Welcome back!

Joe Whitehead tight cropThe 2019 calendar year was a busy time, and I want to share highlights from the past few months and update you on the progress we've made in advancing our Focus on the Future Strategic Plan.

As Ohio aspires to elevate higher education and BGSU prepares for changing demographics as 2025 approaches, we are leveraging our academic strengths while considering Ohio’s workforce needs to identify opportunities in specific programs instead of across-the-board enrollment growth. I have been working with the deans to identify highly recognized programs and those that are unique among our Ohio peer institutions to ensure the University is well-positioned as student demographics shift.

This continues to be an exciting time for Bowling Green State University, and I look forward to advancing BGSU together.


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Joe B. Whitehead, Jr., Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Faculty and Staff

  • Please give Dr. Glenn Davis a warm welcome as the new Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. He joined BGSU in early January and will concentrate on Academic Affairs priority initiatives within Focus on the Future, including Imperative No. 1, redefining undergraduate student success.
  • John Lommel, Ed.D. was hired as Director of Institutional Effectiveness. Dr. Lommel most recently served as assistant provost at Grace College and Theological Seminary, has served as Accreditation Liaison Officer at two institutions, and has led program accreditation, assessment, and institutional effectiveness efforts. Please welcome Dr. Lommel to BGSU.
  • Dr. Raymond Craig, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Simon Morgan-Russell, dean, Honors College, have been re-appointed to their respective leadership positions for the next five years.
  • Dr. Simon Morgan-Russell, dean of the Honors College, will also serve as interim dean of the Graduate College. We will take this opportunity during the interim period to review graduate education in general and graduate education at BGSU in particular. The review will entail assembling a taskforce composed of stakeholders who will report out by the end of spring semester.  We will provide regular updates throughout the process.
  • Dr. Karen Johnson-Webb, associate professor, was recently elected to the executive committee of the American Association of Geographers.

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  • Bowling Green State University's online criminal justice master's program is ranked 12th in the country and No. 1 in Ohio in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings, which were released January 14. The University’s online bachelor’s and education programs also remain nationally ranked and among the best in Ohio.
  • As part of our ongoing effort to redefine success for undergraduate students, several sections of BGSU 1910 or similarly structured offerings have incorporated life design activities. These activities will provide a framework and a set of practices to help students reflect on college, career and life goals and to plan purposely and flexibly for their future.
  • Congratulations to the College of Business who jumped 16% in the U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Undergraduate Business Schools rankings.
  • Register textbooks, open educational resources, and course materials, or indicate that no materials are required, as soon as possible in order to comply with the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Registering early allows students more time to compare prices, respond to the online textbook market's fluctuating prices and find used books. Go to MyBGSU for link to register materials and to find more information.
  • In early November, BGSU placed 5th in the International Championships of Intercollegiate Mediation in Toronto against 42 teams from the U.S., Canada, India and Singapore. In addition, the International Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution names 35 All-American Mediators each year, and BGSU was awarded four of the 35 designations.
  • BGSU won the 2019 General Motors/Wayne State Supply Chain Competition Championship. The BGSU team competed against twenty-four other universities from around the world representing some of the top supply chain management programs.


  • The Center for Faculty Excellence is a great resource for faculty. Contact the CFE at or 419 372-6898 for additional questions or to schedule a consultation with a CFE staff member.
  • BGSU is a member in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD offers a wide range of professional development, training and mentoring support for faculty. As a BGSU faculty member, you are eligible for a subscription to the NCFDD and can begin taking advantage of those valuable resources. Visit BGSU's NCFDD website to activate your account today.

In the News

  • BGSU, Falcon Health Center studying sports-related concussions BGSU, Falcon Health Center studying sports-related concussions
    Bowling Green State University’s club sports student-athletes are gaining another level of care, thanks to a partnership between the College of Education and Human Development, Division of Student Affairs — Department of Recreation and Wellness and Falcon Health Center. The University offers more than 30 intramural sports.

  • HHS receives $200,000 grant from Ohio Board of Nursing HHS receives $200,000 grant from Ohio Board of Nursing

  • Dr. Scott Rogers of BGSU examines effects of ancient microbes in new book Dr. Scott Rogers of BGSU examines effects of ancient microbes in new book
    The idea of freezing a life in ice and thawing it out years later has been used extensively in science fiction. According to Scott Rogers, biology professor at BGSU, this concept may be more fact than fiction, and the outcomes of this are just as worrying as they are exciting.

  • BGSU I-O psychology and computer science celebrate 50 years BGSU I-O psychology and computer science celebrate 50 years
    BGSU’s industrial-organizational psychology program, which is ranked second in the nation, and the computer science program, which was the first undergraduate program in Ohio, both celebrated a 50-year anniversary. Faculty, students and alumni also came together to celebrate the many successes of the program and to plan for the future.

  • BGSU builds collaborations with Schooner Farms BGSU builds collaborations with Schooner Farms
    Bowling Green State University is always looking for ways to take learning outside of the classroom. Recent involvement with Schooner Farms has led to tours, fieldtrips, volunteerism and even possibilities to take classes at their facility to promote sustainability in the community.

  • BGSU students attend UN Food and Agriculture Organization Conference BGSU students attend UN Food and Agriculture Organization Conference
    More than 30 students from Bowling Green State University attended the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Conference in Cleveland on Nov. 4, hosted by the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH). Students were able to talk and interact with representatives and delegates from 56 nations.

  • BGSU once again named a top university in the U.S. for veterans BGSU once again named a top university in the U.S. for veterans
    Best for Vets has ranked Bowling Green State University 27th among four-year institutions in the United States, and the No. 1 university in Ohio. As such, BGSU remains one of the top academic choices in the country for veterans and active-duty military personnel.

  • BGSU christens new research vessel, 'RV Ziggy' BGSU christens new research vessel, 'RV Ziggy'
    BGSU christened a new research vessel that will support the University’s water quality research efforts on Lake Erie through the Center for Great Lakes and Watershed Studies. The vessel was made possible by a generous gift from BGSU alumni Patrick L. and Debra Scheetz Ryan and the Ryan Family Foundation.

  • Dr. Kevin McCluney part of $780,000 NSF grant study Dr. Kevin McCluney part of $780,000 NSF grant study
    Dr. Kevin McCluney, assistant professor of biological sciences at BGSU, is part of a research team that has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant. The research focuses on the extent to which birds and their migratory patterns, wind and climate link temporary wetlands across the Great Plains.

  • Implement a holistic life design framework for students to succeed after BGSU, reframing our approach to include career and education and centralizing advising and career offices and functions
  • Ensure our high-impact practices, such as undergraduate research and study abroad are obvious and accessible to each student, building our a co-curricular ecosystem
  • Require each student to complete a signature project with a team of their colleagues from various disciplines that requires them to learn from big, relevant and complex issues
  • Launch the Falcon Flight Plan to provide clarity for our students' personal and professional success for life after Bowling Green State University
  • Recruit a more diverse student body, because the vibrancy of our learning community depends on it to increase enrollment
  • Create a comprehensive, outcomes-oriented strategic diversity plan that supports each student, faculty, and staff member to achieve excellence inside and out of the classroom
  • Elevate the work of the new Division of Diversity and Belonging to have university-wide impact, including enrollment and graduation rates
  • Move to a standard 120 credit hours to earn a BGSU degree, being mindful of student debt and our responsibility to our students
  • Implement Academic Performance Solutions and Academic Benchmark Consortium to use data to better inform decisions
  • Complete the Changing Lives for the World campaign, securing more than $200 million to support key priorities
  • Explore alternative organizational structures to align a holistic student-centered approach

Designing Your Life Implementation

Incorporating Life Design concepts into the undergraduate student experience is one of our core strategies for redefining student success. These concepts, which are explored in the book "Designing Your Life" by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, provide a framework and a set of practices to help students reflect on college, career and life goals and to plan purposely and flexibly for their future.

  • Bill Burnett visited campus over winter session to lead a three-day Life Design Workshop that was attended by 60 BGSU faculty and staff.
  • During Fall 2020, BGSU 1910 will become a primary vehicle for teaching students Life Design concepts, which will improve first-year student retention and contribute to reducing success gaps.
  • During the fall semester, nearly 500 students participated in a Life Design pilot. More than 100 of them engaged in a three-day interactive workshop the weekend before the start of the spring semester.

Rogers Report

A Public University for the Public Good

As a public university for the public good, our faculty’s teaching, research and creative activities drive the educational, social, cultural and economic vitality of our communities. Your work demonstrates our relevance to the public and has a positive impact on our students and alumni. I want to share several recent examples with you.

Rodney K. Rogers, Ph.D.

Watch this month's Roger's Report