Northwestern Staff Advisory Council

Employee Recognition

Staff members are honored and recognized throughout the year for achieving various lengths of service, as well as for service excellence when going above and beyond their regular assignments.

For more information on the following awards, visit Employee Recognition from the Office of Human Resources.

Length of Service Recognition

Staff members who have dedicated many years of service to Northwestern are those whose knowledge, expertise, and mentoring is sought out, and they 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.

Employee of the Year

Each year a committee will review all submitted nominations and select seven finalists for Employee of the Year. From those seven finalists the committee will then select one Employee of the Year winner, which is announced at the annual Staff Service Recognition Luncheon each May.

2017 Winner
Eric Betzold, Institute for Policy Research

2017 Finalists
Patricia Collins, Northwestern University in Qatar-Student Affairs
Doug Dickerson, Northwestern University Information Technology-Cyber Telecommunications and Network Services
Daniel Fisher, Innovation and New Ventures
Nancy E. Parlapiano, Feinberg School of Medicine-Graduate Medical Education
Edgar M. Rodriguez, University Police
Pamela Shaw, Feinberg School of Medicine-Galter Health Sciences Library

Please take a look at the Employee of the Year page on the Human Resources website to view the current winner, 2017 finalists and a list of past winners.

Service Excellence Awards

For times when “thank you” just isn’t enough — when a staff member went above and beyond the call of duty to complete a task or meet a goal — there’s the Service Excellence Award. Any member of the University community may nominate an employee for the award. The supervisor reviews the nomination form to confirm that the award is deserved. A staff member may be recognized numerous times, even in a single year, and many have been.