Awards and 
Appreciation Events

Models of Excellence Program         

The Models of Excellence program is an important reminder of the remarkable contributions our staff make to Penn’s success every day. Over the last 16 years, the program has honored more than 800 staff members for their outstanding achievements. 

The next award ceremony and reception for honorees will take place on March 30, 2016 in Irvine Auditorium. All members of the Penn community are invited. More information will be provided as the date approaches.

If you know a Model of Excellence, learn how you can nominate your Penn coworkers for an award: Models of Excellence, Pillars of Excellence and Model Supervisor

About Models of Excellence

Do you work with someone who shows special initiative or demonstrates outstanding leadership? Have you noticed that one of your colleagues excels at fostering workplace collaboration, or shows an especially deep commitment to service? If so, then you recognize a model of excellence when you see one.

The Models of Excellence program was introduced to encourage excellence, provide inspiring role models, and recognize innovative staff accomplishments.

The program helps Penn staff feel more connected to the University’s successes. It positively affects not only those who are recognized, but also their fellow nominees, those who submit nominations and references, the people who work with the honorees, and the honorees’ families and friends—all of whom are invited to the springtime award ceremony and reception.

The Four Awards

The Models of Excellence program has four award components. Learn about the standards and nomination process for each, as well as the current and previous winners and nominees.

  • Models of Excellence Award Since 1999, this award has recognized staff member accomplishments that reflect initiative, leadership, increased efficiency, and a deep commitment to service.
  • Commitment to Excellence Since 2004, this award has recognized outstanding commitment to the University in extraordinary situations.
  • Model Supervisor Award Since 2007, this award has honored supervisors who are successful and constructive contributors to Penn's success. 
  • Pillars of Excellence Award Introduced in 2014, this award recognizes the important support our non-exempt, weekly paid staff members provide to promote Penn’s success.

Questions? Call 215-898-1012 or contact us by email.
Call for 2016 Models of Excellence Nominations!


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. Nominations are being accepted now through October 29.

New this year, you have an easier, greener way to nominate the exceptional staff members you know by using this online application.

Click here to learn more about the process.