UNT staff members distinguish themselves through their work and the support they provide to help the university accomplish its mission -- to give students the best educational experience in Texas. These awards recognize outstanding staff members who go above and beyond in their duties to contribute to UNT’s quality and excellence, to provide excellent customer service, to support student success, and to foster a diverse, inclusive workplace and campus.
For an entire month, UNT celebrates Staff Appreciation to honor staff members’ dedication to being a support system for students, faculty and the entire campus community. The month-long celebration culminates with the university’s Service Awards Ceremony, where staff members are recognized among their peers for their service and commitment to the university.
Named in memory of Steve Miller, former assistant vice president of Human Resources, this award recognizes staff members whose contributions have positively impacted their division or department and the university. This is the highest honor a UNT staff member can receive.
Recognizes the administrative staff members who demonstrate hard work and commitment to ensure excellence in support of the University’s mission and success within their own respective programs.
Acknowledges staff members who go above and beyond to identify customers' needs and/or expectations and who establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with fellow staff, faculty, students and internal/external customers.
Acknowledges the significant achievements of staff members who take positive steps to create a culture and climate of respect and inclusion, who value differences and find innovative ways to improve opportunities for the diverse communities we serve.
Acknowledges staff members who fuel innovation and digital transformation at UNT. The individual(s) who receive this award is/are known for being willing to seize strategic opportunities, work across the aisle, and galvanize teams of key stakeholders who collectively exceed expectations on the most innovative of initiatives.
Recognizes executive staff leaders who illustrate outstanding efforts to contribute to the success of the University through their leadership and service.
This award acknowledges staff members who have consistently demonstrated exemplary dedication, commitment, and contributions to the University of North Texas community. This award aims to acknowledge those individuals who may not always receive the spotlight or recognition but play a crucial role in the success of the university.
Acknowledges staff members who have made a positive impact on their colleagues through effective mentorship, coaching or supervision.
This award recognizes a staff member who, within the first two years of their staff position, has demonstrated a passion for his or her work, the institution and the UNT tradition. The recipient shows promise in his or her work field and is making a large impact on the UNT community.
This award acknowledges staff members who work to “treat others the way they want to be treated” for the betterment of the UNT community. This employee models exceptional ethical behavior through thoughts, words, and deeds, they value honesty and transparency, express gratitude for others, respect differences, take responsibility for actions, and demonstrate trustworthiness. This award is earned by one who courageously leads by example regardless of if anyone sees it.
Acknowledges staff members who have made exceptional contributions to the university research enterprise. These may include contributions in research support, research administration, or technical support.
Recognizes a staff member who has gone above and beyond their normal job requirements to contribute to the success of a UNT student or group of students.
This award recognizes cross-divisional staff work groups who collaborate outside their traditional reporting unit to meet institutional goals or needs.
Recognizes staff members who consistently demonstrate a sense of pride in being a part of the UNT community by supporting staff, faculty and students, and by always promoting the university in a positive light.
UNT's top staff honor, the Steve Miller Outstanding Employee Award, is named for former assistant vice president for Human Resources Steve Miller who joined the university staff in January 1972. For 33 years, the late Miller worked at the university and was an exemplary leader and employee who helped develop the Department of Human Resources.