The Staff Excellence Award for Service

The Staff Excellence Award for Service

Deadline for Nominations: March 25, 2016
Send nominations/questions to: Lisa Lang

Objective of the Award

The Staff Excellence Award for Service is given annually to recognize one member of the College of Engineering staff whose volunteer activities demonstrate outstanding service to the University community, their profession, or the wider community, and whose imagination and dedication goes beyond the scope of her/his position in the College of Engineering.

Eligibility and Criteria

All permanent full-time and part-time (50% or more) Professional & Scientific, Merit, and Merit Exempt staff members employed in the College of Engineering are eligible to be nominated for this award. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, or students. The deadline for nominations is March 25th, 2016.

Provide the following materials for a complete nomination:

  1. The completed nomination form.
  2. A letter of nomination (2 pages maximum) providing reasons and a clear/compelling explanation for why the nominee should receive the Staff Excellence Award for Service.

Provide concise examples of the nominee’s volunteer activities.

The nominee must demonstrate exceptional contributions toward improving the community, enhancing The University of Iowa image, or promoting The College of Engineering or The University of Iowa missions, visions or core values. Volunteer activities must be outside normal job responsibilities. 

Examples of volunteer work inside the UI:

  • Committee Work (e.g., UI Charter Committee)
  • Staff Governance (e.g., ESAC)
  • Program Creation
  • Mentoring (e.g., Conversation Partner)

Examples of volunteer work outside the UI:

  • Activities in professional organizations
  • Outreach activities
  • Activities in local, regional, national, or international community organizations
  1. Include at least one, but no more than 3 letters of support (2 pages maximum each) from a faculty, staff, or student in the College of Engineering.

Nomination and Selection Process

  • Nominations for this award are conducted annually.
  • Send all nomination materials in a sealed envelope to the Staff Excellence Awards Committee, c/o Jan Waterhouse, 3100 SC  or via email:
  • Nominations must be received no later than March 25th, 2016. Late or incomplete nominations will not be considered.
  • In cases where multiple nominations for a nominee are received for this award, the nominators will be contacted and asked to consolidate the nominations into one nomination that conforms to the Eligibility and Criteria guidelines.
  • Nominees will be evaluated with respect to the award criteria by members of the selection committee.
  • The selection committee will make a recommendation to the Dean for final approval.
  • The recipient will be announced at the Spring Faculty and Staff Awards and Recognition Ceremony.
  • The winner of this award will be honored and presented with a certificate.
  • Questions concerning Staff Excellence Awards may be directed to ESAC.
  • Download a nomination form.

COE Mission: The College of Engineering serves the state, the nation, and the world by graduating talented, broadly educated engineers, conducting high quality research, developing breakthrough technologies, and disseminating and preserving technical knowledge.

COE Vision: To be the best at serving society by creating engineering knowledge and educating engineers for dynamic and global careers.

The following strategic characteristics and aspirations enable the College to realize its vision:

  • Contemporary and rigorous educational experiences that develop the engineer and something more;
  • An atmosphere that facilitates personal commitment to the educational success of students in an environment that values diversity and community;
  • Education and research partnerships with UI colleges, and targeted agencies, universities, and industries;
  • Highly successful alumni who contribute to the profession in the global society;
  • Undergraduate programs that integrate global awareness, communication skills and team building across the curriculum;
  • Internationally recognized research programs;
  • Prudent and accountable resource management;
  • Graduate education and training that prepares students for interdisciplinary engineering research and advanced problem solving;
  • Leadership and service to meet society’s needs. 

UI Mission: In pursuing its missions of teaching, research, and service, the University seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.

UI Vision: A distinuished research university focusued on student success.

UI Core Values: In planning, setting priorities, and carrying out every aspect of its mission, The University of Iowa is guided by seven interdependent values:

  • Excellence
  • Learning
  • Community
  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility