This annual award recognizes CALS staff for exceptional work in the eyes of their fellow employees, supervisors, or the people they serve. The awards have changed slightly from years past and will include the following:

  • CALS Excellence in Staff Support Award (2) – Recognizing CALS staff for individual excellence. Two individual awards will be issued this year. 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 (TBD).

The award winners will be announced at the fall CALS Retreat or soon thereafter.


All nominees for individual awards must be active regular staff employees and employed in CALS for at least one year. This includes all eligible employees across CALS' six academic departments (ASCI, CDAE, NFS, MMG, PBIO, PSS) and Extension, both in the field or on campus. The review committee will be looking for evidence of how employees have made clear contributions to the mission of CALS and/or Extension. Past recipients are ineligible. Past nominees are eligible, but must be re-nominated. Materials need to be re-submitted and appropriately updated.

For your convenience, all eligible employees are listed here. Please let Diane Trono know if you feel a name has been inadvertently omitted.

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

Nomination process

Due to feedback from past review committees, we simplified the nomination forms and process. Anyone wishing to nominate an individual or team for these awards should submit the appropriate nomination form (CALS Excellence in Staff Support Nomination Form, CALS Excellence in Teamwork Nomination Form). Any CALS/Extension faculty, staff member or trainee (student, postdoctoral fellow) is welcome to submit a nomination. Providing specific examples makes an impact with the review committee. Because the nomination process is now so simple, we ask that each nominator fill out their own form instead of many signing onto one nomination. Do not provide separate letters of recommendation; all relevant information should be entered onto the expandable nomination form provided via the links above. Please submit the electronic, fillable PDF (do not submit a scan or copy).

Nominations are due by Monday, August 17. 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.

For more information, please contact Diane Trono (

Now accepting nominations

All nominations due Monday, August 17, 2020. Please submit all nominations to

CALS Excellence in Staff Nomination Form

CALS Excellence in Teamwork Nomination Form

Any questions may be directed to Diane Trono.