UWF Perks

The University of West Florida provides employees the opportunity to participate in a variety of benefit programs. Our goal is to provide employees with a robust selection of benefits to meet their personal needs in dealing with work/life balance issues.

UWF Entrance

UWF has established a work-life taskforce to review work-life policies, benefits, and programs. The members focus on Flexible Work Options (tenure clock extension policy; modified duties policy; family/parental leave policy), and Education and Awareness (support programs for faculty during family transitions; formal policy review and development).

The work-life taskforce recognizes the varied responsibilities of work and personal life for UWF’s faculty and staff. Research and common experience suggest that work and personal life may conflict with one another, but may also provide synergistic opportunities. A harmonious relationship between work and life promotes individual and organizational well-being. The purpose of the work-life taskforce is to evaluate and advocate for policies, practices, and services that facilitate an enriching work-life relationship.

Part of the work-life taskforce's mission is make UWF employees aware of the programs, services, and discounts available to all employees of the university. The information contained herein aims to encapsulate all of the work-life programs made available to staff. Please let us know if there is something new or missing and we will update as appropriate.

Professional Excellence Awards
Marion Viccars Awards
Gabor Awards
Previous Years Award Winners
Retirement Awards

The University’s Employee Recognition Program provides retiring employees with a choice of retirement mementos. Please make your selection by completing and returning the selection form to Human Resources within six (6) weeks of your retirement date so that we can order your selection in time for your retirement. If you have any questions about the Retirement Awards Program, please contact Sharon Jones at 850-474-2611.

Service Awards

Employees who have achieved increments of five (5, 10, 15, 20, etc.) continuous years of service with the University of West Florida may select a service award. Eligible employees will be notified when it is time for them to make their selections; and selection forms will be available at that time. You may view the awards selections by clicking the links below. Employees may select an award from their service level or below. For example, if you have achieved fifteen (15) years of service with UWF, you may choose any item in the 5-year, 10-year, or 15-year categories.

Awards for Years of Service Selection Forms
5 Year Service Awards 5-Year Selection Form
10 Year Service Awards 10-Year Selection Form
15 Year Service Awards 15-Year Selection Form
20 Year Service Awards 20-Year Selection Form
25 Year Service Awards 25-Year Selection Form
30 Year Service Awards 30-Year Selection Form
35+ Year Service Awards 35+ Year Selection Form
Educational Opportunities

The University of West Florida offers many different educational opportunities for employees. Please visit the links below to explore your options.

Employee Assistance Program

The University of West Florida has contracted with Aetna Resources for Living to provide an Employee Assistance Program for employees and their family members. The Employee Assistance Program helps employees resolve personal and work problems through professional assistance. Employees may contact Aetna directly by calling their toll-free number 800-272-7252. All services and calls are strictly confidential between the employee and Aetna. Some of the services covered under the Employee Assistance Program are:

  • Marital
  • Financial
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Family
  • Vocational
  • Work Related Stress
  • Legal Referral
  • Weight/Weight Loss
  • Physical/Medical
  • Dependent Care
  • Elder Care
  • Emotional/Psychological

and any other problems that may surface. Aetna Resources for Living provides a web site for employees that outlines services that are available as well as informative articles and information. The code for university employees and family members is UWF (must be in all capital letters). Brochures are also available through the Human Resources department.

AETNA Employee Assistance Program Feedback

The AETNA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for Faculty and University Workforce employees and their immediate family members. This program is absolutely confidential and there is no cost to you or your family members for this benefit.  

As part of our effort of continuous improvement, we welcome your feedback and suggestions. If you would like to provide feedback on this important employee benefit, please contact Sharon Jones in Human Resources at 850-474-2611 or sjones@uwf.edu.

AETNA Resources

AETNA Mobile App

UWF Holidays

The University recognizes paid holidays as listed below. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday. If it falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday.


2015 Holidays  
New Year's Day Thursday, January 1, 2015  (Part of Winter Holidays)
Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 19, 2015
Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2015
Independence Day Friday, July 3, 2015
Labor Day Monday, September 7, 2015
Veterans Day Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26, 2015
Day After Thanksgiving Friday, November 27, 2015
Winter Holidays Thursday, December 24, 2015
through Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 Holidays  
New Year's Day Friday, January 1, 2016  (Part of Winter Holidays)
Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 18, 2016
Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2016
Independence Day Monday, July 4, 2016
Labor Day Monday, September 5, 2016
Veterans Day Friday, November 11, 2016
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24, 2016
Day After Thanksgiving Friday, November 25, 2016
Winter Holidays Saturday, December 24, 2016
through Sunday, January 2, 2017
Recreation and Sports Services

The Office of Recreation provides a wide variety of recreational activities designed with the University community in mind. The program has six basic areas: Informal Recreation, Aquatics, Fitness/Wellness, Intramural Sports, Outdoor Adventure, and Sport Clubs. For more information, please visit the Office of Recreation, Building 72, Room 269,or call 850-474-2586,or Customer Service at 850-474-2580.

Vacation and Travel Information

The following is a list of the travel and vacation resources available to UWF employees. Offers made by other organizations may change or be removed at anytime without notification to UWF. If you discover that an offer has been discontinued, please email Sheri Jernigan or Adrian Rowley and we will do our best to resolve the matter. UWF is unable to endorse or guarantee any discounts or offers.

WALT DISNEY WORLD - Experience the magic for less. Visit the Disney website to take advantage of savings available to Florida residents. On occasion, tickets may be offered through the Commons Information Desk in Building 22. These are independent from the Florida resident discount and any discount that may be received by being a UWF employee.

Georgia Aquarium The Georgia Aquarium Welcomes The University of West Florida

AVIS RENT A CAR - Make your reservations at 800-338-8211 or AVIS Online. Request the State of Florida contract rates and reference AWD #B133409.  The rates for renting vehicles for personal use are the same; however, employees are responsible for insurance coverage and for state taxes (not tax exempt).  Employees assume responsibility for all loss or damage to vehicles regardless of fault. Note: These rates are available to current employees only.

AAA Group Membership - The University of West Florida now has a Group Membership account with AAA. Effective immediately UWF faculty and staff can obtain a new AAA membership at a reduced rate. Membership can be used towards discounts on many items from movie tickets, trips, hotels, shopping, restaurants, and more. To sign up, please speak with a AAA staff member by calling 474-6385. If you have questions, please call Adrian Rowley at 850-474-2604.

Argonaut Savings (Discounts)

The following is a list of the discounts on programs and services afforded UWF employees. If there is a discount that you are aware of that does not appear below, please email Sheri Jernigan or Adrian Rowley and we will do our best to keep the list as up-to-date as possible. If you become aware of new discounts, please email them to us and we will look into adding them to our list.

Did you know?...
  • That at UWF, employees can enjoy a free membership to the HLS facility (exercise equipment, variety of workout classes) as well as access the Aquatic Center (Olympic-sized pool, hot tub, dry sauna) for a low rate? 
  • That UWF employees receive a discounted membership to Scenic Hills Country Club
  • That UWF employees are able to rent canoes and kayaks from the HLS Facility Customer Service Desk for free with their Nautilus Card? 
  • That UWF employees receive a 10% discount at Pita Pit on 9 Mile Road?
  • That UWF employees are eligible for discounted rates on cell phone plans through various cell phone carrier companies, such as Verizon and AT&T?
  • That UWF Faculty, Staff, and Students receive a 22% discount  at Ashley Furniture when showing their ID card?
PIE Suggestion Program

Employee Suggestions

The Program of Incentive for Efficiency (PIE) was established as a way to gather suggestions that save money or create new revenue for the university. Employees may be rewarded up to $25,000 for adopted suggestions depending on the benefit to the university.

Several employees have suggested ideas and have received cash awards. PIE also rewards the employees who implement the suggestion; everyone who is involved in making the suggestion a success, shares in the rewards.

Forms and Instructions

You may also review the PIE charter and committee membership.

Lactation Room Available in the John C. Pace Library

In an effort to support nursing mothers, UWF now offers an area for individuals needing a private place to express breast milk. The room is located on the third floor of the John C. Pace Library on the main UWF campus and is open to faculty, staff, students, and visitors. In order to use the space, one may check out the key using a Nautilus card at the Circulation Desk during the Library’s regular operating hours.

Anyone who wishes to verify whether the room is available or already in use prior to traveling to the Library may call ahead to the Circulation Desk at 850-474-2414. Though the key may be checked out for up to two hours, patrons are asked to return it when they have finished using the lactation room so that others may access this space.