Nominate a Career Champion

Every year two Career Champions receive a cash prize of $500.

​And our undying thanks for going above and beyond in encouraging the career exploration, readiness, and success of UVM students!

The Career Champion Award annually recognizes one (1) UVM staff member and one (1) UVM faculty member who are not Career Coaches, but dedicate a portion of their time to supporting the career development of students (graduate or undergraduate) by consistently empowering them to seek meaningful opportunities for work, service, and/or advanced studies with confidence, courage, and curiosity.

Career Champions…

  • help students plan for their future by encouraging self-discovery, clarifying values and/or gaining meaningful experience.
  • help students articulate their skills, transferable skills, and professional identity.
  • connect students with people, opportunities, and/or resources within their field/industry.
  • compassionately provide support for students’ needs using a diversity, equity, and social justice lens.

Deadline to Nominate: April 1, 2024

Nominate a Career Champion


We appreciate all the work that goes into career development across campus, AND in order to be eligibile, nomiees must...

  • be faculty or staff at the University of Vermont 
  • support career development beyond of their job description
    (i.e. nominees should not have career support as part of their position description)
  • not be a previous Career Champion award recipient

Past Winners

2023 Career Champions Winners

  • Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne - Director of UVM's Spatial Analysis Lab, RSENR (faculty)
  • Tiffanie Spencer - Director for Diversity & Community Engagement, CESS (staff)

2022 Career Champions Winners

  • Meghan "MJ" Jaird - Director of Student Services and Retention, CESS (staff)
  • Amy M. Tomas - Director of Undergraduate Programs, Senior Lecturer, GSB (faculty)

2021 Career Champions Winners

  • Denis Garcia Reyes  Assistant Residence Director at the University of Vermont (staff)
  • Sarah Heiss – Associate Professor for Public Communication and Food Systems, CDAE (faculty)

2020 Career Champions Winners

  • Sarah Childs – Assistant Director of the Mosaic Center for Students of Color (staff)
  • Alice Fothergill – Professor of Sociology (faculty)

Praise for our 2024 nominees:


Praise for our 2023 nominees:


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