The following excellence criteria will be used by the Selection Committee
to identify individual staff members or staff teams as "Models of Excellence"
for outstanding contribution to the mission of the University. Extremely
noteworthy contribution will receive "Honorable Mention."
Supportive Practices, Procedures and Policies
- Bringing about significant positive change for the University's mission,
- Eliminating significant obstacles to achieving the University's mission,
- Resolving, in unique/novel ways, problems that impede progress.
Innovative and Proactive Leadership
- Utilizing highly effective and/or novel practices to inspire and lead
others to contribute constructively to the University's mission,
- Proactively identifying and resolving challenges that interfere with
team/unit/school/center activities to further the University's mission,
- Encouraging a coordinated effort by a complex group and facilitating
the group's ability to meet complicated goals,
Extraordinary Service to Key Constituencies
- Supporting internal and/or external constituencies in ways that exceed
expectations and result in unexpected and very positive outcomes that support
the University's mission,
- Identifying improvements to University practices, policies and/or program
designs that result in substantial cost savings or financial gain to the
University while enhancing the organization's ability to support the University's
Exemplary Relationship Building Within and/or Outside of the Immediate
- Developing and utilizing strong, constructive and productive relationships
that enable goals to be met that would be impossible otherwise.
Nominations of staff members (individual or team) are welcome from any
full or part-time faculty or staff members of the University of Pennsylvania,
including self-nominations. Nominations should:
- Apply to notable achievements by staff member(s) that are above and
beyond job expectations.
- Occur during the previous academic year.
- Include a one-sentence description of the achievement.
- Include a brief description of the standard job responsibilities of
- Offer a detailed description of the achievement explaining how the
nominee(s) went above and beyond job expectations utilizing standards of
excellence reflective of the Models of Excellence. This information should
be typewritten on no more than two pages.
- Include the name, work address, e-mail, and work telephone number of
the nominator, nominee(s), and the nominee(s) supervisor.
Each nomination should be accompanied by two University references from
individuals familiar with the work cited. References should confirm and
expound on the described achievements and how they surpassed job expectations.
No more or less than two references should be provided, one of which should
be a supervisor of the nominee(s). If the nominator is the supervisor, please
provide two other sources of reference.
References should be typewritten and limited to one page each. These
references should be included as part of the nomination in sealed envelopes
labeled with the name(s) of the nominee(s).
Nomination materials and the reference materials should be sent
by intramural mail to:
QOWL--Models Program, 527-A, 3401 Walnut/6228
All nominations are due by November 8, 2000. Nominations should apply
to achievements that occurred during the previous academic year.
Individuals and/or teams will be selected as "Models of Excellence"
or accorded "Honorable Mention" based on the notable nature of
the contribution to the University and the use of excellence practices to
achieve outcomes above and beyond job expectations. The number of awards
given annually will be a reflection of the very high standards associated
with these awards.
The following committee of Penn leaders, including previous Models of
Excellence award winners, will review all nominations and select the award
winners for the 2001 program.
Robert L. Barchi, Provost
John A. Fry, Executive Vice President
Regina Cantave, Administrative Assistant, Information Systems and Computing;
Chair, A-3 Assembly
Kurt Conklin, 2000 Models of Excellence Award Winner; Health Educator,
Office of Health Education, VPUL
Susan Croll, Executive Director, School of Medicine Administration
Siddharth M. Deliwala, 2000 Models of Excellence Award Winner; Manager,
Electrical Engineering Instructional Laboratory, SEAS
Larry Gross, Professor of Communications, Annenberg School for Communication;
Chair, Faculty Senate
Beth Hagovsky, Vice Chair, PPSA; Associate Director, Student Affairs,
Wharton Undergraduate Division
John J. Heuer, Vice President of Human Resources
Serita Lewis, 2000 Models of Excellence Honorable Mention; Administrative
Assistant, The MBA Admissions and Financial Aid Team, The Wharton School
Harbir Singh, Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management; Chair, Management
Department, The Wharton School
Marie Witt, Associate Vice President, Business Services
Ex Officio: Marilyn Kraut, Manager Quality of Worklife Programs,
Division of Human Resources
Staff members chosen for these honors will be notified in January and
this information will be publicized broadly to the University community.
A celebration in honor of the "Models of Excellence" and "Honorable
Mentions" will be held on April 3, 2001.
Staff members identified as Models of Excellence will receive a cash
prize of $500 each and a Models of Excellence award.
Staff members receiving Honorable Mention will receive a cash prize of
$250 and an Honorable Mention award.
For more information about this program contact Marilyn Kraut, Manager,
Quality of Worklife Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org
or (215) 898-0380).