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Division of Human Resources


Employee Recognition and Awards

When faculty and staff excel, we want to celebrate their achievements and reward their contributions to the University.

College and Department Recognition Programs

Colleges and departments are encouraged to create recognition programs in order to recognize individuals or teams of employees. Whether these programs are part of a larger employee development initiative, or simply to acknowledge an individual’s innovation, efficiency and positive impact, recognition can go a long way in providing motivation, collaboration and unity among your team.

Programs must be approved by the VP for Human Resources prior to implementation. For more information about rules and regulations, including the funding available for these programs, please refer to the HR policy on employee recognition [pdf].

Faculty Awards

In addition to departmental recognition programs, there are established national and international awards that recognize faculty for research, scholarship and creative activity. For everything from American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows to Fulbright Scholars, and from Guggenheim Fellows to National Science Foundation Career Awards, there are many USC recipients of these prestigious honors. For more details about these and other award opportunities, please visit the Office of the Provost site.

State Service Award Program

Faculty, staff and administrators who are celebrating 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years of cumulative State service are eligible for the State Service Award. Because this award represents cumulative service to the State, an employee is still eligible if he or she left State employment and is later re-employed by the same agency or another State agency. FTE service is recognized without regard to research grant and time-limited.

Employees reaching these decade milestones will be awarded a service pin and certificate, denoting the years of service. At 10 years, your pin and certificate will be sent to your department to be presented at the department level. When you've achieved 20 years or greater, there is a formal ceremony to which you will be invited.

For more information about the State Service Award Program, please read the State Service Award Program policy [pdf].

Pay Increases and Compensation

In an effort to attract, retain and motivate employees, the University supports competitive and equitable pay through compensation programs. The amount of compensation awarded is based on duties and responsibilities, employee backgrounds and work experience, performance and available resources. Please refer to the salary action guidelines for more information, including eligibility.