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 Faye 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.


2018 Paulsen Lecture


DATE | Friday, April 13
TIME | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION | Bowen-Thompson Student Union | McMaster Room 308.

The lecture this year will be presented by Dr. Kathleen Kerr, Associate Vice President for Student Life and Executive Director of Residence Life and Housing at the University of Delaware.


Dr. Kerr actively partners with students and campus colleagues to create a once in a lifetime community experience where students learn, contribute, thrive and achieve their aspirations. With oversight for Residence Life & Housing; two Student Centers; and New Student Orientation, her job is to move the departments forward strategically while helping to identify synergies and intersections where they can support one anothers’ work with students, improve student learning and the services they provide. Learn more...

Past lecturers have included:

  • 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.