The Model Supervisor Award

Congratulations to the 2022 Models of Excellence Honorees

This year's honorees in all categories have been selected.

The complete list of 2022 Models of Excellence honorees is available for download.

Models of Excellence Team Slideshows

Click on the team names to the left on this page to view a slideshow of individual team members.

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. The annually published Quick Start Guide for Submitting a Nomination provides all of the information you need to complete this process which include the following steps:

  1. Review the Nomination Guide and eligibility criteria.
  2. Complete the Nomination Form which includes two reference letters and supervisor verification of eligibility.
  3. Submit the completed nomination online by the published deadline.

Questions? Call 215-898-7729 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 and Celebration

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

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