Awarding Your Accomplishments

Academic Team Members

Thank you for your contributions, dedication, and commitments as an employee! Your hard work makes our University a better place. Explore awards available to employees and submit a nomination if you know someone deserving.

Manager Resources

Recognizing and rewarding your team is important for employee engagement. Engaged employees are happier, more productive, and committed to their organization. For tips and guidance on learning the how and why of recognition, read more in the Academic Manager Rewards and Recognition Toolkit.

Annual Employee Recognition Events & Awards

As valued members of the University community, we host several annual awards and recognition events to honor our employees. Understand what's available, participate, and nominate worthy recipients!

  • Hoos Building Bridges Award

    President Ryan asks our University community to “build bridges”—advice he first shared with thousands of guests gathered for Undergraduate Convocation on August 26, 2018. He doesn’t ask this only of students, but rather he asks that as a community we connect with new groups and individuals to challenge our thinking and build stronger connections.  

    The University’s newest award, Hoos Building Bridges acknowledges the cross-disciplinary partnerships and projects of staff and team members.

    Recipients of the award demonstrate leadership and build thoughtful collaborations and relationships across schools, units, and/or departments. Their efforts increase efficiency and streamline critical processes on Grounds or at the Hospital. They also investigate and discover new solutions for long-established needs, as well as give voice to diverse perspectives and thoughts.  

    Who is eligible?

    Currently employed, salaried, and non-probationary University staff, classified staff, UPG staff, UVA Health team members, and Contingent Workers (UVA Foundation, Aramark, Morrisons). 

    Selection Criteria

    Nominations are viewed by an advisory committee which considers how candidates/teams are "building bridges," and how they demonstrate partnership internally across schools, units, and departments. Selected nominations are then submitted to the President's Office for final selection. 

    Nominate a Deserving Candidate Before April 19 Deadline!

    Awardees Receive

    Awardees receive a framed certificate, monetary award, and recognition at a reception in the Rotunda.

  • Service Awards

    Details about the Service Award program are located on the Service Award Recognition webpage. 

    Service Awards
  • Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contributor Award

    The highest individual, employee award at the University is named in honor of Leonard W. Sandridge, who was an avid champion of UVA staff and who dedicated 44 years of service to the school. He joined the University in 1967 as internal audit staff and held a number of positions until he became executive vice president and chief operating officer in 1993. 

    This award recognizes an outstanding University staff or team member who demonstrates dedication to service through individual efforts, group contributions, and commitment to our larger community.

    Who Is Eligible?

    Currently employed, salaried, and non-probationary University staff, classified staff, UPG staff, UVA Health team members, and Contingent Workers (UVA Foundation, Aramark, Morrisons).

    Selection Criteria

    Winners of this prestigious award not only contribute to the University in a positive way, but also enhance internal or public regard for the services provided by UVA and the Commonwealth at large. Winners' dedication to service impacts students, patients, various clients, management, fellow employees, and/or the community. Know someone who deserves this award?

    Nominate a Deserving Candidate by Friday, November 3, 2023

    Awardees Receive

    Awardees receive $1,000, an engraved gift, and recognition at a reception for honorees.

  • Annual Staff Appreciation Breakfast

    Join leadership across Grounds at the Fresh Food Company in Newcomb Hall (2nd floor) for pancakes, sausage, oatmeal, eggs, fruit, and gluten-free options. Enjoy hot breakfast on March 6, any time between 7AM and 9AM. No RSVP required.

    Free parking at Central Grounds Garage between 6:30 and 9:30 am.

    Shuttle will depart Lane Road 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 am.