On receiving the Roger Herriot Award in June 2001, Jeanne Griffith said: "One of the most
rewarding aspects (of Federal statistics) for me was the opportunity to promote creative
activities and energies among my staff."
Dr. Griffith died in August 2001 after working for more than 25 years in the Federal statistical
system. Throughout her career, and especially in her senior management positions at the National
Center for Education Statistics and the National Science Foundation, one of Jeanne's highest
priorities was to mentor and encourage junior staff to learn, to grow, and to recognize and
seize career opportunities as they came along.
The purpose of the award is to encourage the mentoring of younger staff in the Federal statistical
system. The Government Statistics Section (GSS) of the American Statistical Assocation manages the award.
This award is co-sponsored by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), Council of Professional
Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS), American Institutes for Research (AIR), American Educational
Research Association (AERA), and Interagency Council on Statistical Policy (ICSP) It is presented annually
to a supervisor, technical director, team coordinator, or other member of the government statistical staff
who is nominated by a supervisor and co-workers, and chosen by the Award Selection Committee. Nominations
must be submitted no later than April 2, 2012.
Nominations for the 2012 award will be accepted beginning in January 2012. The last date for
submission of nominations is April 2, 2012, and the Award Committee will make its determination
of the award winner by April 30, 2012. The award will consist of a $1,000 honorarium (to be split if
there is more than one awardee), a citation, and a plaque, which will be presented at a ceremony arranged
by the co-sponsors in June 2012.
The winning mentor(s) will be selected for his or her efforts in supporting the work and developing
the careers of junior staff. Such efforts would include the following types of activities:
- 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 junior staff growth and career development through attendance and oral presentations
at meetings with higher level officials, staffs of other agencies, professional associations, training
courses, and conferences;
- Motivating junior staff and building self confidence through feedback on their efforts, being a
listener when that is 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 across rank, race, ethnicity, and
Past Award Recipients:
2003 - Richard D. Allen (National Agricultural Statistics Service)
2004 - Beth A Kilss (Internal Revenue Service)
2005 - Renee Miller (Energy Information Adminitration)
2006 - Martin O'Connell (U.S. Census Bureau)
2007 - Stephanie Shipp (National Institute for Standards and Technology)
2008 - Rosemary Marcuss (Bureau of Economic Analysis)
2009 - Kevin Cecco (Internal Revenue Service)
and Lillian Lin (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
2010 - Deborah H. Griffin (U.S. Census Bureau)
2011 - Jenise L. Swall (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
If you have questions about the award, please contact Rick Peterson at
email@example.com (703) 684-1221 and/or Clyde Tucker at
Nominations should be prepared in the form of a letter or memorandum for the Award Selection Committee:
- The letter or memorandum should summarize the nominee's actions that support and encourage junior staff
in the Federal, State, or Local statistical community in developing their careers.
- Nominations may be accompanied by up to six supporting letters. These should be attached to, and submitted
with, the nomination.
- The Award Selection Committee finds that descriptions of what nominees actually do are the strongest
demonstration of candidate mentoring. Here are some examples: the mentor is a source of advice...counsels with
long-term goals in mind...thought I was well qualified even though I had some doubts...encourages staff to seek
out positions that will increase their visibility and stretch their professional capabilities. These are more
explicit and unique to the mentor than generic statements such as: the mentor is a coach...a teacher.
- Photo copies and email copies of support letters are acceptable.
A nomination form can be obtained by downloading it in
MS Word format
or Adobe pdf format.
All nomination forms should be returned, by no later than April 2, 2012 to:
The Jeanne E. Griffith Mentoring Award Committee
c/o The American Statistical Association
732 N. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-1943