College of Arts & Sciences
Faculty & Staff
Dr. Neal Jesse, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Science,
Dr. Neal Jesse earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California Los Angelos (UCLA) in 1996. He was hired by BGSU in 1999 and has worked here ever since.
What brought you to BGSU?.
The job market for political science was nation-wide. I had a number of interviews and BGSU was one of them. When I interviewed, I was impressed by the faculty culture and working conditions at BGSU. So, when BGSU was the first place that offered me a job I took it.
What do you find most helpful when transitioning into a new place?.
I have lived in a foreign country and in five different cities in the United States. I think that transitions can be difficult but typically I adjust by getting out a lot. I like to explore the new place, walk around it, drive around it, do whatever is necessary to take it all in and get a big picture of where I am now living. Once I have a sense of my surroundings I try to go to places that make me comfortable (e.g. sporting events) and get to know some people. For example, when I lived in Manchester, England I would go to Manchester City gamees. I got to know the people who had the seats next to mine and that made me feel more in touch with the people who lived there.
What would you tell a student who still does not feel a sense of belonging here at BGSU?.
I would give two pieces of advices. First keep exploring BGSU. BGSU has a lot to offer each and every student, but sometimes you might not find it right away. Don't rush things. It might take some time to find your place and what feels right to you. Second, start looking at what student services and organizations have to offer. They can help point you toward things that you might not have considered.
What advice would you give to first year students about having a successful transition to Bowling Green?.
Study hard! Okay, that's the typical faculty answer but it is true. Beyond that, I would say don't be afraid to ask questions, try new things, meet new people, and expand your horizons. College is a great time to explore all the possibilities that lie before you, so take advantage of it early and often.
Ann Light, M.Ed
Advising and Program Information
Ann Light is the Associate Director of Continuing & Extended Education and the Director of State Fire School. She earned a Bachelor of Science (1987) and Masters of Education (2000) from Bowling Green State University.
During her tenure at Continuing & Extended Education, Ann has overseen many professional development programs, including State Fire School. With her leadership, State Fire School has grown into one of the leading professional development programs for emergency responders in Ohio, with two multi-day schools on the BGSU campus, training programs in Columbus and Cincinnati, outreach training throughout the state, and several signature online programs. She researched and developed the bachelor degree completion program in Fire Administration and represents BGSU in the Fire & Emergency Services Higher Education group at the National Fire Academy.