The Distinguished Staff Awards recognize outstanding ETSU staff members for their contributions to the University. Anyone can nominate a deserving staff member. Awards are designated for all staff EEOC categories, with a special Career Award category for an employee with long-term service to ETSU. 

Please note that EEOC category 20 is for faculty members.  There is a separate process in place for them; they are not eligible to receive staff awards.

Each year an announcement is sent to the campus community soliciting nominations for the Distinguished Staff Award. If you have any questions about the Staff Awards process, please contact Lorena Burton email: MCKINLEY@ETSU.EDU or phone 439-8870.

Nomination Form for the Distinguished Staff Award
Nomination Form for the Staff Career Award
Staff Awards FAQ

View a listing of Distinguished Staff Award recipients


Those nominated for the Distinguished Staff Award must be staff members who have been continuously employed at ETSU for at least one full year. One Distinguished Staff Award can be given for each staff EEOC category. One annual Career Award can be presented to a staff member with long-term service to the university. Anonymous or incomplete nominations for Staff Awards can not be accepted. All nominations must be made utilizing the proper nomination forms and signed by the nominating party with contact information so that the Staff Awards Committee may contact the nominator as needed. Petitions will not be accepted for or with any of the nominations. Please attach supporting statements or other documentation if available.

Winners will receive $2,000 courtesy of the ETSU Foundation and a plaque from Staff Senate at the Staff Awards Picnic. You may nominate as many people as you wish, but you must use a separate form for each nomination.