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Pillars of Excellence Awards Nomination Criteria

Those submitting nominations should describe the impact the person or team has made in at least two of these 12 categories:

  • Embraces Change: exhibits initiative to seize the opportunities that change represents; demonstrates flexibility and adaptability. Helps others anticipate change, envision the future, and meet transformational challenges. Provides leadership in helping UMass Lowell adapt to new and emerging possibilities while preserving what is most important and valuable.
  • Mission and Values: contributes directly to UMass Lowell’s mission of teaching and research; exemplifies integrity, innovation, entrepreneurship and excellence.
  • Engagement: exhibits exceptional and consistent engagement in activities that support excellence in instruction, academia, research or service.
  • Advancing the University: demonstrates accomplishments or contributions that transform or advance university strategic priorities (i.e., initiatives that improve graduation rates, development of programs to measure student academic knowledge, enhancements to academic excellence of the university, improvement of student affordability and access, etc.).
  • Student Success: initiates high-impact programs and services that drive student success and exhibits profound commitment to UMass Lowell students. 
  • Environment of Diversity and Inclusion: creates a working or learning environment at UMass Lowell that is respectful and welcoming for everyone. Takes actions to increase diversity; fosters inclusive attitudes and behaviors.
  • Leadership: communicates the vision and mission of the University and translates them into actionable goals. Develops, coaches, and motivates diverse individuals and teams. Promotes a positive culture of engagement within the immediate team and across the organization.
  • Collaboration: consistently collaborates with others to facilitate advances in research, administration and academic programs.  Shares knowledge, expertise and information generously. Is a highly effective and valued teammate, colleague, collaborator or partner. Is an advocate for community partnerships.
  • Innovation: initiates original, high-impact ideas or processes that improve operational efficiencies; introduces new or modified business practices or improved work processes. Finds new ways to do things better; uses innovative methods, approaches, technology, or information to work smarter or more effectively. 
  • Citizenship and Community: Demonstrates outstanding citizenship at either the local or university level. Takes action to build or strengthen a caring, connected University community. Makes UMass Lowell a great place to work, teach and learn.
  • Service Excellence: Provides outstanding service and consistently and proactively seeks opportunities to be a positive ambassador for the university with all stakeholders.  
  • Entrepreneurial Stewardship: exhibits behaviors and approaches to stewardship of human, physical and financial resources that build a healthy and sustainable future.  For example: Maintains quality, service and safety while improving efficiency or reducing costs; protects the university and its people from risk or harm; reduces costs (cost savings or avoidance); contributes to efficiency and effectiveness of workplace operations; improves utilization of resources and reduction of waste.