Staff Awards

The Medical School Dean’s Awards Program for Staff is designed to give special recognition for distinctive service to the Medical School.

A staff selection committee reviews nominations and advises the Dean. Nominees must have a Medical School appointment and meet the criteria for the category of nomination.

There are three award categories:

  • Administrator of the Year
  • Professional Staff of the Year
  • Support Staff of the Year

Nominations

Administrator of the Year

This award is open to all staff members classified in the Managerial Job Role. The top award of $1,500 will be conferred upon the staff member who demonstrates superb leadership in the management of other staff, as well as exceptional operational excellence and stewardship of the resources of the Medical School. The winner will have a documented record of achievement in creating a positive and productive work environment for employees, and be recognized as a positive force and team-builder outside of his/her own unit. Nominees should be active in local and national organizations. Top nominees will be easily recognized as stellar citizens of the Medical School who uphold our values of respect, compassion, trust, integrity, efficiency and leadership. Honorable mention awards of $500 each will be conferred upon up to three managerial staff.

Professional Staff of the Year

This award is open to staff members classified in the Professional Job Role who receive a monthly paycheck. The top award of $1,500 will be conferred upon the professional staff member who demonstrates excellence in their work, contributes to a positive work environment, and is a strong team contributor (where appropriate). Nominees should exemplify professionalism in their careers, be engaged with appropriate local and national organizations in their fields, and uphold our values of respect, compassion, trust, integrity, and efficiency. Honorable mention awards of $500 will also be conferred upon up to three professional staff.

Support Staff of the Year

This award is open to staff members classified in the Professional Job Role who receive a bi-weekly paycheck. The top award of $1,500 will be conferred upon the support staff member who demonstrates excellence in their work, contributes to a positive work environment, and is mindful of his/her service to the mission of the Medical School. Nominees should be strong team contributors, who uphold our values of respect, compassion, trust, integrity, and efficiency. Honorable mention awards of $500 will also be conferred upon up to three support staff.

Nomination Packets

Nomination packet must include: A (1) one-page letter of nomination addressed to Dean Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., describing the contributions and accomplishments that qualify the individual for nomination (Note: For letters longer than one page, only the first page will be considered); and three letters of support. Administrator of the Year, the letters must include at least one from outside of the nominee’s unit.

Nominations for the Administrator of the Year, Professional Staff of the Year and Support Staff of the Year awards can be made using the Medical School's Competition Space website. 

To check whether a title is in the Managerial or the Professional Job Roles, please visit the Career Family Navigator or contact your unit’s human resources representative for assistance.

Questions: Call Medical School's Human Resources Office at 734-615-3877 for questions about job classifications; or Amanda Thatcher at 734-763-5202 for questions about the awards.

Please note: Nominations are due Friday, June 2, 2017.

2016 Recipients

Administrator of the Year

Teri A. Grieb, Ph.D., senior director for research, Medical School, director of strategy, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research. Photo 1 | Photo 2

Professional Staff of the Year

Deborah J. Colesa, research laboratory specialist, Kresge Hearing Research Institute, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Photo 1 | Photo 2

Support Staff of the Year

Dawn R. Krause, senior administrative assistant, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Photo 1 | Photo 2

Past Award Winners

Administrator of the Year

2015: Masada (Musty) Habhab, Internal Medicine
2014: Martin A. Lawlor, Pathology
2013: Carolyn Cole-Brown, M.H.S.A., Orthopaedic Surgery
2012: Phyllis M. Blackman, M.B.A., Pediatric Surgery and Trauma
2011: Jack Cichon, M.B.A., Urology
2010: Douglas D. Duwe, M.B.A., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & Mark H. Sedmak, Facilities Management and Planning
2009: James B. Dimond, M.B.A., Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
2008: James A. Bell, C.P.A., J.D., Surgery
2007: Donald Tomford, Neurosurgery
2006: Paul Salow, M.B.A., Anesthesiology
2005: Lindsay Graham, Internal Medicine
2004: Karen Hadwin, M.S., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
2003: Mary Freer, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine
2002: Maria Ceo, Neurology
2001: Fabiana (Benjie) Johnson, Dermatology

Professional Staff of the Year

2015: Mark Salamango, Department of Emergency Medicine
2014: Christine K. Black, Office of Research
2013: Sue A. Kelch, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
2012: Connie Chang, M.B.A., Medical School
2011: Laura D. Blythe, Pathology
2010: Tiffany L. Porties, Program in Biomedical Sciences & Randall E. Wallach, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
2009: Rebecca L. Pintar, Center for Organogenesis
2008: Carol L. Standardi, R.N., Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Support Staff of the Year (2008-present)

2015: James Musgrave, Graduate Programs in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Immunology and Cancer Biology
2014: Catherine Meyer, Internal Medicine-Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
2013: Paula G. Meyer, Office of Medical Student Education
2012: Catherine A. Mitchell, Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
2011: Brenda K. Campbell, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
2010: Blythe A. Bieber, Family Medicine
2009: Jane E. Juckno, Obstetrics and Gynecology
2008: Janet B. Hoff, L.V.T., L.A.T.G., Center for Integrative Genomics

Staff Member of the Year (2001-07)

2007: Brenda Franklin, Microbiology and Immunology
2006: Sandra Richards, Psychiatry
2005: Susan Blaisdell, Internal Medicine
2004: Carol Cottrell, Internal Medicine
2003: Cynthia Colwell, Surgery
2002: Donna Eder, Radiology
2001: Jane Weyher, Medical School Administration