Outstanding Performance Awards

Every study of employee engagement and success seems to agree: We all want to work with outstanding colleagues who inspire and uplift us through their dedication to excellence.  And when we are surrounded by inspirational colleagues, we ourselves become more productive and energized as well.  We become a great place to work.

The Outstanding Performance Awards recognize university staff (both exempt and nonexempt) who inspire others through their outstanding dedication and commitment to UofL. The awards serve as a companion to the Distinguished Faculty Awards that similarly honor the excellent contributions of university faculty each year. They are given annually to employees across all staff job groups at the university, and not specific to any specific staff category.

When thinking of staff colleagues deserving of recognition, some examples of exemplary service might include excellence in maintaining our campus environment, event planning, student affairs, communications, customer service, human resources, staff development, finance, IT, research, medical fields and many others.

Who has inspired you this year with their dedication and service?  Show them they have made a difference with a nomination. 

Guidelines and criteria

View the Outstanding Performance Awards (OPA): Complete GuidelinesNominations are accepted for this annual award between December 1 and February 15 each year.

Deadline and timing

Nominations for 2025 are accepted from December 1, 2024 to February 15, 2025. Winners will be notified the end of March and invited to attend the 2025 Annual Faculty & Staff Recognition Reception in April.


Winners of the Outstanding Performance Award receive $1,000, an acrylic award and recognition at the Annual Faculty & Staff Excellence Recognition Reception.

Previous winners

2021 Outstanding Performance Award Winners

2022 Outstanding Performance Award Winners


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Submit a nomination

Nominations will open on December 1, 2024