Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Civility

  • 2016 civility covello
  • Michael Kneeland, MD, MPH
  • Tom Hopkins, director of the Employee Assistance Program
  •  John L. Congdon, administrative manager for the Office of Faculty Affairs
  • Lori Pbert, PhD

Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Civility (est. 2011)

The Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Civility recognizes an individual or group that best exemplifies the values described in the UMMS Civility Statement, which calls for individuals to conduct themselves with integrity, courtesy and respect toward fellow members of the UMMS community; hold themselves accountable for their actions; and promote an environment where individuals feel safe and supported.

2016: Anthony Covello, environmental building service supervisor
2015: Janice E. Lagacé, assistant director of grants for the Office of Research
2014: Michael Kneeland, MD, MPH, clinical professor of family medicine & community health and medicine, associate dean for allied health and interprofessional education
2013: Tom Hopkins, director of the Employee Assistance Program
2012: John L. Congdon, administrative manager for the Office of Faculty Affairs
2011: Lori Pbert, PhD, professor of family medicine & community health

About Civility Award

The Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Civility is bestowed annually upon an individual or group that best exemplifies the values described in UMMS's Civility Statement.

The University of Massachusetts, Worcester is a large diverse community committed to a civil, respectful and humane workplace. Our commitment to civility contributes to the recruitment and retention of top talent. As a result, we uphold the dignity of the individual in the following ways:

  • Conducting oneself with integrity, courtesy and respect toward fellow members of our UMass Worcester community
  • Holding individuals accountable for their actions
  • Promoting an environment where individuals feel safe and supported 

The institutional awards are given at our annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration in January.

Nomination Eligibility Criteria:

  • All employees affiliated with UMMS for three or more years are eligible
  • Nomination requires one or more of the following:
    • What specific act(s) of civility has prompted you to nominate this individual or group
    • How does the nominee demonstrate respect, integrity and courtesy in daily life and activities
    • How does the nominee promote respect, integrity and courtesy among others and contribute to a positive team environment
    • How does the nominee make his/her/their coworkers and others at UMMS feel important and valued
    • In summary, why do you feel this person deserves this award

Nomination form for 2017 Civility Award