Top Tier Awards

2017 Award Winners

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Alisha Kerlin

Interim Director
Barrick Museum of Art

Kerlin leads museum interdisciplinary programs, scholarship, and community outreach.

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Kwang J. Kim, Ph.D.

Southwest Gas Professor of Energy and Matter
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Kwang Kim pioneers research in active materials and energy systems, along with his leadership on various Top Tier subcommittees.

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Jefferson Kinney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

Kinney focuses on collaborative research in behavioral neuroscience with students and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center.

About the UNLV Top Tier Award

The UNLV TOP TIER AWARD honors employees for outstanding contributions to UNLV and its mission to be a Top Tier University. While everyone associated with UNLV works toward fulfilling our mission, the efforts of some present an outstanding example of commitment. The UNLV TOP TIER AWARD pays tribute to these people.

Each year, (1-2) awards of $1,000 will be presented to employees that best reflect our accomplishments in each of the 5 core areas including:

  1. Student Achievement
  2. Community Partnerships
  3. Infrastructure and Shared Governance
  4. Research Scholarship and Creative Activity and
  5. Academic Health Center

Check this site for additional details regarding the Top Tier Plan, detailed metrics, and measures.

Who is eligible for nomination?

The UNLV TOP TIER AWARD is open to all UNLV employees (board members, contract employees, regents, students, deans, vice provosts, chairs, and volunteers are not eligible).  The nominees should demonstrate a commitment that distinguishes them as truly outstanding employee and also must:

  • Contribute to the advancement of UNLV through their personal commitment of time and energy;
  • Be perceived by their peers as leaders who model the values of the organization;
  • Have completed at least one year of service at UNLV;
  • Have significantly contributed to one or more of the 5 focal areas identified in our Top Tier plan;
  • Received a satisfactory evaluation for the most recent academic year.

These awards are dependent on having nominees meet the criteria for receiving the awards; therefore, they may not be awarded each year.

Please use the attached form to describe your reasons for nominating this person, and identify specific areas of the Top Tier plan where they have contributed.

Please submit your nomination either via email to or drop off your nomination form at the Provost’s Office (FDH 752).

Filing Deadline

Nominations must be received by the filing deadline for that year in order to be eligible for the award that will be presented at the President’s State of the University Address in September.