Rewards and Recognition

Our employees are our richest resource.  Whether you are working in an academic department, a center, or in administration, you are integral to the success of FAS. Individually, your passion, professionalism, and commitment to our mission are vital to our standing as a world-class research and teaching institution.  And as teammates and colleagues, your collaboration and connection with others are what make the FAS a rewarding workplace and a welcoming community.

To acknowledge the efforts of outstanding FAS employees, the FAS promotes the following awards and recognition programs.

FAS-wide Recognition Programs

  • Dean's Distinction: This annual program recognizes a small number of FAS staff members for their outstanding citizenship, collaboration, and exceptional contribution in support of FAS' teaching and research mission.
  • Local Bonuses: As part of FAS' non-union compensation program, FAS managers can recognize and reward outstanding local contributions of their non-union staff with project completion bonuses, interim coverage payments, and spot awards. Learn more about FAS Bonus Guidelines.  
  • Exceptional Performance Bonus Awards: These FAS performance bonuses are designed to recognize and reward documented exceptional performance and effectiveness in FY22. 
  • FAS Giving Thanks: An annual informal gathering for the FAS community that provides the opportunity to write a note of thanks to a colleague, enjoy seasonal refreshments, and donate to the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. 

Harvard-wide Recognition Programs

  • Harvard HeroesThe University-wide Harvard Heroes recognition program celebrates the extraordinary “above and beyond” contributions of Harvard staff.
  • Harvard Service Milestone Recognition Program:  Faculty and staff across the University who achieve a service milestone anniversary from 5 to 60 years will receive a special message of thanks and congratulations, as well as a selection of gifts to choose from during their anniversary month.