Fallon named Distinguished Teaching Professor

Fleming Fallon receives a plaque recognizing the Distinguished Teaching Professor honor from BGSU President Carol Cartwright.

BOWLING GREEN, O.—The Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees has named Dr. Fleming Fallon a Distinguished Teaching Professor of public and allied health. Fallon has taught in the College of Health and Human Services at BGSU since 1997, beginning as the inaugural and only full-time faculty member in the program for its first five years.

The distinction is conferred upon faculty members holding the rank of professor who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements as effective teachers in their discipline or across disciplines.

Fallon holds master’s and doctoral degrees in public health from Columbia University, a medical degree from St. Georges University School of Medicine in Grenada, a Ph.D. in information science from St. Lucia Health Sciences University, an MBA from the University of New Haven, plus two master’s degrees, in microbiology and industrial psychology.

He has had a remarkable record of not only teaching but administration and publishing as well, according to public and allied health department Chair Robert Harr. “Dr. Fallon’s entire career has been a shining beacon of excellence in teaching, mentoring and applied research,” Harr wrote in his nomination letter.

In spite of his heavy administrative burden and course load, Fallon has consistently received enthusiastic and positive course evaluations from students, and has published a text that enhances his subject matter. “He has taught 60 traditional courses at BGSU, all receiving high student praise and excellent evaluations. Since coming to BGSU, Dr. Fallon has developed six courses,” Harr wrote, adding the three undergraduate courses were “packed with inquiry modalities and critical thinking exercises” long before the University decided to make those a formal part of general education.

Fallon was recruited to BGSU in 1997 to lead and help develop the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health, which included the University of Toledo the former Medical College of Ohio and BGSU. Formation of the Master of Public Health degree involved the development of the curriculum that now includes five specialty tracks.

“Dr. Fallon was instrumental in the successful accreditation and subsequent reaccreditation of the unique regional consortial program,” said Dr. Linda Petrosino, dean of the College of Health and Human Development.”

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(Posted March 24, 2011 )