The Model Supervisor Award

The 2018 nomination period for the Model Supervisor Awards is now closed.

Please save the date for this year's Models of Excellence ceremony and celebration on April 4, 2018 at 4pm.

The annual Model Supervisor Award, established in 2007, is given to a Penn supervisor who demonstrates exemplary behaviors and serves as an outstanding role model.


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

Nominations for the Model Supervisor Award are due  October 20, 2017 for contributions made during the previous fiscal year (July 1- June 30). 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 Models of Excellence Nomination Guideprovides all of the information you need to complete this process.

Follow these steps:

  1. Review the Nomination Guide.
  2. Complete the Nomination Form.   
  3. Request and collect forms required for each award type.
  4. Send to before the published 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 finalists. 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.

The winner is notified in January. Human Resources then surveys a randomly selected cohort of his or her staff for feedback on the Model Supervisor behaviors.

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 4, 2018 in Irvine Auditorium. All members of the campus community are invited; more information will be provided as the date approaches.

2017 Model Supervisor Award

Tina Skov Cowan: for transforming the Office of Advancement at the Penn Libraries with ambitious ideas, clear vision and resilience, helping to make it a world renown university research library.



Lilian Wu: for her inspirational influence on students, faculty, and staff that has allowed the Electrical and Systems Engineering Department to enjoy a transformative phase that has strengthened team bonds, enlightened its students and laid the groundwork for continued success in the years to come.




Learn about previous Model Supervisor honorees and their achievements.

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