Awards and 
Appreciation Events


The Model Supervisor Award

Congratulations to Jules Spaeth, winner of the 2015 Model Supervisor Award.

On March 24, 2015, Jules Spaeth, Senior Executive Director of Services, Perelman School of Medicine, Development and Alumni Relations, received this year’s Model Supervisor Award at the Models of Excellence Award ceremony in Irvine Auditorium. Spaeth was selected from field of outstanding nominees, including fellow finalist Derek Hunsberger, Associate Director, Building Administration, Residential Services, Business Services.

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:

  • Is fair and consistent
  • Communicates goals and expectations clearly, and holds staff accountable
  • Provides tools for achievement
  • Assists with problem solving and removes unnecessary barriers to accomplishment
  • Manages workplace issues and provides constructive feedback
  • Treats everyone with dignity, respect, and integrity
  • Partners with peers and organizations, and supports a collaborative environment
  • Empowers others to achieve their best and offers development opportunities
  • Understands and supports worklife balance
  • Supports efforts to sustain a diverse workforce, and appreciates the contributions of such a workforce
  • Safeguards and manages assets and institutional resources to support institutional goals

The Nomination Process

Nominations for the Model Supervisor Award are due in the fall. 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 faculty or staff supervisors of any level, except senior academic or administrative leaders of a school or center.

The nomination process is detailed, and all its components—including eligibility confirmation from the nominee’s supervisor and the nominee’s authorization to survey his/her staff—must be completed before the nomination can be accepted, as described in the Model Supervisor Nomination Preparation Guide.

Nominator workshops are available on request. Contact Human Resources or 215-898-0380.

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 (including the Provost, Executive Vice President, and Vice President of Human Resources), previous Models of Excellence award winners, and other faculty and staff members from across campus.

Finalists are notified in March. Human Resources then surveys a randomly selected cohort of the finalists' staff for feedback on each candidate's supervisory behaviors. Leadership then makes the final selection, and the winner of the Model Supervisor Award is announced live at the Models of Excellence Award Ceremony in the spring.

Awards, Ceremony and Reception

The individual chosen as the Model Supervisor receives $500 and a symbolic award. The other finalists receive $250 and a symbolic award.

The 2015 award ceremony and reception for honorees will take place on March 24, 2015, in Irvine Auditorium. For more information about this annual event, contact Human Resources or 215-898-1012.

Previous Honorees

Learn about previous Model Supervisor honorees and their achievements.

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Questions? Contact Human Resources: 215-898-1012 or contact us online.
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