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Awards and recognition

Nominations for the 2024 awards close Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, at 11 p.m.

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering has evolved, formalizing its core values and initiating a process to communicate them to Fulton Schools community members — our students, staff and faculty — and, in turn, our external stakeholders. 

A key piece in the core values evolution includes the realignment of staff awards to recognize and reward staff who exemplify the Fulton Schools values in their work and service. The awards are designed to promote, recognize and reward excellence in contributions made to the Fulton Schools and the university through innovative projects, mentoring, accomplishments in performance, personal achievements, advances in customer service, teamwork and exemplary leadership. Award winners will receive recognition at the annual Fulton Difference Awards and Recognition event, a plaque and monetary stipend.

A group photo at the 2023 Fulton Difference awards. The assembled faculty and staff are honoring two award winners: Peter Van Leusen and Kyle Brim
Find more photos of the 2023 Fulton Difference awards on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fultonengineering

Launching formal Fulton Schools values and aligning them with the new Fulton Schools staff awards is a perfect fit. Awards will serve as an important mechanism to encourage staff to think about how each of us fit and perform in relation to the values. I’m excited by how these two initiatives blend together.

Elizabeth CrossSenior events coordinator for the Fulton Schools

Award Nominations


Nominating somebody is easy! Go to the nomination Sharepoint site, log in with your ASURITE user ID and password. Review the prompts provided to include in your nomination, as well as the rubric the committee will use for evaluation. Select an award category and then follow the prompts to submit your nomination.


Nominations for the 2025 awards will open Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2024, and close Friday, Feb. 14, 2025, at 11 p.m. MST.

Award winners will be announced at the 2025 Fulton Difference Awards and Recognition event. Event details to be announced.

Recognize the outstanding work of Fulton Schools staff through the following categories:

Rookie of the Year Award

The Rookie of the Year recognizes a new Fulton Schools employee who brings outstanding enthusiasm and energy, along with bold thinking, in the first two years of joining the Fulton Schools. They demonstrate initiative by being self-motivated to cultivate excellence within the college.

Innovation Award

The recipient of the Innovation Award will be recognized for innovatively solving a problem with creativity and bold thinking, demonstrated by the implementation of novel or incremental but significant, tangible change in revising a process or establishing a new approach that enhances and advances the Fulton Schools with its demonstrated impact.

Level Up Award

The recipient of this award will be recognized for leveling up by attaining a high personal accomplishment within the last year that improves the employee professionally, with the goal of obtaining or honing a skill or experience useful to their position. Examples include completing an academic degree, presenting at a conference, taking a leadership role in a university-wide or external organization or organizing a volunteer effort on behalf of the Fulton Schools.

Leadership Award

The recipient of the Leadership Award will be recognized for inspiring others and fostering a community while building a foundation for all to be successful and serving as “a champion for staff.” They encourage bold thinking and effectively manage staff, a service, system or work to the benefit of others and/or the college.

Excellence in Service Award

The recipient of this award increases productivity within the Fulton Schools and ASU by providing excellent customer service and satisfaction, exceeding expectations and implementing creative problem-solving to resolve conflict or challenges. They contribute to the success of the Fulton Schools, demonstrating superior efficiency and productivity.

Teamwork Award

The team recognized with this award demonstrates outstanding teamwork through effective relationships and collaborations to achieve a goal or solve a common problem. This award recognizes high-performing teams of two to 10 members modeling communication, trust, cooperation and respect for differences to overcome challenges. The team approached the problem with bold thinking to deliver an innovative solution that matters.

Inclusion Award

The Inclusion Award recognizes those who demonstrate commitment to creating and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment that aligns with the goals of the Fulton Schools Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan and the ASU Charter. Examples include creating a new initiative or experience that advances inclusion at a unit, school or college level; creating partnerships with community organizations that are committed to diversity and inclusion; and/or conducting research that impacts the academic field of diversity and inclusion, beyond expected duties and responsibilities of their current position.

Living the Values Award

This award is for the person living the Fulton Schools values, thinking boldly to deliver innovation with impact, cultivating excellence by going above and beyond with significant contributions to the Fulton Schools by building a foundation for all to be successful and fostering a community of learning and collaboration with the intent to improve the overall Fulton Schools environment and experience. Their dedication to the organization is unmatched.