From left to right, recently promoted faculty include John Liederbach, Hee Soon Lee, Lynne Hewitt, Mary-Jon Ludy and Tim Brackenbury with new Interim Dean Sue Houston.
A message from the Dean
As we begin a new academic year at BGSU, let me introduce myself as the
Interim Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Dean Marie Huff
has returned to her home state as Dean of the Beaver College of Health
Sciences at Appalachian State University. The college and University are
thankful for Dean Huff's leadership and contributions over the past several
years. We all wish her well in her new endeavors. Her strong leadership and
the welcoming faculty, staff and students have made the transition into my
new position very positive. I have served in a number of roles at BGSU,
first as a faculty member in the food and nutrition program, as an
associate dean, and as a vice provost. I'm thoroughly enjoying learning
about the programs and activities of the college. We have completed our
opening retreats, greeted new and returning students and the new semester
is off and running. We will be moving forward with new faculty searches,
new program development and initiatives this year as the University
conducts a national search for the next Dean of the College of Health and
We welcomed approximately 525 new freshmen and transfer undergraduate
students and 120 new graduate students this fall. Enrollment in the college
continues to grow. We are excited to welcome five new full-time faculty and two new staff members to the college.
The college has launched several new programs: a degree completion program
for students with an associate's degree to complete a
Bachelor of Science in Allied Health; the
Master of Social Work
(MSW); and a graduate specialization in long-term care for students seeking
Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Gerontology
(LTC-MSIG) degree. The MSW degree gives students the skills and knowledge
needed for advanced social work practice, with a focus in the field of
aging/gerontology. The MSW program is off to a great start with over 20
students enrolled. The long-term care specialization includes the National
Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Board (NAB) required
Administrator in Training (AIT/internship) experience. Students who
complete this specialization are able to sit for the Ohio and federal
nursing home administration licensure exams. We'll be telling you about
some other new programs currently in development in upcoming newsletters.
Increasingly we are providing new and popular programs in flexible formats
that meet the needs of working professionals who are expanding or changing
their careers. A blend of online, face-to-face, hybrid, evening and
flexibly scheduled courses provides exciting opportunities to engage
students and professionals. Please explore our programs and
let us know about other programs you'd like to see offered in traditional
or flexible formats.
Five faculty in the college began the new academic year with milestone
promotions. Congratulations to Dr. Tim Brackenbury (communication sciences
and disorders), Dr. Lynne Hewitt (communication sciences and disorders) and
Dr. John Liederbach (criminal justice) for promotion to full professor;
and to Dr. Hee Soon Lee (social work) and Dr. Mary-Jon Ludy (food and
nutrition) for receiving tenure and promotion to associate professor.
Accolades also go to Dr. Jason Whitfield (communication sciences and
disorders) for receiving the Clyde Willis Faculty Research Award; to Dr.
Peggy Adams (social work) for recognition as the Outstanding Faculty Mentor
in the college; and to Ms. Amy Sheldrick (academic advising) for winning
the prestigious University Spirit of BG Award.
Please make note of some of the great stories about our faculty and
students that have made a splash on the University's main website.
Thanks for taking the time to check in with us.
M. Sue Houston, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of the College of Health and Human Services