Staff Excellence Award Program

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Background and Purpose:

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 (Click HERE to see CMU's service values). 

The nomination process: 

Nominations are gathered each spring during the months of March and April for that academic year (next window for submitting nominations will be March/April 2019 for the 2018-19 fiscal year). 

In an effort 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.    In addition, the nominator now has the opportunity to provide additional letters of support from two other staff or faculty members who support the nomination. The nomination form has more details. 

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.   

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.

Review of nominations: Completed nominations are reviewed and rated by a review committee comprised of past recipients.  Award recipients are then finalized by division leaders and announced in August.

Submitting Nominations: During the months of March and April when nominations may be submitted, announcements will be made through CMU Today that nominations are open and specific instructions with a link to the nomination form will be provided here. If you have any questions about this submission process, please contact Harley Blake at, or at x1073. 

There is no limit on the number of nominations an employee can receive. Nominees who have won an SEAP award less than 5 years ago may be nominated for the current year, but are not eligible to receive an award.

Past Recipients:  Click here to view previous award winners.