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.
Employee of the Year Award
Staff members who have gone the extra mile and have played a key role in the University’s goals can be honored by a nomination, and if selected, an award to be presented to them. To be recognized by peers is an honor and thank you from Northwestern University. Learn about the Employee of the Year 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.
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.
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 20 years of service, and every five years thereafter, staff members are recognized publicly at the Staff Service Recognition Luncheon held annually each summer.
This year’s Staff Service Recognition Luncheon will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2019.
Service Excellence Awards
This award is to honor a staff member who went above and beyond the call of duty outside the day to day job responsibilities to complete a task or meet a goal. Any member of the University community may nominate an employee for the award. Service Excellence Luncheons are held quarterly throughout the year to recognize award recipients. Learn more about the Service Excellence Award.