New emeriti faculty named

Eleven faculty members were granted emeritus status by the trustees in recognition of their years of scholarship and teaching at BGSU.

Drs. Larry Dunning, computer science, and Joseph Jacoby, sociology, were each named professor emeritus.

The associate professor emeritus designation was given to Drs. Rolando Andrade, ethnic studies; Donald Enholm, interpersonal communication; Patricia Essex, accounting and management information systems; Thomas Knox, history; Francis Laatsch, finance; Fiona MacKinnon, higher education and student affairs; Robert Meyers, English; Glenn Shields, social work, and Larry Small, communication disorders.

• A faculty member for 28 years and chair of his department for the last five, Dunning retired in December 2007. He joined the department at a time when interest and enrollment in computer science were burgeoning and assisted with managing its growth, also serving as advisor of the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. He taught 39 different courses, by far the most of any faculty member, and directed 44 master’s theses.

Dunning is internationally known for his research in the area of error correcting codes for computer memories and has published seminal works on optimal encodings of block codes. Noted faculty members from other universities have visited BGSU to work with him on research projects.

• A criminologist, Jacoby joined the sociology department in 1981 and will retire in June. He has been assistant and acting chair of the department as well as director of graduate studies. He is known for his mentoring of graduate students. As a specialist in the criminal justice system’s treatment of the mentally ill, he attracted significant funding for his research and published numerous articles and books in the field of criminology. In 1980, he was recognized by the American Bar Association for his contributions to public understanding of the U.S. justice system through his co-authoring of a book on mentally ill offenders.

Jacoby has chaired the BGSU Human Subjects Review Board for the past 10 years, among many other committee memberships. His service to his profession includes work as a research fellow for the Ohio Department of Mental Health.

• Andrade will retire in June after teaching at BGSU since 1977. A key figure in the development of the ethnic studies department, he helped design its core curriculum and has been chair and acting chair on several occasions. He is known for his rapport with and mentoring of students, and has used his scholarly understanding of cultural diversity to help them grow personally and academically. He has also served the city and the region in the same way by helping them address ethnic differences in a progressive manner, developing many community partnerships such as the Latino Networking Committee and the Migrant Concerns Committee. In recognition of these efforts, he was presented the Diamante Award for Education in 2001.

Since 2001, Andrade has also taught and mentored in the Chapman Community at Kohl. He was influential in introducing and developing Latino studies as part of BGSU’s curriculum, and created the innovative “Summer in Mexico” program that has sent 125 students to Mexico since 1991.

• A faculty member since 1973, Enholm will retire in June. He has taught a variety of courses in rhetoric and theory, argumentation, public speaking and persuasion, and has mentored numerous graduate students. In 1988, he was named the Outstanding College Teacher by the Ohio Speech Communication Association.

His scholarship has focused on political rhetoric and communication theory and has resulted in more than a dozen refereed articles and a term as editor of the Ohio Speech Journal.

• The Ernst and Young Professor of Accountancy from 2004-07, Essex was twice chosen by senior accounting students for the Senior Choice Award, in 1999 and 2004. She retired last July. She was first employed by the University in 1982, leaving five years later to teach at the University of Toledo and Michigan State University before returning to BGSU in 1999. She has been a leader in the College of Business Administration in developing online course materials related to her classes. She has also developed computer-assisted instructional software to accompany a textbook and was the author of an invited article on “Using WebCT to Support Accounting Courses.”

Her research interests are in the behavioral aspects of information systems and accounting education.

• A member of the American Historical Association, the North American Conference on British Studies and the Ohio Academy of History, Knox began working at the University in 1972 and will retire in June. He has taught British history to numerous BGSU students, plus courses in world, early modern European and legal history. He has published scholarly articles on 18th-century British politics in a number of journals and was recently editor of the Northwest Ohio Quarterly.

In addition to significant departmental, college and University service, Knox has been a consultant to the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library for its American and World War I series, as well as to Sauder Village, and a Houghton-Mifflin consultant for undergraduate texts.

• Laatsch, an associate professor of finance since 1988, is director of Financial Planning Programs and in 2005 was named the Ashel G. Bryan/Sky Professor. A specialist in financial analysis and planning, particularly investment planning, he has taught managerial finance, capital markets and investments at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He will retire June 30.

He is a past president and vice president of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Toledo and is currently the continuing education chair. He is also on the board of directors for the Academy of Financial Services. He has been a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, the Financial Management Association, the Midwest Finance Association, the Financial Planning Association and the American Academy of Accounting and Finance. Before coming to Bowling Green, Laatsch taught at Central Washington University and the University of Nevada.

• MacKinnon, who retired in January, joined the College of Education and Human Development in 1988, and served in a number of leadership roles in her department, the college and the University in addition to teaching. In 2000, she received the Faculty Distinguished Service Award, and her college colleagues recently honored her by naming the Multicultural Initiatives Diversity Lecture Series for her. From 2002-07, she served as associate dean for student affairs, promoting faculty and student development and overseeing the development of a strong college advising office. She has been chair of Faculty Senate and a member of myriad campus committees.

Her research interests concern the adult learner in higher education and she has published widely on that topic. In 1996, she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to China.

• Meyers has taught at BGSU for 39 years, primarily undergraduate courses in literature, theory and criticism. He was assistant chair of the English department from 1990-97 and undergraduate coordinator for the department from 1990-96. In addition to extensive committee work, he recently played an important role in the large-scale revision of the department’s governance document.

Meyers also taught at Western Illinois University and the University of Pittsburgh before joining BGSU in 1969. He will retire in June.

• Shields, the director of the Social Work Program, began his career at BGSU in 1990 after serving as a practicing social worker in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. After only two years at the University, he was named chair of his department. In 1999, he proposed and helped establish the Department of Human Services, combining social work with programs in criminal justice and gerontology.

He has published 24 refereed articles and two book chapters, and has given more than 75 presentations, in addition to being involved in several major grant-funded projects. His honors include the Faculty Excellence Award, the Ohio Academy of Science Paper of the Year, the Volunteer of the Year Award and membership in Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society in education. Shields is retiring today (May 5).

• Small retires July 1 after 24 years at BGSU. He is well known in his discipline for his textbook Fundamentals of Phonetics, the most widely used phonetics text in communication disorders. At BGSU, he has been chair of the communication disorders department since 2004 and was the departmental graduate coordinator from 1987-91 and again from 1996 till this semester. He was director of the University Honors Program from 1991-96, and is still a member of the Honors Advisory Council.

Small has participated in 30 master’s theses, doctoral dissertations and honors projects, and is known as a challenging but supportive instructor whose courses were always contemporary in a rapidly changing field. His professional activities include leadership positions with the American Speech and Hearing Association and, locally, the Toledo Speech and Hearing Center.

May 5, 2008