Staff Award for Excellence and the Marcella M. Nance Staff Award

The Staff Award for Excellence and the Marcella M. Nance Staff Award recognize civil service support staff of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences for excellence in performance.

The Award

Each year the college presents up to three Staff Awards for Excellence, one of which is the Marcella M. Nance Staff Award. Each award includes a $500 personal award and a certificate of recognition.


Nominees for the Staff Awards for Excellence and the Marcella M. Nance Staff Award must be a civil service employee (traditional or professional) who has held a full-time appointment with the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences for at least three consecutive years.

An individual may receive the Staff Award for Excellence or the Marcella M. Nance Staff Award only once. If an issue arises concerning the eligibility for an award, the issue will be decided by the appropriate associate dean and policy committee chair, depending upon the award for which the nomination has been made.


The nominee must be declared eligible by the unit head. Each department may only nominate one nominee per award. The nomination must be submitted electronically by the department contact before the nomination deadline. 

Nomination packets must include all materials described below in a single PDF and should be formatted in at least 11-point Calibri or equivalent font; single-spaced; and 1-inch margins. Please follow this outline when submitting a nomination: 

1. Nomination cover sheet (you must download the form from Box to complete it). The cover sheet includes biographical and statistical information including education, employment record, and relevant affiliations. 

2. Letter of nomination: The letter of nomination must be co-signed by the nominator and the unit head. The letter should include major contributions detailing how these advance teaching, advising, research, and/or service missions and explain the work’s impact in the following areas: 1) personal contributions to others including faculty, staff, students, and members of the public and an explanation of the way in which the nominee meets the special demands of his or her workplace and 2) professional contributions, including recognition received, participation in professional societies, and committee work. Please use a category heading for each of the three contribution areas. Contributions to unit and college goals of diversity, equity and inclusion should be noted (six page maximum).

3. Letters of support: No more than three letters of support from individuals other than the nominator, such as past or present colleagues, collaborators. One letter must be from a current ACES faculty/staff member (two page maximum).


Nominees will be evaluated on their achievements and total performance in support of the college. The award recipient will be selected by a selection committee. The chair of the selection committee, in consultation with its members, shall develop guidelines for the committee’s operation. 

The selection committee may decide against granting an award if no meritorious candidate has been nominated. The selection committee shall submit its recommendations for a recipient to the dean. The dean shall notify the recipient, the appropriate associate dean, and unit head.