The Employee Recognition Program provides an opportunity to recognize and thank staff and faculty for their contributions, dedication, and commitment to the WSU community. Washington State University is a top-tier research university and one of America’s leading land-grant universities, and our faculty and staff are at the forefront of this endeavor, continually offering their best.

Campuses, Colleges, and Areas Milestone Recognition

Campuses may also hold milestone recognition events for their faculty and staff during the year. The WSU system Employee Recognition and Quarter Century Club celebrations and campus events are meant to complement each other.

Colleges and areas may similarly host recognition events throughout the year for their faculty and staff that are separate from the WSU system recognition events.

Faculty and staff throughout the WSU community are encouraged to participate in all events where they’ll be recognized.

The Employee Recognition Program recognizes Washington State University employees through the following programs.

From academics to facilities maintenance the members of the WSU community are central to every success, every improvement, and every triumph.

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Length-of-Service Awards

Recognizing and supporting the contributions of WSU employees with milestone celebrations and awards.

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Crimson Spirit Recognition

A quarterly commendation for Washington State University faculty and staff who have provided superior customer service.

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President’s Employee Excellence Awards

Recognizes outstanding contributions to the University by administrative professionals and classified employees.

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Women of Distinction

Recognizes the achievements and contributions of women to the academic and local community, and to our society.

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Employee Recognition Reception

A system-wide celebration to recognize the contributions of WSU faculty and staff.

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Quarter Century Club

Honoring faculty and staff who have reached the impressive milestone of 25 years of employment with WSU.

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Provost’s Eminent Faculty Award

First presented in 2000, WSU’s Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award is the university’s highest faculty honor.

Contact Human Resource Services at or 509-335-4521 for more information.