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Jeanne E. Griffith Mentoring Award

1 March 2018 No Comment
Previous Award Winners
Rich Allen (National Agriculture Statistical Service), 2003
Beth Kilss (Internal Revenue Service), 2004
Renee Miller (Energy Information Administration), 2005
Martin O’Connell (US Census Bureau), 2006
Stephanie Shipp (National Institute of Standards and Technology), 2007
Rosemary D. Marcuss (Bureau of Economic Analysis), 2008
Kevin Cecco (Internal Revenue Service) and Lillian S. Lin (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 2009
Deborah H. Griffin (US Census Bureau), 2010
Jenise L. Swall (US Environmental Protection Agency), 2011
Bill Mockovak (Bureau of Labor Statistics), 2012
Brian Harris-Kojetin (Office of Management and Budget), 2013
J. Gregory Robinson (US Census Bureau) and Kenneth Schoendorf (National Center for Health Statistics), 2014
Aldo “Skip” Vecchia (US Geological Survey), 2015
Diane L. Willimack (US Census Bureau), 2016
Cynthia Ogden (National Center for Health Statistics), 2017

The Jeanne E. Griffith Mentoring Award recognizes and encourages the mentoring of junior staff in the statistical community in federal, state, or local government. It is awarded annually to a supervisor, technical director, team coordinator, or other statistical staff member who is nominated by a supervisor and co-workers for his or her efforts in supporting the work and developing the careers of junior staff.

The Jeanne E. Griffith Mentoring Award was established to honor Griffith, who died in August 2001, after working for more than 25 years in the federal statistical system. Throughout her career, and especially in her latter senior management positions at the National Center for Education Statistics and the National Science Foundation, one of Griffith’s highest priorities was to mentor and encourage younger staff at all levels to learn, grow, and recognize and seize career opportunities as they came along.

The award recipient will be selected for his or her efforts to support the work and develop the careers of junior staff. Preference will be given to individuals with a track record of mentoring government statisticians. Examples of typical mentoring activities include the following:

  • Advising junior staff to help them create career opportunities, networking skills, and contacts for growth and development
  • Counseling junior staff and providing resources to help develop their technical writing, analysis, presentation, and organizational skills and knowledge
  • Encouraging the growth and career development of junior staff through attendance and oral presentations at meetings with higher-level officials, staff of other agencies, professional associations, training courses, and conferences
  • Motivating junior staff and building self-confidence by providing feedback, being a listener when needed, and creating a caring and supportive environment
  • Serving as a role model for junior staff through professional expertise; information and insights; balancing collegial and personal roles; and including everyone regardless of rank, race, ethnicity, or seniority

Nominations for the 2018 award will be accepted until April 16. The nomination form, guidelines, and a list of sponsors are available from the Government Statistics Section and the Social Statistics Section websites.

The award committee will determine the winner in May. The award will consist of a $1,000 honorarium, a citation, and a plaque, which will be presented at a ceremony arranged by the co-sponsors. Contact Kevin Cecco if your organization would like to co-sponsor the award.

The nomination package must be emailed or mailed to the Jeanne E. Griffith Mentoring Award Committee, c/o The American Statistical Association, 732 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1943.

Questions about the award can be addressed to ASA Professional Development and Sections and Chapters Manager Rick Peterson or the chair of the award committee, Bill Mockovak.

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