Outstanding Faculty

quality connections to knowledge

At Bowling Green State University, we are proud of our learning-centered campus and ever mindful of maintaining reasonable class sizes for introductory courses. And at the heart of it all are our outstanding faculty. Across all majors, about 900 faculty – the vast majority with the highest degree available in their field – work diligently to blend classroom teaching, research and meaningful experiences to provide a high-quality education for you.

According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, BGSU’s faculty are nationally noted by our students for faculty-student mentoring.  Our first year students benefit from studying in a setting rich with research opportunities, where faculty devote much of their time and energy to teaching and advising undergraduates.

They understand how students learn and are always working toward those “aha!” moments, when their students make the connection between the spoken and written words, and the concept is realized.

They are here to interact with you, challenge you, and help you refine your critical thinking skills as you prepare for lifelong career growth, engaged citizenship and leadership in a global society.

BGSU has a tradition of faculty who consistently demonstrate their dedication to students, teaching and research. In recent years, Master Teacher awards have been presented to instructors who are recognized for their teaching skills, knowledge and connection to students.

Dr. Craig Vickio, Honors College and psychology, earned the 2015 Master Teacher distinction for his role in the Honors College, hosting book discussion groups and serving as a faculty advisor for 20 students working on their senior honors project.

Other notables include:

  • Dr. Stephannie Gearhart, English, who shares her love of Shakespeare and inspires students to tackle difficult texts to find the meaning within.
  • Dr. Heath Diehl, English and theater, who encourages self-awareness and self-reflection along with a focus on students’ receptivity, level of preparation and interests.
  • Dr. Gene Poor, entrepreneurship, whose high-energy teaching style motivates and inspires his students.
  • Dr. Alan Atalah, technology, through a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation is working with students to study the capabilities and limitations of four different culvert replacement methods, making a substantial impact on the underground transportation infrastructure in Ohio.
  • Sociology faculty members Drs. Ray Swisher, Danielle Kuhl and Jorge Chavez; they are studying the issue of neighborhood change and violence in adolescence and early adulthood.   

All of these notable researchers bring their cutting-edge work into the classroom and each of them teach all levels of the curriculum including the 1000-2000 level general education courses.


Resources beyond books

While faculty are the connections between the lessons and the learners, the University Libraries are the link to a multitude of holdings, collections, databases and services.

In person or online, you will discover the libraries’ collections are expansive, and the available services can be life saving, at least in terms of your academics. In addition to the traditional holdings, we are home to world-renowned special collections that house increasingly rare and valuable treasures. From federal, state and local government documents to centuries-old papers, photographs and news clippings, our resources tell the stories of our rich pasts.

The William T. Jerome Library, fondly called “Club Jerome,” is the epicenter of academic resources as well as a hub for activities from studying and socializing to tutoring and technology assistance. Every year we have thousands of students, faculty, staff and community members visit our libraries, and tens of thousands more access our resources via the libraries’ website.