Chancellor’s Awards for Staff nominations due by April 29

Nominations for the 2021-22 Chancellor’s Awards for Staff are due by April 29.

The awards recognize staff members for performances that have consistently exceeded the standards and expectations of their position, and who also have made a significant impact on the University through their commitment to the institution, students, programs, their home communities and their University colleagues.

Nominations are open in nine categories:

  • Student Impact Award: A staff member whose efforts have helped our students succeed and grow as individuals, contributed to the quality of life for our students, demonstrated consistently excellent customer service, and promoted and supported a culture of diversity and respect on our campuses.

  • Research Support Award: A staff member who has worked to advance the University’s research efforts.

  • Innovation in Advancing Administrative and Operational Efficiency Award: A staff member who has made exceptional contributions toward the effectiveness and efficiency in the workplace, including implementing innovative approaches to improving productivity or developing cost-saving plans.

  • University Engagement Award: An employee who extends their commitment to the University through exemplary participation in volunteer activities within the University, through service on committees, working on special projects, or volunteering to assist with events or programs that are outside of the scope of their normal job duties.

  • Community Engagement Award: An employee who has dedicated themselves to making their community a better place to live and to improving the quality of life for others.

  • Outstanding Career Achievement Award: A staff member with more than 20 years of unparalleled service to the University who, throughout their career, has made exceptional contributions to the success of their department and the University, who has earned the respect of their peers, and whose efforts have defined what it means to be part of the Pitt community.

  • Exceptional Early Career Achievement Award: A staff member in the earliest stages of their career (three-to-five years), who is not in a management position and has exceeded the expectations of their position, taken on numerous assignments, and demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the University.

  • Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award: A staff member who has contributed to the University’s diversity initiatives and worked to create a culture of inclusion in their department, business unit, or school.

  • Excellent Mentor Award: An employee who serves as a role model and mentor to their staff colleagues, helping them to develop and improve their skills, acclimate to new positions, or learn new processes so that they can achieve success in their own careers at Pitt.

Recipients of the Chancellor’s Awards, which will be announced later this year, will receive a $2,500 prize and be recognized at a special reception. As a more permanent tribute, their names will be added to a plaque displayed in the William Pitt Union.

 If you have questions about the Chancellor's Awards for Staff please contact Nichole Dwyer at