College of Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Staff Excellence Award

In 1985, the College established an annual staff awards program to honor outstanding staff members. The winners of the award will receive a cash award and a framed certificate signed by the Dean, and will be invited to an awards luncheon hosted by the Dean. Up to four awards are given out annually.

Eligibility requirements

  • Nominees must have been employed in the College of Liberal Arts for two or more years in a classified title for 20 hours a week or more.
  • Faculty and students are not eligible for this award.
  • Former award winners are eligible for renomination after five years (see list below).


  • The nomination period will run from March 30 through April 17, 2015.
  • Students, staff, and faculty from the University community may submit nominations.
  • Nominations will be evaluated on the following merits:
  • Impact on the College/University
  • Demonstrate a high level of collaboration, cooperation and communication
  • Consistently perform at a level above normal job requirements.
  • Nominations are submitted online and are kept confidential.
  • All nominations must be received by 5:00 pm, April 17, 2015.
  • To nominate a person, you must provide the following information: The Liberal Arts employee's name, department, job title, and your reason(s) for nomination.

Congratulations to the following 2014-2015 Staff Excellence Award Winners!

Michelle Botello Administrative Associate Department of Philosophy
Tatem Oldham             Senior Program Coordinator Liberal Arts Career Services
Billie Pierce       Executive Assistant Department of Psychology

Susan Somers             Senior Academic Advisor Departments of Classics and Philosophy
Karla Steffen             Executive Assistant Department of Anthropology
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Meghan Thomson Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist Population Research Center

Recent recipients (Not eligible)

Stacey Amorous, Grant Barger, Denise Beachum, Mark Boze, Beth Chichester, Paloma Díaz, Mary Dillman, William Fatzinger, Laura Flack, Heather Gatlin, Martha Gonzalez, Kevin Hsu, Michelle Hughes, Stephanie Kaufman, Mary Kleba, David Macha, Courtney Meador, Benjamin Rapstine, Roelia Rios, Suloni Robertson, Myra Rodriguez, Amy Stewart, Carolina Villanueva

Previous Excellence Award winners from 1995-present