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Service and Recognition

Recognizing our staff and faculty members’ many contributions is critical to their sense of engagement and satisfaction. We encourage leaders at all levels take the time to reach out and offer a simple “thank you” for a job well done.  As part of our service awards package, leaders may visit to find inspiration for service anniversary presentations and tips for how to effectively recognize employees, in-person or in a virtual setting. Call Human Resources today for coaching on recognition!

Service Awards

Service Awards are designed to recognize our regular faculty and staff for their dedicated service to the university. Employees reaching five years of service will receive a certificate in a Lucite frame and a lapel pin with the UT seal. Further awards are provided in five-year increments beginning with the tenth year of regular service. You will be contacted by our service award provider around the time of your service anniversary date to select an award.

Employees with more than 25 years of service are invited to either a fall or spring service awards luncheon hosted by the president. The luncheon date depends on an employee’s anniversary dates. January through June recipients will be honored at a spring luncheon and July through December recipients will be honored at a fall luncheon. Honorees are invited at five-year increments beginning with the 25th year of service.

Employees with 50 or more years of service will receive the Joe Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award. This special award is presented at the luncheon by the president.

For more information about the Service Awards program, contact Human Resources at 865-974-6642. To see a full listing of all honorees click here.

State Employee Suggestion Award Program

Do you have an idea that would save money and improve state government?

Submit your idea to the Employee Suggestion Award Program (ESAP). If your idea is selected and implemented, you could receive as much as $10,000 from the award board.

For more information and forms, visit the State’s Employee Suggestion Award Program or write to:

Employee Suggestion Award Program
First Floor James K. Polk Building
505 Deaderick Street

Nashville, TN 37243-0635