Nominations open for university awards

The deadlines for nominations for a number of university-sponsored awards are on the horizon, giving an opportunity to recognize important contributions from faculty, staff and students.

The awards, deadlines and links to criteria and nomination forms are:

President’s Achievement Awards for Service Professionals and Classified Staff
Recognizes employees whose performance exceeds NAU’s expectations, who demonstrate loyalty to NAU’s mission, values and goals and who work with others to create community in the workplace. Recipients receive a one-time cash award of $1,000. Any university employee may nominate candidates. This is an individual award and not a group award. Nominations are submitted to University Events, Attn: Sandra Castro, Box 6034 or email scanned form to For information call (928) 523-6588. Deadline: March 27

President’s Award for Faculty and Academic Professionals
Recognizes faculty and academic professionals’ outstanding contributions, achievements and service to the NAU community. Winners will be recognized at the Faculty Awards Reception on April 22. Deadline: March 2

Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Global Learning
Recognizes exceptional work in facilitating global learning experiences for students in courses taught at the university. Nominations are submitted to Harvey Charles, vice provost for International Education, at Deadline: March 27

Provost’s Award for Departmental Excellence in Global Learning
Recognizes exceptional work in developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy that infuses global learning throughout the discipline. Nominations are submitted to Harvey Charles, vice provost for International Education, at Deadline: March 27

President’s Award for Ethnic Diversity
Recognizes the enhancement, effectiveness, impact, uniqueness, longevity, service and commitment of individuals and groups that serve as role models for the appreciation of diversity and encourage ethnic diversity in the curriculum. Contact Mark Montoya at for nomination information. Deadline: April 5

Service Professional Advisory Council Leadership Award
Nominate a service professional whose contributions to the university and community are deserving of recognition. The award will be presented at the SPAC annual meeting. Applications are available on the SPAC website. Deadline: mid-April (TBD)

Outstanding Academic Advisor Award
One professional and one faculty/mentor advisor will be selected. Campus recognition and $1,000 will be awarded to the winner in each category. Deadline: March 6

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards
Honors outstanding achievement in teaching by graduate teaching assistants. Deadline: Feb. 25

Commission on Disability Access and Design Leadership Award
Recognizes faculty, staff, students, community members or organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the disability community at NAU. Winners must have engaged in one or more activities that promote full and equal access for individuals with disabilities at NAU; promote a campus climate that values individuals with disabilities; support career and professional development opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and/or educate the campus on disability issues that affect university policy, practices and programs. Deadline: March 9

Commission on the Status of Women Outstanding Achievement and Contribution Award
This award honors faculty, staff or students and organizations or community members who have made outstanding contributions to women’s leadership development and toward advancing the status of women at NAU. Questions can be directed to Deadline: March 3

Student Employee and Runner-up Student Employee of the Year Awards
NAU’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid honors outstanding student employees who have been nominated by their supervisors. Winners will be recognized during National Student Employment Week in April. Applications and information are be available online in early March. Questions can be directed to or call (928) 523-7796. Deadline: March 27

Environmental Caucus Sustainability Awards
NAU’s Environmental Caucus recognizes those who have enhanced the culture of sustainability on the NAU campus and surrounding community. Sustainability is defined as increasing the health of our community and our planet through an understanding of, and actions to enhance, the stability, resilience and diversity of our intertwined natural, social, economic and cultural systems. Questions can be directed to Ellen.Vaughan or call (928) 523-1791. Deadline: March 9

University College Award for Excellence in Liberal Studies Teaching
This award recognizes and rewards sustained instructional excellence by faculty of all ranks teaching liberal studies classes. Faculty may self-nominate or nominate a colleague, and students may nominate a faculty member. Application and nomination criteria can be found here. Nominations and questions can be sent to Deadline: March 2