2021 Faculty Excellence Awards

Even amongst the COVID-19 pandemic, Bowling Green State University faculty remain committed to continually improving their teaching and research skills to improve student knowledge and contributions to their respective fields. The Faculty Excellence Awards provide a way to recognize the contributions made by BGSU faculty members and pay tribute to their achievements.

Congratulatory remarks from President Rogers and Provost Whitehead

Read About our 2021 Award Recipients

2021 Honors and Awards

DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH PROFESSOR AWARD

The Distinguished Research Professorship was established in 1982 by the Board of Trustees. This honor, renamed in 1986 as Distinguished Research Professor or Professor of the Arts, is conferred upon select members of the faculty who hold the rank of professor and who have established outstanding national and international recognition through research and publication or creative/artistic achievement in their disciplines.

RECIPIENTS:
Scott Highhouse, Ph.D., Psychology
Hokey Min, Ph.D., Management

PROFESSORSHIP OF RESEARCH EXCELLENCE

The title of Professor of Research Excellence is conferred upon members of the faculty who hold the rank of professor and who have established outstanding national and international recognition through research and publication in their disciplines. The title is for a period of three years.

RECIPIENT:
Louisa Ha, Ph.D., School of Media and Communication

PROFESSORSHIP OF SERVICE EXCELLENCE

The title of Professor of Service Excellence is conferred upon members of the faculty who hold the rank of professor and who have established outstanding national and international recognition for professional service and/or public service through their work at the University. The title is for a period of three years. 

RECIPIENT:
Philip M. Stinson, Sr., J.D., Ph.D., Human Services

ELLIOTT L. BLINN AWARD FOR FACULTY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT INNOVATIVE BASIC RESEARCH/CREATIVE WORK

The Elliott L. Blinn Award recognizes innovative basic research/creative work conducted by individual faculty members in collaboration with undergraduate students and supports collaboration with additional students. The award is given in memory of Dr. Elliott Blinn, Professor of Chemistry, who dedicated his career to sharing with his undergraduate students the excitement of the process of discovery by directly involving them in basic research/creative work.

RECIPIENTS:
Julia V. Halo, Ph.D., Biological Sciences
Jonathan C. Kershaw, Ph.D., Public and Allied Health

ACADEMIC ADVISING AND MENTORING EXCELLENCE AWARD

The Academic Advising and Mentoring Excellence Award recognizes an individual (faculty or staff), or group of individuals, who contribute to the educational development of undergraduate students through effective academic advising and mentoring.

RECIPIENT:
Krista Sturdevant, MA, Education and Human Development

OUTSTANDING ADVISING AND MENTORING PROGRAM AWARD

The Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Program Award is presented to an academic or support unit for innovative and/or exemplary programs and practices resulting in the

improvement of student success.

RECIPIENT:
EDHD Career Technical Workforce Education, College of Education and Human Development

OUTSTANDING EARLY CAREER AWARD

The Outstanding Early Career Award is given to an outstanding early career faculty member who has excelled in his or her scholarly endeavors. The award is intended to: enhance the academic career of junior faculty by providing discretionary funds for the support of future scholarly activities; promote, recognize and reward scholarly excellence among early career investigators; support research and foster contact and cooperation with industry and institutions that support research and education; and aid in building closer ties between Bowling Green State University and the local community.

RECIPIENT:
Joshua B. Grubbs, Ph.D., Psychology

OLSCAMP RESEARCH AWARD

The Olscamp Research Award is presented to a faculty member for outstanding scholarly or creative accomplishments during the previous three-year period. For purposes of this award, these accomplishments may be understood in terms of refereed presentations of scholarly papers or publications (books, monographs, externally funded grants and contracts, articles, etc.); musical compositions/arrangements or concerts/recitals; dramatic or visual art works presented at national or international meetings or exhibitions; and patentable or licensable discoveries or creations of major significance.

RECIPIENT:
Timothy W. Davis, Ph.D., Biological Sciences
I-Fen Lin, Ph.D., Sociology

FACULTY SENATE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AWARD

The Community Involvement Award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding contributions to the community or to other local, state, national or international communities and recognizes the importance of faculty service and the contribution of community involvement to the education and image of Bowling Green State University.

RECIPIENT:
Philip J. Welch, Ph.D., Department of Public & Allied Health

FACULTY SENATE FACULTY MENTOR AWARD

The Faculty Mentor Award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding professional support of his/her colleagues and focuses on the importance of faculty efforts toward the development of teaching, research and service initiatives among colleagues.

RECIPIENT:
Jacqueline Justice, Ph.D., Humanities Department, BGSU Firelands

FACULTY SENATE LEADERSHIP AS A CHAIR/SCHOOL DIRECTOR AWARD

The Leadership as a Chair/School Director Award recognizes a department chair or school director whose leadership has contributed significantly to Bowling Green State University.

RECIPIENT:
Susana Peña, Ph.D., School of Cultural & Critical Studies

FACULTY SENATE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Faculty Senate Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a senior faculty member and/or administrator with faculty rank for outstanding contributions to BGSU over a period of 20 years or more. The award recipient is widely acknowledged across campus for exceptional teaching, scholarly/creative work, service and/or administrative skills insofar as these activities have made Bowling Green State University a more vital educational community for students, staff, faculty and administrators.

RECIPIENT:
Christopher Mruk, Ph.D., Department of Natural and Social Sciences, BGSU Firelands

FACULTY SENATE UNIT RECOGNITION AWARD

The Unit Recognition Award recognizes an academic or instructional service unit that makes an outstanding contribution to Bowling Green State University and recognizes the importance of faculty who work together to make a difference in the educational environment at Bowling Green State University.

RECIPIENT:
Department of Public & Allied Health, College of Health and Human Services

Distinguished Professors Currently on the BGSU Faculty

DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH PROFESSOR/ PROFESSOR OF THE ARTS

Ronny C. Woodruff, Ph.D.
Biological Sciences

John W. Sampen, D.M.
Music Performance Studies

Marilyn Shrude, D.M.
Musicology, Composition and Theory

Thomas Muir, M.F.A.
School of Art

Verner Bingman, Ph.D.
Psychology

Wendy Manning, Ph.D.
Sociology

Ronald Scherer, Ph.D.
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Eric F. Dubow, Ph.D.
Psychology

Susan L. Brown, Ph.D.
Sociology

Albert W. Dzur, Ph.D.
Political Science

Sherry E. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Management

TRUSTEE PROFESSOR

Louis I. Katzner, Ph.D. 
Trustee Professor of Philosophy

DISTINGUISHED TEACHING PROFESSORS

Dwayne Gremler, Ph.D.
Marketing

Rachel A. Vannatta, Ph.D.
Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy

DISTINGUISHED UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS

Alberto González, Ph.D.
School of Media and Communication

OHIO EMINENT SCHOLARS

Scott Highhouse, Ph.D.
Psychology

Peter Lu, Ph.D.
Chemistry

Professorships of Excellence

PROFESSORSHIP OF TEACHING EXCELLENCE

Neal Jesse, Ph.D.
Political Science (2018-2021)

Myra D. Merritt-Grant, M.M.
Music Performance Studies (2019-2022)

Andreas Luescher, Ph.D.
School of Built Environment (2020-2023)

Nancy Patterson, Ph.D.
School of Teaching and Learning (2020-2023)

PROFESSORSHIP OF RESEARCH EXCELLENCE

Moira van Staaden, Ph.D.
Biological Sciences (2018-2021)

Mikhail A. Zamkov, Ph.D.,
Physics and Astronomy (2019-2022)

Lubomir Popov, Ph.D.,
School of Family and Consumer Sciences (2020-2023)

PROFESSORSHIP OF CREATIVE ARTS EXCELLENCE

Janet Ballweg, M.F.A.
Art (2018-2021)

Elainie Lillios, D.M.A.
Musicology, Composition and Theory (2019-2022)

Andrew J. Pelletier, Ph.D.
Music Performance Studies (2020-2023)

PROFESSORSHIP OF SERVICE EXCELLENCE

David J. Jackson, Ph.D.
Political Science (2019-2022)

Endowed Professorships at BGSU and the Current Holders

DR. HOWARD E. & PENNY DAUM ALDRICH DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY

This professorship was established in 2017 by Howard Aldrich and Penny Daum Aldrich. It recognizes an associate level or higher professor in sociology who provides students with challenging learning environments; is a leading expert in the discipline with an extensive research record and national visibility in the field; provides significant educational contributions to the development of students as scholars and researchers, including collaborative research activity, and is dedicated to serving as a public spokesperson and strong advocate for sociology programs at BGSU.

Wendy Manning, Ph.D., Sociology 

LARRY AND PATTY BENZ PROFESSORSHIP IN HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

This endowed professorship was created in 2017 by Dr. Laurence “Larry” ’84 and Patricia “Patty” Benz and will reside in the College of Health and Human Services. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of exceptional teaching and noted research in his/her discipline.

To be named 2020-2021  

ASHEL G. BRYAN/HUNTINGTON BANK PROFESSORSHIP

This endowment was created in 1990 to honor Ashel G. Bryan. It recognizes an outstanding professor in the College of Business, and provides that professor with opportunities to enhance his/her teaching and/or scholarship.

Mingsheng Li, Ph.D., Finance  

JAMES R. GOOD CHAIR IN GLOBAL STRATEGY

The holder of this title, which was created in 1993 for the College of Business, must exude excellence and show passion for the growth of the programs.

Hokey Min, Ph.D., Management  

DR. THOMAS KINSTLE PROFESSORSHIP IN CHEMISTRY  

Created in 2018 by friends of Dr. Thomas Kinstle, retired Professor of Chemistry at BGSU, this professorship will attract and retain distinguished faculty, innovative research and support. 

Alexi Ostrowski, Ph.D., Chemistry

SHANKLIN ENDOWMENT PRESIDENTIAL PROFESSORSHIP

This endowment was created in 2011 by Bernice Shanklin to advance scholarship and pedagogy. The Presidential Professorship supports exemplary commitment to research and learning, and may be awarded to any academic discipline. 

Moria van Stadden, Ph.D., Biological Sciences

NOVAK FAMILY PROFESSORSHIP IN DATA SCIENCE

This professorship was created in 2018 by Ernest J. Novak, Jr. and Eugene A. Novak to attract and retain eminent educators in data science and analytics that best serves the needs and interest of the University. Data science is a relevant and rigorous academic program that integrates math, statistics and computer science to prepare students for the emerging profession.

Trent D. Buskirk, Ph.D., Applied Statistics and Operations Research  

OWENS-ILLINOIS PROFESSORSHIP

This professorship was created in 1986 by representatives of Owens-Illinois to recognize an outstanding faculty member and to provide that person with professional opportunities that will enhance teaching and/or scholarship and will contribute to the practice of business administration.

Sherry E. Sullivan, Ph.D., Management  

DR. TIMOTHY AND RUTH ANN ROSS TEACHING PROFESSORSHIP

This professorship was established to attract and retain distinguished educators and to encourage teaching excellence in the classroom.

Earl McKinney, Ph.D., Accounting/MIS  

PATRICK L. & DEBRA SCHEETZ RYAN ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP IN BIOLOGY

This professorship was established in 2001 by Pat and Debbie Ryan and is used to attract and/ or retain an outstanding professor in the field of biology who has demonstrated excellence in his or her field.

Timothy Davis, Ph.D., Biological Sciences 

HELEN C. SEITZ ENDOWED UNIVERSITY PROFESSORSHIP

This endowment was created in 2018 by a gift from the estate of Helen C. Seitz of Sandusky, and has been designated for the purpose of supporting research and study in the field of brain and nervous disorders/diseases.

Verner Bingman, Ph.D., Psychology  

LARRY AND PATTY BENZ PROFESSORSHIP

This endowed professorship was created in 2017 by Dr. Laurence “Larry” ’84 and Patricia “Patty” Benz and will reside in the College of Health and Human Services. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of exceptional teaching and noted research in his/her discipline.

Currently Not Filled

BAILEY FAMILY ENDOWED PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS

The professorship was created by James L. Bailey and his family in 2004. It benefits a senior-level professor with a strong emphasis in mathematics education, leadership, and dedication to building the reputation of the program.

David Meel, Ed.D., Mathematics and Statistics  

M. NEIL BROWNE PROFESSORSHIP

Created in 2014 by David and Shirley Levey, this professorship honors Dr. Neil Browne. The professorship is used to attract and retain distinguished educators at BGSU. The holder is to develop students’ skills in critical thinking, effective listening, inquiry and ethical reasoning.

Tim Brackenbury, Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders 

DAVID & AMY FULTON PROFESSOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

This professorship was created in 2004 by David and Amy Fulton to strengthen the computer science program by recruiting new faculty members and/or to support the work of a tenured faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, and who will continue to contribute to the growth and success of the program.

Currently Not Filled

ERNEST & DOROTHY HAMILTON PROFESSOR OF ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

This professorship was created in 2005 by Scott Hamilton to honor his parents, Ernest and Dorothy, who were both professors at BGSU. The Hamilton Professor shall work to promote entrepreneurial leadership as an academic field of research, study and teaching, while facilitating strong and continuing connections with the business community. 

Currently Not Filled

ROBERT W. & PATRICIA A. MAURER FAMILY DISTINGUISHED ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP IN ACCOUNTING

This professorship, created in 2008 by Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer, reflects the belief that the donors have in the importance of a strong accounting program. The Maurer professor should have a strong background in the teaching and scholarship of accounting as well as a willingness to teach student and connect them to the business community.

Terrence Pitre, Ph.D., Accounting/MIS  

SHANTANU AND RENI NARAYEN PROFESSORSHIP IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

Created in 2015 by Shantanu and Reni Narayen, this professorship recognizes an outstanding faculty member and provides support for teaching, research and professional development in the computer science field.

Robert Green, Ph.D., Computer Science 

DR. THOMAS V. O’BRIAN DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP OF ACTUARIAL MATHEMATICS  

Created in 2018 by David and Lisa O’Brien to honor Dr. Thomas V. O’Brien. The professorship will attract and retain new faculty in the Actuarial Mathematics Program for innovative teaching or research projects.

Currently Not Filled

PRIMROSE FAMILY PROFESSORSHIP IN ACCOUNTING

This fund was established in 2005 by William J. Primrose Jr. and his family. The professorship provides leadership for the Department of Accounting and supports building the reputation of the department as well as the College of Business.

Pascal Bizarro, Ph.D., Accounting/MIS  

Kenneth Snead, Ph.D., Accounting/MIS  

SANDMAN PROFESSORSHIP IN INDUSTRIAL-ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

This endowment was created in 2013 by Bonnie and Dan Sandman for the purpose of providing a supplement to the salary of a deserving faculty member in the I-O psychology doctoral program who exemplifies the practice of applied outreach.

Michael Zickar, Ph.D., Psychology  

DR. WILLIAM SCHMELTZ TEACHING PROFESSORSHIP

This professorship, created in 1997, honors Dr. William F. Schmeltz, who served as an accounting professor, department chairman, and Dean of the College of Business Administration. The professorship is awarded to a professor of high achievement in business and accounting.

Paul Schauer, Ph.D., Accounting/MIS 

R. MARSHALL AND ANTONIA G. WILSON PROFESSORSHIP FOR CHEMISTRY

This professorship was created by R. Marshall and Antonia G. Wilson and is used to attract and retain distinguished faculty to the Department of Chemistry who will also contribute to the research and teaching mission of the Center for Photochemical Sciences.

Jayaraman Sivaguru, Ph.D., Chemistry 

FRED E. SCHOLL ENDOWED CHAIR IN FINANCE

This endowed Chair was created in 2018 to provide support and leadership for the Schmidthorst College of Business. It is awarded to a tenured or full professor with demonstrated leadership in teaching, research, and service. 

Sung Bae, Ph.D., Finance