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University Awards

Staff Award Recipients with Provost Bass and President Kerwin

Staff Awards

Staff Performance Awards promote and reward outstanding performance by staff at AU.

About Staff Awards

The Staff Performance Awards Program is designed to promote and reward outstanding performance by staff at the university. The awards will be presented during Staff Appreciation Week.


Eligibility and Awards

Only full-time staff members can be nominated for the awards described below. There are six award categories:

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

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



Nomination Process

Nominations Open February 2017

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, go to the myAU portal (myAU.american.edu). HR Staff Awards Nomination appears under Work@AU in your personalized links.


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