The Outstanding Supervisor Award honors Michigan State University supervisors who have consistently demonstrated worklife sensitivity and support of the professional/personal needs of the employees in their unit. Members of the MSU community nominate a supervisor/administrator who supports the worklife (professional/personal) needs through positive leadership and managerial practices.
Dr. Julie Libarkin is a professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and leads the Geocognition Research Lab at MSU. She has worked at MSU for two decades and oversees a staff of mostly students and researchers. She clearly gets to know and support her staff on a personal level. Many staff members wrote about how she saw them through the journey from undergrad to a graduate degree. She exudes inclusion and makes it clear that all individuals have a place on her team and can play a significant role in the success of the lab.
Best wishes to Julie and to the team of staff people who nominated you!