ABERDEEN, S.D. – Dr. Alyssa Kiesow has received Northern State University’s
2012-13 Outstanding Faculty Award.
Kiesow, assistant professor of biology, has become one of the outstanding leaders of the NSU College of Arts and Sciences, said Dr. Tino Mendez, dean. She has also been instrumental during a period of explosive growth in the biology department.
“I cannot think of a single faculty member who has contributed or done more to increase student recruitment and/or student retention in this program,” Mendez said. “Dr. Kiesow has been the key driver in making all of this success possible.”
Kiesow has worked at Northern since 2007. She received an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts from Winona State University; bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from South Dakota State University; and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of South Dakota.
Her contributions to NSU also have included working tirelessly for approval of the new accelerated nursing program and serving as the NSU undergraduate research faculty coordinator.
“In that role, she has done more than anyone else to help change the undergraduate research landscape here at NSU,” Mendez said.
Kiesow also has received several grants; published research articles, an abstract and a book; and been a guest speaker and seminar presenter at numerous events.
Kiesow was nominated by several faculty members and students. The students described her as a professor who genuinely cares for her students and their success; who helps in any way she can inside and outside of the classroom; and whose courses are rigorous, interesting, understandable and relevant.
“She is the epitome of a teacher and is also a great person,” said Danielle Larson, a senior who will enter medical school this fall. “She prepares her students well for the future and offers plenty of encouragement. Speaking from my own personal experience, I believe that she is an excellent educator and I feel very confident moving forward in the pursuit of my desired career with the knowledge that she has imparted to me.”