Pillars of Excellence Award
2019 Call for Nominations!The 2019 nomination period for the Models of Excellence Awards is now open. Nominations are due on October 19, 2018. The Models of Excellence Award program celebrates the extraordinary achievements of full- and part-time staff across the University's schools and centers. Now is your chance to recognize these efforts.
Introduced in 2014, the Pillars of Excellence Award recognizes the strong foundation and important support our weekly-paid staff members provide to promote Penn’s success. These staff members are pillars of the institution.
Our pillars are responsible for overseeing activities that keep our environment safe and operational for Penn’s faculty, staff, and students. They provide administrative support to organizations and individuals on day-to-day activities. They also provide important infrastructure services, such as: maintaining facilities and outdoor spaces; overseeing our mail, our parking areas, and our safety; and providing housekeeping and dining services. These staff members support key internal and external constituencies every day. They create the foundation that helps keep the University operating successfully and smoothly, meeting the goals of the University’s mission and contributing to Penn’s prestige.
Standards of Excellence
These behaviors reflect the University’s standards for a Pillar of Excellence and are used by the Selection Committee to identify individuals who qualify for this award:
- Provides superior sustained service
- Supports a special project or situation in a notable way
- Delivers exemplary service to customers
- Displays exceptional responsiveness to key constituents/customers
- Uses superior efficiency in responding to customers’ needs
- Exhibits exemplary professional behavior when responding to customers’ needs/requests
- Exhibits exceptional resourcefulness, innovation, or creativity to help customers with their problems/issues
- Improves processes to save time or money through over-and-above service to key constituencies
- Contributes to a positive, collaborative work environment
The Nomination Process
The nomination period for the Pillars of Excellence Award is open now through October 19, 2018.
We’re looking for non-exempt, weekly-paid staff members who meet the above standards of excellence by doing their jobs so well on a daily basis that their impact is felt keenly by those working with them or in the environment they oversee. They model outstanding services and support to their constituents every day, during special situations, and/or under unique circumstances. Please consider nominating a deserving staff member or team; we welcome nominations from any level of the organization, including self-nominations.
The nomination process is detailed, and all its components must be completed before the nomination can be accepted.
The Models of Excellence Nomination Guide provides all of the information you need to complete this process.
Follow these steps:
- Review the Nomination Guide and eligibility criteria.
- Complete the Nomination Form which includes two reference letters and Supervisor Verification of Eligibility.
- Submit the completed nomination through the online form by October 19, 2018.
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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.
Once staff members are chosen for Pillars of Excellence recognition 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
Pillars of Excellence award winners receive $500.00 and a symbolic award. Extremely noteworthy contributions receive Honorable Mentions and are awarded $250.00 and a symbolic award.
The next award ceremony and reception for honorees will take place on April 23, 2019 in Irvine Auditorium. All members of the campus community are invited; more information will be provided as the date approaches.
For serving as a major pillar in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL), the thread that holds the office together, and for her commitment to the success of OFSL, evident and apparent through her high standards of efficiency and resourcefulness, impeccable interpersonal skills, hard work and thoughtful approach.
For her dedication and reliability, efficient cleaning ideas, support and motivation of her coworkers and for her knowledge of current equipment and sustainable practices. Deidre's work ethic and positive attitude motivates those around her to work hard and meet deadlines.
2018 Honorable Mention
Materials Library & Shared Shelf Team
For their critical role in the success of three major changes to the Fisher Fine Arts Library, impacting the team directly: a physical renovation, a redefinition of roles and work, and the implementation of a new digital asset management system which upended all the core workflows. Their collaborative spirit, resourcefulness, positive attitude, efficiency, creativity, and professionalism were critical to the success of all these transitions.
|Elizabeth W. Beck||University Library|
|Constance Mood||University Library|
|Christal Springer||University Library|
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