Marshall Beier (2012)

marshall1Affiliation at the time of the award: McMaster University, Political Science.

Citation: A colleague describes Marshall Beier as “the most outstanding university teacher I have encountered” in ten years. “If only all universities were so lucky,” adds a former student. Students value Marshall because he values them: “Students are much more than transitory guests of the collegium; they are an indispensible part of it.” He treats students as co-voyagers on the path to intellectual discovery, teaching them to think critically and argue logically and coherently. In classes on global politics, international theory, foreign policy, Marshall has created such curricula as “Weapons and War in the Digital Age,” actively linking course work with research.

Only 10 years out from the PhD, Marshall has won four major teaching awards—institutional, provincial, and national. Students rate him very high, with 9’s and 10’s on a 10-point scale, and their written comments are a study in superlatives: “fantastic,” “outstanding,” “best,” “dynamic.” “His teachings have been foundational to much of my academic success,” writes one student. As a teacher, a mentor, a course developer, and a researcher, Beier’s contribution is exceptional—a model.