2020 Excellence in Leadership Award


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Employee engagement is a top UCI and UC priority. Leaders inspire employees to focus their individual talents on the goals of the organization and to contribute at the highest level. Effective leaders are also guardians of the culture and exemplars in living the organization’s values. As a result, great leaders are often met with the prize of engaged employees who feel prepared and empowered to progress in their careers. The UCI Staff Assembly Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes these exceptional leaders at all levels.


  • Only those managers or supervisors with staff appointments are eligible for nomination; those holding academic and/or student assistant title codes are not eligible
  • Managers and supervisors may be nominated every year, but may only receive an award every three years (unless manager or supervisor moves to a different job/department)
  • Only nominations from nominee’s direct report(s) will be reviewed; forms submitted from a nominee’s supervisors will not be considered eligible

Nomination Procedures

  • Any direct report may nominate an individual manager or supervisor. However, if more than one person nominates the same individual, they will be asked to work with other nominators to combine their nominations into one document with one contact name.
  • Nominations will be accepted online only
  • Nominations must be received by March 20, 2020
  • Nominations must include
    • Information about the manager or supervisor being nominated
    • Information about the primary contact person for the nomination
    • A copy of the current organizational chart for the nominee’s department, including names, titles, and percent FTE of all direct reports to the nominee
    • A signature page including representation from at least 50% of the nominee’s direct reports in support of the nomination
    • A nomination statement (Be sure to follow the instructions in the nomination form for more complete details on each of these items)
  • Incomplete nomination packets will not be considered

Selection of Awardees

The Staff Assembly council will convene a nomination review committee that will select awardees based on the merits outlined in the nomination statement. Criteria for selection are clear demonstration of the following leadership competencies in the nomination statement:

  • Collaboration
  • Employee Engagement
  • Innovation

All nominees will receive an email from Staff Assembly and the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor congratulating them on their nomination and inviting them to attend the Staff Service Awards, where the announcement of these awardees will be made.


We are recognizing leaders with four variants of the Excellence in Leadership Award.

One for each of the following three competencies, respectively:

  1. Collaboration
  2. Employee Engagement
  3. Innovation

Plus, an additional overall award for excellence across all three leadership competencies.

  • All awardees will receive a distinctive, personalized memento
  • The overall award recipient will receive a $1,000 cash prize
  • A virtual ceremony will be held in August 2020 for this year's Staff Service Awards. Details will be forthcoming and sent to all nominators and nominees.


Submit the online nomination form. You may save and return to the form as many times as you like before officially submitting it.

Contact Us

Please contact the Staff Assembly Vice Chair, Connie Cheng, with any questions, comments, or suggestions.