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Staff Recognition Awards

Staff Awards

In an effort to further recognize the exemplary work of our staff, we launched the Staff Awards program in January 2020. (This program was the result of a 2018 Bold Idea and recommendation of a CAIFE team, and is modeled after the Provost’s awards).

We encourage all faculty, administrators, and staff to consider nominating their staff colleagues who exemplify all of the criteria in one of four award categories – Principles of Community (Outstanding Staff Award), Innovation Award, Community Engagement Award, and Bulldog Spirit Award.

Nominations for the 2022 Staff Awards are being accepted from April 25, 2022  to June 24, 2022 Award winners will be announced and honored during an event in early fall.

Please review the information below to learn more about the nomination process and the criteria for each award category, or nominate a colleague now.

Nomination and Review Process

Nominations must be submitted online by 5pm on June 24th and should provide all information requested, detailing how the nominee meets each award criteria. Submissions are required to be of a minimum length (i.e., as indicated on the nomination form) to ensure equity among the nominations.

Nominations are reviewed by a Cabinet-appointed review team and are scored based on how well nominees meet the award criteria. The review team will forward the top three finalists in each award category to the Cabinet (unranked) for final selection. A nominee can be considered as a finalist in only one award category during an academic year.

Awardees will receive a $350 cash award (subject to appropriate payroll taxes) or $350 in professional development funds which must be used prior to July 1, 2023.

2022 Nomination Form

Award Categories

Principles of Community - Outstanding Staff Award

The Principles of Community Outstanding Staff Award acknowledges a staff member who upholds Fresno State's Principles of Community and consistently excels in their work. This award seeks to recognize a staff member who maintains a positive attitude, interacts with others in a friendly, welcoming and inclusive manner, and inspires others to model these behaviors.


  • RESPECTFUL: Approaches interpersonal interactions with collegiality and integrity; values all employees and welcomes their contributions; listens to all perspectives with the intent to understand; honors word and commitments; maintains confidentiality and privacy as appropriate.

  • KIND: Promotes a positive workplace culture and fosters a sense of belonging by demonstrating compassion, empathy, care, and concern; contributes to making Fresno State a welcoming community; uses words thoughtfully; acknowledges the contributions of others; assumes good intentions; is patient and supportive.

  • COLLABORATIVE: Works collaboratively to achieve common goals, supports the greater good and embraces Fresno State's mission; builds relationships that create a positive work and learning environment; demonstrates support of other's goals; considers diverse ideas and opinions and participates fully as a positive team member making space for others to shine.

  • ACCOUNTABLE: Recognizes and acknowledges best aspects of the workplace and the talents of co-workers; faces challenges and obstacles with a positive attitude by clearly communicating expectations, goals, and objectives; explains the purpose of decisions and actions; shares honest and meaningful feedback in a timely manner and receives feedback with an open mind; takes responsibility for behaviors and actions.

Innovation Award

The Innovation Award recognizes a staff member who has made exceptional contributions and improvements to their department or division through creativity and innovative thinking.


  •  Contributes creative ideas and service improvements leading to more effective and efficient processes, improvements to teaching and learning, and/or cost savings.

  • Encourages collaboration and knowledge sharing among co-workers to achieve positive outcomes.

  • Goes the extra mile to ensure the success of the team and consistently delivers high quality service.

Community Engagement Award

The Community Engagement Award recognizes a staff member who works to make a difference on campus and in the local community. This award signifies our institutional commitment to community engagement and community service.


  • Embodies a passion for community service and community collaboration.

  • Exemplifies a positive impact on the local community.

  • Engages in community service beyond the work done at Fresno State.

  • Develops mutually beneficial partnerships between the community and Fresno State.

Bulldog Spirit Award

The Bulldog Spirit award recognizes a staff member who displays exceptional Fresno State pride and spirit.


  •  Demonstrates spirit, passion, and pride for Fresno State.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to campus and community services.

  • Embodies and embraces Fresno State traditions, values, and Bulldog Pride.