Doris Bitler Earns Outstanding Supervisor Award

Posted: July 26, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Doris Bitler, associate dean of undergraduate student academic affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), is the first recipient of the Staff Senate’s Outstanding Supervisor Award. She will be honored during the Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony on Aug. 30.

The award honors a supervisor who creates a pleasant and productive work environment for employees, listens to suggestions and ideas, recognizes and rewards superior performance, and is fair and flexible in dealing with employees. The recipient acts as an advocate for classified and non-student wage employees, encourages professional growth of employees, provides a sense of vision for the department, and makes classified and non-student wage employees feel actively involved in the goals of the department.

“Doris’ door is always open. She encourages everyone in the office to approach her at any time if we have a question or concern,” says Victoria Wildermuth, request coordinator for undergraduate student academic affairs in CAS. “It is hard to pinpoint one example of how she listens to suggestions and ideas because she is always very accessible and open to all possibilities.”

Bitler is a true advocate for employees in her department. She created and promoted a flextime plan so that staff could have an extra day off each pay period. In addition, she reorganized a work area in order to give two employees their own office space.

Another nominator wrote, “I believe the mood of the workplace is reflective of the one who oversees the office. Doris consistently finds ways to provide our office with the vision needed to spark creativity and enthusiasm for our work here at George Mason, which is why my coworkers and I do not think of Doris so much as a supervisor but as a team leader. She understands that for the office to run effectively, each of us must feel like a valued member of a close-knit crew.”

The Outstanding Supervisor Award was developed by the Staff Senate to recognize supervisors of classified and non-student wage employees who possess exemplary supervisory skills. The recipient receives a plaque, a gift bearing George Mason’s signature or seal, and a $50 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble.

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