Superior Performance Award  

The Superior Performance Award is a three-year pilot program that acknowledges and rewards demonstrated outstanding contributions of non-negotiated Civil Service and Administrative & Professional (A&P) staff who exemplify exceptional levels of work performance and display high regard and loyalty toward Eastern Illinois University (EIU) and to their job responsibilities.  Individuals receiving this award exhibit exceptional customer service, display a positive can-do attitude, are team players, give extra effort, are creative in their ability to resolve problems, and are committed to the University mission.

Superior Performance Awards for 2014:

Cathy Ashmore, Information Technology Services
Sandy Black, Panther Dining
Beverly Cruse, Booth Library
Carol Dhom, Kinesiology & Sports Studies
Lori Henderson, Graduate School
Karen Johnson, Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dennis Malak, College of Arts & Humanities
Billie Rawlings, Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Janie Steber, Academic Advising
Cathy Thomas, Research & Sponsored Programs

The 2014 ceremony was held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom of the MLK Jr. University Union from 10 to 11 a.m.  Thank you to everyone who attended this event and showed support for the talented and committed employees at EIU.

Superior Performance Award Recipients for 2013 and 2014:

Group photos of all recipients may be viewed at the Superior Performance Awardee website.


Non-negotiated Civil Service and A&P employees with at least five years of consecutive EIU employment at the time of nomination are eligible.  

Vice Presidents, Faculty, Deans, Department Chairs, employees serving in the capacity of Director (Interims included), selection committee members, and past recipients are ineligible for award consideration.    


Each year up to ten awards at $500.00 each will be awarded.  The award will be a uniform one-time lump sum payment not added to base salary.

Awards will be presented at a reception ceremony on April 3, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom of the MLK Union.

Nominations:  Are Closed

      Check back to see when nominations will be accepted for the FY15 award.

Selection Committee:  

The committee consists of seven (7) voting members: one (1) non-negotiated Civil Service and one (1)  A&P employee chosen by the President, one (1) employee from each Vice Presidential Area, and one (1) employee from Civil Service Council.

The seven (7) members must be full-time, non-negotiated Civil Service and/or A&P employees.  The Chair will be the Director of Human Resources, Dr. Richard Enyard and is a non-voting member.

Selection Criteria:

 Candidate criteria to be utilized:


  • The nominee promotes a positive and respectful workplace and responds to change/new ideas/people and EIU goals.


  • The nominee demonstrates excellence and integrity in their work performance and promotes a positive and respectful workplace.


  • The nominee displays a positive can-do attitude and shows commitment and loyalty to EIU’s mission.

Professional Development:

  • The nominee demonstrates efforts to improve self and others and contributes to his/her profession outside of job assignment.

Customer Service:

  • The nominee enhances his/her departments’ image and represents EIU in a positive manner. The nominee exhibits exceptional customer service.

Team Work:

  • The nominee demonstrates commitment to teamwork through their excellent service and shares their knowledge to achieve success.


  • The nominee exhibits initiative, innovation and creativity that result in improvements in their respective department or EIU as a whole and responds strategically to departmental or institutional goals.

Thank you to the Civil Service Council for making this award possible.

For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Richard Enyard, 217-581-3514,, Human Resources, 2010 Old Main