PCDI Awards

Update 2017/04/01 — The nomination period for the PCDI Awards has closed.

The President’s Commission on Disability Issues (PCDI) established the PCDI Achievement Awards. This year PCDI is presenting awards to individuals in the following categories: faculty, exempt staff and non-exempt staff (including contingent staff), and undergraduate student and graduate student.  Instructional and non-instructional units are also awarded. 

The awards recognize those individuals and units that have worked toward making the University of Maryland a more inclusive campus to our community with disabilities. Nominees should be individuals or units that have made substantial contributions to the University’s goal of creating an institution of excellence through diversity. The PCDI Awards Ceremony will be held during the UMD Disability Summit on Friday April 21, 2017. 

Contact us at pcdi@umd.edu if you have any questions.


Criteria for Nominations

PCDI John King Staff Award

Exempt Staff and Non-Exempt Staff (including Contingent Staff)

The Employee nominee criteria:

1.     Shows accomplishment as a University of Maryland employee.

2.     Shows evidence of concern, participation and contribution in the area of disability issues.

3.     Active in campus life through participation in departmental or campus committees or other campus organizations which involve work on disability-related issues.

4.     Led in the creation of innovative solutions to address challenges facing communities with disabilities.

5.     Active in community life beyond the University through services to populations with disabilities or contributions to improve sensitivity and awareness to disability-related issues.

6.     All the criteria described above must have been accomplished or begun in the past 3 years. 

Faculty Award

The Faculty nominee criteria:

1.     Shows accomplishment as a University of Maryland employee.

2.     Shows evidence of concern, participation and contribution in the area of disability issues though their teaching, research, scholarship, and/or service.

3.     Active in campus life through participation in departmental or campus committees or other campus organizations which involve work on disability-related issues.

4.     Led in the creation of innovative solutions to address challenges facing communities with disabilities.

5.     Active in community life beyond the University through services to populations with disabilities or contributions to improve sensitivity and awareness to disability-related issues.

6.     All the criteria described above must have been accomplished or begun in the past 3 years.

Undergraduate/Graduate Student Award

The Undergraduate/Graduate student nominee criteria:

1.     Shows accomplishment as a full or part-time University of Maryland student.

2.     Active in campus life through participation in departmental or campus committees or other campus organizations/clubs which involve work on disability-related issues.

3.     Active in community life beyond the University through services to populations with disabilities or contributions to improve sensitivity and awareness to disability-related issues.

4.     Led in the creation of innovative solutions to address challenges facing communities with disabilities.

5.     All the criteria described above must have been accomplished or begun in the past 3 years.

Outstanding Unit Service Award

The award honors outstanding contributions to the University’s equity efforts and/or best practices in serving the University community by a college, school, academic center/department, or administrative/student support unit.  Nominees should be units that have made substantial contributions to the University’s goal of creating an institution of excellence through diversity in the area of disability.

Nominations should reflect outstanding contributions in one or more of the following areas:

1.     Achievement of innovations and/or outstanding successes in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of substantial numbers of faculty and staff with disabilities at all levels.

2.     Demonstration of innovations (instructional or non-instructional) in serving students, faculty, staff or visitors with disabilities.

3.     Demonstrates excellence (instructional or non-instructional) in the delivery of services to appreciable numbers of students, faculty, staff or visitors with disabilities.

4.     Demonstration of the inclusion of disability content in the program of instruction, where feasible.

5.     Active participation in disability issues in the community and beyond the campus.

6.     Indications of evidence of a supportive university climate that develops students’ academic persistence and creates self-empowerment conducive to the President’s goal for developing an institution of excellence through diversity.

7.     All the criteria described above must have been accomplished or begun in the past 3 years.    

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