Staff Awards

San José State University honors twelve outstanding staff members in four staff award categories annually at the Spartan Service Celebration.

Award Categories

  • Outstanding Staff of the Year - Exemplary SJSU staff member or auxiliary staff member who has made a valuable contribution to the campus.
  • Distinguished Services Award - SJSU staff member an auxiliary staff member who has worked for SJSU for more than 10 years and has displayed a commitment to excellent service to the campus community.
  • Spartan Spirit Award - SJSU staff member, manager, or auxiliary employee who displays exceptional Spartan spirit and pride.
  • Critical Employee Award - To honor an SJSU staff member or an auxiliary staff member who are shining behind the scenes to support our campus. This is a new award category for Academic Year 2022-23.

Nomination Process

The nomination form is posted annually in September/October. You can review the award criteria and nomination questions below.

Award Recipients for 2021-22

Outstanding Staff of the Year

Joel Morales

  • Joel Morales - ACCESS Success Center - Award Winner
  • Christie Martinez – University Personnel - Honorable Mention
  • Keith Nowoseilski – IT Computing Services - Honorable Mention

Distinguished Service

Jillana Hart
  • Jillana Hart - Enrollment Services Technical Implementation & Communication - Award Winner
  • Anthony Bettencourt – Financial Aid & Scholarships - Honorable Mention
  • Sara Tipton-Perez – Payment Services - Honorable Mention

Spartan Spirit Award

Nha-Nghi Nguyen
  • Nha-Nghi Nguyen – Psychology - Award Winner
  • Thao Leung – Finance Support & Innovation - Honorable Mention
  • Alexandra Froehlich Hankinson – Student Conduct & Ethical Development - Honorable Mention

Congratulations to everyone who has been recognized for a staff award! Check out the staff award recipients from past years.