Outstanding Supervisor Award

What makes a supervisor effective? According to Simon Sinek, great supervisors create a “circle of safety” where employees are more engaged, innovative, and productive. They create a culture of engagement that includes supporting the development of team members and sending a strong, consistent message of respect, compassion, and trustworthiness.

The university celebrates supervisors who go above and beyond the call of duty to engage and develop their employees, and who practice the Cardinal Principles. The honoree of the Outstanding Supervisor Award (formerly called the Supervisor of the Year award) will be recognized for the specific principles they demonstrated during the year and for actions they took to make sure their team succeeds.

Guidelines and criteria

View the Outstanding Supervisor Awards: Complete Guidelines. Nominations are accepted for this annual award between December 1 and February 15 each year.

Deadline and timing

Nominations for 2024 winners are accepted from December 1, 2023 to February 15, 2024. Winners will be notified the end of March and invited to attend the 2024 Annual Faculty & Staff Recognition Reception in April.


Winners of the Outstanding Supervisor Award receive $1,000, an acrylic award and recognition at the Annual Faculty & Staff Excellence Recognition Reception.

Previous winners

2021 Outstanding Supervisor Award Winner

2022 Outstanding Supervisor Award Winner


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