2023 Winner List for Staff Recognition Awards

Platinum Award

Alissa Jordan, The Center for Experimental Ethnography

Jamie-Lee Josselyn, The Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing 

Gold Award

Kathy Urban, College of Liberal and Professional Studies 

Bianca Del Rio, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Marcus Wright, Penn Sociology

Laura Flippin, Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, Francophone, Italian, and Germanic Studies (FIGS), and South Asia Studies

Nicola Gentili, Penn Cinema and Media Studies

Ray Coyne, Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies 

Teya Campbell, Center for Africana Studies 

Silver Award

Hillary Kane, Netter Center for Community Partnerships 

Steven Vaughn-Lewis, Partnership for Innovation, Cross-Sector Collaboration, Leadership, and Organization 

Martina Bale, Francophone, Italian and Germanic Studies Department 

Katelyn Stoler, Religious Studies

Joseph Schaffner, SAS Online Learning

Kimberly Dougherty, Department of Spanish and Portuguese 

Adara Jones, Penn Music 

Alberto Rodriguez, Fels Institute of Government

Bronze Award

Karen Knoll Bergbauer, SAS Office of the Dean

Gina Conway, Penn Economics

Kelly Quinn, Penn Economics

Deborah Dole, Business Operations, DRL Regional Business Office

Michelle Hutchings, Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research

Candice Adams, Penn Chemistry

Yvonne Kline, Business Operations, Penn Chemistry

Jennifer McCart, Business Operations, Williams Hall Regional Business Office

Megan Webb, Penn Music 

Christopher Passanante, SAS Computing


SAS Staff Recognition Program

We are excited to reintroduce The SAS Staff Recognition Program for fiscal year 2023.

The Staff Recognition Program is an opportunity to recognize individual staff for their exceptional, demonstrated hard work, and commitment during an unprecedented time as we fully retuned to campus last fall.  The program is designed to acknowledge exceptional and well-defined performance from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

Program Guidelines:

The SAS Staff Recognition Reward is a special one-time payment awarded to selected SAS staff for extraordinary contributions to the mission of the School. The program is intended to reward those staff members whose extraordinary contributions are consistent with the School’s objectives for excellent performance.

A seven-member selection committee, comprised of SAS staff representing the various Job Families, rated each nomination with the following questions in mind:

  • Does the nomination outline performance that exceeds the standard expectations for this type of position?
  • Did the efforts outlined result in a positive impact to the department, center, School or even the University?
  • Did the nominee demonstrate a special initiative or outstanding leadership?
  • Did the nominee foster workplace collaboration, or show an especially deep commitment to service? 
  • Other accomplishments that had a particularly positive impact on the department or the school or the university were also considered.

    Nomination Process:

    • The SAS Staff Recognition Program will be administered by a committee which includes non-exempt and exempt SAS staff in good standing and a faculty member.
    • For the 2023 Fiscal Year, there will be four Staff Recognition award levels:
      • Platinum $5,000
      • Gold $3,000
      • Silver $1,500
      • Bronze $750
    • Individual staff members may nominate themselves for their own accomplishments, and are encouraged to nominate other deserving staff within SAS.
    • The committee reserves the right to verify all information with the nominee’s supervisor.
    • Nominators should feel free to share the nomination information with the nominee if you so choose.
    • SAS is highlighting exceptional, individual performance only.  There are no Team Awards.

    Eligibility for the SAS Staff Recognition Program is limited to employees who:

    • Have completed their introductory period
    • Are included in the regular salary merit increase program
    • Are NOT in performance management
    • Have received a performance evaluation rating of “consistently meets established goals/expectations” or higher
    • Qualified staff members are eligible for an award regardless of any recent salary adjustments or promotions.
    • Award recipients must be employed in SAS at the time of the award/payment.