Provost, four new faculty hired with tenure

The trustees approved the hiring with tenure of a provost and four other faculty members at their June 22 meeting.

Hired were:

• Dr. Shirley Baugher, who was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs, with an additional appointment as professor with tenure, School of Family and Consumer Sciences. (See related story.)

• Thomas Atwood, dean of University Libraries, who was appointed to the rank of associate professor with tenure. Atwood will begin work at BGSU Friday (June 29). See for more on his background and credentials.

• Dr. Ruth Wallis Herndon, also appointed to the rank of associate professor with tenure, in the history department. A social historian of the colonial and revolutionary era in the United States, Herndon earned her Ph.D. in history from American University in 1992 and began teaching at the University of Rhode Island. In 1996 she joined the history faculty at the University of Toledo, where she is an associate professor. She won UT’s highest award for excellent teaching in 1999.

She had an academic-year fellowship with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2006-07. She will begin at BGSU Aug. 8.

Herndon’s book, Unwelcome Americans, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2001. In addition to numerous published articles and book chapters, she has a co-edited volume of essays under contract with Cornell University Press and a single-authored book project and co-authored manuscript in progress.

• Dr. Jill Zeilstra-Ryalls, who was appointed to the rank of professor with tenure, effective Aug. 8. Zeilstra-Ryalls received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Purdue University in 1990 and then held two postdoctoral fellowships, at the University of Utah and the University of Texas Medical School, before joining the faculty at Texas as a research assistant professor in 1995. In 1997, she moved to Oakland University.

Her research focuses on a fundamental process central to energy metabolism, tetrapyrrole biosynthesis, and its regulation in the purple nonsulfur photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter. She has published 28 papers in refereed periodicals and has been awarded 10 external grants, including several from the National Science Foundation, and two Wellcome Visiting Professorships for her department.

In addition to her research, she has developed and taught a range of undergraduate microbiology classes.

• Dr. Kara Joyner, as an associate professor with tenure in the sociology department, who will also begin work at BGSU on Aug. 8. A demographer, family sociologist and social psychologist, Joyner earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1997. She taught at McGill University from 1998-2000, when she joined the sociology faculty at Cornell University.

She has published 10 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including two senior-authored papers in American Sociological Review, the leading journal in the discipline.

She has received a number of external research grants, including two substantial awards from the National Institute for Child Development and Human Behavior. She is principal investigator on one, “The Timing and Circumstance of the Transition to Fatherhood,” which will follow her to BGSU.

June 25, 2007