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Staff Spotlight Award Criteria

Cheyney University is committed to the continuous improvement in the quality of the Cheyney University experience. Moreover, senior leadership at the University want to encourage service excellence by recognizing the extraordinary professional contributions and quality service of our University staff (non-exempt and exempt) and their integral role in advancing Cheyney University's mission and fulfilling its legacy of preparing extraordinary leaders. The awards are offered in recognition of those who serve our constituents in an exemplary manner and as an incentive for others who aspire to such service.

The Awards Process

It is intended that one staff person will be recognized quarterly during the Fall and Spring semesters (September, December, February, and May). Recipients will receive an award of recognition at the annual staff recognition event; as well as PR acknowledgment by way of the University’s monthly newsletter and website. The photograph and biography of the recipient will be on display in Biddle Hall.

Candidate selection will be a campus-based process, relying on feedback from the campus community. Recommendation from the Student Government Cooperative Association (SGCA), APSCUF (Coaches), SPFPA, OPEIU, AFSCME and SCUPA collective bargaining units will also be used to select the appropriate recipient. The Office of the President will administer the program, and all recommendations shall be directed to the Director of Human Resources and submitted by the last day of the quarter. Awards will be announced the following month in conjunction with the release of the monthly newsletter.


Nominees must have consistently performed in an exemplary manner, exceeding the expectations of their position, and should demonstrate commitment to the mission of the University and reflect CU's core values of scholarship, diversity, respect, integrity, and service.

Nominees must satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates a consistent ability to make a significant, positive impact within their department, fostering the mission of the University; an exemplary colleague and universally recognized resource and co-worker who provides the highest quality of service to the campus community.
  • Demonstrates an ability to consistently make a significant positive impact beyond the Cheyney University, and within the person's larger community.
  • Demonstrates a consistent commitment in providing expert service to our students; demonstrated initiative and creativity, exceptional individual or team contributions, and continuous improvement in student service.
  • Proven ability to make a unique departmental contribution by embracing the Cheyney University spirit and has demonstrated examples of high-quality of service, track record of building interdepartmental relationships that lead to continuous improvement.

If you would like to nominate an individual for the Cheyney University Staff Spotlight Award, download and complete the Nomination Form, then submit it to the Director of HR. Applications must be received in the Office of the Human Resources, Cheyney University, P.O. Box 200, Cheyney, PA 19319.