Staff Awards

Steve Miller

Who is Steve Miller?

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.

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How can you submit your nomination?

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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.

Steve Miller Outstanding Employee Award

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.

Rising Star Award

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. 

UNT Spirit Award

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. 

Student Success Award

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. 

Customer Service Award

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.

UNT Staff Diversity Award

This award acknowledges the significant achievements of staff members who, beyond the expectation of their position, are active in increasing awareness and education of diversity and inclusion; who take positive steps to create a culture and climate of respect and inclusion in the workplace and; who value differences and work to create a more inclusive workplace.