Professional Staff Council is requesting nominations for the Presidential Supportive Professional Staff Award for Excellence. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the university. All Supportive Professional Staff are eligible. To be eligible to receive this award, an employee must be at least 50% time and may not hold rank or tenure. An individual can only receive this award once, and must be currently employed as SPS at NIU at the time of the nomination as well as when the award is given in the spring.

If you have previously nominated an individual, please consider re-nominating them. Four awards in the amount of $1500 will be presented. In addition, each recipient will receive a plaque in recognition of their accomplishments.

The nominator is asked to address the following topics in a letter addressed to the SPSC Awards Committee:

  1. Significant contributions made by this individual to the university. Please be certain to address how the nominee has supported and/or advanced NIU’s strategic initiatives. Consider outstanding service, significance of contribution to NIU, support for the university’s mission, and professionalism. It is helpful for nominators to indicate and differentiate between contributions which are directly job-related and contributions that go above and beyond the nominee’s regular responsibilities.
  2. Evidence of commitment to her/his professional development.
  3. Nominee's involvement with committees or organizations at NIU, or within their profession.

A completed application packet consists of the Nomination Referral Form and four letters: a nomination letter and three letters of support. The support letters must address the above topics. Only these four letters will be considered for each nominee. All nominations must include the nominee's and nominator's name, title, and department. Awards will be announced by the President in February 2015 and will be presented by the President at the SPS Council Awards Ceremony April 2015. Nominators are responsible for submitting the complete set of nomination materials. If you have questions, please contact Lesley Gilbert at 753-1616 or or Matthew Parks at 753-2720 or

The Nomination Referral Form, nomination letter, and three letters of support should be sent to Lesley Gilbert and Matthew Parks, Co-Chairpersons, SPSC Awards Committee, and must be received in the Center for Training and Professional Development, Holmes Student Center Rm 610 (located next door to the Ombudsperson Office by 4:30 p.m., Monday, December 1, 2014. Nominees will be asked to forward a vita when they are informed by the committee of their nomination.

There will be no extensions of the deadline, so please be sure to get ALL nomination materials in by December 1, 2014. Thank you for your time and for your attention to this important process!