University Staff Distinguished Achievement Awards

University (formerly known as Classified) staff members play a vital role in the successful operation of the School of Education. Too often, however, their many contributions go unrecognized. 

Two university staff awards will be presented in 2016. One university staff award is made possible by gifts from the School's alumni, and one is made possible by a generous gift from Claire and Ron Shaffer. Because of similarities in the criteria for these two awards, separate nominations are not necessary. Each recipient receives a $1,000 ​monetary award.

View list of previous recipients


  • Any university staff employee of the School of Education who has made an exemplary contribution to the operation of the School, department, center, program, or other unit within the School is eligible
  • Nominees may be from any area and must have had at least a half-time appointment in the School for three years

Criteria for all awards

  • Outstanding performance on the job; promoting the image of the department or university through continued contacts with those being served
  • Consistently promoting excellence in him/herself and colleagues
  • Initiating or recommending innovative ideas that are implemented and result in better service or efficiency
  • Exhibiting grace under pressure

Shaffer Award criteria

In addition, the recipient of the Claire Shaffer Award will be selected with special attention to the following:

  • Playing a critical role on office teams; dealing with students and/or others who contact the office
  • Employing skill, grace, humor, and balanced judgment; managing significant programs independently
  • Exhibiting professional growth in the position/classification
  • Assuming additional responsibilities in the job

Nomination Procedures

The nomination packet* should include the following items:

  • Letter of nomination
  • Résumé or career overview
  • Letter(s) of support  (at least ONE but no more than THREE)
      • It should make clear to someone outside the nominee's unit why the work is outstanding
      • Neither the Dean nor any member of the review committee may nominate or write a letter of support
      • The most effective letters of support will come from someone familiar with the nominee's work and will contain a detailed analysis of how the person meets the award criteria; these might come from faculty and staff coworkers, clients, students, or supervisors

        *Nominations remain active for two years beyond the year of submission
Note: Previous recipients of SoE Classified Staff awards may be re-nominated in 201​8, so long as there was no cash prize made when they were selected



Please submit nominations in one of the following ways:

  • Online nomination form (upload digital files of supporting documents)
  • Email to Public Relations Coordinator ​Jody Moen
  • Mail or deliver to:
    School of Education External Relations Office
    Attn: Jody Moen
    181 Education Building
    1000 Bascom Mall
    Madison, WI 53706

Review & Selection

All nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprised of previous award winners and chaired by an associate dean in the School of Education. Recipients will be invited to a school-wide awards ceremony on Thursday, April ​​18, 201​​9.


Contact Jody Moen, or 608.265.7875

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