MSU Outstanding Supervisor Award

15th Annual


Members of the MSU community are invited to nominate a supervisor/administrator who consistently supports the WORK/LIFE (professional/personal) needs of their employees/staff through positive leadership and managerial practices. If the following characteristics fit YOUR supervisor, please complete the online nomination form available below.

Does your supervisor…?

Is your supervisor…?

  • Understand work/life balance
  • Allow flexible schedules
  • Treat everyone with dignity, respect and integrity
  • Promote teamwork, while supporting individuals’ well-being
  • Humanize the work environment and treat employees as people first
  • Have a positive leadership style which empowers others
  • Familiar with University work/life policies and procedures
  • Sensitive to individual needs
  • Familiar with the MSU WorkLife Office’s services and other campus support programs



Image of the 2016 MSU Outstanding Supervisor award "Gladys Raymond, Manager, Office of Sponsored Programs (one of the 2015 recipients)All staff, faculty and students may nominate their supervisors who have been in their position for more than two years.

The nomination package must include the nomination form & letter and 2 to 4 letters of support and must be submitted electronically by Monday, August 29, 2016 via the online nomination form.

Nominators will be notified in late September if their supervisor has been selected. Celebrations will occur around National Bosses Day, October 16. Remember, the process is more fun for everyone if you KEEP IT A SECRET!


Checklist to Nominate Your Supervisor/Administrator

Start gathering your info now, submissions are due August 29, 2016!

  • Online Nomination form completed
  • Nomination letter (1 page limit)
  • Two to four letters of support (1 page limit each)
  • Two references (Names, email addresses, and phone numbers)
  • Organizational chart or illustration of supervisor’s direct reports

Sample quotes from previous nomination letters…

“He is exceedingly fair, empathetic, innovative, and exemplifies how work/life balance is meant to be. He cares about his staff and promotes their work and personal lives to their benefit, yet ensures smooth operation of the workplace.”

“She truly has an understanding about work/life balance and offers flexible schedules to accommodate our busy personal/family lives.”

“We don’t lose sleep at night worrying about work when our attention should be focused on our family. She readily communicates, ‘Don’t worry about work; take care of you and your family.’”


Contact the MSU WorkLife Office
479 West Circle Drive
Linton Hall, Suite 118
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-1635
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