College of Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Staff Excellence Award

In 1985, the College established an annual staff awards program to honor outstanding staff members. The winners of the award will receive a cash award and a framed certificate signed by the Dean, and will be invited to an awards luncheon hosted by the Dean. Up to seven awards are given out annually.

Eligibility requirements

  • Nominees must have been employed in the College of Liberal Arts for two or more years in a Classified title for 20 hours a week or more.
  • Faculty and students are not eligible for this award.
  • Former award winners are eligible for renomination after five years (see list below).


  • The nomination period will run from April 10 through May 1, 2017.
  • Students, staff, and faculty from the University community may submit nominations.
  • Nominations will be evaluated on the following merits:
                - Impact on the College/University
                - Demonstrate a high level of collaboration, cooperation and communication
                - Consistently perform at a level above normal job requirements.
  • Nominations are submitted online and are kept confidential.
  • All nominations must be received by 5:00 pm, May 1, 2017.
  • To nominate a person, please complete this survey.

Congratulations to the following 2016-2017 Staff Excellence Award Winners!

2017 Liberal Arts Excellence Award Winners

Front row, left to right: Katie Beth Willis (Government); Dean Randy Diehl; Khoa Tran (Classics); Barbara Landberg (Psychology)

Back row, left to right: Holly Schwadron (Rhetoric & Writing); Joanna Drake (Economics)

Recent recipients (Not eligible)

Stacey Amorous, Denise Beachum, Michelle Botello, Mark Boze, Beth Chichester, Paloma Díaz, Mary Dillman, William Fatzinger, Heather Gatlin, Martha Gonzalez, Myra Gibbs, Kevin Hsu, Jerry Larson, David Macha, Jessica Mahoney, Hannah McKenna, Matthew Milburn, Vanessa Noya, Tatem Oldham, Billie Pierce, Benjamin Rapstine, Roelia Rios, Suloni Robertson, Susan Somers, Karla Steffen, Meghan Thomson, Nathan Vickers, Carolina Villanueva

Previous Excellence Award winners from 1995-present