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Staff Advisory Council

Staff Awards

Nomination period for the 2018 awards is closed. Thank you!

  1. Nominations must be for a regular full-time or part-time appointed staff employee. The employee must have at least one year (12 months) of appointed service at the University of Denver (faculty, Deans and students are not eligible).
  2. Any University of Denver staff member, faculty member, student or alumni may make nominations. Anonymous entries are not accepted.
  3. A panel of staff members established by the Staff Advisory Council will select winners.
  4. Recipients are not eligible for the same award in consecutive years.
  5. Senior staff are ineligible.


These prestigious awards are not to be given lightly. When making your nominations, please look for a person who or a department that has gone above and beyond for the University.


The highest honor presented each year is the Outstanding Service Award. This award will recognize a person who exemplifies the mission of the University of Denver.

When nominating a staff person for this award, please give examples of how this person has fostered and promoted collaboration and cooperation on the DU campus. How has this staff member demonstrated caring, responsiveness, accountability and courtesy in his or her interactions with others? Have they promoted their department within the campus? Have they taken on an unpopular project for the good of the campus?


This award is designed to honor the staff of a DU department for outstanding quality service to the DU community.

When nominating a department for this award, please give examples of how they have promoted quality service through open communication, creativity, ethical behavior, integrity, caring and close individual attention. Have they gone beyond their established duties to foster quality service affecting not only their department but also students, faculty, other departments on campus and/or the surrounding community?


This civic engagement award is designed to give recognition to an employee who displays outstanding commitment to and support of the University. This can be exemplified by participation in volunteer activities within the University, staff members who are on committees to improve campus life for students, faculty and staff, and those who are always available to help with campus activities that are not part of their daily jobs.

The winner of this award should be a standard for others at DU to uphold. When nominating a person for this award, please give examples of their committee or volunteer work and how they promote the values of DU.


One of the University’s values is innovation. This award is given to a University of Denver staff member who has demonstrated creativity and innovation in their work. The University of Denver is a community of creative, imaginative and forward thinking people and we want to recognize that! Who among our staff community represents our value of innovation? Please consider nominating a colleague who has inspired you, or perhaps has developed and implemented a cutting edge program, or encouraged others to think outside the box. This award will recognize a staff member who has looked beyond what we do now to harness new and exciting ways of engaging our community and/or providing services to our constituents. The winner of this award will possess a desire to evolve practices, processes and programs to better meet the needs of our ever-changing community—an innovator who routinely thinks beyond the bounds of tradition.

See past award winners.