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Annual Innovation Award

THEHRA was founded in 1975, and has a potential membership of more than 500 human resources professionals from over 64 colleges and universities across the state. The association’s mission is to contribute to the professional advancement of human resources administration in state-supported senior colleges and universities in Texas.

In keeping with this mission, the membership approved the awarding of the association’s Annual Innovation Award.

All 64 state colleges and universities and its human resources professionals are eligible to nominate an individual or team for this award. The first award was presented at the association’s summer 2012 conference.

The winning individual or team will be acknowledged with:

   -an association press release
   -letter to the institutions chancellor and/or president
   -THEHRA website listing
   -an engraved plaque
   -a $500 donation to the institution to be used exclusively for future human  resources professional development

The Texas Higher Education Human Resources Association's main focus is working with its members to enhance the field of human resources in higher education and to maximize their largest assets - human resources.

Award Committee Guidelines    complete guidelines

In accepting a nomination and selecting a recipient for the Innovation Award, the committee shall consider:

• Eligibility criteria
• Specific examples of how the nominee has met the criteria for innovation
• The size and resources of the nominee’s institution and HR staffing

Innovation Criteria

Quality -There is evidence that the innovation increases the quality of the human resources management function.

Efficiency - There is evidence that the innovation contributes to a more efficient way of doing things. The innovation has led to improved performance of the department or institution.

Added Value- There is evidence that the innovation adds a value to the human resources function.

Replication -The innovation can be replicated in other institutions with minimum of difficulty.

Creativity - The innovation should be as original as possible or the adaptation should be creative.

Effectiveness - The innovation must have been in existence long enough to be tested and proven to meet the criteria. The innovation is in practice and has been received in a positive manner.

Nomination Form

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Previous HR Innovation Award Winners
2016 Innovation Award Winner
Texas State University
"Nepotism Automated Tracking System"

Submitted By:
Michelle Moritz, Roxie Weaver, and LynnAnn Brewer
the Office of Human Resources
Summer 2016, San Antonio, Texas