Jamie Mayer, associate professor in the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, is NIU’s winner of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) 2021 Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success. In its second year, the award recognizes one faculty member from each of the 12 MAC institutions for their outstanding efforts in developing students both inside and outside the classroom.
“This award was one of the bright spots during an incredibly tough year for everyone,” Mayer said. “It was such an awesome reminder of why I do what I do, and how very grateful I am for all of the leadership and opportunities at NIU and through the MAC.”
Mayer credits her students for what they bring to the classroom, and for the effect they have on the educational environment.
“What I love most about working with students are the discussions, the new ideas and the teamwork to make others’ lives better,” Mayer said. “My students push me to be a better researcher, a better teacher, and a better person.”
The MAC award is student-focused and distinguishable from academic or research-based awards because it celebrates the commitment a holistic student experience and the creation of an environment that supports success in school and in life.
“Dr. Mayer views teaching and learning as a symbiotic relationship,” said Sherrill Morris, chair, School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders. “Her passion and dedication to the content of adult neurological impairment and the success of her students ensures excellent outcomes.”
Morris said the MAC Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success is fitting for Mayer, who is an athlete.
“An athlete herself, often the female winner of marathons, Dr. Mayer understands the time and effort necessary to succeed in a sport and the classroom,” Morris said.
Mayer earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree from Indiana University. She currently researches treatment of adult neurogenic language disorders, aphasia assessment and treatment, gerontology, and enhancing communication and quality of life for individuals with dementia.
“We are very proud that Dr. Mayer earned this well-deserved recognition,” said Beverly Henry, interim dean, NIU College of Health and Human Sciences. “She is someone who always puts students first; I know students appreciate her positive energy and encouragement, as do her colleagues.”
Learn more about NIU’s School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders.