4P7 Designing Recognition, Reward and Compensation Systems
Western has an award system that formally recognizes outstanding employees at an annual ceremony held at the end of each academic year. Western recognizes distinguished professors and outstanding staff at an annual reception and dinner with the Board of Governors.
The Governors’ Distinguished Professor awards recognize and reward faculty with excellent records in teaching, scholarship/creative activity, and professional service. Recipients receive a base salary increase in addition to any normal annual increase the next contract year.
Western’s Outstanding Staff Employee Award program combines the evaluation process with performance-based pay increases. The program recognizes outstanding employees in the areas of performance, commitment to the institution’s mission, values and goals, strategic planning, and community-service. Recognized full-time and part-time employees receive an increase in base pay in addition to any annual increase.
The Excellence in Teaching and Presidential Citation awardees are recognized in a ceremony and reception for the campus community held annually in the spring. Recipients receive a plaque and monetary award. The University Foundation provides funding for these.
Excellence in teaching and scholarship awards include the Dr. James V. Mehl Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award and the Jesse Lee Myers Excellence in Teaching Awards. Faculty can self-nominate or be nominated by peers for the awards.
Presidential Citation Awards recognize the contribution and outstanding performance of staff. Employees are nominated for the awards by their supervisors, peers, or other institutional stakeholders.
Western awards an annual James J. Scanlon Service Award to one staff member and one faculty member recognizing outstanding campus and community involvement. Candidates for this award are recommended to the President by the campus community and reviewed by a selection committee.