Awarding Your Accomplishments

Recognizing Staff

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!


    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, facilitating communications channels and workflows 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. Ultimately, awardees challenge their own familiarity by establishing valuable relationships. 

    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 or Team by Friday, February 26, 2021

    Awardees Receive

    Awardees receive a framed certificate, monetary award, and a feature story in UVAToday's Building Bridges collection

  • Service Awards

    Employees with long tenure contribute to the University in many ways, and offer a valuable knowledge-base that supports our overall work and mission. To show our appreciation, we recognize and award those who achieve long-term service milestones – 10 years of continuous service and every five years after. Thank you for your commitment!


    Service anniversaries of 10, 15, and 20 years by July 1 are honored at a University-wide reception annually. If you reach your 25 or more years of service milestones, we are proud to celebrate with you at the Annual Service Awards Banquet. If you have not reached your anniversary by July 1 of the award year, you will be recognized the following year. For example, someone hired July 4, 2008 celebrates a 10 year anniversary in 2019.

    Who Is Eligible?

    University Staff (salaried, academic division), classified staff (salaried, academic division), health system staff (salaried), and employees who have converted from Faculty to Staff (credited from the date of initial hire) are all eligible. This includes:

    • Service in any department
    • Salaried part-time employment
    • Service on a wage basis (appropriately recorded)
    • Military Leave service (taken according to leave regulations)
    • Leave without pay to attend school (recorded and certified by supervisor)
    • Non-continuous service (the total amount of employment, even if interrupted)

    Non-staff (faculty, students, etc.) are not eligible.

  • 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?

    Awardees Receive

    Awardees receive $1,000, recognition at our annual Service Awards Dinner held at the Boar's Head, and a possible nomination for statewide program Governor's Awards.

  • Annual Staff Appreciation Breakfast

    UVA HR is cosponsoring this year's breakfast with the Office of the EVP-COO — to celebrate staff contributions to the University!

    Join J.J. Davis, Kelley Stuck, and leadership across Grounds at the Fresh Food Company in Newcomb Hall for pancakes, sausage, oatmeal, eggs, fruit, and gluten-free options. Enjoy hot breakfast on March 10, any time between 7AM and 9AM. No RSVP required.

    One hour parking validation at Central Grounds Garage will be provided. 

Meet The 2019 Service Awardees