The Team Award for Excellence


The Team Award for Excellence is designed to recognize outstanding team achievement. Both functional working teams and project-oriented teams will be considered. A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation are required.


A team is defined for the purposes of nominations as a group of two or more, primarily comprised of University Staff, Classified Staff, Service Professionals and/or Academic Service Professionals. Team members should be committed to a common purpose, share specific collaborative performance goals, and hold each other mutually accountable.

Please ensure that letters of support address the three criteria and give at least one concrete example for each dimension.


Nominees will be evaluated on their actions that surpass meritorious performance in their job. The following criteria will be considered.

A. EXCEPTIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARD EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF OPERATIONS – setting high standards and achieving great goals and how this affects others

Examples that contribute toward efficiency and effectiveness include:

  • Developing new and creative ways to reduce waste or improve operational efficiency
  • Improving service to stakeholders (such as students, parents, alumni, employees)

B. OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY AND/OR VISITORS – providing service/outreach in addition or outside of normal team duties and how this impacts others

Examples of outstanding service include:

  • Contributing to public service and outreach
  • Delivering exceptional service to University projects or on committees
  • Incorporating various Tucson community centers and neighborhoods into recruitment, retention, or programmatic efforts
  • Utilizing campus cultural and resource centers as service options for students, staff, and faculty

C. SPECIAL EFFORTS IN PRACTICING INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE – making an exceptional effort to be inclusive and how this creates a better work environment

Examples that contribute to improving sensitivity to and implementation of diversity include:

  • Increasing awareness of and respect for different cultures
  • Being attentive to diversity and proactively being inclusive in the workplace
  • Taking action to support and champion diverse populations
  • Embedding diversity and inclusiveness into their work duties and responsibilities supporting thought diversity to bring various perspectives into the workplace

How to Nominate

Submit a Nomination - Remember, all nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2021 - Late or Incomplete Packets Will Not Be Accepted! 

This link will take you to the "Competition Space" to submit an application for your nomination.

Visit our Assistance for Nominators page for help. 


  • Employees in the team must be benefits eligible

Nomination Requirements

  • Nominations must be submitted before the deadline
  • Resumes, ancillary materials, and more than three letters of recommendation will not be accepted

The application for nominating a team will request the following information.

  • Identify how the project/work supported the mission of your unit, department, or the UA
  • Define the project/work, its timeline and identify its goals/objectives
  • Define the steps taken to reach goals or milestones
  • Explain the group’s dynamics
    • Examples: how did the team communicate internally, make decisions, assign tasks, distribute workload, interact with management, handle conflict, etc.
  • Describe how the team measured progress
  • Describe the results of the team’s efforts, clearly detailing the achievements of the team that exceeded the stated goals/objectives

Deadline for Nominations

Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2021. - Late or Incomplete Packets Will Not Be Accepted!