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Distinguished Service Award Winner 2016

Michelle Broderick


Planning and Budget


Planning & Budget Senior Academic Research Analyst


"I am pleased to nominate Michelle Broderick in Planning & Budget for the Distinguished Service Award. Michelle joined the University in 2000 and has held a number of key analytical positions in central planning departments. She joined VPUO in late 2014 when her position with the Vice Provost Faculty & Academic Life (VPFAL) was transferred to Planning & Budget. During her career with the University, Michelle has become the “go to” person for analytics on faculty complement. She provides critical support to the Provost and Human Resources and collaborates with people across ALL divisions as well as with external counsel and UTFA. She has developed an expert level knowledge of HRIS and academic appointment data which is key to her success in overcoming the significant challenges with pulling analytical data together from a system designed primarily to manage payroll functions. Michelle maintains the highest of standards in her work and ensures that her analyses are both accurate and meet the needs of the requester. She demonstrates clear leadership over her files and takes the time to work with colleagues and stakeholders to understand their needs and to ensure that they fully understand results. As an example of her commitment to service and planning, she recently created a number of pre-populated templates that other analysts can use to prepare datasets in support of faculty recruitment. Requests for these custom datasets often come in as a rush as divisions work to hire successful candidates for position openings. Recognizing that this work must continue even when she is not in the office, Michelle distilled complex datasets into simple to use templates that can be used by other analysts when needed – ensuring that access to this information does not delay hiring. To ensure usability, Michelle provided training to the analysts well in advance of the first time they were required to be used. Michelle has been UofT’s primary representative to the Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE) for a number of years. UofT and McGill are the only two Canadian members of the AAU – a 62 member association that includes the leading public and private universities in US such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Berkeley. Through AAUDE, these universities exchange and analyse data on a wide variety of subjects; providing key input into planning and benchmarking and insightful knowledge sharing on common issues. As primary representative, Michelle has ably represented the University to the group and coordinated key data exchange items. She manages our various submissions to the exchange and responds to ad hoc enquiries from other members. Several years ago, she applied her interest in collaboration and networking to the creation and delivery of a targeted session at that year’s AAUDE annual meeting and she was asked to repeat and expand her session at the 2016 annual meeting. Currently, she is co-chair of the committee to select a new host institution for the exchange. Finally, Michelle is one of the most positive and friendly people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She is always willing to help and to go that extra step to ensure that her colleagues feel welcome and supported. She takes the initiative to organize staff events so that her colleagues can connect and network with each other and mentors new staff as they transition into the department. To reduce barriers for new staff, she maintains a very helpful list of acronyms for the University. Michelle’s dedication to quality & results and her willingness to collaborate make a significant contribution to the strength of the University."