Awards & Scholarships

James House Williamson   HR Excellence Professional
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JAMES HOUSE WILLIAMSON (JHW) AWARD

Past JHW Award Receipients and Awards Committee

Tennessee SHRM’s highest honor, the James House Williamson Award, honoring the influence of a very significant Human Resources professional, is presented annually to one individual in recognition of significant contributions to the field of human resource management in Tennessee.

Purpose of the Award

To stimulate the development of sound human resources management in all of its various phases and to publicly recognize the work of those who have made significant contributions to this effort.

Eligibility

All persons nominated shall have made significant contributions to one or more of the various phases of human resources management in the State of Tennessee. 

Presentation

The award shall be announced and presented at the annual TN SHRM State Conference by the last awardee of the honor, or a person designated by TN SHRM. The recipient shall be unannounced prior to that time, including to the awardee.

The James House Williamson Award Panel of Judges is composed of the five most recent recipients of the award, the most recent acting as chairman each year, and the TN SHRM Awards & Scholarships Chair who shall serve as panel secretary and non-voting member of the panel (unless said person is one of the five most recent recipients of the award). Only one award will be presented each year, or, at the discretion of the Panel, no award may be made, depending upon the panel’s evaluation of the accomplishments of those nominated. It shall be the duty of the JHW Award Panel to make the final selection of the person or persons to receive the award.

Nominations

Nominations are normally submitted by human resources groups or SHRM chapters, but may be submitted by any person or organization that takes part in the activities of the SHRM State Conference. 

All nominations must be submitted through our on-line form along with the supporting documentation.

For nomination criteria or to make a submission, please click here.


 

Nomination submissions must be received by July 31, 2017. If you have questions regarding the submission process please contact Lori Ridings at lorir@tindells.com.
 
Nominations received after July 31, 2017 cannot be considered for the 2017 James House Williamson Award.

 

The award will be presented at:
 
2017 Tennessee SHRM Conference & Expo
October 1 - 4, 2017
Nashville, TN

 
History

James House Williamson was born in Gallatin, TN on June 1, 1904. He lived there until entering the University of Michigan to study civil engineering. He earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology and worked for a number of industrial firms and until joining the faculty of the University of Tennessee in June of 1937 as Coordinator for the Co-Operative Engineering Program. The U.S. Office of Education appointed him responsible for the Engineering Science and Management War Training Program in all states west of the Mississippi soon after the start of World War II. From 1944 to 1945 he coordinated the educational activities of the War Manpower Commission in the State of Tennessee.

Following the war he returned to UT’s College of Engineering before transferring to the Division of University Extension (now the Division of Continuing Education) in 1947. Under his guidance and dedication, UT’s Extension Centers were established in Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Tullahoma, Oak Ridge, and Martin, bringing adult educational opportunities previously unavailable to so many in the state .

During the ensuing years, thousands of adults were able to participate in the evening programs and conferences devoted to industrial and business topics.

Williams served as permanent Secretary for the Tennessee Industrial Personnel Conference (later to evolve into the Tennessee HR Conference/SHRM Joint Conference and then the TN SHRM State Conference) for fifteen years before his death in February 1953. In all of his professional work and especially through his service to industry as Secretary of the Conference, he contributed significantly to the development of sound industrial management and personnel practices in Tennessee and neighboring states. In memory of him and in appreciation for his great service, the industries of Tennessee presented a plaque to the University of Tennessee and established the James House Williamson Award.


 

HR Professional Excellence Award  

Past HR Professional Excellence Award Recipients

The HR Professional Excellence Award which began in 2000 and presented by the SHRM Tennessee State Council, recognizes contributions to the Human Resource Profession by any HR Professional working in the state of Tennessee.  Nominees, selected by a panel of State Council members, are considered based on service to chapter, the HR profession, the community, and professional history.

The HR Professional Excellence Award, presented by the Tennessee SHRM State Council, recognizes contributions to the Human Resource profession by any HR Professional working in the state of Tennessee. The call for nominations takes place in July of each year and awards are typically presented during the TN SHRM State Conference in September.

Multiple HR Professional Excellence Awards are generally presented at the conference.  The following criteria should be considered:

Service to the Chapter - such as leadership, committee participation, program development and participation and support of chapter goals activities.

Service to the HR Profession - including leadership roles in SHRM at the state, regional or national level; leadership roles in other professional organizations, volunteer activities that increase awareness of and reflect favorably on the role of HR professionals, innovations in HR practices, acting as a resource to peers, mentoring students or young professionals, publications, research, teaching and training in the fields of HR and business in general.

Service to the Community - Civic, community, and charitable and service organization involvement.

Professional History - Education, experience, work history, record of professional growth, accomplishments, professional certification.

Selection of award recipients will be made by a panel of TN SHRM State Council members and chaired by the Awards and Scholarships Chair of TN SHRM. Only the panel will know the identity of the honorees until the moment of the award. Nominations can be submitted in any written format but should be specific and as detailed as possible describing exactly why your nominee should be honored.

NOMINATIONS: 

Nominations are normally submitted by individuals, groups, SHRM chapters, or other Human Resources associations, and may be submitted by any person or organization which takes part in the activities of the annual Tennessee SHRM Conference & Expo. 

All nominations must be submitted through our online form along with the supporting documentation.

For nomination criteria or to make a submission, please click here


 

Nomination submissions must be received by July 31, 2017. If you have questions regarding the submission process please contact Lori Ridings at lorir@tindells.com.
 
Nominations received after July 31, 2017 cannot be considered for the 2017 HR Professional Excellence Award.

 


 
The award will be presented at:
 
2017 Tennessee SHRM Conference & Expo
October 1 - 4, 2017
Nashville, TN