The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recognizes the collective efforts that all employees contribute to the overall mission of the University and that we should encourage opportunities for those efforts to be acknowledged. Recognition and award programs can be either peer-to peer or management-driven.

These programs seek to reward employees for their motivation to continually improve, innovation and creative management of resources, setting high standards and goals, and being great teammates.

The Office of Human Resources maintains an official Awards Registry of all Departmental, State-wide and University Awards. Departmental recognition programs for all employees must be in writing, and approved by the Office of Human Resources. All departmental recognition programs must be registered on the University’s Awards Registry. Departments wishing to get an award approved and added to the Awards Registry must complete and submit the attached Recognition and Awards Registry Data Form.

It is the policy of UNC-Chapel Hill to promote programs that enhance employee morale by motivating employee initiative and excellence. Departments are encouraged to develop programs that recognize extraordinary work performance and collaboration as well as outstanding service within the University and in the community.
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The Governor’s Awards for Excellence Program is designed to acknowledge and express appreciation for outstanding accomplishments that do not fall entirely within the scope of normal duties, but are in the nature of a major contribution reflecting credit on the person and State service.
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Carolina recognizes outstanding excellence, distinguished service and public service contributions by employees through various University Award Programs, such as the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award, the Employee Forum Community Award, the Blackwood Excellence In Research Administration Award, the Ned Brooks Award For Public Service, and the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award.
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The University’s State Service Recognition Program recognizes and expresses appreciation for the long-term service of permanent employees, both full-time and part-time (regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours each week). Eligibility for awards is determined by an employee’s Total State Service according to the University’s fiscal year, July 1 through June 30. The program currently recognizes employee service at five-year intervals.
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The Outstanding Encouragement of Learning and Development (OELD) Award is given annually to a supervisor or manager who facilitates the participation of staff members in learning activities as fully as possible. An eligible supervisor might encourage employees to attend classes and programs that are relevant to the employees’ professional development, and the University wants to recognize supervisors who support a more engaged, productive workforce.

For more information, contact Organization & Professional Development in the Office of Human Resources at 919-962-2550 or email Rochelle Serrano-Stojnic at

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