Q&A with Mariana Mitova

Mariana A. Mitova, M.B.A., Lecturer

Apparel Merchandising and Product Development
 

Alma mater:
  • BGSU, M.B.A., 2008
  • BGSU, B.S. in AMPD, 2004
  • Southwest University, Bulgaria, B.S. in Finance, 1999

Years at BGSU: 8 years

Research interest:

Leadership, curriculum development, career satisfaction and human capital theory

DID YOU KNOW 

Mariana Mitova is heavily involved in Rally Cap Sports, a sports organization dedicated to creating a positive sports environment fostering social integration, healthy living and greater self-confidence for children and young adults with specials needs.

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Q&A with Mariana Mitova

Why did you decide to come to BGSU and teach in EDHD?

BGSU is my alma mater. I am honored to be able to give back to the institution where I learned so much!!! 


What is your favorite part about teaching?

I love learning with my students! 
 

What advice would you give to students heading out into the real world?

Learn to be a good listener and never stop learning. Your learning is not over after you graduate and if you are open to learning you will advance far beyond what you think you are capable of.
 

What was the best piece of advice you received as a student?

Stay humble- you can learn from anyone.
 

What is your greatest academic achievement so far?

I presented at a special session at the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Using ITAA Meta-goals for Program Assessment and specifically writing learning objectives in a measurable language. I presented along with some of the most reputable scholars in Apparel and Textile Curriculum Research with whom I am serving on the Curriculum committee at ITAA.

But if you ask me in another year it will be finishing my Ph.D. in Leadership Studies. I'm currently ABD but I'm hoping to have my dissertation in the Spring.
 

How did you get started in your field?

When I was young I would make clothes for my dolls. That interest in clothes and fashion stayed with me as an adult.


You are from Bulgaria. What made you decide to come to the United States? And what was it like immigrating from another country?

Yes. I was born and raised in Bulgaria. I immigrated with my husband at age 23 after he won the “Green Card” lottery. We came straight to Bowling Green as his cousin lived here and she was willing to help us settle. She allowed us to stay at her studio until we were ready to get a place of our own and she helped us find jobs. Both my husband and I worked at Pisanello’s Pizza in the very beginning.  Immigrating was extremely challenging as it was a complete culture shock, very different from the life in Bulgaria- from overcoming the language barrier to finding the grocery store. Every single thing in our daily life was so different. I sometime share the story about how I learned what a tow-truck is… the hard way :) when I got my car towed and I thought it was stollen (the common thing that will happen in Bulgaria). By the way, the county code for Bulgaria is BG :):) Isn’t that a cute coincidence? 
 

You do a lot of service to the community with your students through various endeavors. Why is this so important to you?

I was raised by example to help others. Both my parents have strong values in integrity and service, although I didn’t realized that until I was an adult. For the longest time I thought it is the natural thing to do and I had always supported various community efforts in Bowling Green on my own. However, it was not until V.  Jane Rosser opened my eyes to the possibilities of engaging students. I enrolled in the Service Learning Faculty Learning Community and developed a service learning project for my merchandising soft goods class. The project opens students minds to many civil and community issues and I often read in their reflections their gratitude for the experience.