You have decided that a colleague is worthy of recognition for the professional contributions made, that coincide with the criteria for a President’s Award, a SUNY Chancellor’s Award, or promotion to the rank of distinguished. You will find that the preparation of a nomination package requires time, patience, and attention to detail. Likely, you will find it one of the most satisfying activities you undertake, as you explore aspects of the career and commitments your colleague has made to his/her profession, Buffalo State, and our students.
The perspective you can best keep in mind is that you seek to enable strangers to understand how your colleague’s career specifically matches up with the criteria for the award/promotion. This requires that you develop a nomination package in which everything relates to the award’s criteria. Familiarize yourself (and other members of the nomination committee, if relevant) with the criteria and do what you can to make the criteria explicit in every aspect of the nomination process. You will find details about the criteria and timeline for each award on the main Recognition page. Words of encouragement and advice are provided by previous nominators.
One of the most important parts of the nomination package is the nominee’s CV/vita. The following guidelines were provided to the nominees in another section of this website. You can assist your nominee to reflect on his/her career by providing help or feedback on the CV.
Work backwards from the deadline of each award. Plan on the following.
The Summary Presentation provides the rationale for the campus’s nomination of a particular candidate and sets forth candidate merit for selection. It should reflect the committee’s objectivity and impartiality in coming to its decision in what is generally a highly competitive campus process.
The Summary Presentation is the only documentation available to those involved in the system-level review to explain the campus' rationale for nominating the candidate for this honor. It must address how the candidate excels in each criterion for selection for the award to which the candidate is nominated (e.g., if there are three selection criteria, then candidate's performance in each must be described), the candidate's most outstanding qualifications and major achievements attained. The quality of the evidence provided is critical to recommendation. Although excerpts from the recommendations can and should be included, the Summary Presentation must be more than a testimonial. There must be specific, concrete examples of how the nominee fulfills each criterion.
Assemble the nomination package, including use of dividers and Table of Contents.
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