Biography of John M. Fischer, Ph.D.

John M. Fischer serves as interim senior vice president of academic affairs and provost at Bowling Green State University. A longtime educational leader, Dr. Fischer’s broad array of experience locally, nationally and internationally makes him well suited to understand and address the needs of faculty, the academic goals of students, and the wide range of academic affairs.

Prior to assuming the provost role, Dr. Fischer served as vice provost for academic affairs where he led the finalization and implementation of the revised General Education Program-BG Perspective. He was vital to centralizing and expanding the BG Experience programs in the newly renovated University Hall. He led and collaborated on the development and revision of retention, strengthening initiatives such as the use of predictive analytics, disaggregated analysis and outreach to subpopulations, the revision of the early alert system,  and other programs designed to increase student engagement and success. He helped to develop and implement BGSU’s successful eCampus, and assisted in the development and implementation of BGSU’s work with College Credit Plus. Dr. Fischer also led the effort to develop BGSU’s first winter session.Finally, he helped to implement the use of Active Learning Classrooms on the Bowling Green campus as part of the master plan and efforts to rebuild collaboration and learning spaces.

Prior to his role as vice provost for academic affairs, he spent 14 years as a professor in the School of Teaching and Learning with the College of Education and Human Development and three years as associate dean for administration in that college.  There his work focused on middle childhood education, growing international opportunities for EDHD students, and development of new learning spaces and classrooms in the college. As associate dean and summer dean of the college, Dr. Fischer dealt with faculty contracting, budgeting, tenure and promotion, educational outreach and faculty development.

His University and college service has included curriculum review and development, the reaccreditation process, and promotion of online programs, and study abroad. His work has encompassed both undergraduate and graduate studies issues.  Early in his tenure at BGSU he assisted in the development of the Middle Childhood Education program, also the creation and leadership of the International Democratic Education Institute--including travel and work in Ukraine, Kenya, and South Africa.  He led the institute’s significant work in Poland, working with educational leaders, government officials and students in both Poland and on the BGSU campus on issues related to civic education and educational leadership.   In the fall of 2007, as part of his work in Poland, he was named a Fulbright Scholar and completed his Fulbright at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.  Finally, during this time at Bowling Green, he co-led the implementation of the GEAR UP grant, a multi-million dollar federal grant that worked with urban, struggling schools in Toledo to make college a real possibility for students.

He received his bachelor's degree in elementary education from BGSU. He earned a master's degree in social studies and global education and his Ph.D. in social studies teacher education from The Ohio State University.