Academic Staff Award

Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor.

The UMM Academic Staff Award was established to annually recognize a member of the Academic Professional and Administrative (P&A) staff who has made distinguished contributions to the mission of the University of Minnesota, Morris.


Selected nominee will be recognized at the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner and will be listed in the Dinner program. The recipient will receive:

One recipient of the award annually.

Previous award recipients


Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of a dossier documenting their achievements and contributions in their role as an academic staff member. The dossier should provide specific evidence of excellence worthy of this recognition. Such evidence may include supporting letters from persons knowledgeable about the selection criteria, programming, service, curricular and/or scholarly contributions.

Achievements and contributions should include foremost evidence of doing one’s own job exceptionally well. In addition there should be evidence of making a contribution to the broader campus, off-campus community or professional organization.

Selection Committee

Award recipients will be selected by a committee including an academic professional and administrative staff member, a faculty member, a student and a USA staff member. Traditionally, each year the chair of the selection committee is the recipient of the award the previous year.

Nomination Procedure

Suggestions for nominees may come from academic professionals, academic administrators, United Staff Association staff, faculty, students, or student organizations. Self nominations are welcome. There should be a nominator who coordinates the compilation of a dossier. This person may enlist the aid of others, if desired.

The completed dossier, including the nomination form, must be submitted electronically in PDF form to the chair of the Selection Committee. Selection of the UMM Academic Staff Award recipient will be based solely on the material included in this dossier.

Dossier Organization and presentation

Each copy of the nominee’s dossier should include (and is limited to):

  1. A statement of no more than three pages presenting the full case of the nomination. This statement should have an executive summary that highlights the contributions and achievements of the nominee described in the letters of support and current vita. The statement should include a brief job description delineating official responsibilities and duties, and evidence of work above and beyond the nominee's stated job responsibilities and requirements. Please submit this information with the Dossier Cover Form .
    • Previous nominees may be renominated by adding a one-page update to the previous year’s statement.
  2. No more than five letters of support from peers, colleagues, administrators and supervisors, students, alumni or other University community members who have first-hand knowledge of the nominee's performance as an academic professional and/or as an academic administrator. The letters should describe the specific contribution(s) that make the nominee deserving of this award. Please submit this information with the Support Letter Form .
  3. A current resume or curriculum vita.