Citations of Excellence

Citations of Excellence

UC Davis Staff Assembly’s annual Citations of Excellence awards program provides recognition for individual staff and staff teams, who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in one of the following areas:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Service
  • Innovation
  • Supervision
  • Team Awards


Requirements for Nomination

Nominations should be submitted by three campus employees with knowledge of a staff member’s outstanding achievement. Two of the nominators for the Supervision Award must be from employees who work under the supervision or lead of the nominee.

Nominees for awards must be a UC Davis career staff member (past probationary period of employment status), in good standing (not in process of corrective action), and meet the outlined criteria for each award.    
Staff members selected for awards must be active employees at the time of awarding as awards are given through payroll. If a nominee resigns or retires they will not receive funds for the award. 

Nominating and soliciting signatures for oneself is strictly forbidden.   
Please note that your nomination submission will be shared with the nominee after selection of the award recipients.  
The award committee reserves the right to not issue awards in all categories.      

Nomination Information
  • Nominations should be CONCISE and address the IMPACT of the nominee's contributions.    
  • Provide specific, meaningful description of the nominee's contributions.  
  • Use specific examples of accomplishments.
  • Avoid generalities and make every sentence count.   
  • Address all aspects of the award criteria. 


Individual Awards

Nominations for individual awards will be evaluated using common criteria in addition to specific criteria for each of the respective awards.  

The common criteria includes:

  • Provides exemplary services to students, staff, faculty and/or general campus  
  • Makes notable contributions to the department and/or campus
  • Creates and maintains high morale 
  • Embodies the Principles of Community

Additional criteria are listed with the description of each of the awards.  

The nomination narrative for Individual Awards is limited to 3200 characters (approximately 500 words). 


Team Awards

It is important to consider true excellence when nominating teams for this prestigious award. Staff Assembly want to recognize teams of staff who go beyond the expectations of their position descriptions in contributing to the University’s Mission of Teaching, Research, and Service; and who exemplify outstanding achievement and/or service. 

Familiarize yourself with the basic expectations of the team members in order to better highlight how they go above and beyond the minimum requirements of their positions. 

When submitting your nomination, please provide examples showcasing how the team: 

  • Contributes to the University Mission of Teaching, Research, and Service 
  • Provides exemplary service to students, staff and/or the broader campus 
  • Makes notable contributions to the department and/or campus
  • Creates and maintains high morale 
  • Embodies the Principles of Community

The narrative for the Team Award is limited to 4000 characters (approximately 750 words).  

Nominations for the Staff Assembly Citations of Excellence program are released in February of each year. Please contact the Staff Assembly office at if you have any questions.