The University Awards of Excellence program recognizes faculty and staff who dedicate their time and talents to students, scholarship and the advancement of higher education. Annually, the UVU Board of Trustees elects to recognize four employees for their contributions to strengthening UVU's mission. The Presidential Awards of Excellence highlight faculty and staff for their efforts in key areas related to UVU's mission, values, and action commitments.

UVU Awards of Excellence Nomination Information

The UVU Board of Trustee Awards of Excellence are the university's most prestigious award designed to recognize UVU employees who have made outstanding long-term contributions to the university.

The UVU Presidential Awards of Excellence are designed to recognize UVU employees who advance the mission, values, and action commitments of the university. The award categories are as follows:

  • PRESIDENTIAL EXCEPTIONAL CARE AWARD – Recognizes one full-time faculty member for the demonstration of outstanding teaching.
  • PRESIDENTIAL EXCEPTIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY AWARD – Recognizes one full-time employee for their commitment to engaged learning and/or community engagement.
  • PRESIDENTIAL EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS AWARD – Recognizes one full-time employee for dedication to student success, college navigation, and overall student support.
  • PRESIDENTIAL EXCELLENCE IN MISSION AWARDS – This category gives the President the option of awarding individuals who have demonstrated excellence in service to the university's mission and commitment to inclusion, engagement, and achievement.

To be eligible for any award, nominated employees need to have exited their introductory period and be in good standing with the university, e.g. not on probation.

Nomination Procedure

  1. Complete nomination packet will include the following components:
    • Nomination cover sheet
    • Nomination letter from fellow employee. This letter should be no longer than two pages and should address the unique ways the nominee has demonstrated excellence in teaching, engagement, student success support, and/or any of the areas designated above. Please note, individuals may not self-nominate.
    • One brief letter of support from the individual's Vice President to the President. A current resumé, vitae, or summary of professional accomplishments for the nominated individual.
  2. The 2020 nomination deadlines are January 17, 2020, to Supervisor or Dean, January 24, 2020, to Vice President, and no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2020, to President’s Office, BA218 or via

Questions concerning the UVU Awards of Excellence can be directed to Katie Zabriskie (x8133,