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Northwestern University has recognition programs designed to honor, show appreciation, and recognize staff for years of service and staff service excellence that go above and beyond in support of the University's goals.  

Jean E. Shedd University Citizenship Award

The Jean E. Shedd University Citizenship Award in honor of Jean Shedd, who retired last year. Jean served Northwestern with distinction for more than 41 years, and during her career exemplified the true meaning of citizenship with demonstrated sustained and exceptional leadership and commitment. Jean served at department, school and University-wide levels, on committees and governance groups, and she served as a mentor and advisor to countless faculty, staff, students and alumni. Learn about the Jean E. Shedd Citizenship Award and nomination process.

Excellence in Sustainability Award

As Northwestern University pursues its commitment to leadership in sustainability, the Office of Sustainability is partnering with the Office of Human Resources – Employee Recognition to acknowledge those who go above and beyond in greening our campuses and our curriculum. Students, faculty, and staff members are eligible for the Excellence in Sustainability Awards and will be recognized at the Quarterly Service Excellence Luncheons. Learn more about the Excellence in Sustainability Award.

Length of Service Recognition

Staff members who have dedicated years of service to Northwestern and have contributed knowledge, expertise, and mentoring deserve gratitude and recognition. Northwestern staff members receive a gift for every five years of continuous service. At the monumental milestone of 25 years of service, and every five years thereafter, staff members are recognized publicly at the Staff Service Recognition Reception held annually each spring.