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Staff Engagement Award

Purpose: To recognize exemplary contributions that impact the well-being of the community or individuals in the community.

The official nomination should describe the ways the nominee meets qualifications for this award based on their role within a given community, setting or population.  Successful nominations should include specific examples of the nominee’s work related to one these priority areas or other areas that reflect the strategic goals of the university.  Engagement projects may be considered part of the nominee’s regular job duties, but nominations should indicate additional efforts that go above and beyond routine job assignment.  Letters of Support should comment on the impact of the individual’s contributions on the community, setting, or population served and address all the items below.


  • Full-time staff that has been at UT Knoxville at least 3 years.
  • Award may be given to an individual or group.
  • Endorsement from supervisor/department/area.


REQUIRED: Provide a letter of support from Community partner, stakeholder, or beneficiary that indicates how they benefited from the service provided.


OPTIONAL:  Other supporting documentation i.e. thank you letters, emails, newsletters, videos

Please make sure the nominee has consented to be nominated.  The nominator may seek assistance from the nominee to most accurately reflect their work in the submitted documents.

If further clarification is needed, please contact Dr. Javiette Samuel at or 865-974-4863.


Nomination Form