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.

Congratulations to the 2020 Staff Excellence Award Winners!

  • Courtney Meador, Senior Administrative Program Coordinator, History
  • Matthew Rabatin, Senior Program and Outreach Coordinator, Center for European Studies
  • Kevin Hsu, Senior Administrative Associate, Sociology
  • Agnes Sekowski, Assistant Director, Slavic/CREES
  • Susan Castillo, Course Scheduler, English
  • Lindsey Jamieson, Program Coordinator, Portuguese Flagship Program
  • Thomas Fawcett, Graduate Coordinator, Anthropolgy
  • Rachel White, Public Affairs Representative, Office of Public Affairs
  • Lindsay Murphy, Grants and Contracts Specialist, Psychology
  • Megan Conner, Academic Advising Coordinator, Student Division

This year, in recognition of the many challenges the staff have faced over the past year, the College has increased the total number of awards from six recipients to ten recipients. Award eligibility and criteria are as follows:


  • All staff, including Classified and A&P are eligible, as long their current annual salary is $75k or below.
  • Cannot have won the award in the past 3 years.
  • Must work at least 20 hours per week and have been in current role for at least 1 year.
  • Cannot have any documented performance issues, including any Performance Improvement Plans since the last performance review cycle.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Recognition of exceptional impact on the College and/or the University.
  • Demonstrated exceptional collaboration, innovation, and relationship bridging between multiple departments, schools, or units.
  • Exceptional contributions towards supporting diversity, flexibility, and a positive workplace culture.
  • Acting as a champion of volunteerism and service within the College and/or University.
  • Significantly improve processes in systems, customer interaction, or efficiency in their workplace.
  • Consistently perform at a level above meeting job expectations.
  • Winners will not be selected by the number of nominations, but by the content of the nomination.

Recent recipients (Not eligible)

Tony Araguz, Jenna Bacorn, Andrew Beachum, Michelle Botello, Andrea Golden, Kristen Hotopp, Stephanie Kaufman, Barbara Landberg, Jerry Larson, Victor Martínez, Crystal McCallon, Hannah McKenna, Rachel Meyer, Matthew Milburn, Liz Myrick, Vanessa Noya, Tatem Oldham, Holly Schwadron, Susan Somers, Meghan Thomson, Khoa Tran, Nathan Vickers, Katie Beth Willis, Adrienne Witzel

Previous Excellence Award winners from 1995-present