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Student Employment Supervisor of the Year

Student Employment Supervisor of the Year

Student employment supervisors have a key role in the success of our students. Supervisors provide more than basic job skills and career related experiences for student employees, often serving as mentors throughout the students' time at UD. They foster professionalism and become models for their student employees. In short, supervisors play a vital role in the student's overall UD experience. To recognize this, the Office of Student Employment selects a Student Employment Supervisor of the Year. 

The guidelines for this award have been established by the Midwest Associations for Student Employment Administrators (MASEA). Nominations will be judged on the following characteristics: mentoring, professionalism and leadership provided to student employees. Career Services and other members of the UD community recognize the campus Student Employment Supervisor of the Year at a celebration during National Student Employment Week in April.

                           2021 Supervisor of the Year - Cheryl Johnston

2021 Nominees for Student Employment Supervisor of the Year

Dr. Esmaeili gave me the opportunity to do much more than just the basics and he helped me to discover my vocation. He goes above and beyond the job as a supervisor and a professor through the bond he creates with his students and employees.

His hard work and determination are impeccable and he always looks for opportunities to help others excel in life.

She is very helpful. International students sometimes have hard feeling because we away from our family and no one can feel about your problem as your parent but in University of Dayton we found some one that help you as one member of your family (Emily Grasso).

I believe that if we have some people like Emily, our University will be the best university around the world. There are people from small change can make a big positive feedback for your job. Emily one of them.

Cheryl treats each student ambassador as an important member of our diverse community and goes out of her way to make sure that we feel confident and knowledgeable in all areas of our job.

Cheryl recognizes that constructive criticism is important to growth and is sure to keep the student ambassador staff in line and on track, in addition to all of the encouragement she gives.

She is a servant leader and is motivated by our success not only as student ambassadors, but as individuals.

In this time of the Coronavirus, Scott has given us many opportunities to connect as a light-hearted group of students while also sharing in our stresses and struggles of this unprecedented season.

Scott welcomes everyone and meets us where we are in terms of personal, faith, and even career plans, and he walks with us in the good and bad times, always lending a helping hand or a kind word.

He doesn't just remind us to submit our timesheets so we get paid, he writes us a friendly song about it.

He has not only taken on new challenges with UDit with the call center taking calls from other departments, but he has handled this transition smoothly, allowing for his students to succeed in their position.

With the increase in work, and the recent success of the UDit service desk, this is all credited to Anthony Rodriguez. You can ask any of his employees and they would support that claim.

Without her significant contribution to the Campus Ministry department, we would not have half the programming that we put on running as well as it does.

Through working with her, I have had an excellent role model in a professional work setting that extends every lesson that I have had in Miriam Hall or the Humanities building.

Tony Saliba embodies what it means to be an outstanding supervisor who goes above and beyond for any of his students, current or former. He expresses genuine interest in my future and has always been willing to give advice on what certifications I should pursue or options I can take to further my career.

He is not only a supervisor to his student employees; he is a mentor, a role model, someone who still motivates you to be the best you can.

No matter what day or what challenges presented, Mrs. Ward always displayed to her staff the importance of hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm. She has been a mentor, a role model, and a support system.

As we have all become much too familiar with and accustomed to by now, the past year has brought forth unprecedented challenges which our wildest dreams could not have even attempted to fathom a mere fifteen months ago. With all the bouts of adversity has had to come adaptability, patience, and leadership - all characteristics which Leah Ward beautifully encapsulates and embodies within her work ethic as a Community Coordinator of the Student Neighborhood.

Supportive, motivating, caring - these are the qualities that led us, the Peer Advisors in the SBA Undergraduate Advising Office, to nominate Judy Wilson for Supervisor of the Year.

Judy pushes every Peer Advisor to be their best self, which encourages positive and can-do mindsets for everyone in the office. She champions this mindset herself, so it is natural for us all to follow in her footsteps.

Selection Process and Deadline

Nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2021. A selection committee will review nominations and select a campus winner. Only one nomination per nominated supervisor. 

The campus winner will be considered for further recognition at the regional level. 


Student employees or coworkers may nominate supervisors. 

In order to be eligible for consideration, the nominee must be a full or part-time staff/faculty employee of the University of Dayton who supervises student employees as part of their job description. Student employees working as supervisors are not eligible for consideration through this program. 

Selection Criteria

Nominations will be judged on the following characteristics: mentoring, professionalism and leadership provided to the student employee.

Tips for Completing the Nomination

The selection committee can only make a decision based on the information provided in the nomination. Please try to provide examples and evidence of why the supervisor is outstanding. 

Per MASEA guidelines, please include information and examples about the following areas:

  • The nominee's greatest attributes, as they relate to their supervision
  • How the nominee has gone above and beyond the standard work expectations as a supervisor
  • The quality of the nominee's work and work style
  • The nominee's leadership skills, initiative and motivation 
  • The impact the nominee has had on their student employees
  • The qualities of the nominee that set him/her apart from other student employment supervisors

Submission Procedure

A nomination letter, limited to 2 pages in length, should be emailed to:

Also include with the nomination letter the following information:

  • Nominee's name and department
  • Nominator's name, department and campus email address

ONLY ONE NOMINATION LETTER PER NOMINEE. Any additional materials such as a second letter of recommendation or performance evaluation will not be considered. The information you provide may be shared with the public through press releases and other promotional opportunities. 

Nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2021. Late entries will not be considered. 


Student Employment

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2711