Fayetta M. Paulsen Lecture

Each year, Residence Life at BGSU sponsors what is known as the Fayetta M. Paulsen Lecture as a staff development initiative for Student Affairs and the Higher Education program. This lecture is in honor of Fayetta Paulsen who served as Dean of Students at BGSU for many years. She retired after nearly 30 years at BGSU and was involved both on our campus and nationally at many levels.

Dr. Michelle M. Espino

2020 Paulsen Lecture

Disrupting the Neutrality of Student Affairs Practice

DATE | Thursday, April 16
TIME | 11 a.m. - Noon
LOCATION | Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Sky Bank Room (201)

Over the past 50 years, student affairs preparation programs train practitioners to foster student learning and development. Despite shared standards for educating the next generation of professionals, self-reflection about the realities of oppression and inequity are seldom woven throughout the curriculum. Without a critical, transformational perspective, student affairs training and practice will maintain the status quo on college campuses. This talk calls upon the equity-minded researcher and scholar-practitioner to disrupt the neutrality of practice, confront embedded assumptions, and attend to power and oppression in higher education in order to find wholeness for the field of student affairs and bring healing to our campuses.


Dr. Michelle M. Espino is a first-generation college student and is associate professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education Policy program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned her doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Arizona, her master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and her bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University (TX). Dr. Espino investigates the individual, organizational, and community factors that affect educational attainment for racial/ethnic minorities, particularly for Latinx/as/os. Using critical perspectives, Dr. Espino's work also exposes the social inequities that undermine individual motivations to study and work in colleges and universities. Dr. Espino has published articles in American Educational Research Journal, The Review of Higher Education, Teachers College Record, Equity & Excellence in Education, Qualitative Inquiry, and the American Journal of Education. She is also the creator of Latinx Intelligentsia, a podcast dedicated to uplifting Latinx communities in higher education.

Past lecturers have included:

  • Alexis Kanda-Olmstead (2019)
  • Dr. Kathleen Kerr (2018)
  • Dr. Jancie Gerda (2016)
  • Dr. Kathy Collins (2015)
  • Dr. Sherry Woosley (2014)
  • Dr. Susan Komives (2013)
  • Nancy Footer (2012)
  • Dr. Pat Mielke (2011)
  • Dr. Jan Arminio (2010)
  • Dr. Peggy Jablonki (2009)

Fayetta M. Paulsen

In June of 1990, Fayetta M. Paulsen retired as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Residential Services at Bowling Green State University. This event honors her 27 years of service to the University. While at BGSU, she also served as the Associate Dean of Students, Acting Dean of Students, and Dean of Women. Prior to coming to Bowling Green, she was Dean of Women at Luther College, Associate Professor and Chair of Health and Physical Education for Women at Augustana College, and Professor and Acting Director of Health and Physical Education for Women at St. Olaf College.

Ms. Paulsen was a graduate of Western Michigan University and MacMurray College. She also attended the University of Colorado and attended the doctoral program at Syracuse University. Throughout her career, she received numerous awards and honors, including membership in Alpha Lambda Delta, Mortar Board, Phi Lambda Theta, Alpha Xi Delta’s 75th Anniversary Award of the top 10% Members for Achievement, the Ohio Association of Women Deans, Administrators and Counselors’ (OAWDAC) 1985 President’s Recognition Award, and the Ohio College Personnel Association’s (OCPA) Phillip A. Tripp Distinguished Service Award. In 1989, BGSU’s Chapter of Mortar Board was named the Fayetta M. Paulsen Cap and Gown Chapter of Mortar Board. In 2003, Ms. Paulsen was honored by ACPA as a Diamond Honoree.

Professional organizations played an important part of Ms. Paulsen’s career. She served as president of OAWDAC, OCPA, and the Ohio Association of Student Personnel Administrators (OASPA.) Additionally, she held several offices within the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors. She also published articles in the Journal of NAWDAC and Fraternity Month. She made presentations throughout the state, region, and nation.

Ms. Paulsen died February 20, 2005.

To individuals with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services, access@bgsu.edu, 419-372-8495. Please notify us prior to the event.