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The Herd of the Year Award

What is it?

The Herd of the Year Award is designed to annually recognize at least one staff group that has done a truly exceptional job on behalf of the College, as determined by the Recognition Awards Committee (including members of senior staff, faculty, supervisors and staff appointed biennially).

Who can receive it?

Any team may be nominated, provided they sufficiently demonstrate the behaviors listed in the Criteria section. Eligible teams cannot win a Herd of the Year Award more than once in a five-year period.

A team is defined as a group of more than one staff member, including casuals, aligned by departmental, divisional or special initiative/project responsibility, who have completed a minimum of one (1) year of service by the time of the nomination and are active at the time of the Staff and Faculty Picnic. Teams can also be cross-functional formal committees and groups. The Annual Award Committee will review group composition to determine if it meets the definition of a team.

At least one Herd of the Year Award will be given annually, and more than one team may be recognized in a given year, at the discretion of the Annual Award Committee.

What is the timing?

Nominations may be submitted through May 3, 2019. The Herd of the Year Awardees will be publicly announced once a year, at the Staff and Faculty Picnic.

What does the team get?

A celebration with the President, as well as a special award or gift. In addition, recipients will be featured in a range of other internal communications and announcements unless they opt out of public recognition. To opt out of public recognition for any components of this program, a staff member may contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 542–2372 or recognition@amherst.edu


Teams that work toward achieving College, divisional or departmental goals and objectives may be considered for this award.

Eligible teams may exhibit behaviors such as improving the operation of the campus, collaborating across divisions or departments, or working collaboratively and positively to address a core need of the College.


Teams of staff members who exhibit behaviors in any of the areas outlined above should be nominated by staff, faculty, students, alumni and/or trustees. Here’s how the process works:

  1. A member of the Amherst community completes a nomination form and, along with it, submits two additional testimonials by Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
  2. The Recognition Awards Committee (including members of senior staff, faculty, supervisors and staff appointed biennially) reviews all nominations, follows up with any questions that may arise about the nominee, solicits input from supervisors/chairs and selects the award recipients.
    • Members of the Recognition Awards Committee for 2019 are:
      • Nusrat Chowdhury, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
      • Laura Clampitt, Regional Programs Assistant
      • Luis Hernandez, Associate Chief Information Officer for IT Services & Outreach
      • Karu Kozuma, Chief Student Affairs Officer
      • Greg Wardlaw, Manager Dining Services & Catering
  3. Awardees are formally announced at the annual Staff and Faculty Picnic in the summer and are celebrated via other mechanisms (see “What does the team get?” section).