About the Award

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) established the Team Excellence Award in 2011 in order to give special recognition to staff members who work as part of a team or workgroup.

TUSDM sponsors this school-wide program to recognize team or workgroup accomplishments that go beyond the parameters of daily business in addressing a challenging project or initiative that facilitates change at the Dental School. Winning teams will have demonstrated their commitment to the Dental School and the Tufts community through dedication to professionalism, teamwork and service. This program defines the concept of team broadly to include entire departments, departmental sub-groups, workgroups or committees comprised of interdepartmental members working on a shared task, project or goal, as well as team-to-team collaborations that facilitate the achievement of significant outcomes or cooperative benefit. This program complements the recognition programs already in place at the university.

Winners are chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of Dental School staff. The winning team will be invited to lunch with the Dean and Executive Associate Dean (EAD) of the Dental School. In addition to lunch, individual members of winning teams will receive a cash award.

Everyone is encouraged to participate and to take a moment to reflect on who among your colleagues is due for some well-deserved applause.


All TUSDM permanent employees can be nominated for a team award. Members of the staff who are serving on the Selection Committee for this year’s award are ineligible. In addition, teams are not eligible to win in consecutive years.

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