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Thursday, February 28, 2013


President Broderick presents the February Employee of the Month award to Jeanette Dias.
February Employee of the Month Recognized for Work in Research and Assessment

After working in different university offices and returning to school full time to pursue an M.B.A., Old Dominion's February Employee of the Month has recently settled into a new position in the Office of Institutional Research.

Wherever she has worked, though, Jeanette Dias' efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Dias started out in 2005, for a short period, as assistant to the dean in the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology. In 2006, she returned to school full time at ODU to pursue her M.B.A. and worked as a graduate assistant in the Office of Assessment. After earning her degree, she left the university for a couple of years and then returned as a classified staff member, working as assistant director of information technology and assessment in a position split by the Division of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services (SEES) and the Office of Assessment. In December 2012, Dias was hired as a research associate in the Office of Institutional Research.

Tisha Paredes, director of assessment, nominated Dias for the Employee of the Month award last October, when Dias worked part time with her. Paredes wrote, "I believe her commitment to extraordinary customer service, willingness to work on teams and committees, and dedication to 'getting the job done' makes her a great candidate for this award."

Paredes referenced Dias' work for SEES in helping the division complete its 2011-12 assessment reports and revising its 2012-13 assessment plans. "She took the time to meet with each unit to make sure they not only completed their tasks, but understood the assessment process and made sure they created an assessment plan that was right for their goals," Paredes said.

In addition, Paredes noted that Dias excels in team and committee projects, and cited her nominee's dedication and commitment to high-quality customer service. "I have always been impressed with the time and positive energy Jeanette devotes to her job," Paredes said. "Jeanette may have multiple projects happening at one time, but she seems to tackle each task with a smile and excitement."

Summer school administrator Jeanie Kline also wrote in support of Dias' nomination for the award. "Jeanette has exhibited exemplary service in assisting in developing and updating a survey to elicit information from students related to summer course offerings. This tool clearly helped the university achieve its goal of enhancing the summer programming, beginning in 2013."


The University Employee of the Month Selection Committee encourages employees to nominate their outstanding, "go the extra mile" colleagues and employees. This program is designed to acknowledge and reward employees whose accomplishments and/or demeanor exemplify excellence, quality service and commitment to ODU. Classified and AP faculty employees receive a framed certificate from the president, $175 and one day of leave. Hourly winners get $250, since they are not eligible to receive recognition leave.

Note: The selection committee needs specific examples that relate to each applicable criterion in order to select a nominee for the award. Nominations remain active for six months from date of submission and nominators may submit additional documentation to support a nominee during the active six months.

The criteria used to nominate an employee include the following:

• An outstanding accomplishment that benefited the department/students.

• Extraordinary service to internal and/or external customers.

• Inspiring initiative/leadership.

• Enthusiasm/energy given to assigned work.

• Teamwork.

• Exemplary efforts to nurture a climate of care, concern and civility.

• Creative innovations to service, process or work tools.

For more information contact Tony Belk at or 3-3046, or go to employeeofthemonth

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