This annual award recognizes CALS staff for exceptional work in the eyes of their fellow employees, supervisors, or the people they serve. The awards include:

  • CALS Excellence in Staff Support Award (2) – Recognizing CALS staff for individual excellence. Two individual awards will be issued. Recipients will receive a gift and have their name engraved on a commemorative plaque.
  • CALS Excellence in Staff Teamwork Award (1) – Recognizing a team of CALS staff for excellence in teamwork and performance. Recipients will receive a gift/gifts for the entire team.


All nominees for individual awards must be active regular staff employees and employed in CALS for at least one year. This includes all eligible CALS employees who contribute to the success of the College, in the field or on campus. Past nominees are eligible but must be re-nominated. Materials need to be re-submitted and appropriately updated. Past recipients are ineligible.

Team nominations should primarily include individuals who meet the above eligibility criteria; however, teams that include temporary or part-time employees will also be considered.

Nomination process

Nominators should use the nomination form (Individual Nomination Form, Teamwork Nomination Form). Any CALS faculty, staff member or trainee (student, postdoctoral fellow) is welcome to submit a nomination. Providing specific examples makes an impact with the review committee. We ask that each nominator fill out their own form instead of many signing onto one nomination. Do not provide separate letters; all relevant information should be entered onto the one-page writeable pdf nomination form.

Nominations are due by Friday, April 15, 2022. Please submit all nominations to

Criteria for Evaluation of Submissions

The Committee will evaluate the nomination forms for evidence of sustained excellence in staff support activities, as follows:

  • High quality work that exceeds expectations
  • Superb collaborative skills (especially for team award)
  • Positive attitude or characteristics that resulted in tangible improvements
  • Creative approaches that brought about new efficiencies or other positive changes
  • Leadership on “getting things done”
  • ANYTHING else you believe equates with exceptional and laudable work

Selection Process

CALS Dean, Extension’s Associate Director, several willing faculty and previous staff award winners will review and choose the awardees, based on the nominations submitted. The award winners will be announced and formally recognized at the annual CALS Faculty and Staff Retreat.

Any questions may be directed to

Now accepting nominations

All nominations due Friday, April 15, 2022. Please submit all nominations to

CALSX Excellence in Staff Nomination Form

CALSX Excellence in Teamwork Nomination Form