Employee Recognition Program

Northern Michigan University recognizes the collective contributions of every employee to the overall mission and commitment to the core values of the university. Our Recognition Programs are designed to encourage opportunities for those efforts to be acknowledged on a regular and on-going basis.

We strive to stimulate a culture of appreciation and foster a spirit of community. Every day is an opportunity for colleagues, co-workers and managers/supervisors to recognize employees for their contributions and service to the university.

Recognition can serve to energize and revitalize an employee and contributes to creating a more productive, motivated, and engaged employee.



Snapshot of Excellence

"Mike embodies all of the University’s core values.  I am especially grateful for how much he cares about our students."

NMU's Strategic Outcomes and Core Values
are our drivers for success!


     Excellence in Service Award      2018 Excellence in Service Winners      Everyday Ways to Say Thank You
     Distinguished Team Award      2018 Distinguished Team Winners      Tips on Writing a Nomination
     Innovation Award
     Past Award Winners
     Faculty Awards      Northern STAR Winners  
     Years of Service    
     Retirement Recognition    
     Annual Faculty & Staff Celebration    
     Northern STAR Award    


New Award for 2019!

This year, we are re-introducing the Innovation Award, which recognizes an individual or a team who demonstrates our Innovation value through risk taking, problem solving, creativity and/or discovery. This award seeks to recognize bold attempts to seize opportunities that align with our Strategic Plan or address problems  – regardless of whether or not the work was successful.  

“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” - Ellen DeGeneres
Please consider this as your opportunity to celebrate both our successes and our failures.



Make Your Nomination Today!

Excellence in Service Award Nomination

Do you know someone who carries out our core values to provide excellent service to students, co-workers, and our community?

Make a Nomination Now!


Distinguished Team Award Nomination

Is there an outstanding team who carries out NMU initiatives, programs, and projects through the consideration of NMU's strategic outcomes, mission and core values?

Nominate the Team!


Innovation Award Nomination

Is there an individual or team who demonstrates our Innovation value through risk taking, problem solving, creativity and/or discovery?

Nominate the Innovators!