Employee of the Month

The Employee of the Month Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of UMB staff. Eligible staff members are nominated for exemplary performance on the job.

Check out our gallery of winners


Who can nominate? 

Staff or faculty

Who can be nominated? 

Staff employees with a minimum of "Meets Standards" PDP rating. Employees may not nominate their immediate supervisor, manager, director, etc.

Nomination criteria 

Demonstrated behaviors in the following areas:


  • Excellence in performance — going above and beyond job expectations
  • Making a difference to the campus community
  • Acting as a role model for peers and colleagues
  • Excellence as a team player 

Core Values:

  • Respect and Integrity
  • Well-Being and Sustainability
  • Equity and Justice
  • Innovation and Discovery

To learn more about what it looks like to embody the UMB core values, visit the Core Values webpage. 


Nomination process 

Complete the nomination form describing the outstanding performance. Please provide specific examples of how the employee meets the criteria, including UMB Core Values.

How are winners selected? 

By an internal review committee representing various campus departments managed by Human Resource Services.

Who is notified of the winner? 

The winner's nominator and supervisor are notified, and a surprise award presentation is planned.

Please note:

All nominations received in any given month are reviewed by the selection committee. If the nominator or supervisor is not notified, then another nominee was selected.  You are welcome to nominate the same employee again for consideration during a different month.  There is no limit to how many times you can nominate an employee or how many different people nominate the same employee.  If you resubmit, you can include the original nomination information plus any additional or updated information.  Please remember to be as specific as possible about how the candidate meets the criteria in your nomination.


Award timeline and frequency 

This award is given out monthly, and nominations are accepted year-round.

Nominations must be submitted by the end of each month. At the beginning of the next month, the recognition committee votes to choose a winner. The selected winner will be notified during the following month.

What does the winner receive? 

  • $250 one-time gift.
  • Framed certificate signed by the UMB President.
  • Announcement in The Elm.
  • Recognition at the Annual Service Awards luncheon.
  • Consideration for the Cecil S. Kelly Memorial Employee of the Year Award.

Employee of the Month Nomination

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