Staff Excellence Awards

2023 Fall Nominations Now Closed

The nomination period for Fall 2023 Staff Excellence Awards is closed. Fall submissions are currently being reviewed and scored by a committee. Nominations submitted after December 8 will be considered for the Spring 2024 award period.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to recognize UD staff through this process. We look forward to celebrating with you soon!

The University of Delaware Staff Excellence Awards recognize individuals and teams for their exemplary contributions to the UD community and commitment to UD values. Nominations are accepted each Fall and Spring, carefully reviewed by committee and vetted by UD Human Resources for monetary prize distribution.  

Faculty are recognized annually via “Faculty Excellence Awards.” 

Award Categories

$2,000 Award

Recognizes an individual staff member for consistent excellence, exceptional performance and service to UD, with outstanding contributions to the university in one or more of the following areas of focus: Student Success, Diversity and Inclusion, Community, Service, Innovation.

The nominee: 

  • Embodies the UD values in their daily work and social interactions.

  • Makes outstanding contributions towards improving a process or procedure or completing a complex project or solving a complex problem for the betterment of the unit/college/university.  

  • Demonstrates dedication to cultivating and applying their professional knowledge and expertise in ways that positively impact the mission and/or strategic pillars of UD.

  • Fosters a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.

$4,000 Award
to be divided between named contributors

Recognizes a team of employees who exemplify cooperation and collaboration with outstanding contributions to the university in one or more of the following areas of focus: Academic Freedom, Diversity and Inclusion, Community, Service, Innovation.

The nominated team: 

  • Embodies the UD values in their daily work and social interactions.

  • Extends their efforts across multiple UD departments, units, or entities 

  • Achieves results which impact a large constituency of UD employees, students and/or community members

  • Makes outstanding contributions towards improving a process or procedure or completing a complex project or solving a complex problem for the betterment of the unit/college/university. 

  • Demonstrates dedication to cultivating and applying their professional knowledge and expertise in ways that positively impact the mission and/or strategic pillars of UD.

  • Fosters a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. 

$2,000 Award

Recognizes an individual staff member who is committed to creating a workplace culture of belonging by advocating for everyone's voice to be heard, while demonstrating enthusiasm and optimism to create a positive, inclusive, and supportive work environment for the UD community. 

The nominee: 

  • Demonstrates an outstanding commitment to creating a culture of inclusion within their areas of influence and advocates for diversity and inclusion at the interpersonal, unit and institutional level. 

  • Demonstrates an authentic and empathetic understanding and consideration of the differing perspectives, needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, beliefs, traditions, abilities and backgrounds.

  • Establishes relationships both internally and across university units; serves as a mentor; serves on college/dept and/or University committee memberships or service.

  • Leads with enthusiasm; fosters respectful & cooperative work climate; demonstrates accountability; makes ethical decisions.

  • Coalesces people around institutional goals.

  • Recognizes potential within others; values other’s opinions; practices active listening; provides support and guidance to those around them to help make work life better.

$2,000 Award
to be divided between named contributors

Recognizes an individual staff member or team that demonstrates the development of creative and innovative solutions to difficult challenges and applies entrepreneurial thought and approaches in everything they do.

The individual nominee or team: 

  • Encourages novel approaches to complex challenges.

  • Supports collaboration and deep engagement within the University and with external partners.

  • Contributes to the overall effectiveness and value of the department/unit/team by recommending and developing innovative approaches and solutions.

  • Uses a unique approach or new solution to create a beneficial outcome. 

  • Uses a new process, technology, or methodology that positively affects the outcome of a task, event, project or gift. 

  • Takes on new initiatives and recommends solutions for the betterment of the team, unit, department, or UD.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • University of Delaware full-time staff who have completed at least one year of consecutive employment
  • Nominees must be found to be in good standing as confirmed by Human Resources
  • Staff are eligible to win one award per lifetime of service​
  • Recognition Committee members are not eligible to win or must recuse themselves from the review process​

 

  • Faculty, misc-wage staff and student workers are not eligible to win staff excellence awards

Team Awards

  • Working groups of two or more benefitted staff employees are eligible for any team excellence awards. This may include organizational units, departments and teams who work collaboratively toward common goals. 
  • Monetary prizes will be distributed equally across team contributors as defined during the nomination and selection process by UD Human Resources and the Staff Excellence Award Committee.

 

 

Any UD faculty member, staff or student may nominate an individual or team for a Staff Excellence Award. Nominations are accepted in the Fall and Spring to recognize work completed within one year of the award period.

Nominations may be submitted via UD Service Portal form with the below information:

  • Your name (the nominator) and department
  • Name of individual or team + individual contributors being nominated    
  • Name of award type
    • Distinguished Staff Excellence
    • Innovation Excellence
    • Community Advocate Excellence    
  • Your relationship to the nominee
  • 250-500 word description of why the individual or team should be considered for award. Compelling nominations will effectively tie the nominee's work to award definitions and UD values with clear examples.
  • 250-500 word description of how the nominee's work has impacted the UD community.  
  • The names of up to three additional supporters (optional)
     

Writing tips

Submit a nomination

 

A committee of UD employees reviews nominations and supplemental support using a rubric-style grading system. The top 5 candidates for each award category will be confirmed to be in "good standing" by Human Resources, and advance to final selection process based on rubric scores.

A committee chairperson will oversee selection process, review conflicts of interest, and communicate decisions to Human Resources for award distribution and recognition. In the case of too few nominations, or if nominees do not meet award criteria, the selection committee may use their discretion to declare no winner for an award category.

  • If you've received an email notification with the subject line "You are an additional supporter", you have been invited by a nominator to submit written support of a Staff Excellence Award nominee.
  • The email notification will include links to award definitions, writing tips and instructions for submission.
  • To submit, support materials:
    • Reply directly to the service ticket email notification with 250-500 words of detailed evidence that ties the nominee's work to award criteria. Please submit the email by the nomination deadline.
    • Support may also be attached and emailed in the form of PDF or Word Document.
    • Support may be attached directly to the service ticket in TDNext.

If you have not been invited to submit support via email, individuals may also opt to complete a separate nomination form for a candidate. Nominations for the same individual or team will be combined and scored together. The total number of nominations is not a substitute for high quality evidence and support.