The Model Supervisor Award

2020 Models of Excellence Program Honorees

Congratulations to this year's honorees! This year Penn's Models of Excellence Program honors 110 exceptional staff members who play key roles in Penn's successes every day. The 21st Models of Excellence Ceremony and Reception, scheduled for April 28, will not be held. In lieu of the Ceremony and Reception, we will mark the occasion by producing and distributing a commemorative video and keepsake publication to honor and recognize 2020 honorees.

The annual Model Supervisor Award, established in 2007, is given to Penn supervisors who demonstrate exemplary behaviors and serve as outstanding role models.


Model Supervisor Behaviors

These behaviors reflect the University’s standards for a Model Supervisor and are used by the Selection Committee to identify individuals who qualify for this award:

  • Applies fairness and consistency to all actions.
  • Communicates goals and expectations clearly and holds staff accountable.
  • Provides tools for achievement.
  • Removes unnecessary barriers to accomplishment and assists with problem solving.
  • Provides feedback in a constructive way and manages issues in the workplace.
  • Treats all with dignity, respect, and integrity.
  • Collaborates with other peers and organizations and supports an environment of collaboration.
  • Empowers everyone to achieve their best and offers development opportunities for future growth.
  • Understands and supports work life balance.
  • Appreciates the contribution that a diverse workforce offers, and supports efforts to sustain a diverse workforce.
  • Safeguards and manages assets and institutional resources for the greatest support for institutional goals.

The Nomination Process

The call for nominations for the Model Supervisor award is open September through October each year.  Any member of the Penn community can nominate a Model Supervisor.

We’re looking for supervisors who are role models and exemplify the Model Supervisor Behaviors. You may nominate staff supervisors of any level, except senior academic or administrative leaders of a school or center. They must supervise at least two Penn staff to be considered.

The Nomination process is detailed, and all its components must be completed before nomination can be accepted. Each year the Quick Start Guide for Submitting a Nomination provides all of the information you need to complete this process which include the following steps:

1. Reviewing the eligibility criteria.
2. Completing the Nomination Form which includes two reference letters and supervisor verification of eligibility.
3. Submitting the completed nomination through the online form before the deadline.

Questions? Call 215-898-1012 or contact us by email.

Selection and Notification

An annually rotating Models of Excellence Selection Committee reviews all nominations and selects the award winners. The committee is representative of the diversity of our institution, composed of Penn leaders from the Provost, Executive Vice President, and Vice President of Human Resources areas previous Models of Excellence award winners, and other faculty and staff members from across campus.

Staff members who are selected for Model Supervisor recognition or accorded an Honorable Mention are notified in January, and the information is publicized broadly to the Penn community.  Honorees are acknowledged at the spring Models of Excellence Award Ceremony.

Awards, Ceremony and Reception

The individuals chosen as Model Supervisors receive $500 and a symbolic award.

The next award ceremony and reception for honorees will take place on April 28, 2020. All members of the campus community are invited; more information will be provided as the date approaches.

2019 Model Supervisor

Headshot of Gene Janda Model Supervisor Honoree

Eugene "Gene" Janda
Chief of Fire and Emergency Services
Division of Public Safety

For his leadership in fire safety and emergency preparedness at Penn for nearly 20 years, and his ability to clearly communicate goals and expectations to his staff.  Read a profile of Janda here

Honorable Mentions


Vicki J. Berkowitz
Associate Director, Penn Vet Working Dog Center
School of Veterinary Medicine

For her leadership in overseeing various aspects of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center's, including financial planning, staff management, Human Resources administration, and strategic planning, and for providing guidance for staff growth and development.


Chris Mustazza
IT Technical Director
School of Arts and Sciences

For supervising 22 staff members, building relationships with each school and center his staff supports, and working with Chairs and Program Directors to plan for their technological needs. 


Questions? Call 215-898-7729 or contact us by email.