Many students come to the Introduction to Sociology class taught by Mary Landeros, Ph.D., thinking they’ll be sitting through a lecture.
Instead, they end up raving about her class discussions and her compelling narratives, and often choosing to pursue sociology as a career.
Landeros genuinely cares for her students, ensuring they are on track academically. She gets to know them so she can be a trusted resource for help when they fall behind and a source of expert advice as they consider how to specialize in the field.
Honoring her commitment to her students, in 2019 Landers was the recipient of the prestigious Presidential Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction award.
Student Adam Reedy, a senior majoring in sociology, helped to nominate her for the award, writing that she has had a profound impact on his academic career at NIU and career path.
“Dr. Landeros has taught me so much in regards to sociology and effective instructing,” Reedy said. “I believe I have retained more information from her than any other teacher I’ve had.”
“In my experience, Mary Landeros has proven to be an understanding, thoughtful, comprehensive and often humorous instructor,” he added. “She is the most deserving professor at NIU to be recognized and receive an award for education.”
Landeros, who has been at NIU since 2003, says she loves what she does and feels grateful for the recognition.
“I am very honored to have received this award, and knowing that it was student initiated makes it even more meaningful. I am humbled by the confidence the students have placed in me,” Landeros said. “I have a passion for sociology, and love introducing sociological concepts to students and creating a passion for this discipline in them as well. We have great students at NIU, and I sincerely thank them for their support.”