Outstanding Staff Award

About the Awards

Each spring semester of the academic year, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs presents an annual award to outstanding individual staff members of The University of New Mexico who have provided extraordinary service.

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Regular & current non-faculty staff person who has provided extraordinary service to the Provost’s units. Previously nominated staff may be nominated again, provided the nominee(s) are not a past recipient of the award. Individual nominees are not eligible to receive more than one award per cycle. Beginning Fall 2023 past recipients of the award may be eligible again 5 years from the time they received the award. Current Provost’s Committee for Staff members are not eligible for the award.


Staff, faculty and students in the Provost’s units may nominate any permanent, non-faculty staff member. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Collaborative nominations for a single person are highly encouraged.

Selection Criteria

Nominees should demonstrate extraordinary achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Provide extraordinary service to UNM or the community
  • Demonstrate service to others through exceptional kindness and compassion
  • Exemplify University values (Excellence; Access with Support to Succeed; Integrity; Diversity, Respectful Relationships; Freedom; and Sustainability)
  • Contribute substantially to significant team or department accomplishments

Screening Process

Members of the Provost's Committee for Staff will screen all nominees. The list of individuals will be forwarded to the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs for approval.


A certificate and monetary award will be presented to the individual staff selected. The Provost’s Committee for Staff and the Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs will present the awards during the Annual Outstanding Staff  and Workgroup Presentation Ceremony.