Supervisor of the Year Award

Congratulations, Carrie Smith!

Student Care and Outreach

Carrie's nominator wrote the following:

"…We have the opportunity to work with Carrie on a daily basis as she serves as the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Care and Outreach. As we have seen over our time with Carrie, the time and dedication Carrie shows for our students, this division, and the university is inspiring and impacts the lives of all the individuals she works with. Most importantly, however, is her commitment towards the individuals she supervises, which has never become more important than it has within the last year. During this time, Carrie has also served as the Interim Director of Greek Life. Combining this with her current duties in Student Care and Outreach, Carrie balanced a variety of roles and responsibilities throughout this period with much grace and poise. Through this, she has gained the utmost respect of the Greek Life staff, students, and partners at a time when it was needed. There is no doubt that balancing this new role and navigating the supervision of three new staff is a challenging task and Carrie took it on with confidence and skill.  As she navigated this, she remained committed and passionate about her initiatives in Student Care and Outreach and continued to make an impact on the students, faculty, and staff she works with in this role. Additionally, she furthered her investment in the personal and professional development of her two supervisees, empowering them to take steps in their own careers and further the field of higher education case management. Carrie also remained passionate about the synergy of the Student Care and Outreach staff and implemented monthly staff lunches to promote team building and engagement.


As a supervisor, Carrie strikes a balance between challenge and support, always offering transparent, direct, and immediate feedback. In addition to all of this, Carrie also serves in an important leadership role in the Higher Education Case Managers Association, ensuring that the University of Georgia stays on the pulse of all of the national case management trends.  As a recipient of the Vice President’s Award in 2019, there is no doubt Carrie is one of the most dedicated and hardworking staff within the division. This past year has revealed how much of an asset she is to our office, the Greek Life Office, and to the overall division. We believe each of the individuals whom she has worked with over the past year would attest to her ability to supervise and lead with confidence and poise. We hope you will consider honoring Carrie with this award as Supervisor of the Year.”


Recipient: Individual

Is your supervisor amazing? Are you committed to the success of your employees?

This award is designed to recognize a UGA Student Affairs staff member who excels at supervising their staff and department. Individuals nominated for this award must currently supervise staff, which may include undergraduate students, graduate students, part-time employees, and/or full-time employees.

Nominations will be evaluated according to one or more of the following criteria:

  • Investing in continued growth and development of staff
  • Promoting the success of the team, department, and UGA Student Affairs, while supporting the needs of individual staff
  • Establishing a positive and motivating work environment
  • Positively impacting, engaging, and/or supporting the Division and UGA community
  • Nominee serves as a supervisor in UGA Student Affairs at time of nomination

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