The trustees at the June 22 meeting approved the recommendation of the Honorary Degrees and Commemoratives Committee and granted 12 faculty members emeritus status.
Designated as emeriti faculty were:
Dr. M. Neil Browne, Distinguished Teaching Professor of economics, who retired June 1. He joined the University in 1968 and was named a full professor in 1989. Browne has been a leader in the development of critical thinking curricula and, with Dr. Stuart Keeley, professor emeritus of psychology, is the author of numerous texts on the topic. He developed the groundbreaking IMPACT (Integrating Moral Principles and Critical Thinking) learning community in 2000 and has been its director since 2001. Browne, who received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969 and a law degree from the University of Toledo in 1981, revived the BGSU Mock Trial Team in 2003 and as its advisor led the team to national prominence.
Among his many honors, in 2000 he was awarded the College of Business Administration’s first Undergraduate Alumni Teaching Award and in 2001 was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the University. Browne also has a long history of service to BGSU. He served as a Library Representative from 1980-2006, on the Recruitment and Student Assistantship Committee from 1992-2006, on the Academic Honesty Committee from 1999-2006 and on the Faculty Personnel and Conciliation Committee from 1989-99 and again from 2005-06. A prolific writer in the areas of economics, legal studies and critical thinking, Browne has co-authored 12 books and written 127 journal articles.
William W. Currie, BGSU Firelands humanities, who retired May 1. He was named assistant professor emeritus. Currie worked at Firelands for 26 years as a librarian and teacher. According to Dr. Andrew Kurtz, humanities chair, “[Currie] oversaw major renovations, implementing the technological innovations of the 1990s, most notably the OhioLINK system and, more recently, developing the collection to support additional four-year programs.” He served on Faculty Senate and the Senate Executive Committee and on various other committees at the college and university levels. Currie also mentored two part-time faculty members for the past two years. He has been a member of the Firelands College Faculty Organization and the Library Advisory Committee since 1981. He received a master’s degree in instructional development and technology from Michigan State University in 1976, and a master of library science degree from Western Michigan University in 1980. He has published a book, two refereed journal articles and a book review.
Dr. J. Christopher Dalton, chemistry, who will retire July 31. Dalton, who was also named Trustee Professor by the board of trustees (See related story), oversaw BGSU’s budget for 20 years, following a distinguished career in organic photochemistry. He became vice president for planning and budgeting in 1987 and was named senior vice president for finance and administration in 1999, overseeing 21 units on campus. He stepped down from that position May 31. He continues to hold a tenured position in the chemistry department.
Dalton came to BGSU from the University of Rochester as an associate professor in 1977 and was promoted to professor in 1983. He helped strengthen BGSU’s fledgling Center for Photochemical Sciences and was its administrative director from 1985-87, when he moved to the University budget office. Before joining the administration, he had become involved in University finances through his service on the Faculty Senate Budget Committee, which he chaired for several years.
He received the Faculty Distinguished Service Award in 1986 and was presented an Honorary Alumnus Award by the Alumni Association in 2005. Dalton earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1970 and his bachelor of science degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1965, both in chemistry.
Dr. Mark Kasoff, economics and Canadian studies, who will retire June 30. He has been working at BGSU since 1991 as a professor and director of Canadian Studies and, until last year, the Canadian Studies Center. A University-wide effort, the center’s mission is to be a comprehensive Canadian information resource, as well as to strengthen business ties between the two countries. Kasoff has been involved with the planning, organization and direction of a number of Canada-related events, from the annual Reddin Symposium to the Canada-Ohio Business Dinner. In 2002, he brought the American Review of Canadian Studies to BGSU when he became the quarterly journal’s editor.
He has been a member of the Graduate Committee since 2001, the Council of Interdisciplinary Program Directors since 1992 and the tenure and promotion committees since 1991. Kasoff also was involved in the development of eight courses, advised Canadian studies minors and published nine books and 17 journal articles. He helped secure more than 80 research projects and grants. He earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Indiana University in 1967 and 1969, respectively.
Dr. Kenneth Kiple, history, who will retire June 30. He has been a faculty member since 1970, starting as an assistant professor and becoming a Distinguished University Professor in 1994. According to Dr. Donald Nieman, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, “[Kiple] has introduced three generations of students to the history and culture of Spain and Latin America, as well as regularly teaching an introductory course in modern U.S. history and a variety of graduate seminars. He has brought great recognition to the department and the University for his path-breaking research.”
In addition to his early work on slavery in the Caribbean and Afro-Caribbean culture, Kiple has been an internationally recognized leader in the developing field of biomedical history, publishing The Cambridge World History of Human Disease in 1993. He also has pioneered research into the history of food and nutrition with his Cambridge World History of Food, in 2000, and The Moveable Feast: Ten Millennia of Food Globalization, in 2007, both published by Cambridge University Press. He earned two doctoral degrees from the University of Florida in 1970, one a certificate in Latin American Studies and the other a Ph.D. in history.
Dr. Barbara Lockard Zimmerman, music performance studies, who will retire July 1. She joined the music faculty in 1971 and has been head of the voice department since 1980. Lockard Zimmerman has been chair of numerous thesis committees and has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in vocal performance. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal pedagogy and a doctor of music degree in vocal performance from Indiana University.
Lockard Zimmerman was involved in community outreach through the Opera for Youth program in the mid-1980s to early ‘90s. She developed the only Opera for Youth class in the United States, directed productions that reached thousands of children, and was convention chairman for the organization in 1991. She also received a McMaster grant for a television production of “Frauenliebe und Leben,” for use in college and high school music classes. She held leadership positions in the National Opera Association for many years. She is also known in the community for her direction of several Black Swamp Players productions and dinner theatre shows at a local church; she led opera productions in Michigan and Indiana as well.
Dr. Virginia Marks, music performance studies, who retired May 11. She came to Bowling Green as a teaching associate in the Creative Arts Program in 1970 and joined the faculty as a professor of performance studies in 1973. She also directed the Creative Arts Program from 1973-77. She was named a Distinguished University Professor in 1989. Marks served as coordinator of keyboard studies beginning in 1980 and was chair of performance studies for eight years.
Marks has successfully coached hundreds of piano students. Every year she has prepared students for the College of Musical Arts Concerto Competitions and other state and national competitions; many of them brought home awards. She has served her department and college, the University and professionals through her involvement with numerous competitions, committees, programs and festivals. Marks has appeared as a solo pianist with orchestras around the country, and her work was recorded in 1975. She received her master of music degree from American University in 1975 and did advanced piano study with Vladimir Sokoloff and Leon Fleisher in the 1960s.
George Novak, music performance studies, who retired May 11. He was named an associate professor emeritus. Novak has worked at BGSU since 1970 as an assistant and associate professor of trumpet, mentoring hundreds of students through senior and graduate recitals and examinations. He has held numerous clinics and given presentations in New Band Music Reading Clinic and regional schools. In 2000 and again in 2005 he was the recipient of the Phi Mu Alpha Distinguished Teaching Award.
As a member of the BGSU Brass Quintet since 1970, he has participated in the University’s New Music and Art Festival as well as in numerous local and regional performances. He was also a member of the Toledo Symphony from 1972-83. Novak has served as chair of the Merit Review Committee, on the Honors Advisory Council, the Faculty Personnel and Reconciliation Committee and the Promotion and Tenure Committee. He received his master of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
Dr. Truc Nguyen, mathematics and statistics, who retired May 31. He began work at BGSU as an assistant professor in 1982 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and was promoted to full professor in 1997. A specialist in mathematical statistics, “during his tenure at BGSU, he has been a vital member of the department’s research group in statistics,” wrote Dr. Neal Carothers, department chair. He has published more than 45 papers in refereed journals.
A dedicated teacher and advisor on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Nguyen directed 10 Ph.D. students and served on more than 20 dissertation committees. Nguyen was noted as one of his department’s most popular teachers, Carothers said, adding that “his patience is as legendary as his willingness to help.” Nguyen was a member of the interdisciplinary Statistics Program Committee from 1983-87 and again from 2001-02.
Dr. Shirley E. Ostler, English, who retired May 31. She was named assistant professor emeritus. Ostler came to the University in 1987. A member of the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and linguistics faculty, she served as director of the Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MATESL) program from 1992-95. According to Dr. Kristine Blair, chair of the English department, Ostler “contributed significantly to teacher preparation programs in English at both the graduate and undergraduate levels” through the many courses she helped to develop. As TESL director, she also collaborated with faculty and administrators across the University to serve the needs of international students.
Blair wrote that Ostler had a “distinguished service commitment at both the university and national levels, along with significant dedication to maintaining cultural diversity at BGSU and beyond through her teaching and research activity.” She has been an active member of the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) association, serving in elected roles at the international, national and regional levels, including chairing the regional conference and the Higher Education Interest Section from 1998-2001. Ostler received master of arts degrees in both general and applied linguistics from California State University, Northridge, and the University of Southern California, respectively, and a Ph.D. in international education from USC. She has published and presented widely.
Dr. Philip Terrie, American culture studies, who retired May 31. He has been with BGSU since 1980 teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in English and American culture studies. His scholarship has been marked by a deep commitment to environmentalism. He published three books on the culture and environmental history of the Adirondacks, nearly 30 scholarly book chapters and articles, and more than 30 articles in journals and magazines on Adirondack life, history and environment. He has provided service to his profession and the Adirondack Museum.
Terrie has held many leadership roles at BGSU, including interim director of environmental studies this year. He was director of the American Culture Studies Program from 1997-2000 and acting director of the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society in 2002-03. In 1994, he was awarded the Fulbright Senior Lecturer Award in American Literature at the University of Málaga, Spain. He received his Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University in 1979.
Dr. Thomas L. Wymer, English, who retired May 31. He started out at BGSU as an instructor in 1966 and became a professor in 1980. Wymer began to take leadership roles soon after joining the faculty, serving as assistant director of graduate studies in 1968, then acting chair in 1986-87, graduate coordinator from 1997-99 and, from 2005 until his retirement, associate chair and coordinator for graduate studies. He was chair of the English department from 1999-2003.
He was also active in curriculum and program development, leading the literature faculty in the development and delivery of fully online courses and helping to develop the undergraduate and graduate programs in scientific and technical communication. According to Nieman, “[Wymer] was instrumental in developing the Great Ideas Program in 1988, which continues to be a valuable course for students at BGSU.” He has co-edited or co-authored five books and 18 articles. He also received four grants totaling $256,000, including funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Board of Regents.