Event & Recognition Programs

Outstanding Staff Awards

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Outstanding Staff Awards Honoring 2019 winners

Each year, the University of South Florida seeks to recognize employees who exemplify "above and beyond" performance excellence through their daily commitment to the University. It is the hard work and dedication of these staff members that makes our success possible. Award winners will be honored at the annual Outstanding Staff Awards (OSA) Ceremony.

The virtual Outstanding Staff Awards Ceremony was held Thursday, October 8th at 2:00 pm.  Please click the graphic above to view a recording of the ceremony.

Ceremony Information

The ceremony was a virtual Teams event on Thursday, October 8th at 2:00 pm.

Please feel free to view a recording of the event and share the link above with colleagues, friends and family. 

Eligibility and Nomination Process

All full-time Staff and Administration employees with at least 12 consecutive months of employment on a position at USF are eligible for nomination. Time spent in temporary (OPS) assignments will not count towards the 12-month consecutive employment. To meet eligibility, an employee must have been employed on an established position on or before January 1, 2019, and employees must be employed on an established position at the time of the awards ceremony to maintain eligibility to receive the award. Faculty and temporary employees are not eligible to be nominated for the Outstanding Staff Awards. However, faculty and temporary employees are welcome to participate in nominating staff and administration employees for recognition.

Nomination Process for the Nominator
Complete your nomination online with the 2019 Outstanding Staff Awards Nomination Form. We will only accept nominations completed through the online form.  The nomination period is now closed.

Prepare the text of your nomination in advance; it is highly recommended that you write the body of your nomination ahead of time using the Word document found HERE and then copy and paste the text into the fields provided on the online form.

Process for the Selection Committee
The Division of Human Resources (DHR) will validate eligibility, then provide the nomination forms of all eligible candidates to each VP Selection Committee for review. DHR will maintain copies of all nomination forms.

For more information, please contact hrevents@usf.edu or 813-974-3090.

Award Categories

Individual Award Nominations allow for the recognition of a single employee's "above and beyond" performance.

Team Award Nominations allow for the recognition of a team of employees for its execution of a project, plan and/or initiative that exemplifies "above and beyond" performance. Teams may be any size and may be comprised of members from different departments within the same VP area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can someone nominate an employee from a different department or VP area?
Absolutely. An employee can nominate their colleague, supervisor, or someone they work with from a different area.

Who is eligible for an Outstanding Staff Award?
Any employee on an Administration or Staff position with at least one year of continuous service on a position as of January 1, 2019.  Faculty and temporary employees are not eligible to be nominated but are welcome to participate in nominating staff and administration employees.

Can someone be nominated for more than one award?
Absolutely. An employee can win an individual and/or team award.

I want to nominate a team but one of the team members has only been here six months. Is the team still eligible?

Yes, though only team members that meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for an award. The team members not eligible can still attend the ceremony and cheer on their fellow team members from the audience, but they will not be recognized on stage or with a monetary award.

Are previous winners eligible to win again?
Yes. There are no limits set regarding how many times an employee can receive an Outstanding Staff Award.

When, where and what time is the event?
 The event, originally scheduled for April 10th, 2020, has been rescheduled. Please visit usf.edu/osa-event or click the graphic above to join the virtual ceremony on Microsoft Teams on October 8th.

Photos from ceremonies prior to the 2019 Outstanding Staff Awards can be viewed in the DHR Events Photo Gallery

Award Winners 2019

Award Winners 2018

Award Winners 2017

Award Winners 2016

Award Winners 2015

Award Winners 2014

Award Winners 2013