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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 the University wants to recognize supervisors who support a more engaged, productive workforce.

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The Office of Human Resources is inviting nominations for the 2021 OELD Award for 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 27, 2021 and includes a certificate and gift card.

Recent past recipients were Leslie Deslis from the School of Education in 2020, Chloe Russell from Academic Advising in 2019, and Aisha Pridgen from the Office of Student Conduct in 2018.


Nominations for the OELD Award close on Monday, May 3, 2021.

Submit a nomination


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