Outstanding Employee Awards

Human Resources facilitates an annual employee recognition program to honor and acknowledge excellence at work. Outstanding Employee Awards recognize officers of administration and classified staff who:

  • demonstrate excellence on the job, and
  • exemplify key components of the university mission, and
    • critical thinking
    • effective reasoning
    • clear communication
    • creativity
    • act ethically
  • foster admiration among colleagues, and
  • model high performance standards.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 awards: 

Event Details

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2016 Outstanding
Employee Awards

Award Reception
November 30, 2016
Jordan Schnitzer Museum

Award Criteria

Award recipients are UO employees who embody the mission of the university, produce quality work, and consistently display characteristics valued and appreciated by coworkers.  They are a reliable compass continually pointing the university in the direction of its goals and aspirations. 

To be considered, the nominee should exhibit on-the-job performance that fulfills the following criteria:

  • Build Community
    Promotes a sense of community (within work group, department/unit, or across campus) by bringing groups/individuals together for a common purpose.
  • Promote Inclusivity
    Welcomes and values diversity of opinions in discussions, demonstrates tolerance of others, considers accessibility, diversity and inclusivity in aspects of job assignments, enhances the campus climate, adheres to respectful workplace expectations.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
    Provides on-going high quality performance, directs people to resources, sees work assignments from a big picture point-of-view, seeks to improve university operations, handles difficult situations and assignments well, personifies dependability.  [This criterion does not require supervisory responsibilities or formal supervisor designation. Any employee who displays leadership skills meets this criterion.]
  • Exemplify mission
    Embodies the UO mission statement, purpose, vision and values, advances the priorities of his/her unit and department through completion of work assignments, recognizes his/her role in achieving university goals, motivated by the university’s pursuit of being a comprehensive public research university committed to exceptional teaching, discovery, and service. 

Nomination Process

Any UO employee can nominate an officer of administration (OA) or classified employee for an Outstanding Employee Award.  Nominations are submitted through a two part process:

  1. Submit a Nomination Form to formally nominate an OA or classified member for consideration, and
  2. Submit Letters of Support for the nominee.
Submit a Nomination

The nomination process can be completed online using the following links:

Online submissions are preferred.  However, forms may be submitted directly to Human Resources via email to hrprograms@uoregon.edu or by campus mail:

Selection Process

Outstanding Employee Award recipients are selected by a committee comprised of OAs and classified staff.  Committee members are obtained from the following sources: OA and classified Senate representatives, Classified Staff Training and Development Advisory Committee (CSTDAC), and OA Council.  The committee also includes a representative from Human Resources (Chief Human Resources Officer or her designee).  The Employee Engagement Manager facilitates the selection process.

The committee makes selection decisions based on the information submitted on the nomination form and in the letters of support.  Award recipients are determined by their demonstrated ability to meet the established criteria as detailed and explained in the nomination materials.  Committee members do not seek additional information on nominees to make final decisions.  Detailed information about a nominee as described by those submitting the nomination and contributing a letter of support is the determining factor. 

At least one OA and one classified staff will be honored each year.  The committee may choose to recognize multiple employees at its discretion.

The supervisor for each nominee is contacted by the Employee Engagement Manager to provide a supervisor response.  This response is intended to substantiate a nomination and ensure that employees meeting performance expectations are considered for this prestigious honor.  Employees with performance concerns may be excluded from consideration.  The supervisor response is not used to collect additional information for the committee to consider in the selection process.  Supervisors contribute to a nominees consideration by submitting a letter of support in accordance with the nomination process. 

Contact HR with questions about the Outstanding Employee Award program:

Sandee Bybee
Employee Engagement Manager
(541) 346-3000