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Pillars of Excellence

Pillars of Excellence is an annual awards program 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.

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.

The nomination deadline, Friday, February 23, 2018, has passed.


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.