Employee Recognition Program

Pillars of Excellence

This new annual awards program is designed to acknowledge employees who demonstrate a sustained high level of performance and inspire others to do their best. This program may be used by departments as “colleague to colleague” recognition or by managers/supervisors to recognize an employee or a team for outstanding performance. To nominate an employee or a team, please use a Pillars of Excellence Award form (below), which may be completed online or via downloadable PDF.

An awards committee with faculty and staff representatives will chose the recipients, based on criteria aligned with the UMass Lowell Pillars of Excellence:

  1. Transformational Education
  2. Global Engagement and Inclusive Culture
  3. Innovative Research and Entrepreneurship
  4. Leverage Our Legacy and Our Place
  5. Entrepreneurial Stewardship In Higher Education

Who is eligible?  

Any staff or faculty member or core members of a team can be nominated for an award. Nominees must have been employed in their current position for at least one full year. 

How do I nominate someone?

Provide specific and detailed examples of how the nominee’s contributions and efforts have impacted the university and how they advance the university’s mission under a specific Pillar of Excellence. Where available, those examples should include metrics. See the full description of nomination criteria.


Each recipient will receive a keepsake item and a cash award.  All award recipients and nominees will be invited to a reception hosted by the Office of the Chancellor. Award recipients will also be recognized in Today@UMass Lowell.

2016 Deadline

Nominations must be submitted by Monday, Feb. 29, 2016.

Nominate a colleague now!

Please complete the web-based nomination form.

If you prefer, you can download a PDF version of the nomination form and mail it to:

Workplace Learning and Development
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Wannalancit Business Center
600 Suffolk Street, Suite 301
Lowell, MA 01852

You may also email the completed nomination form to: EmployeeRecognition@uml.edu.