“As educators, we succeed when our students thrive,” Stacey Kiser, recent recipient of the nation’s highest award for biology teaching at two-year colleges, said. She will accept the National Biology Teacher of the Year award at the National Association of Biology Teachers conference in Providence, R.I. on Nov. 11 to 14.
“My goal is to help [students] explore the world of living organisms and have those great experiences that keep them asking questions,” Kiser said. “It is an honor to accept this award from the National Association of Biology Teachers, and to have the support of so many students and colleagues in the field.”
The award recognizes a two-year college biology educator who employs new and creative techniques in their classroom teaching. The primary criterion for the award is skill in teaching usually demonstrated through publications or innovative techniques relating to teaching strategies, curriculum design or laboratory utilization.
“Stacey takes complex and often difficult topics and makes them fun and exciting for students. She empowers students to explore, learn and grow,” Lane Community College President Mary Spilde said. “We are very proud to have her receive this national recognition.”
In addition to her work in the classroom, Kiser has been a leader in reforming biology curriculum and incorporating the best scientific and teaching practices in the classroom. Last summer, Kiser helped Lane win a $250,000 two-year grant from the prestigious National Science Foundation to infuse research experience into non-majors’ biology and earth and environmental science courses.
“Students regularly praise Stacey for her skill in the classroom and for her role as a mentor,” Interim Science Division Dean Paul Ruscher said. “It’s great seeing so many of her students excited about science.”
Kiser is a past president of the NABT. She has a bachelor of science in zoology from Oregon State University and a master of science in biology from the University of Oregon.