Nominations sought for 2018 Administrative Improvement Award

Members of the UW–Madison campus community who work in administrative and operational areas are critical to the University’s mission and contribute greatly to the success of students, faculty and staff.

To recognize and celebrate outstanding administrative work, we encourage you to nominate colleagues for the 2018 Administrative Improvement Award. The award recognizes exceptional performance in administrative roles supporting academics, research, student services, outreach or administration.

The Administrative Improvement Award program is intended to recognize excellent work in process redesign/development or customer service/delivery that resulted in improved efficiency, increased revenue channels, cost savings and/or improved service delivery. It also emphasizes collaborative work.

Among the criteria for evaluating nominees are:

  • Time was taken to identify and understand the needs of the people to whom the nominee provides service
  • Data were gathered and used in decision-making
  • Results were measured
  • A plan was established to sustain improvements

All current UW–Madison employees serving in an administrative role that supports student services, research, academics and administration are eligible for the award if they are:

  • Academic Staff
  • University Staff
  • Limited Employees
  • Faculty
  • Student Employees
  • Employees who contribute to administrative duties
  • Employees who contribute to student services

Nominees can be an individual or a team. Submissions for individuals may reference multiple examples that demonstrate a sustained focus on administrative improvement. Anyone on campus may submit a nomination(s). However, self-nominations – either from an individual or a member of a team – will not be accepted.

The nomination form and guidelines are available online at and the nomination deadline is March 30, 2018. This year’s awards will be presented at a special campus ceremony to be scheduled near the end of the spring semester. The annual awards ceremony has become a nice springtime tradition and celebration of excellence at UW–Madison.

If you have any questions about the Administrative Improvement Award, please contact Scott Hildebrand at or Liz Hammen at in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.