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Outstanding Maverick Awards Program

UTA invites you to nominate an employee who exemplifies “Being A Maverick” in all that they do.


Nominations open through February 9, 2018!

Outstanding Maverick Award Nominees must have an impact on the university through.......

Diversity – This nominee seeks to foster partnerships with communities that value differences with respect to every individual’s exceptional contribution to society.  This individual may play a part in hiring diverse Faculty and Staff.  He/she may help provide an environment that ensures unique work and educational experiences through diversity.

Community Outreach – The individual is committed to at least one of the following areas: public service, community service learning through UTA, and/or partnerships with other North Texas businesses and organizations.  In addition, as an ambassador of UTA, he/she may also support and/or assist with public lectures; academic symposia; and artistic, musical, and dramatic productions.

Service Excellence – This nominee is someone who will take on the challenge to become known for “going the extra mile" and serving our customers with tact and style. He/she has the ability to assist the challenging individual without losing the focus of delivering service excellence; and is the type of professional that has superb listening and problem-solving skills. Other employees look to this individual for advice about how to handle unique situations, promote UTA in such a way that the individual would want to join our Maverick community.

Sustainability - This nominee is committed to "Going Green" in one or more of the following: environmental stewardship, purchasing, addressing energy and water conservation, transportation, and recycling.

Note: If nominating a team, please discuss how the team worked together in addition to the criteria listed above:

Teamwork – (only for a team submission) – This award recognizes unique, distinct, and outstanding contributions of employees working as a team (either within a department or cross-divisionally), beyond normal operations.


Current UTA Classified and Administrative & Professional staff members who are below the Director level are eligible for the award. Regular benefits eligible employees (appointed 50% to 100%) who have been employed with UTA from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2017 are eligible for nomination. Retirees, student employees and temporary employees are not eligible. Employees may not have received the same award in the last five years. 


8 individual awards of $1,000 each and 1 team award of $1,000. Individual honorees will receive $1,000 and team honorees will share the $1,000 award equally.


Any staff member, faculty member, or student can nominate an eligible staff member (or team) for an award.

To nominate a staff member for an award, submit the online nomination form.

Recipients of the Outstanding Maverick Award will receive a cash award and be formally recognized at the Outstanding Maverick Award Dinner hosted by the President.

For questions about the Maverick Award nomination process, eligibility or nomination criteria, or the Outstanding Maverick Award, please contact the Office of Human Resources or call 817-272-7091.

Outstanding Maverick Award Nomination Form

Outstanding Maverick Award History (PDF)

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