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 2021-2022 Faculty of the Year, Mr. Roger Riley, Instructor of Emergency Management 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, he 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 2021-2022 Staff of the Year Award was presented to Ms. Suzanne Williams, Director of Health Services and Mr. Adrian West, Dean of Students during the annual Founder’s Day Convocation in April. Each will receive a reserved parking space and parking decal for one year and participate 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.

Mentoring is a powerful process and an effective approach in helping individuals in their development. It consists of a long-term relationship between mentor and mentee focused on supporting the growth and development of the mentee. The best mentors demonstrate a willngness to share skills, knowledge, and expertise, exhibit enthusiasm, provide guidance and constructive feeback, and take a personal interest in the mentoring relationship. Based on these criteria, students, faculty, and staff have determined that Dr. Louis Howell, Jr., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Dr. Ronnie Hopkins, Interim President of the College provide excellent mentoring to our students.

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. Mr. Calvin Williams, Assistant Professor of Sports Mangement and Ms. Kimberly Smalls, Assistant Registrar exemplify four specific skills that we each should master in order to "WOW" the customers with whom ewe interact on a daily basis...clear communication skills, the ability to use positive language, being responsible, and empathy.      


Professional development, as personified by Dr. Lugenia Rochelle, Assistant Professor of English and Mr. Adrian West, Dean of Students 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, Chairperson of the Department of Science, Technology, Health and Human Services and Dr. Dorothy Gandy, Off-Campus Instructional Site Coordinator accepted our challenge to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. Together, they walked 755,757 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. Curtiss Sumner, Graphic Designer/Webmaster and Dr. Tywana Hemby, Chairperson of the Department of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences were selected 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 smarter not harder. Mr. Kendall Williams, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Co-Executive Director of the  Liberal Arts Innovation Center (LAIC) and Mrs. Charlene Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletic Director completed the annual evaluation of their respective teams prior to the due date thus exemplifying excellent time management.