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Employee Recognition Awards

The annual Employee Recognition Awards program at Cal Maritime is designed to recognize and celebrate the outstanding work and performance of employees who consistently motivate, inspire, lead, educate, and succeed, individually or as a team.

There are three broad performances areas or categories for the employee recognition awards:

Mission Achievement Award

The Mission Achievement Award recognizes the outstanding performance of those individuals or teams whose work and efforts directly advanced the goals and objectives of the current strategic plan --- thereby contributing the advancement of the Academy's mission.

One award will be given for each of the six (6) campus strategic campus goals.

  1. A. Academic Excellence
  2. B. Student Learning
  3. C. Global Maritime Profession
  4. D. Organizational Excellence
  5. E. Partnerships
  6. F. Campus Community

Team Impact Award

The Team Impact Award recognizes the outstanding collaboration and performance of a cross-functional team that went above and beyond normal service and scope, whose work sustained our mission and led to a better, stronger campus community.

Additional criteria may include the following:

  • ✓ Demonstrated a commitment to diversity and contributed to improve student success.
  • ✓ Demonstrated exceptional communication and collaboration, campus-wide.
  • ✓ Contributed to the overall health, safety, and work environment of the campus community.
  • ✓ Demonstrated organizational innovation and ingenuity that led to greater efficiency and/or technological advancement.

Inspiring Leadership Award

The Inspiring Leadership Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of an employee who, through their work and engagement with others, consistently exemplifies excellence in leadership, embodies our core values, and inspires the very best in all of us.

Cal Maritime's Core Values:

  • Dedication
  • Honor
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Trust

Eligibility Requirements

In addition to meeting the specific award criteria and submission deadlines, award recipients must be a current, full-time employee, in good standing, and have twelve or more consecutive months of service.

(Members of the President's Cabinet are not eligible.)

Nomination Process

Employees may submit their nominees for one or more of the awards via Survey Monkey and must include the following:

  • First and last name(s) of the employee/team.
  • Department and/or division they represent.
  • First and last name of the nominator.
  • Statement (300 words or less) that describes the work and/or accomplishments of the past year and why the employee/team should receive this award.

(Please be as detailed as possible, providing specific examples whenever possible.)

Selection Process

All nominations submitted via SurveyMonkey will be reviewed by a small advisory committee made up of staff and faculty, chaired by the Human Capital Manager. The advisory committee will select finalists and then make a recommendation to the President’s Cabinet for approval. Committee members are required to maintain confidentiality throughout the process and only consider information provided on the nomination form.


Aug. 6 –14 Nomination Period

Aug. 17 – 19 Submissions reviewed by the advisory committee

Aug. 20 Finalists reviewed and approved by the Cabinet

Sept. 3 Awards Ceremony

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Last updated: 8/10/20