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Since 1929, the College of Arts and Sciences at BGSU has offered innovative and engaging academic programs to the students at Bowling Green State University, educating young leaders through a rich liberal arts curriculum and offering areas of study in the sciences that take you from the depths of the Great Lakes to the farthest corners of the universe. All of our programs feature advanced equipment for research and learning.
Although we're BGSU's largest college, we pride ourselves on the personal attention we afford students. The College advising staff is available to help undecided students determine the major that's right for them, explore career options, schedule classes, and plan ahead so they can graduate on time. Faculty advisors in each of our departments are also available to advise their majors about internships, co-ops, courses, graduate school, and careers as well as talk to them about their long-range aspirations and immediate concerns.
Wendy Manning Named First Aldrich Professor
Dr. Wendy Manning has many titles to her name. She is a Distinguished Research Professor at Bowling Green State University, director of the University’s Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR), co-director of its National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) and immediate past president of the Population Association of America. In September, she added one more: the Dr. Howard E. Aldrich and Penny Daum Aldrich Distinguished Professor in Sociology. The professorship was recently established by the Aldriches, both BGSU alumni.
Since she began her academic career at BGSU in 1995, “she has worked tirelessly to enhance the training and careers of her students, both undergraduate and graduate students. Though she has major responsibilities as an administrator for the two research centers, she has remained engaged in teaching and learning and has a passion for connecting with students beyond the immediate context of the classroom,” said Dr. Monica Longmore in the department’s nomination letter.
Manning is an advocate for involving undergraduate and graduate students in research. She has hired students to help with her National Institutes of Health-funded, county-level marriage and divorce projects. She has encouraged undergraduates to present findings at the annual BGSU Undergraduate Symposium for Research and Scholarship. She also has contributed significantly to the development of graduate students as scholars and researchers. Nine of her 25 book chapters and 66 of her 100 published articles have been co-authored with current or former students.
Her leadership in the field is evident with her NCFMR and CFDR roles; however, her reputation extends further as recent president of the Population Association of America and former president of the American Sociological Association, the two most important professional organizations for demographers and sociologists.
Gajjala Book, Research look at Means, Outcomes of Online Philanthropy
Digital Culture Meets the World of Craft
Stories sell products. And in this age of artisanal, craft and cottage industry goods, stories are all-important in connecting seller to buyer. This reaches another level when those products come from areas of the world where the story is also one of helping someone out of poverty — and that connection is often made through digital media, says Dr. Radhika Gajjala, a Bowling Green State University professor in the School of Media and Communication.
In a new book and during research and teaching travels to Indonesia and India this summer, Gajjala continues her explorations into the crossroads of digital culture and the world of craft. As with her other books, she collaborated with colleagues and her former doctoral students on the research and the co-production of knowledge, and, in some cases, the writing. Read More
Zickar Study of Department Page Provides Insights
A two-year study of the Facebook posts about Bowling Green State University’s Department of Psychology yielded some enlightening results that could be helpful to other academic departments in promoting engagement.
Dr. Michael Zickar, department chair, regularly posts for the department; he led the analysis of the analytics from Facebook in addition to a survey of the page’s followers. It was the first empirical evaluation of an academic department Facebook page using both the metrics from Facebook and a user survey. His article, “Using Facebook Pages to Connect with Students, Faculty, Alumni and Friends," was recently published in Teaching of Psychology, a Sage journal.
Cravens Wins Two Awards for Research Paper
Dr. R.G. Cravens, lecturer in political science, has won two recent awards from the American Political Science Association (APSA). Both awards were presented for a paper he presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the APSA titled “Queer Politics in Practice,” which examines predictors of LGBT political behavior and finds gender, racial and economic differences in the ways LGBT people engage in politics.
The first is the Bailey Award from the LGBT Caucus of the APSA. The award is given for the best paper on the subject of LGBT politics presented at any American political science conference in the previous year. The second, the Cynthia Weber Award, is similar but is from the Sexuality and Politics Section of the APSA. Read More