Employee Recognition and Appreciation Programs


Employee Recogition & Appreciation Programs

Faculty of the Year

Selecting the Voorhees College Faculty of the Year is an essential part of the college’s ongoing commitment to
academic excellence. The Faculty of the Year demonstrates best practices in his/her discipline by a high degree of accomplishment in the​ classroom, as well as excellence in other faculty responsibilities including academic advising, service on college committees, and community service both on and off campus.

The process begins with each Academic Department Chair submitting the name of one candidate who, in the judgment of the Chair, has demonstrated the highest level of professional accomplishment for that academic year. The Chair will submit his/her selection to the Office of the Provost using two measures—the Award Criteria form and the Classroom Observation Summary. Once candidates are designated and evaluated at the Department level, the Provost will submit a recommendation for the Faculty of the Year to the President for approval. 

As the Voorhees College 2018-2019 Faculty of the Year, Dr. Diane Hulett, Assistant Professor of English will receive a certificate of merit, a reserved parking space for one year, and shall be entitled to serve as the College’s Chief Marshal at all of the College’s formal convocations, including Founder’s Day, the Baccalaureate/Hooding Ceremony, Commencement, and the Fall Opening Convocation. Additionally, she will receive the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) “Excellence in Teaching Award.” According to the SCICU website, “Each year, SCICU recognizes and celebrates the best of the best with its Excellence in Teaching Awards. A faculty member from each of SCICU’s twenty member institutions is nominated for the award according to rigorous guidelines. The award recipients are honored at a special dinner in April and are each awarded a certificate of merit and a $3,000 professional development grant.”

Staff of the Year

Each year, a committee, appointed by the President, facilitates the process of selecting the Staff of the Year Award recipient. Upon the committee’s notification, the Vice President of each division submits the names of two (2) staff members, from his or her division, who exemplify the qualities and skills most desired for enabling student life and achievement on campus. Subsequently, the committee determines the Staff of the Year based on scoring of the holistic criteria the committee members are provided to utilize.

The College’s 2018-2019 Staff of the Year Award was presented to Ms. Cheryl Knight, Accounts Payable Manager during the annual Founder’s Day Convocation in April. Additionally, she receives for one year a reserved parking space and parking decal, and participates in the annual Homecoming Parade.    

Tiger ROAR Award                                                                                            

Receiving and giving recognition is critical to motivating and engaging the workforce. To that end, Voorhees College presents the Tiger ROAR Award each month to the employee or employees who demonstrate specific behaviors as determined by the vote of students, faculty and staff. By shining a spotlight on the attitudes and behaviors that define workplace excellence, we are reinforcing a culture of sustained employee enrichment that rewards teamwork, milestones, innovation, customer service, and more.

Providing excellent customer service means going the extra mile in making sure our customer is happy and satisfied with the services we’ve provided. It is much more than “being a people person”. It’s not that this trait is outright wrong, but it’s so vague and generic that it’s hardly a help to anyone who takes care of customers. Dr. Tywana Chenault, Chair of the Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences Department and Ms. Pamela Wade, Assessment Coordinator and Academic Advising Module Manager exemplify four specific skills that we each should master in order to “WOW” the customers with with whom we interact on a daily basis...clear communication skills, ability to use positive language, being responsible, and empathy.


Professional development, as personified by Dr. Marcus Amos, Assistant Professor of Sports Management and Mrs. Lynda Jefferson, Director of Student Support Services, is learning to earn or maintain professional credentials such as academic degrees to formal coursework, attending conferences, and informal learning opportunities situated in practice. It has been described as intensive and collaborative, ideally incorporating an evaluative stage. Some examples of activities that contribute to professional growth and development are:  continuing education, participation in professional organizations, research, improved job performance, and increased duties and responsibilities. Approaches to professional development include:  skill based training, job assignments, and developmental relationships.


Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity; whereas wellness is the state of living a healthy lifestyle. Essentially, if health is the goal, wellness is the way we might achieve it. Activity, movement – something as simple as increasing how much we walk – can improve overall health by increasing heart and lung fitness, managing conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness and diabetes. Dr. Zhabiz Golkar, Associate Professor of Biology and Ms. Kelly McCray. Residence Coordinator accepted our challege to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. Togerther, they walked more 600,000 steps during the 26-day challenge.

Creativity is an active process necessarily involved in innovation. It is a learning habit that requires skill as well as specific understanding of the contexts in which creativity is being applied. The creative process is at the heart of innovation and often the words are used interchangeably. However, creativity is about coming up with the big idea while innovation is about executing the idea. Mr. Lionell Smith, Assistant Professor of Speech and Mr. Monterrio Jones, Chief Technology Officer were selcted by their colleagues as the employees who best demonstrate creativity and innovation.

Time management is the coordination of tasks and activities to maximize the effectiveness of our employees' efforts. Essentially, the purpose of time management is enabling our employees to get more and better work done in less time - work smater not harder. Mrs. Verna Mayers-Fakunle, Executive Director  of Academic Support Programs and Mr. Kimoni Hickman, Director of the Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) completed the annual evaluation of their respective teams prior to the due date thus exemplifying excellent time management.

Policy Compliance is a goal set by Voorhees College in its attempt to encourage and achieve compliance by our employees with regard to the College's policies. An audit of the College's time management system resulted in the award for policy compliance going to Mr. Bennie Manuel, Carpentry/Maintenance and Mr. Shemrico Stanley, Chief of Staff/Executive Director of Title III Programs.

Leadership is a process of social influence which maximizes the efforts of others towards the acievement of a goal. It has nothing to do with seniority or one’s position in the hierarchy of a company, titles, and/or personal attributes.  Using these criteria, honesty and integrity, commitment and passion, creativity and innovation, excellent commnication, and accountabilty, students, faculty, and staff determined that Dr. Tywana Chenault, Chair of the Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences Department and Ms. Rachael Jones, Coordinator of Student Retention and Scholarship are great examples of Leadership.

Facilitating Student Success means doing what it takes ot make it less difficult for our students to achieve success; which is more probable when our students find meaning or purpose in their college experience—i.e., when they perceive relevant connections between what they're learning at Voorhees College and their current life or future goals. Students, faculty, and staff agree that Dr. Lugenia Rochelle, Assistant Professor of English and Mr. Samuel Dotson, Career Pathways Iniatitive (CPI) Coordinator for First Year Experience are excellent facilitators of student success.

Safety & Security is the condition of being protected from harm or other non-desirable outcomes caused by non-intentional failure or intentional human actions or human behavior. Leland Barrows, Professor of  History and Marquez Claxton, Chief of Safety and Security were determined to be our best examples of observing and adhering to our Safety & Security protocol.

Tiger Pride is the sense of identity and community shared by the students, faculty, and staff of Voorhees College. Members of the College community can manifest pride in the exhibition of school colors in dress and decoration, in attendance at athletic events and campus activities, wearing College paraphernalia, or verbally in the form of chants or cheers. Votes cast by students, faculty, and staff  determined that Jeffery Hughes, Head Coach of Men's and Women's Track & Field and Cross Country and Marion Wright, Director of Student Engagement and Leadership best exemplify Tiger Pride.

Outreach & Engagement means supporting and assissting the College in establishing a culture of engagement and collaboration involving the exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of reciprocity with the citizens and institutions of South Carolina, the nation, and the world.