Excellence Awards for Academic Staff

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater honors academic staff each year with two awards: the Excellence Award for Instructional Staff and the Excellence Award for Non-Instructional Staff.  Nominations are sought early in the second semester.

Nomination Process

There is an open call for nominations for the two academic staff awards. A faculty member, staff member, a college, an academic department or program may serve as the nominator for a candidate. Any individual nominated needs to meet the eligibility criteria listed below. All nominees will be honored at a reception sponsored by the Chancellor and the Provost. Each recipient of the award will also:

  • Have their name and picture in UW-Whitewater periodicals and other publications,
  • Have his/her name and photograph displayed in the Andersen Library for a year with other campus-wide award recipients,
  • Receive recognition at the Chancellor's welcoming speech for the Fall semester,
  • Be recognized at Spring commencement,
  • Have a formal presentation of the award at the annual Recognition event in April, and
  • Receive a $500.00 monetary award funded by a grant from Commercial Bank or First Citizens State Bank, both of Whitewater.


The awards are limited to Academic Staff at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater who are employed 50% time or more, and who have not received the award in the past three years.

Submission of Nomination Materials

Submit the four nomination materials by February 15 to the Academic Staff Assembly Chair, Patricia Fragola, via email (PDF preferred) to fragolap@uww.edu . Hard copies may also be delivered to the Chair's Office (2102A Andersen Library).

The nomination materials may be presented in any form deemed appropriate by the nominator. Please limit nomination materials to five (5) pages or less (not including letters of recommendation or the Recognition Reception Nominee Information Form). Up to three (3) letters of recommendations may be submitted with the nomination.

A complete application will include:
1. Information about the nominee:
         a. Nominee's name
         b. His/her position/title
      c. Nominee's job description
         d. Years of service at UW-Whitewater
         e. Current department/unit
          f. Name of the nominator

In addition to the above information listed, materials may include any or all of the following areas:

2. Explain why this individual's classroom/job performance merits consideration for this award.

3. What does this person do that is above and beyond the usual requirements of his/her position at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater? List any other information that you think may assist the selection committee in its deliberations regarding this individual. (If you are nominating someone, please be aware that it is appropriate/beneficial to contact the nominee for the most current and in-depth information). 
         a. Indicate contributions this individual has made through service on committees at the departmental, college or university level.
         b. Indicate professtional contributions this individual has made, such as leadership in professional organizations, publications,
             performances, advising student groups, assisting with student seminars, research, etc. 
         c. List any professional awards earned by this individual.
         d. List contributions that this individual has made beyond the immediate job, including community and state service, charitable work, etc.
4. Complete Faculty and Academic Staff Nominee Submission Form by March 1 that includes:
         a. Information about the nominee and the award under consideration,
         b. A one-paragraph narrative describing the merits of the nominee for this award (max. 200 words).
         c. The name and contact information of the presenter for this nominee. 

Selection Process

The Academic Staff Awards Committee reviews the received nominations and selects a recipient for each award.  The committee consists of four members, two teaching and two non-teaching.  A member of the Academic Staff Assembly acts as the liaison/facilitator for the committee. Actions of the Awards Committee are presented to the Academic Staff Assembly for ratification. The list of nominees needs to be submitted to the Associate Vice Chancellor Office for Academic Affairs by March 8.  Names of the award recipients are to be submitted to the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs by March 31. Applicants will receive notification regarding the status of his/her award nomination from the Chancellor.


Office of Academic Affairs
420 Hyer Hall
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: 262-472-1672
Fax: 262-472-1670