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Michael Dean, of the Office of Study Abroad, is the October Employee of the Month

Michael Dean, the associate director for study abroad, is Old Dominion University's Employee of the Month for October.

Dean has been employed with the University since January, 2001.

Dean has provided excellent daily service to those in the Office of University Counsel and Koch Hall. His courteous, professional manner and prompt responses have made him an exceptional employee. His enthusiasm and eagerness to work has become contagious throughout the department.

Within the Study Abroad Program, Dean is well-liked by colleagues and students. His hard-work and hands-on involvement has helped him to develop positive relationships with those he works alongside.

Dean has come to the aid of multiple students to ensure their safety and well-being are maintained. According to Dean's colleague, James Wright: "When students run into problems that they believe are insurmountable, in steps Michael. In the past two years, Michael has come to the aid of students in dire situations overseas."

Dean establishes friendships with each student, working relationships with coworkers and local sponsors, and works closely with parents, Wright said.


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 jbelk@odu.edu or 683-3046, or visit ODU's Employee of the Month website.

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