University Awards

Staff Awards

Staff Awards

Instituted in 1988, the Staff Performance Awards Program was revised in 2004 and again in 2007 to better promote and reward outstanding performance by staff at the university.

About Staff Awards

These awards will be presented on Tuesday, May 19, as part of Staff Appreciation Week.

Instituted in 1988, the Staff Performance Awards Program promotes and rewards outstanding performance by staff at the university.

In 2015, American University introduces the Maria Bueno Lifetime Achievement Award as part of its annual Staff Performance Awards Program. The award's namesake served AU for 45 years and is recognized for her exemplary service and dedication to the advancement of the university. This award serves as both a legacy of her achievements and as an inspiration to others who work diligently behind the scenes to make the university thrive.

Staff awards will be presented on Tuesday, May 19, as part of Staff Appreciation Week. Read below to learn the details of each award.


Eligibility and Awards

Only full-time staff members can be nominated for the awards described below.

There are six awards:

You may nominate an individual, group, or team, depending on the award.

Nomination Process

Nominations may come from supervisors, subordinates, peers, faculty, and students. The Staff Performance Awards Program Project Team, a cross-functional team appointed by the president, provost, and vice presidents, reviews nominations and selects winners. An award may not be given in all categories if the nominations do not provide sufficient justification of meritorious performance.


To nominate a staff member, you can go through the AU portal (myAU.american.edu). Once you log into the portal, click on Work@AU on the right hand side menu. Once clicked, your personalized links should show a link entitled HR: Staff Awards Nomination. Click on it to begin to fill out the nomination form.

Nomination Deadline

All nominations must be received by March 1, 2015.

Learn More About Staff Awards


All award winners will receive:

  • an award certificate
  • an invitation to the Years of Service and Staff Performance Awards luncheon
  • a day off from work
  • a monetary award: $1,000 for the Maria Bueno Lifetime Achievement Award; $750 for individual recipients of all other awards not to exceed $5,000 for a group award. (The monetary awards are considered taxable compensation to the recipient in accordance with the IRS code.)
  • a photograph with the President and their division vice president