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Thursday, May 9, 2018  
Tenure, promotion, emeritus status granted | Support Campus Campaign
Celebrating their promotions at the faculty reception May 4 were (left to right) Gabriel Matney, Kimberly Rogers, Sandra Zirkes and Daria Filippova, and (right rear) Eric Mandell.

The University celebrated the scholarly and creative achievements of 43 faculty members on May 4 when the board of trustees awarded promotion and tenure.

The trustees also approved the hiring as associate professor with tenure of Dr. Neil Baird, for the English department. Baird joins BGSU from Western Illinois University, where he is an associate professor and director the University Writing Center.

Faculty promoted to full professor:
  • Dr. Neil Englehart, political science
  • Dr. Gabriel Matney, School of Teaching and Learning
  • Dr. Wei Ning, mathematics and statistics
  • Dr. Jeanne Novak, School of Intervention Services
  • Dr. Kurt Panter, School of Earth, Environment and Society
  • Linda Rich, library teaching and learning
  • Dr. Nancy Spencer, School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies
  • Dr. Mikhail Zamkov, physics and astronomy

Commencement – 13abc, BG Independent News
Board of Trustees meeting – BG Independent News
New academic programs – 13abc


The careers and contributions of five faculty members were honored by the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees with the granting of emeritus status. The board approved the designations at its May 4 meeting.

Named professor emeritus were:
  • Dr. Wendell Mayo, a professor English and faculty in the Creative Writing Program, who joined BGSU in 1996. An award-winning author specializing in short stories, his latest collection, “Survival House,” was recently published.
  • Dr. Alfred DeMaris, a professor of sociology, who has taught at the University since 1988. His research has focused on issues and factors in families and romantic relationships. An expert in social statistics, he has also served as the statistician for the Center for Family and Demographic Research.
Named associate professor emeritus was Dr. Christopher Dunn, former associate and interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services and associate professor of criminal justice. He was director of Sponsored Programs and Research from 1984-93, left the University for 10 years and returned in 2003 to the college.

Named emerita senior lecturer was Debra Zappitelli of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. She has taught in the Interior Design program since 1996. She used her fine art background to teach color drawing and rendering techniques; principles, programming and conceptualization of interior design; and historical interiors related to art and human history.

Named Emeritus Lecturer was Dr. John Sorg, a School of Teaching and Learning faculty member since 2000. A specialist in reading and literacy in the early childhood and the middle grades, he also served as the school’s middle childhood education National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education coordinator.


The University’s board of trustees has elected Daniel Keller as its next chair. Keller has served as vice chair. Trustee Betty Montgomery, former Ohio Attorney General and state auditor, will succeed him as vice chair of the board.


The 2018 Campus Campaign will conclude at the end of the fiscal year on June 30. Across the University, faculty and staff work to create more opportunities for our students to ensure they belong, stand out and go far. A Campus Campaign contribution is a gift that assists in the success of current and future Falcons.

Whether you choose to support a scholarship, department or another area on campus that is meaningful to you, know your gift is helping to create a positive impact for our students. See what students have to say when they find out more than $860,000 was raised during last year’s Campus Campaign.

“Participating in Campus Campaign by making a gift, of any amount, shows students and the BGSU community that you care about our University,” said Sara Thompson, assistant director of annual giving. “I send my sincerest thanks to all faculty and staff who contribute to this year’s Campus Campaign to benefit our students.”

To be counted in this year’s campaign totals, log in to MyBGSU and make your gift via a payroll deduction by May 25, or by making a gift online by June 30.


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