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Tips on Writing Effective Nominations

How to Begin: 

  • Decide on who to nominate
  • Carefully review the award criteria
  • Ensure your nominee meets the award criteria
  • Provide as much detail as possible
  1. Introduce your nominee
  2. Tell a story

I. Introduce Your Nominee:

  • The award committee members may not know your nominee, so include a brief description of your nominee’s typical responsibilities.  Provide specific details of a situation or example of how your nominee excelled, served as a mentor, detailed accomplishments that have impacted the university and its mission
  • Details will allow the committee to understand how/why your nominee had an impact and made a difference.
  • Always tie the nomination back to the criteria

II. Tell A Story:

  • Strong statements make a difference.  Remember the committee is looking at dozens of nominations, so making your nomination stand out is important.
  • Statements like, “She is always nice and a team player” is great but tell a story with a stronger statement. 
  • A strong statement example would be, “She uses her institutional knowledge through recent changes in leadership.  The director recently retired, so she took it upon herself to learn international work VISA procedures and was able to assist our international students during our department’s leadership transition.”

Details and Accuracy:

  • Avoid general statements like, “He is a hard worker or he does a great job”.
  • Give details and give examples, so the committee can “see” and “get to know” your nominee
  • Typographical and grammatical errors can detract from the quality of your nomination.

As a suggestion, draft out the nomination in Word doc, proofread and edit over time.  The text can then be copied/pasted into the online nomination form.

  • Make sure details such as dollar amounts are accurate. 

Supporting Documentation:

Supporting documentation can be uploaded with your nomination, for example, a description of the project someone may have worked on or a faculty member's most current CV that would highlight his/her teaching, research and/or service contributions.

Honoring A Colleague:

A peer nomination is the greatest way to honor a colleague.

If any questions, please contact awards@lehigh.edu