2017-2019 Cohort


Laura Landry-Meyer

Laura Landry-Meyer

Position: Faculty Co-Facilitator, Associate Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences
Phone: 419-372-7848
Email: landrym@bgsu.edu


Paul Valdez

Position: Associate Director
Phone: 419-372-9287
Email: paulv@bgsu.edu


Matt Hirman

Position: Graduate Assistant
Phone: 419-372-9865
Email: mhirman@bgsu.edu



Brent Archer

Position: Assistant Professor, Communication Disorders
Phone: 419-372-71665
Email: barcher@bgsu.edu

Brent Archer was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained his Master’s degree in speech-language pathology (SLP) in 2006, and practiced in rural hospitals and schools. Upon obtaining his PhD from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 2016, he assumed a position as an Assistant Professor in Communication Disorders and Sciences at Bowling Green State University. Brent’s research interests include aphasiology, bilingualism in clinical populations and cognito-communicative disorders.

Brent is organizing a community-based learning study abroad trip for Winter Session 2020 to visit the Aphasia Institute in Toronto, Canada. Aphasia is a communication disorder caused by brain damage. Approximately 2 million people in the US live with aphasia. Many people with aphasia belong to aphasia centers which are organizations that provide opportunities for socialization and other activities. One of the world’s longest running and most influential aphasia centers, the Aphasia Institute, is located in Toronto, Canada. His course will take place at the Institute where students will learn about how a center such as this operates.


Barbara Bergstrom

Position: Assistant Professor, Art Education
Phone: 419-372-2786
Email: bjbergs@bgsu.edu

Barbara Bergstrom joined the BGSU Art Education program in 2014 and is the current division chair. She holds a Ph.D. in Art & Visual Culture Education from the University of Arizona, an M.F.A. in Sculpture for the University of Arizona, a MEd in Secondary Education from Grand Valley State University, a BFA in Studio Art from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and a B.S. in Art Education from Vanderbilt University. Her research and artistic interests include visual arts in higher education, curriculum design in art education, MFA students' personal and professional development, and book arts & binding.

During her time in the learning community Barbara integrated community-based learning pedagogy into the Masters of Art Education curriculum, specifically an online, ARTE 6020 course on Contemporary Issues and Advocacy in Visual Arts Education.


Holly Bird

Position: Lecturer, English
Phone: 419-372-4605
Email: hbird@bgsu.edu

Holly Bird is a Lecturer in General Studies Writing. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio University and her master’s degree in English-Language and Literature from Central Michigan University. She began her career in 2005 teaching both First-Year Writing and general education literature courses at both Saginaw Valley State University and Delta Community College in University Center, MI. She has been with Bowling Green State University since 2010. Holly has been a part of the Chapman Learning Community since 2014 teaching the Pet Rescue and Adoption service-learning course.  Currently, Holly and her students volunteer with the Toledo Area Humane Society.

Holly developed a course, Writ 1120/RESC 2000, specifically for the Chapman Learning Community, that will integrate a Pet Rescue & Adoption Service Learning theme into the WRIT 1120 Academic Writing. She is working on implementing this course during the 2019/2020 school year.  The students will be duel enrolled in the university’s required Academic Writing course and the Pet Rescue & Adoption field experience course offered within the Chapman learning community. As part of the field experience course, the students will be required to acquire 12-16 hours of service at the Toledo Area Humane Society. They will then be required to reflect and journal about their experiences after every volunteer session. Within the Academic Writing course, the students will use those reflections and compose academic-style essays that will synthesize their field experiences with scholarly research to discuss and address the needs of the community organization.


Vibha Bhalla

Position: Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
Phone: 419-372-2796
Email: vibhab@bgsu.edu

Vibha Bhalla earned her Ph.D. in History and Urban Studies from Michigan State University and serves as an Associate Professor in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies, Ethnic Studies Department.

Vibha's research interests focus on gender, migration, and urban studies.  She is currently working on her book manuscript tracing the migration and settlement of Indian immigrants in metropolitan Detroit.

In the learning community Vibha is exploring how to integrate community-based learning into courses focused on immigration and migration.


Heather Jordan

Position: Associate Teaching Professor, English Department
Phone: 419-372-4657
Email: hljorda@bgsu.edu

Heather Jordan is an Associate Teaching Professor in the department of English here at Bowling Green State University. She has taught several courses for the online Master of Arts in English Teaching degree, and has been the first reader for numerous Master of Arts capstone portfolios for degree completion, but her primary teaching responsibilities are in the University Writing Program. She earned her PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication at Michigan Technological University, her Master of Arts in English Composition at the University of Akron, and her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in mass communication at the University of Florida.

Heather has modified existing courses to include community-based pedagogy. In the Spring of 2018, two sections of ENG 3880: Introduction to Technical Communication were adapted to allow students to learn about aspects of the technical writing process with authentic, community partners. Students worked collaboratively with each other and with their community partners to draft proposals, progress reports, and major projects that met the needs of multiple organizations. In the Fall of 2018, one section of ENG 4840: Foundations of Teaching Writing was adapted so that these future teachers would gain experience providing feedback on students’ writing in advance of their other teacher training. Students in this course also developed a National Day on Writing event in conjunction with the Wood County District Public Library and several workshops for participants in the University Writing Program’s fall 2018 Writing Showcase.


Sue Ellen McComas

Position: Associate Professor, Humanities (Firelands)
Phone: 419-372-0867
Email: suemcco@bgsu.edu

Sue Ellen McComas is an Associate Professor of Humanities at BGSU Firelands.  Sue Ellen collaborated with Tracy McGinley to bring the Facing Project to Huron, Ohio to tell the story of the impact of the opioid crisis on students, families, and community in North Ohio.  Students connected communications, theater and film, and criminal justice classes collected and analyzed interviews with individuals impacted by the opioid crisis. They translated these interviews into a public storytelling performance to raise awareness about the crisis. 


Tracy McGinley

Position: Lecturer, Political Science (Firelands)
Phone: 419-372-0692
Email: tracygm@bgsu.edu

Tracy McGinley is a faculty member in Criminal Justice at BGSU Firelands and has been with BGSU since 2001.  Her professional experience includes terms as the assistant director of Identity Theft Partnerships in Prevention, East Lansing, an asset protection investigator at Hudson’s, Okemos, Mich., a day reporting case manager with Volunteers of America, Toledo, and a records assistant with The University of Akron Police Department.

Tracy earned a master’s degree in political science from The University of Toledo and a bachelor’s degree in political science/criminal justice and an associate degree in criminal justice from the University of Akron.

Tracy collaborated with Sue Ellen McComas to bring the Facing Project to Huron, Ohio to tell the story of the impact of the opioid crisis on students, families, and community in North Ohio.  Students connected communications, theater and film, and criminal justice classes collected and analyzed interviews with individuals impacted by the opioid crisis.  They translated these interviews into a public storytelling performance to raise awareness about the crisis.