Employee Recognition

2020 Employee Recognition Award Program

Employee Recognition at UIC

UIC has a long and cherished tradition of recognizing its employees for outstanding merit and years of service. UIC Human Resources works in conjunction with academic and administrative units and affiliated University organizations to honor these achievements at the annual Employee Recognition Award Ceremony held each fall.

In addition to service and merit recipients honored at the Employee Recognition Award Ceremony, numerous awards for faculty, research, and individual department achievements are awarded throughout the year by various University units and organizations.

Employee Recognition Month

Each November is Employee Recognition Month at UIC. This special time of year includes departmental ceremonies as well as University-wide programs, planned for the purpose of honoring faculty and staff. In addition to University-wide and individual department merit awards earned for outstanding achievements, UIC honors its employees for years of service beginning at five years and continuing after each five-year increment. In 2020, UIC honored over 2,000 employees for years of service.

Employee Recognition Award Ceremony

The Employee Recognition Award Ceremony is the official start of Employee Recognition Month. This University-wide program serves to publicly recognize work and community accomplishments, which in turn, helps to build morale and motivate our employees. Employees with 25 or more years of service are honored, along with multiple merit awards.

2021 Event Information

Save the date for this year’s event scheduled for November 16, 2021!
This annual event proves to be a wonderful way to kick off celebrating our employees.
Watch for details in upcoming announcements.

Special merit awards recognized in the Employee Recognition Program are Award of Merit (AOM), Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE), new this year – Rising Star Award, and Janice Watkins Award.

Service year awards recognized in the Employee Recognition Program include 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 55 years of eligible service to the University. Individual departments will honor those with 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of eligible service.

We look forward to celebrating with you during the month of November.

2020 Award Recipients

Please see the links below for the names of those employees celebrating years of service, 5 through 55 years of service, the UIC Award of Merit, Chancellor’s COVID-19 Response Award (CCRA), CAPE Award, and Janice Watkins Award.

Employee Awards Honored at the Employee Recognition Award Ceremony

Service Recognition Awards

Service Recognition Awards recognize Academic Professionals and Civil Service employees and faculty for years of service to UIC in five-year increments starting with 25 years of service. Departmentally, employees are recognized for every 5 years of service.


UIC Service Year Policy 701

Award of Merit

The Award of Merit recognizes outstanding Academic Professionals and Civil Service employees. It is a university-wide honor available to UIC campus staff who exhibit service, commitment, and dedication. Award recipients receive $3,000 and a memento gift. The included links will outline the nomination instructions, process, and past recipients.

2021 Nomination Form and Instructions (Fillable PDF)

Award of Merit Past Recipients

CAPE Award

The Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award (CAPE Award) was established in 1988. It recognizes the demonstrated excellence of Academic Professional staff. It encourages their professional development and indicates the institution’s high regard for the contributions of this key segment of the university community. The CAPE award is based on peer review broadly selected from the ranks of the Academic Professionals throughout campus. The CAPE Selection Committee is a standing committee of APAC and is chaired by an APAC member. The Selection Committee is made up of Academic Professionals from both the east and west campuses which may include past CAPE recipients. UIC faculty, Academic Professionals, Civil Service employees, and students can nominate a deserving Academic Professional for the award. In 2019 there were six recipients of the CAPE Award. Honorees receive memento gift, a $1,000 permanent increase to the individual’s salary, and a $2,000 one-time cash award.

CAPE Award Website

Janice Watkins Award

The Janice Watkins Award recognizes exceptional Civil Service employees for their distinguished service to the University. Sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, the design for the award is based on three interlocking components signifying the unity of faculty, staff, and students of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The award is a token of gratitude from the university and is awarded to Civil Service employees who exhibit a pleasant, warm demeanor and provide willing assistance to others and perform duties with diligence and dedication. The nominations can be submitted by faculty, staff, or students familiar with the nominee’s activities.

Janice Watkins Award Website

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award was created in 2021 to recognize Academic Professionals early in their career who demonstrate dedication and quality of performance that indicates they will continue to develop into an exemplary employee. As with CAPE, the Rising Star Selection Committee is a standing committee of APAC. UIC faculty, Academic Professionals, Civil Service employees, and students are encouraged to nominate employees who personify commitment, integrity, and professionalism to the mission of their department, College or University unit. Up to three Academic Professionals per year with a minimum of three years and a maximum of seven years of service will be honored. Award recipients will receive a memento gift and a $1500 cash award.

Rising Star Website

UI Health

Class Act Award, Employee of the Year, Physician of the Year, Resident of the Year


Hospital guests and staff may nominate UI Health employees for the Class Act Award and the Physician of the Year and Resident of the Year. These recipients continuously contribute to the delivery of world class patient care; regularly show good judgment and initiative; go above and beyond performance expectations; is a role model; demonstrates a willingness to become more efficient and effective when providing patient care; and exemplify the UI CARE behaviors.

The Employee of the Year recipient is selected by the employee recognition committee from the year’s Class Act recipients. This employee’s identity is announced at an annual dinner held in honor of the year’s Class Act awardees.

UI Health Employee Recognition Web page

Recognition Awards throughout UIC

Office of Faculty Affairs

UIC Faculty Awards


Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

Researcher of the Year Award


The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

VCSA Contact: Tenisha Burnett, 312-996-7140, tenisha@uic.edu

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Outstanding New Staff Award
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Outstanding Staff Award
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Outstanding Program Award
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Outstanding Department Award


UI Health

UI Health Employee Recognition Program

UI Health Employee Recognition Team, recognition@uic.edu

UI Health Recognition Awards

UI Health Employee Recognition Contact:
Cathy Temple, lovelycm@uic.edu


Support Contacts

UIC Human Resources, Special Programs

General Emailspecialprograms@uillinois.edu