Faculty & Staff

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Dominic D. Wells, Ph.D.

  • Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science
    Director, Fire Administration (FIAD) Program
  • Phone: 419-372-1819
  • Email: wellsd@bgsu.edu

Dominic Wells is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Fire Administration Program. He teaches courses in fire administration, public administration, and political science. Prior to joining the faculty at BGSU, Dominic was the director of an online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Clayton State University, where he also taught seated and online courses in political science and public administration. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and an MPA at Bowling Green State University. Dominic earned a PhD in political science at Kent State University.

Dominic has experience developing curriculum, recruiting, handling applications and admissions, writing and assessing program learning outcomes, and advising students. As director, he works to ensure that students in the program are learning valuable skills and making progress toward graduation.

Dominic also has an active research agenda. His primary research area is labor politics and policy. His book, From Collective Bargaining to Collective Begging: How Public Employees Win and Lose the Right to Bargain, analyzes the expansion and restriction of collective bargaining rights for public employees, including the rights of firefighters. His work has also been published in the Journal of Political Science Education, the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, and Teaching Statistics.

Michael Charter, Ph. D.

Adjunct Instructor

Michael is a Captain with the Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) in Spokane Valley, WA where he is currently assigned as Safety and Training Officer and is a member of a Regional All-Hazards Incident Management Team, where he has served in numerous disasters, emergencies, and exercises at the state and county level.

Prior to joining the SVFD, he served for four years as a U.S. Army Ranger in the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he was responsible for all aspects of leading a four-man special operations element for combat military operations.

Michael has extensive experience in developing and delivering education programs in several different environments, including online instructional experience (in public administration, emergency management, homeland security and fire service administration) at several higher education institutions.

He holds a Doctorate of Public Administration (DPA), a Master’s degree in Emergency Management, a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Homeland Security, and a Master of Public Administration degree.

He has extensive education and training in emergency management and homeland security and has completed numerous courses from National Fire Academy (NFA) and Emergency Management Institute (EMI). He is a graduate of the NFA Executive Fire Officer Program and a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).

As an adult learner in the nontraditional college setting, Michael values the online delivery mode as it provides numerous perspectives and differing experiences from an audience with needs and expectations that are different from the traditional student. He prides himself on being committed to providing a challenging and rewarding learning environment that fosters teamwork and respects individual differences and diversity.

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Greg Walterhouse, Ed.S.

  • Position: Associate Teaching Professor

Greg started teaching in the Fire Administration program in 2013 and is currently a full time Associate Teaching Professor in the Fire Administration and the Master of Public Administration programs at BGSU. He has extensive experience in higher education including online and in-classroom teaching, curriculum development, course management, advising, and serves on several advisory committees. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Oakland University, a Master’s degree in Legal Studies from the University of Illinois a Master’s degree in Management from Central Michigan University and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Bowling Green State University.

Prior to coming to Bowling Green State University, Greg had over 35 years of experience in the emergency services holding a number of progressively responsible positions including Fire Investigator, Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal, Deputy Chief of Operations, Fire Chief, Manager of Emergency Services, Deputy Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator. Greg has served as an advisory board member for the Michigan Region 6 USAR Strike Team, on the hazard mitigation advisory committees for a number of counties, is a past president of the Michigan Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, and holds the Michigan Professional Emergency Manager designation and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist with the NFPA.

Greg enjoys working closely with students and preparing them for career advancement. He believes there is no greater reward than helping students develop as leaders by serving as an instructor, facilitator and mentor and being able to use his experiences to demonstrate the applicability of the course material to real situations. He is very active in his classes and develops individual relationships with students to provide high quality feedback and demonstrate that each individual is respected, appreciated, and important.

Updated: 05/03/2022 03:20PM