The College of Arts & Sciences is proud to announce the winners of its 2018 Staff Awards. Tim Jansa, business manager for the Department of World Languages & Cultures, has won the Senior Staff Leadership Award. Renda Radcliffe-Sullivan, administrative specialist with Faculty Review Services, has won the Outstanding Junior Staff Award.
Tim Jansa worked as a lecturer and an administrative assistant in World Languages & Cultures before becoming the department’s business manager. Those jobs gave him a unique perspective on his current duties, and an unusual ability to align even his smallest tasks with the strategic goals of the department, said chair William Nichols. He has become a resource for business managers in other departments. Jansa has also worked with faculty members to align pedagogy with strategic planning and budget. Jansa is working on his Ed.D. in educational leadership in the College of Education and Human Development. He and William Nichols have co-authored an article on the leadership role of language departments in universities that has been accepted for publication in a national journal.
Renda Radcliffe-Sullivan supervises the college’s tenure and promotion process, where faculty careers are literally on the line. She is known for handling these procedures with calm and sensitivity to faculty and administration concerns. Radcliffe-Sullivan has also completely overhauled the process, which used to involve maintaining and shipping enormous binders of paper, so that it takes place entirely online. She has also worked to build the college community, helping to plan the 25 Park Place Tower Crawl, and helping to coordinate decorations and refreshments for the 25th and 26th floors. All of Radcliffe-Sullivan’s recommenders commented on her daily good cheer in the face of a strenuous and complex workload.