Mary Beisiegel, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, received the Fred Horne Award for her exceptional and sustained instructional achievements and high student praise. This award is named after Fred Horne, Oregon State professor emeritus of chemistry and the former College of Science dean for 13 years, from 1986 to 1999.
During Beisiegel’s ten years at Oregon State, student and peer evaluations of her teaching have been consistently positive.
“In addition to teaching content with an excellence and passion that is unmatched by most, Beisiegel also happens to be a personal role model and mentor of mine,” one student nominator wrote. “Being a woman in a STEM field, I have faced adversity and have often felt out of place among classmates. Beisiegel always made sure that each and every student in her class felt safe and welcome regardless of their math learning background or personal experiences.”
Colleagues mentioned her high-quality teaching that prioritizes student voices and use of evidence-based teaching practices. Extending outside of the classroom, Beisiegel runs the Graduate Teaching Assistant orientation for the department and takes an involved role with the Math Education Seminar.
“Her excitement about teaching has a positive impact on her students, certainly, but as her colleague I can also attest to the positive impact it has had on me,” wrote one nominator. “Being surrounded by a passionate educator like Mary, I am motivated to put the same kind of intentionality and energy into my own teaching, which ultimately serves to benefit the students at OSU.”
Beisiegel has a strong track record of Oregon State and national recognition for her teaching excellence. In 2017 she received the national Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member. Each year at most three college or university teachers are honored with this award. From 2018 to 2021 she was an Oregon State Ben and Elaine Whitely Faculty Scholar of Teaching Excellence.