Mary Beth Heeder
Director, Academic Orientation and Transitions
During more than 35 years working with students in and out of the classroom, Mary Beth has led various student success initiatives. Currently Mary Beth directs the Academic Orientation and Transitions Unit and teaches first year writing during which her students develop habits of the mind that ignite a passion for learning. The classroom is her “laboratory” that informs how she manages the task of the new student transition.
Under her leadership, orientation at Michigan State University has evolved from a single program to a transition process that aligns with MSU’s undergraduate learning goals. Mary Beth enjoys collaborating with faculty, staff, and students to achieve MSU’s vision for student success. Her interests include developing curriculum, researching teaching and learning, and designing social psychological interventions that have the potential to close the opportunity gap.
Mary Beth has led several committees focused on the student transition, created programs and publications that have shaped our student success initiatives, presented at several national and local conferences, designed learner-centered courses and experiential learning programs that address cultural competence, inclusion and engagement. Her honors and awards include The Michigan State University Outstanding Staff Award and The Enhancement of the University Award.
Mary Beth received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her teaching certificate and master’s degree in College and University Administration with a concentration in Management, Personnel and Organizational Behavior from Michigan State University.More info »