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Employee Recognition Program

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Mission

The UT Law Employee Recognition Committee (ERC) was established by the dean in November 2009 as a way to recognize employees who make exceptional contributions to the University of Texas School of Law.

The mission of the ERC is to recognize the great work that UT Law staff contribute to the law school community based on monthly nominations received via the online recognition link on the UT Law Staff Directory. The ERC is also responsible for the selection of the Employee of the Year, an award that is presented to a Law School employee who has exemplified and exhibited expertise, dedication, continuous hard work by streamlining processes and/or going above and beyond by expanding services to the Law school and Law Library.

The ERC is also responsible for developing incentives that create a positive work environment, motivate high performances and create a culture of staff recognition in the Law School.

Committee Membership

  • Committee members serve for a one-year term and members are eligible to serve for an additional year with manager's approval. No member can serve for more than two consecutive years.
  • The committee is comprised of eligible Law School and Tarlton Law Library classified employees and chaired by the office of the dean.
  • Employees not eligible to serve on the committee include student workers, part-time, temporary employees, and those employed by the Law School for less than six mon
  • Eligible employees are welcomed to apply to serve on the Committee on an annual basis.
  • Employees must get supervisor approval to serve on the Committee.
  • ERC members are appointed by the current ERC members and advised by the Director of Human Resources.

Committee Time Commitment

  • The Committee meets once a month to select recipients.
  • Monthly meetings usually last between 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Additional time commitment of 45 minutes to an hour needed each month to send out e-mails to staff members and notify recipients if recognized as an "Employee of the Month" or other recognitions.
  • The Committee may choose to meet at additional times as needed when planning new incentive programs for the Law School.
  • Committee members agree to overlap at least one month after his/her successor has been chosen to help train/guide their replacement.

Committee Duties

  • The Committee should designate a member who will contact Committee members for each monthly meeting.
  • The Committee should designate a member who will send out an e-mail requesting nominations twice a month to law-school@law.utexas.edu.
  • The Committee should designate a member who will send out an e-mail to law-school@law.utexas.edu announcing the Employee(s) of the Month.
  • The Committee should designate a member or members who will notify staff recipients of their recognition.
  • The Committee should designate a member to keep accurate records of staff recipients and bring updated copies to each meeting.
  • The Committee should designate a member to oversee any budgets and purchases related to the Employee Recognition program.
  • The Committee should designate a member to reserve meeting rooms and send meeting invitations to the rest of the Committee members.

Monthly Employee Recognition Selection

  • All UT Law faculty and staff may nominate eligible staff members via the online recognition link on the UT Law Staff Directory at any time.
  • Eligible for Nominations:
    • UT Law School and Law Library employees
    • Full-time employees
    • Classified and A&P employees
    • Faculty members are not eligible
  • The Director of Human Resources at UT Law will forward all eligible nominations to each Committee member the day before/of their meeting at the end of the month.

Committe Members 2011-12

  • Susan Beckman, Admissions
  • Drew Carls, Career Services
  • Gena Dawson, Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, & Environmental Law, Faculty Assistant
  • Kelley Booker, Law Library, Tarlton Law Library
  • Angelica Reyes, Assistant to the Dean

Committee Members 2009-11

  • Chau Curfman, Collections Management Assistant, Tarlton Law Library
  • Deb Freeman, Assistant Director for Communications, Career Services Office
  • Alex Martinez, Assistant to the Dean