Nominate a Great Employee or Coworker for a 2021 University of Arizona Award for Excellence!

It’s time to recognize the outstanding individuals and teams who make a difference on campus! Nominations are open for the 2021 University of Arizona Awards for Excellence. The UA Awards for Excellence recognize achievements of University Staff, Classified Staff, and Appointed Professionals in 4 categories: UA Award for Excellence, Billy Joe Varney Award for Excellence, UA Team Award for Excellence, and Department Award for Excellence. The Classified Staff Council, the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council, and the President's Cabinet sponsor these awards.


University of Arizona Award for Excellence will be presented to approximately 9 members of the University Staff, Classified Staff, and 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 University Staff, Classified Staff, or Appointed Professional 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 Department 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 Center/Department/Institute 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
Late or Incomplete Packets Will Not Be Accepted! 


Print or distribute a flyer and encourage others to nominate too! Don't delay, award nominations require letters of recommendation and it may require time to collect them!


Recipients will be notified in March.  Awards will be presented by President Robbins and Provost Folks at the UA Awards for Excellence ceremony in late April.


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


Recognize Someone with a Wildcat Family Spirit Certificate of Appreciation

We also offer a simple and quick way to help you recognize great people with a Wildcat Family Spirit Certificate of Appreciation - 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.