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School of Arts and Sciences

Jumbo Appreciation Awards

Purpose Statement: The Jumbo Appreciation Awards recognize extraordinary contributions by our staff. All staff members in the School of Arts and Sciences (including SMFA at Tufts) and the AS&E Shared Student Divisions (including Student Affairs, Student Services, Undergraduate Education, Student Diversity and Inclusion, Admissions, and Tisch Library) are eligible for this award. Nominations can be made by anyone–colleagues, faculty, managers, and students.

Design & Frequency: Categories to nominate staff include:

  • Team Player – congratulates someone for always moving the group forward
  • Above & Beyond – recognizes a colleague who goes the extra mile
  • Leader of the Herd – thanks a manager or colleague for expert guidance
  • Jumbo Ideas – rewards a colleague who thinks outside the box and finds creative solutions

1-2 winners will be selected monthly from A&S/SMFA departments and 1-2 winners will be selected monthly from AS&E Shared divisions.

Start Date: The program will start in February 2020.

Nomination Process:  Submissions via the online nomination form will be accepted on a rolling basis. Selection committees comprised of representatives from A&S and the Shared Student Divisions will select the winners for their respective school/divisions.

Award: Winners will receive an elephant figurine as well as a bonus day (i.e. an extra vacation day) to recognize their special contributions to our school.

The bonus day should be used by June 30, the end of the fiscal year when it was awarded. (Winners in the months of April, May and June can either use their day or roll it over for use the following fiscal year. Use and approval of bonus days follow all the same processes as vacation days.) 

Communication: Representatives of the selection committees will coordinate appropriate recognition and communication with a member(s) of the winners’ departments and the A&S Dean’s Office. Representatives from the selection committees and Dean’s Office should be present at the recognition event (department meetings, etc.). Winners will be listed on the school website.