Staff Employee of the Year

Staff Employee of the Year Award

Each year, UNC Charlotte awards and recognizes employees for their hard work and dedication to their colleagues, to the University as a whole and their service to the citizens of North Carolina. 

Nominations for the 2023 Staff Employee of the Year are now closed. Please email for questions or assistance. 

Previous award recipients are listed here.

Award Categories 

Nominations for Staff Employee of the Year fall under five categories:

  • Devotion to Duty (Outstanding State Government Service) – The employee exhibits unselfish devotion to duty, far and above the normal requirements. They have contributed significantly to the advancement of UNC Charlotte and State service to the citizens of North Carolina

  • Innovation – The employee has initiated research or has successfully established new and outstanding methods, practices, plans or designs (such as pioneering or research and development work in administration, engineering, productivity, agriculture, natural resources, the social sciences, etc.)

  • Human Relations – The employee has made outstanding contributions toward enhancing the quality and morale of the workplace or creating a better public image of the University or State government (such as positive personal interaction with other employees, public awareness and working on relations internally within a university/agency or collaboration between different universities/agencies)

  • Community/Public Service – The employee has made outstanding contributions by participating in or implementing community and public service projects (such as volunteering with various non-profit organizations)

  • Safety and Heroism – The employee demonstrated outstanding judgment or courage in an emergency; voluntarily risking his/her life or exhibited meritorious action to prevent injury, loss of life or prevented damage to or loss of property

Award recipients are eligible for a monetary award, a plaque and other recognition opportunities. 

Recipients also have the potential to be advanced as campus nominees for the Governor’s Awards for Excellence, the highest honor a state employee may receive for dedicated service to the State of North Carolina and its residents. 


All permanent SHRA and EHRA staff employees with two or more years of continuous service (at the time of nomination) with the University are eligible for consideration. An employee may be nominated by their supervisor, co-worker or another UNC Charlotte employee. Only permanent employees of the University may submit nominations. 


For more information, please review PIM 44 and University Policy Statement 101.11