Awards & Recognition Program

The employee awards program was established in 2006 to formally recognize each other for contributions that have kept both the core functions and the innovative endeavors of the ZSR Library on target over the past year. This program allows us a moment to pause and pat each other on the back for a job well done.

Awards & Recognition Eligibility

  • All full-time ZSR staff are eligible for the Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year.
  • All full-time ZSR faculty are eligible for the Outstanding Faculty Employee of the Year Award.
  • All student employees are eligible for the Student Employee of the Year Award.
  • Part-time employees are not eligible for Outstanding Employee of the Year awards.
  • All ZSR staff & faculty are eligible for Dedicated Deacon recognition.

Dedicated Deacons

The Dedicated Deacons provide immediate, informal recognition throughout the year. Through a simple web form, library faculty and staff can easily nominate colleagues who go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis.

Outstanding Employee of the Year Awards

The Outstanding Employee of the Year Awards will be awarded to two outstanding employees (one faculty, one staff) of the ZSR Library for continued exemplary service to its mission. The recipients will have exhibited exceptional job performance, attitude, and interpersonal working relationships within the library and/or the Wake Forest University community.

Each Outstanding Employee of the Year will receive a specially designed certificate for their workspace, will be permanently acknowledged on an Outstanding Employee of the Year plaque, and will each receive a $1,000 award.

The Outstanding Employee of the Year plaque will be displayed in a prominent location in the library in order to preserve the history of employees’ outstanding achievement within the ZSR Library. New nameplates will be added for each year’s recipients.

University Staff Employee of the Year

Because criteria for the University Staff Employee of the Year Award and the ZSR Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year Award differ, the Library’s Staff Employee of the Year may or may not be eligible to be nominated for the University’s Staff Employee of the Year. If the Library’s winner is eligible, they will be the Library’s nominee for the University award. If not, a second election will be held among eligible, staff names remaining on the ballot. If none of the names on the ballot are eligible, no name will be submitted for the University Award.

Before the Library’s nominee for the University’s Staff Employee of the Year is submitted to WFU Human Resources, the employee’s supervisor and the Dean or Associate Dean must see and sign off on the nomination.

Student Employee of the Year Award

Awarded to the student employee who has gone above and beyond expectations in providing excellent service to the ZSR Library. The student will be recognized at the student employee appreciation luncheon and will be given a specially designed certificate.

The committee’s votes will determine the recipients of this award.

The award recipient will receive a specially designed certificate and a $250 award.


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