Top Tier Awards

2019-20 Award Recipient

Jenna Health Headshot

Jenna Heath

Director of Student & Community Engagement for the College of Liberal Arts

Jenna Heath has a passion and commitment to UNLV's Top Tier student achievement goals. She fosters student retention and progress and engagement through senior capstone courses, first year success seminars, and experiential learning opportunities through internship development and placement. Jenna has proven herself as a remarkable leader, a dedicated scholar, and someone who is absolutely committed to furthering the common good of UNLV. Jenna completes every task with boundless and inspiring energy, passion, and optimism and is a fantastic colleague.


2018-19 Award Recipients

Allan Gibbs

Allan Gibbs

School of Life Sciences

Gibbs is noted for his pedagogical skills in the classroom and extensive mentorship of students, particularly dozens of undergraduate student researchers.

Stacey Tovino

Stacey Tovino

Judge Jack and Lulu Lehman Professor of Law
Boyd School of Law

Tovino’s contributions include founding an innovative health law program at the Boyd School of Law in partnership with the School of Community Health Sciences.

2017 Award Recipients

Alisha Kerlin addresses a group at the museum.

Alisha Kerlin

Interim Director
Barrick Museum of Art

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

Kwang Kim in his lab.

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.

Jefferson Kinney in his lab

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:

  • Student Achievement
  • Community Partnerships
  • Infrastructure and Shared Governance
  • Research Scholarship and Creative Activity and
  • Academic Health Center

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

Who is eligible for nomination?

Nominees must be full-time academic faculty, administrative faculty, or classified staff members of UNLV who have completed at least one year of service at the University and have a satisfactory evaluation for the most recent academic year. Board members, regents, vice provosts/presidents, college/school deans, department chairs/academic directors, contract employees, students, and volunteers are not eligible. Previous winners of this award are eligible for re-nomination after five (5) years.

The nominees should demonstrate a commitment that distinguishes them as truly outstanding employee as demonstrated through:

  • contributions to the advancement of UNLV through their personal commitment of time and energy;
  • perception by their peers as leaders who model the values of the organization; and 
  • significant contributions to one or more of the 5 focal areas identified in the Top Tier plan.

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 link above to complete the application and find complete submission details.

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 Academic Awards in April.

For Further Information

For any questions about the application process for this award, please contact Elaine Anderson, Executive Assistant in the Office of Faculty Affairs, at 702-895-3496.

For general questions regarding this award or the Top Tier Strategic Plan, please contact Kyle Kaalberg, Executive Director for Strategy and Strategic Initiatives in the President’s Office, at 702-895-5427.