Awards for Excellence

This award is the most prestigious honor bestowed upon non-faculty employees that recognizes the notable accomplishments and contributions of individual employees.

Nominations should be in the form of a word document, must be at least one (1) page in length, though no more than two (2) pages and should be emailed directly to

The deadline to submit your nominations to the committee above is Friday, February 28th by 5:00 pm. Please start working on your nominations now for submission as soon as possible.

ECE’s Awards for Excellence Committee — which includes Charles Hall, Stefani Ashkinazy, Kim Dickens, Rita Henry, and Dan Green — will review and assist with formatting and letterhead, as well as providing any suggestions we think might improve your nominee’s chances at a win.

What’s the Prize?

Winners of the college awards will receive eight hours of paid time off, a plaque, a check for $250, and will become nominees for the University level awards. University winners will receive an additional eight hours of paid time off, a plaque, and a check for $1,000.

Nominations should include:

  • The nomination criteria (see below)
  • Supporting details of how the employee has gone above and beyond their normal job duties
  • Specific examples of employee’s work
  • Supporting customer/client feedback (if applicable)
  • Individual’s impact on the department, the College, and/or the University (be specific)
  • Co-support from other Faculty or staff (again, be specific)

Nomination Criteria (choose one):

  • Customer Service: This category recognizes a candidate who provides/provided exceptional service that left the customer fully satisfied with their experience. The candidate exceeded expectations to meet the needs of the customer and added value to the customer experience
  • Efficiency and Innovation: This category recognizes a candidate who has made a significant contribution in improving the efficiency of state government services. The candidate has established new and/or improved methods, practices, plans or designs resulting in innovation, savings and/or efficiency.
  • Human Relations: This category recognizes a candidate who has made an outstanding contribution toward enhancing the quality or morale of the workplace or toward enhancing the public image of a department or division, NC State University, or state government.
  • Outstanding State Government Service: This category recognizes a candidate who demonstrates an unselfish devotion to duty far and above the normal requirements and contributes significantly to the advancement of state service to the citizens of North Carolina.
  • Public Service: This category recognizes a candidate who has made an outstanding contribution through volunteerism or through implementing community or public service projects.
  • Safety and Heroism: This category recognizes a candidate who demonstrates outstanding judgment or courage in an emergency, voluntarily risking his/her life or exhibited meritorious action to prevent injury, loss of life or prevented damage to or loss of property.
  • Spirit of North Carolina: This category recognizes a candidate who exemplifies the state motto “To be, rather than to seem” by mentoring others in the pursuit of excellence and serving as an ambassador for the State of North Carolina. This award category is reserved for exceptional circumstances and for accomplishments and achievements of the highest caliber.

COE Eligibility:

Must have held a permanent (30 hours/week) SHRA or EHRA Non Faculty position in the COE for 2 years (hire date before 3/13/2018)

Past Winners (NOT ELIGIBLE)

  • Dan Green – 2004
  • Brian Carty – 2009
  • Richard Hodson – 2014
  • Charles Hall – 2019
Submit to