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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
–Introduce your nominee
–Tell a story

Introduce Your Nominee:

•The award committee members may not know your nominee
-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 to tie the nomination back to the criteria

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
•Typos can detract from the quality of your nomination.
–Suggest to draft out nomination in Word doc and proof read and edit over time.  Text can then be copied/pasted into the online nomination form.
•Make sure details such as money amounts are accurate.  Mentioning someone was awarded $1 million funding when in reality it was $100,000 could discredit you and your nomination.

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 their teaching, research and/or service contributions.

Honoring A Colleague:

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

•Visit the Lehigh University Award Program website at
•If questions, contact