Campus and Student Life Staff Awards Information

The annual Campus and Student Life Staff Awards program recognizes staff members in Campus and Student Life who have made a valuable and appreciated impact on university life, whether through their interactions with students, faculty, and others, or through the development of new systems, policies, and programs.

There are five award categories:

  1. Innovation
  2. Outstanding Newcomer
  3. Outstanding Service to Students
  4. Outstanding Service to the University Community
  5. Stephen P. Klass "STAR" Award (Service, Teamwork, Attitude, Reliability)

Eligibility

Any benefits-eligible individual staff member in a CSL Program or Service area who has been in their current position for a minimum of one year, with the exception of the Outstanding Newcomer Award, which requires a minimum of six months of service in CSL.

Those who are not eligible for the award include Staff Awards Committee Members.

Who can submit nominations:
Any faculty, staff, alumni, or student at the University of Chicago.

Process

  • The nominator can only nominate one person per award category.
  • The form requests details about the nominee and their accomplishments in light of the criteria for the specific award.
  • Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on May 19, 2017.

Winners:

  • A winner can only receive one award per year.
  • A winner one year can win an award in another category the next year.

Prizes:

  • Recognition at end-of-year CSL picnic in mid-June
  • Name added to “CSL Staff Awards” plaque
  • The Pub membership for one year
  • Winner’s lunch at the Quadrangle Club
  • Complimentary three-month membership to the Ratner Athletic Center

Categories

These five awards have been developed to recognize University of Chicago Campus and Student Life staff members who have made a valuable and much appreciated impact on university life, whether through their interactions with students or faculty, or through the development of new systems, policies, and programs. When nominating individuals for these awards, please carefully consider how your nominee has made a positive and lasting impact on the university.

Innovation Award

This award is given to a staff member who has generated novel and valuable ideas and used these ideas to develop new or improved processes, methods, systems, programs, or services. The award recognizes creative ideas that have improved the university and have made the University of Chicago a better place to live and work.

Criteria: Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  • Worked to improve any area of the university’s operations (from academics to athletics, campus life to systems)
  • Identified creative solutions, large or small in scope, that have made a significant and positive difference
  • Suggested new ways to improve the quality of services or programming
  • Identified novel approaches for completing work more effectively or efficiently
  • Identified new ideas, solutions, or directions
  • Worked to develop new approaches when problem solving; sought ideas or suggestions from others as appropriate
  • Planned effectively for the successful implementation and long-term success of new services, systems, or programming

Nomination form: Please click here for the nomination form.

Outstanding Newcomer Award

This award is given to an outstanding staff member who has worked at least six months but no more than three years in their current office/department in the CSL division (from initial date of hire).

Criteria: Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  • Demonstrates excellence in overall job performance
  • Provides outstanding service to their specific department or division
  • Makes significant contributions to department or division in presentations, committee work, or projects
  • Shows willingness to assist beyond normal expectations
  • Demonstrates dedication to the profession
  • Shows initiative and/or creativity in his or her work
  • Promotes an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation

Nomination form: Please click here for the nomination form.


Outstanding Service to Students Award

This award is presented to the staff member who has provided outstanding service to individual students or student groups on a consistent basis, whether through personal advising, development of programs, or improvements to university systems and policies that affect students.

Criteria: Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  • Commitment to identifying students’ needs or expectations and reacting appropriately to ensure student satisfaction
  • Consideration of the impact on the student when taking action, setting policies, or carrying out tasks
  • Familiarity with university policies and procedures that define or influence students’ needs and a commitment to educating students about these policies
  • Ability to involve students in decision-making or problem-solving processes as early as possible
  • Creativity in seeking ways to provide or improve services that may increase efficiency and decrease cost
  • Willingness to refer students to an appropriate department or employee to solve specific challenges; and to perform appropriate follow-up as needed with students to ensure that their issue/concern has been resolved
  • Dedication to continuously improve student satisfaction and remove barriers to outstanding student service

Nomination form: Please click here for the nomination form.


Outstanding Service to the University Community

This award is given to a staff member who has demonstrated concern and commitment to fulfill needs and ensure satisfaction when providing services to members of the University community. University community members can be defined as the university's many constituents, including co-workers, peers, and managers, as well as students, parents, faculty, alumni, and community members.

Criteria: Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  • Identification of and appropriate reaction to the needs and expectations of members of the University community to ensure satisfactory service
  • Consideration of the impact on the University community when taking action, setting policies, or carrying out tasks
  • Familiarity with University policies and procedures and their impact on the University community, coupled with commitment and ability to educate the community about these policies
  • Involvement of constituents (as applicable) in the decision-making or problem-solving process as early as possible
  • Looked for creative approaches to provide or improve services that may increase efficiency and decrease cost
  • Referred members of the University community to appropriate department or employee to solve specific challenges; performing appropriate follow-up as needed
  • Sought ways to continuously improve satisfaction and remove barriers when providing services to members of the University community

Nomination form: Please click here for the nomination form.


Stephen P. Klass “STAR” Award (Service, Teamwork, Attitude, Reliability)

This award was established in honor of Stephen P. Klass, who served as Vice President and Dean of Students from 2002-2006, and is given to the staff member who has consistently excelled in his or her position; has made outstanding contributions in the area of service and dedication to the University of Chicago; has promoted teamwork and collaboration across CSL and the University; has worked quietly behind the scenes to improve his or her division or department; and who has consistently done so with a positive and forward-thinking attitude.

Criteria: When nominating individuals for this award, please cite examples of exceptional performance from all four of the following categories:

  • Service: The nominee provides outstanding customer service, whether to students, faculty, parents, co-workers, or community members.
  • Teamwork: The nominee develops and encourages cooperation and collaboration, while displaying outstanding group effort. The nominee also consistently offers support, assistance, and encouragement to co-workers, often without being asked to do so.
  • Attitude: The nominee consistently demonstrates patience, good humor, and enthusiasm while on the job. The nominee also demonstrates excellence in resolving conflicts and/or facing challenges.
  • Reliability: The nominee provides prompt, efficient, and reliable service. The nominee is both dependable and trustworthy, and instills in his or her co-workers a sense of responsibility and dedication to the University.

Nomination form: Please click here for the nomination form.