Recognition & Nominations

Nominate a Great Employee or Coworker for a UA Award for Excellence!

Take a look around you. You recognize people who are dedicated to the University of Arizona, who are always ready to help, and who make the University a great place to work. Now, take a moment and nominate those people for an Award for Excellence so that the rest of the University can appreciate them also. The Classified Staff Council, the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council, and the President's Cabinet sponsor these awards. We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to nominate someone great today - dont delay, nominations require letters of recommendation!


University of Arizona Award for Excellence will be presented to approximately 9 members of the Classified Staff and the Appointed Professionals, regardless of their length of service, classification or pay grade. These awards are designed to recognize outstanding achievements. Nominations are evaluated respectively within six pay levels to ensure an equal distribution of awards among employees at all levels. Nominated Individuals must be benefits-eligible. 


The Billy Joe Varney Award for Excellence will be presented to one employee, with at least 15 cumulative years of employment at the University, who merits special recognition for a career of dedicated service to the University, its employees, and the community. Nominees can be chosen from any employment category. Individuals nominated must be benefits-eligible.


The University of Arizona Team Award for Excellence is designed to recognize outstanding team achievement. Both functional working teams and project-oriented teams will be considered.


The Center/Department/Institute Award for Excellence will be presented to a single organizational unit in recognition of its outstanding excellence in the management of its people and resources. The awarded Center/Department/Institute will receive a commemorative plaque.


All of these honors, with the exception of the Department Award for Excellence, carry with them a university-funded monetary award and, therefore, must be based on achievements in activities beyond normal duties. On behalf of the organizations supporting this recognition, we encourage you to nominate employees in your area who you feel are making outstanding contributions to the University.


Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2021. Recipients will be notified in March.


Awards will be presented at the UA Awards for Excellence ceremony will be in April, to be announced soon.


For questions about the awards or nomination forms, contact us at


The University Awards for Excellence are sponsored by the President’s Cabinet, the Classified Staff Council, and the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council.



Another way to recognize someone:

Wildcat Family Spirit Certificate of Appreciation - The Wildcat Spirit Award was developed in response to University of Arizona employees wanting to show their appreciation to their fellow employees and others for exemplary customer service, innovative improvements, outstanding performance or for fostering diversity, creativity, cooperation and community spirit. These certificates can be requested at any time and are produced and returned to the nominator for presentation - turn around time is about a week.