Support faculty and staff performance and development
As a learning-centered organization we seek to attract, retain, and advance the careers of faculty and staff through by providing a supportive employment environment that fosters respect for one another, cooperation, intellectual and spiritual growth, creative imaginings, and pride in a job well done.
The results of the 1998, 2001, 2004, and 2010 administrations of the faculty survey reveal that the majority of BGSU faculty survey respondents are satisfied or very satisfied with most of the items listed on the survey. Faculty survey respondents are most satisfied with their sense of autonomy and independence and least satisfied with salary and benefits as well as the quality of students. The pattern of survey responses concerning satisfaction is generally similar to that for all respondents at public Doctoral I and Research II universities and for respondents at an Ohio public peer university, although BGSU respondents’ satisfaction with the quality of students and with salary and benefits is notably lower than for peers.
The results of the 1998, 2001 and 2004 administrations of the BGSU Staff Questionnaire indicate that the majority of administrative and classified staff survey respondents are satisfied or very satisfied with 26 of the 32 items listed on the survey. Staff respondents were most satisfied with how their department treats or interacts with students, BGSU as an employer, and their sense of personal safety on campus. They were least satisfied with performance evaluations, chances for a promotion, having enough staff in the department to get the work done, salary, receiving important information, and awards for employee excellence.
BGSU has not made progress in reaching its goal of bringing the average salaries of full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty, by rank, to the equivalent of the 70th percentile of the national distribution of average faculty salaries at peer public Research II, Doctoral I, and Doctoral II universities. BGSU average faculty salaries also remain lower than those of the peer universities for BGSU recently identified by the Ohio Board of Regents (as well as Kent State, Miami, and Ohio Universities).
Achievements and Improvement Initiatives:
Each of the University's vice presidential divisions have developed staff training programs in order to improve the level of service quality while building employee success, both professionally and personally.
BGSU's Center for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to creating an environment for faculty to achieve excellence in teaching through innovation, collaboration and technological support. Center activities include workshops on various instructional technology topics, consultation services, a creative development studio, special services to new faculty, and various special projects.
BGSU received a $45,000 grant from the Ohio Learning Network in 2006 to develop a Northwest Ohio Faculty Learning Community Center that facilitates sharing of information and insights and exploration of new teaching approaches. The center is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Online and Blended Learning.
The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research and the Faculty Research Committee have established a Scholars Assistance Program that is designed to offer assistance to faculty in enhancing their research agendas. The program includes bridge funding, research travel grants, support for research in difficult-to-fund areas, and small grants for unanticipated expenses.
The Office of Disability Services for Students, working collaboratively with the Office of Human Resources, is developing policies, processes , and procedures that are designed to minimize the occurrence and cost of disability, optimize the maintenance at, or return to, work of employees who experience disability and maximize the contribution of those in the work force who are disabled. Numerous recent facilities upgrades benefit faculty and staff as well as students who have disabilities.
The EOC Advisory Committee in conjunction with the Offices of Equity, Diversity, and Immigration Services, Human Resources, and Institutional Research developed the BGSU Exit Interview questionnaire in order to better understand the experiences and perceptions individuals have had while employed at Bowling Green State University. The questionnaire is being offered to exiting faculty and staff for their voluntary responses. Data collected from the questionnaires are being retained by Institutional Research in order to produce routine and ad hoc reports designed to inform University leadership regarding issues and trends affecting University personnel.