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The Outstanding Encouragement of Learning and Development (OELD) Award is given annually to a supervisor or manager who actively facilitates the participation of staff members in learning activities. An eligible supervisor encourages employees to attend classes and programs that are relevant to the employees’ professional development, and helps to cultivate a more engaged, productive workforce.

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The Office of Human Resources invites nominations of a manager or supervisor who supports employees’ learning and development. Any University employee may nominate a manager or supervisor, and people who were nominated in previous years are eligible to be nominated again. Both SHRA and EHRA managers who have had at least one year of continuous University service are eligible for nomination.

Award Presentation

The award is presented to one manager at the annual meeting of the University Managers Association on May 21, 2020 and includes 24 hours of paid time off and a certificate. The annual meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.

Recent recipients include Chloe Russell from Academic Advising in 2019, Aisha Pridgen from the Office of Student Conduct in 2018, and Bob Collicito from the Department of Radiology in 2017.


Nominations for the OELD Award closed on Friday, May 8, 2020.


For questions or comments, contact Mark Haapala, Director of Organization & Professional Development in the Office of Human Resources at