At its final meeting of the academic year May 7, the board of trustees approved changes to the fee waiver policy for faculty, staff and their dependents effective this summer.
Faculty and staff are now allowed to enroll for a maximum of 16 credit hours per academic year, an increase from the current 15 credit hours. All time away from work to attend courses must be made up within that workweek, either by using a flexible work schedule or appropriate paid leaves, exclusive of sick leave. Unpaid leave is not available. Faculty and staff may not receive fee waiver benefits as both a faculty or staff member and as a dependent in any academic year and cannot utilize 16 credit hours at both BGSU and the University of Toledo.
The trustees also approved a major modification to the fee waiver policy for dependents of faculty and staff. They can now utilize the fee waiver the first semester following the date of hire, eliminating the three-year waiting period. As long as the child is being claimed as a tax dependent he/she may continue to utilize the fee waiver through the end of the calendar year the child turns 24 years old.
In other action, a number of faculty members were granted promotion or tenure at the meeting. Seven received a full professorship, three were awarded tenure, 18 were awarded tenure and associate professorship, four received senior lecturer status and nine were awarded lecturer status. See (link) for a full list of names.
A number of faculty members were also granted emeritus status. Twenty-one faculty members were awarded a full emeritus professorship, while nine were given the associate designation and one was named an assistant. Two faculty members received emeritus lecturer statues. See (link) for a full list of names.
Mary Beckinsale, president of Studio Art Centers International (SACI), was awarded an honorary Doctor of Art degree. SACI is the School of Art’s study abroad program in Florence, Italy. Under Beckinsale’s leadership, enrollment has grown to approximately 150-180 students each semester, with 80 percent of SACI’s students coming from American universities.
Three students with outstanding records of leadership, academic achievement and social commitment were awarded the Board of Trustees Leadership Scholarship. Laura Burgher, a senior from Greenwood, Ind., majoring in early childhood education; David Johnson, a senior from Canton majoring in communications, and Ericka Maas, a junior from Leipsic majoring in nursing were presented the $1,000 award at the meeting.