Mary Beth Heeder
Manager, APUE Student Success Academic Projects and Pathways Initiatives
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 manages strategic initiatives that impact MSU's vision of student success and teaches first year writing. The classroom is her "laboratory" that informs how she can inspire students to develop habits of the mind that ignite a passion for learning and how she can best manage the task of connecting teaching and learning to form pathways that better support student success.
Mary Beth focuses much of her work on connecting - people,research and practice,spaces and places in an effort to expose the systemic nature of our work. Her interests include developing curriculum, researching teaching and learning, designing social psychological interventions that have the potential to close the opportunity gap, and setting direction for process improvement work.
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.