Staff Engagement and Recognition

Annual Awards

The Division of Student Affairs Awards Program is a way to honor individuals who best exemplify the guiding principles of the division. It is a unique combination of people and passion that helps power our university and we are pleased to recognize outstanding achievements by members of our division and those who contribute to our work. 

Nominees must demonstrate pride and excellence in work and display an enthusiastic and inspiring attitude toward their responsibilities and the people they serve. They show a “students first” commitment through service on committees, actions that support their unit, our Division and university values, and/or engaging in collaborative efforts across the university. Nominees should contribute toward excellence with performance that is consistently outstanding and frequently outside the normal scope of prescribed duties and that demonstrates independent action and resourcefulness, encouraging new ideas and creativity and exhibiting leadership qualities.

Nominations can be from an Student Affairs employee. Nominations for the 2018-2019 academic year will begin in Spring 2019.


Emerging Leaders in Student Affairs (ELSA) seeks to cultivate a landscape of professional scholarship and advancement among rising staff members at the University of Cincinnati (UC). We advance the profession of student affairs through programming on student development, holistic education, evidence based practices in higher education, and establishing professional relationships.

ELSA is open to UC staff members whose work would benefit from increased professional development opportunities, exposure to Student Affairs research, and professional networking and mentoring programming. The ELSA advisory council has representation from staff who are not located in the division of Student Affairs, because we recognize that the work of educating the whole student is something that all of us are engaged in at the University of Cincinnati.