Staff Excellence Award Program

staff excellence award

Background and Purpose of the Staff Excellence Award Program:

Central Michigan University is both fortunate and thankful that it has many excellent employees amongst its faculty and staff. Faculty are recognized for their contributions in the classroom and elsewhere through The Excellence in Teaching Award. Instituted in 1993, The Staff Excellence Award Program (SEAP) recognizes and rewards outstanding staff who routinely and regularly 1) Perform their work with excellence - "walk the talk," show initiative, and demonstrate passion in what they do, and 2) Serve people well - caring, compassionate and responsive to everyone: students, staff, faculty, or external customers (View CMU's service values here). 

Nomination process:

To obtain information related to the person's ability to 1) perform their work with excellence, and 2) Serve people well:
  1. The nominator is required to provide comments and specific examples in six areas related to the two overall criteria above.
  2. The nominator may provide additional letters of support from staff or faculty members who support the nomination. 
Nominations may be submitted by utilizing the Staff Excellence Nomination Form, and a current link to this form will be provided here during the nomination window. Detailed instructions for the nominator and anyone submitting support letters will be provided on the nomination form. There is no limit on the number of nominations an employee can receive. 

Nomination timeline: 
Nominations are gathered from March to April of the current academic year and are reviewed and rated by a review committee comprised of past recipients. 
Award recipients are finalized by division leaders in August and announced to campus in September. 

Who may be nominated: 
Individuals in the service maintenance, professional and administrative, office professional, public broadcasting, police, sergeants and supervisory-technical employee groups are eligible for nomination.

Award structure:  
The recipient will receive a personalized plaque, university recognition at the fall Staff Excellence Award Program ceremony, and a one-year pre-paid Senior Officer parking pass ($200 value).  In the event that the parking pass is of no value to the award recipient (e.g. they don't need or use a parking pass), a $200 gift card to the CMU Bookstore is the alternate award.   

Award restrictions:
Nominees who have won a Staff Excellence Award less than 5 years ago may be nominated however are not eligible to receive an award. 

If you have any other questions about this program, please contact Sarah Venman at, or at x7194.  

Past Recipients:  View previous award winners here.