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HR Merit & Service Awards Information

Types of HR Merit Awards:

Individual Merit Honors individuals with service, contributions and/or achievements that are above and beyond the scope, responsibilities and expectations of their position, and that have made a significant positive impact on their department/division, the University or the community.     
Team Merit

Honors a formal or informal team of 3 or more staff, faculty, and/or students whose collective efforts made a significant contribution to USF and/or the community, above and beyond the scope of their job.

Fr. William J. Dunne Award Honors a non-faculty staff member who has demonstrated excellence to USF and the community at large through service, creativity, innovation and leadership, above and beyond the scope of regular job duties.

Who is eligible to receive a nomination?

  • Any full-time USF non-faculty staff member, with at least three calendar years of continuous service through January 31, 2014.

  • These individuals are not eligible for a nomination: Executive Officers: President; Provost; Vice Provost; Vice President; General Counsel, Executive Directors of University and members of the Leadership Team. Other officers: Chancellor; Executive Assistant to the President; Human Resources staff.
  • Individuals may be nominated for a second Merit Award; this includes the Fr. William J. Dunne Award.
  • Academic research teams may not be nominated for the Team Merit Award
  • Self nominations for awards are not accepted; however, a team member may nominate his/her team for a Team Merit Award

Who may nominate?

  • Any staff member, including Executive Officers, faculty, and students

 How to Nominate and the Deadline for Nominations

To complete a nomination form for the HR Merit Awards, please press the appropriate link:

The nomination deadline was Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

Nomination Review and Selection Process

An anonymous committee reviews all nominations, checks references, interviews nominators and selects the award recipients. The committee is composed of an appointed representative from each University division. A Human Resources professional serves as the committee ex-officio (has no vote). All nominations are kept confidential. 

HR Service Awards

Each year, individuals are honored for their number of years of continuous service with the university, as they hit each 5-year milestone. That is, individuals receive awards at 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, and so on. Individuals to be honored at the annual May ceremony are contacted during the spring semester. 

Annual Awards Ceremony

The HR awards are publicly announced at the annual May ceremony. Other awards are announced at this ceremony. These awards are shown below. Follow the highlighted links in the titles for more information on these awards.

Faculty Awards:


2014 USF Service and Merit Awards Ceremony 

Wednesday, May 7, 3:30 p.m. 
McLaren Complex

A reception immediately follows the ceremony. 

Watch Highlights of the 2013 Ceremony




2014 Merit Award Recipients

HR Individual Merit Awards

HR Team Awards

Fr. William J. Dunne Awards


For questions on the HR Merit and Service Awards, please contact Michele Centrella in Human Resources via email at: mcentrella@usfca.edu or by phone at extension 2833.