University Staff Advisory Council accepting nominations for staff awards

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Nominations are being accepted for three Staff Recognition Awards from the University Staff Advisory Council (USAC) through March 1.

The annual awards — the Staff Excellence Award, Staff Morale Award and Staff Leadership Award — each recognize staff across the Commonwealth who exemplify Penn State Values of integrity, respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence and community.

All full-time staff members from every campus and all work units are eligible to be nominated and anyone at the University may submit a nomination, including faculty, staff, administrators and students. Each nomination is considered on its own merit and will be given equal consideration regardless of type or level of staff position held within the University. 

The three awards are the:

  • Staff Excellence Award, which recognizes a staff member who demonstrates integrity, respect and excellence in all aspects of their position;
  • Staff Morale Award, which recognizes a staff member who demonstrates enthusiasm and optimism to create a positive, inclusive and supportive work environment for all, and;
  • Staff Leadership Award, which recognizes a staff person who demonstrates excellence in leadership and serves as a positive role model for others. 

Criteria and nomination forms for each of the three awards are available on the USAC website.  Nominations should be received by March 1.

The nomination packet for each of the three awards should contain the completed nomination form and no more than three letters of support. Questions may be directed to, using “Staff Awards” as the subject line.

The annual awards will be presented during a virtual ceremony hosted by Penn State President Eric Barron on May 21.

Last Updated January 21, 2021