Academic Employees

Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence
2021 – 2022 CAPE Award

Those wishing to nominate an academic professional employee for this award can do so by using this link:

The Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award is designed to recognize the importance of contributions made by academic professionals.  Academic professionals perform a wide range of critical functions for our university community and beyond.  They advise, counsel and assist our students, faculty and staff.  They provide critical administrative support, support our research laboratories and educational programs, and offer important outreach programs throughout the state.  This award is intended to honor the special accomplishments of individuals in this employment category.

Annually, six awards are given.  Nominees are evaluated on three criteria: work, personal, and professional contributions.  These criteria are defined below in order of importance for the award.  Usually nominees will excel in all three areas, but individuals may be nominated for uncommon strength in one or two.

Work Contributions 
Describe how well the nominee advances the mission of his or her home unit and the University within the context of the university’s traditional missions of teaching, research, and public service. There should be an explanation of the work of the individual and the impact of that work.

Personal Contributions 
Explain the positive impact the nominee has on others: faculty, staff, students, and members of the public. In addition, there should be an explanation of the way in which the nominee meets the special demands of his or her workplace.

Professional Contributions 
List the contributions the nominee has made and the recognition the nominee has received in his or her professional field including publications, participation in professional societies, and committee work.  In addition, there should be a discussion of the nominee's impact at the regional, national, or international level, if applicable.

The nominee:

Must be currently employed as an academic professional employee assigned to duties at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus with at least three years of full time AP service or the equivalent (e.g., 100% appointment for three years or 50% appointment for six years).*

May be an off-campus academic professional staff member of the University of Illinois Extension or Continuing Education, or in a University Systems office located in Urbana-Champaign.

Must be an active employee at the time the award is presented in April.

May not hold any professorial title.*

May not be employed as a teaching or research associate, postdoctoral research associate, lecturer*, or instructor* or civil service employee.

May receive the CAPE award only once.

* Zero percent professorial title will not disqualify

**Academic professionals in the UIC College of Nursing unit located in Urbana-Champaign should be nominated for the CAPE Award at UI Chicago. 

Each winner of the CAPE award will be honored at a reception hosted by the Chancellor, receive a $1,000 award and a commemorative plaque.

Any University employee may nominate an academic professional who meets the eligibility requirements. 

Those wishing to nominate an academic professional employee for this award can do so by using this link:

Be prepared to submit the following information in order to complete the nomination.  Note: the on-line form can be saved and finished at a later date.  However, all information including the nominee’s most recent curriculum vitae or resume must be uploaded by the deadline in order for the nomination to be considered complete.

Required Information:

  • Statements to address each of the three nomination criteria (note there is a 750 word limit for each statement which is equal to one written page).
  • The name, department, and e-mail address for the nominee.
  • The nominator’s name, department, and e-mail address.
  • A copy of the nominee’s most recent curriculum vitae or resume uploaded within the nomination form

Nominators will receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of their nomination.

After the first screening, if the nominee is chosen as a semi-finalist, nominators will be contacted to secure and then submit three letters of professional endorsement from other individuals within three weeks of notification. Letters of endorsement may be requested from individuals inside or outside of the University of Illinois.

The Chancellor will appoint a selection committee apprised of:

  • One academic professional from each CAP district who is not currently serving as a CAP district representative.
  • Committee Chair
  • Committee Co-Chair

This committee will select six finalists to be recommended to the Chancellor for selection of the award.

List of Previous Winners