The University's longstanding reputation in the area of Industrial and Organizational Psychology has garnered it the number three position in U.S. News and
World Report's 2014 listing of best graduate programs in the discipline, up a notch from last year.
U.S. News lists Ph.D. programs ranked best by department chairs and senior faculty. BGSU's program shares the honors with programs at Michigan State
University, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and the University of South Florida.
"Industrial and organizational psychologists strive to make workplaces more efficient, pleasant, and productive through research and application,"
according to the publication.
The goal of Bowling Green's graduate program is to prepare students for careers as active contributors to the psychology of work.
"I have been excited to be a part of the Bowling Green IO psychology program for 16 years," said Dr. Michael Zickar, chair of the Department of Psychology.
"The program has a long history starting with Pat Smith and Bob Guion in the 1960s and we have worked hard to maintain and grow the reputation over the
Among the program's outstanding faculty is Ohio Eminent Scholar Scott Highhouse.
According to Highhouse, approximately half of the program's students go on to jobs in industry or as external consultants. "We have former students in
organizations like Procter & Gamble and Kellogg's, as well as in consulting firms like Development Dimensions International and PDRI," he said. "They
are often engaged in developing employee assessment and selection systems or instituting organizational training and development programs.
The remaining students in the program enter academia as tenure-track faculty. In the last five years, students have accepted positions at Kansas State
University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Connecticut, to name a few, Highhouse said.
Zickar added that it is gratifying to see the program's graduates go on to become leaders in both academia and the private sector.
"Our national society has an early career award for academics and a separate award for practitioners (i.e., people who work in government or private
industry)," he said. "Last year, for the first time in the history of both awards, both winners were BGSU alumni (Dr. Mo Wang who is at University of
Florida for Academics and Dr. Jennifer Geimer at Human Resources Research Organization)."
Recyclemania, an environmental version of March Madness, is coming down to the wire with BGSU trying to increase its recycling rate and decrease waste as
much as possible. The national contest pits colleges and universities against one another to see who can recycle most over an eight-week period. BGSU
residence halls have historically done well in the contest, but this year the event has taken on whole new proportions as the entire University is
participating, and all recycling across campus will be counted in BGSU's totals each week. This means that everyone can help the University compete by
recycling all around campus.
After President Mazey signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment last fall, BGSU also chose to compete in the Waste
Minimization category of RecycleMania as part of the plan to immediately reduce waste. This means that, for the first time, BGSU is not only recycling as
much as possible, but also trying to significantly decrease waste.
Everyone can help by recycling and reducing their waste. Every can and bottle counts and every reusable mug used instead of a disposable cup is equally
important. With everyone's help, BGSU can be a serious competitor against the likes of Ohio State, University of Toledo, Miami, and hundreds of other
schools in the green madness known as Recyclemania.
Graduate education plan garners national recognition
Thanks to the focused efforts of an interdisciplinary committee, the University has a new strategic plan for graduate education and research. The icing on
the cake is that the group's work has been recognized by NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) in its 2013 Excellence Awards, honoring
the "contributions of members who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services, and effective administration."
BGSU's "Defining Graduate Education: Strategic Planning Committee for Graduate Education and Research" received bronze recognition in the Off-Campus,
Commuter, Non-traditional, Graduate, Professional and Related category.
Among the criteria for the award was collaboration with academic affairs and other departments. "I think the award speaks to the uniqueness of the program
and the positive working relationship between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs in creating a sustainable plan for graduate education. This approach
represents a new direction for BGSU," said Graduate Student Senate President David Sleasman, a doctoral student in higher education who was part of the
Graduate Strategic Planning Committee.
"I was excited to take part in the leading of the Strategic Plan," said committee chair Dr. Michael Zickar, industrial/organizational psychology. "Our
committee worked hard to try to allow for as many opportunities as possible for faculty, students, and administrators to provide input on the plan. And so
I really feel that even though the committee wrote the report, this report represents the work of hundreds of individuals across campus."
"BGSU is at a crossroads regarding its graduate education," according to President Mary Ellen Mazey. She created the 13-member committee in the 2011-12
academic year and charged it with reviewing the present and future direction of graduate education at the university. The resulting collaboration
identified constituents, programs, administrative functions, and internal and external factors that influence what graduate education currently is and
potentially what it will become.
The committee recommended five goals for BGSU graduate education along with strategic actions to achieve those goals.
"The work of this committee will affect Bowling Green State University for years," the president said in supporting the nomination.
Trinidadian artist, Nature Conservancy director to speak on campus
Kenwyn Crichlow, one of Trinidad and Tobago's leading contemporary artists, will be the keynote speaker for the Art History Association's annual symposium
on Saturday (March 23). Next week, the Latin America and Latino/a Studies Conference welcomes Dr. David Cleary, director of agriculture at The Nature
Conservancy. Learn more In Brief.