Higher Ed HR Awards

Midwest Region Awards

Nominations for 2018 are now closed. Nominations for 2019 will open in January 2019.

Midwest Region Outstanding Service Award

This regional award is given to just one member who, over a period of time, has provided outstanding service and leadership to the Midwest Region through involvement in activities such as board office, councils, task forces, committees, and/or teaching.

  • Demonstrated active involvement/leadership in the operations of a Midwest Chapter and/or the Midwest Region. National CUPA-HR involvement is encouraged but not required for this award. Examples of active involvement include formal CUPA-HR elected or appointed officer positions, committee assignments, a leader in providing professional development opportunities to members at the chapter and regional levels, etc.
  • Contributions to the development of CUPA-HR programs and services, such as author, conference presenter, conference program or activities.
  • CUPA-HR programs, services, or activities that can be directly attributable to this individual’s efforts.

Midwest Region HR Excellence Award

Sponsored by VALIC

This regional award honors transformative HR work in higher education, recognizing individuals or teams who have provided HR leadership resulting in significant and ongoing organizational change within their institutions. The recipient of this regional award will be submitted to the national awards committee for consideration for the national HR Excellence Award. Thanks to the generous support of VALIC, CUPA-HR is able to make a contribution of $1,000 to the institutional endowment or scholarship fund of the award recipient’s choice.

Eligibility Note: Individuals who are employed by the association, individuals who are serving on the CUPA-HR national board of directors, and the institutions of those directors are not eligible to be nominated or selected for this award during their terms of service.

  • Identification of significant organizational change resulting from HR transformation.
  • Examples of HR leadership demonstrated by the nominee in bringing about this change.
  • Description of the impact of the change on programs and services.
  • Successful development and implementation of a different approach or a variation of a traditional process, procedure, or practice in one of the functional areas of human resources.
  • Successful and innovative partnership role in assisting another academic or an administrative unit in achieving its overall mission.
  • The successful practice has led to improved performance of the college or university, the unit in which the department resides or, the human resource department; and the achievement has advanced the profession and/or promoted better understanding of human resource management.
  • The institution and (if applicable) the specific person are members of CUPA-HR.

Midwest Retiree Lifetime Membership

The Midwest Retiree Lifetime Membership recognizes retiring HR professionals who have been actively involved in CUPA-HR during their professional working career.


  • Individual must meet his/her institution’s definition of retirement (example: applicable age and service requirements).
  • Individual must have retired within the past 12 months, or has announced his/her intent to retire in the next 12 months.
  • Individual must have a demonstrated record of 10 years of active involvement in chapter (if applicable) and region activities. Examples of active participation include elected or appointed officer positions, committee assignments, and presentations at state and regional conferences.

An individual may self-nominate or a chapter may nominate a person for Midwest Retiree Life Membership. The Midwest Board of Directors will make a determination on the nomination and notify the nominee and the nominator of the decision. Midwest Retiree Lifetime membership will allow the individual to register for future Midwest region conferences at member rates. Individual chapters may grant additional benefits.

Midwest Region Emerging CUPA-HR Leader Award

The Midwest Region Emerging CUPA-HR Leader will join the 2018-19 Emerging CUPA-HR Leader cohort. The goal of the program is to identify potential leaders from across the country who have shown exemplary leadership and initiative within higher ed HR and exhibit the desire to play an active role in advancing the profession. Invited participants will have the unique opportunity to participate in the annual invitation-only Association Leadership Program, to engage in problem-solving work groups and develop deep networks with peers while gaining an inside look at CUPA-HR's operations and structure. Throughout the year-long program, participants are encouraged to serve the association in a leadership capacity, lending a fresh and informed perspective. Program objectives and details can be found here.