The 23 retiring faculty members who were granted emeritus status by the BGSU trustees this summer included some of the University’s most prominent professors. Following is a sampling of the accomplishments of three of them: Drs. Peggy Giordano, sociology, and Gary Hess, history, each a Distinguished Research Professor, and Dr. Milton Hakel, an Ohio Board of Regents Eminent Scholar in psychology.
In her 35 years at BGSU, Peggy Giordano received research grants totaling more than $6 million. She is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in her primary research fields of adolescence, gender and crime, and is known nationwide for her work with the Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study. In addition, “she has organized and inspired her colleagues to work with her on her grants and the research they have funded, making her colleagues immeasurably better,” noted Dr. Gary Lee, sociology chair, in a letter nominating Giordano for emerita status.
At the same time she published and presented research extensively, Giordano taught and advised many students who are now faculty members at colleges and universities around the country. “A long list of successful professionals owe their careers to the training and guidance they received from Professor Giordano,” Lee wrote. And her service included stints on review panels for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as numerous elected positions on other scientific boards and committees.
Gary Hess became a nationally known authority on U.S. foreign relations during his 45 years at BGSU. Choice Magazine named his seventh and most recent book, “Vietnam: Explaining America’s Lost War,” among its Outstanding Books of 2008. He received the Norman and Laura Graebner Award for lifetime achievement as a historian of U.S. foreign relations, as well as the 2009 Ohio Academy of History Distinguished Historian Award.
Hess has been president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, chair of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation, a consultant and lecturer in the officer-training program at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton and an editorial board member for the journal Diplomatic History.
At BGSU, he was history department chair from 1973-81 and 1985-92, and acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1981-82. His honors from the University include the Olscamp Research Award, the Distinguished Faculty Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. “He has been among the department’s, and the University’s, most productive and renowned scholars, contributing much to the prestige of the institution,” wrote Dr. Scott Martin, current history chair, in his letter supporting emeritus status for Hess.
Milton Hakel has spent the last 18 of his more than 40 years in higher education at BGSU, where his internationally recognized research in industrial and organizational psychology continued alongside work on college-level teaching and learning.
An author of three books and editor of a fourth, Hakel had also been editor of the journals Current Directions in Psychological Science and Personnel Psychology. He was president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, which presented him its Distinguished Service Contributions Award. In 2003, he became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Hakel has chaired BGSU’s Student Achievement Assessment and Electronic Portfolio Steering committees—groups that have identified learning outcomes in majors and University-wide—as well as the team that created the Academic Plan. “From his foundational role in Springboard to his extensive work on e-portfolios, Dr. Hakel’s impact has been felt by countless BGSU students and faculty,” Dr. Dara Musher-Eizenman, acting chair of psychology, noted in support of his emeritus designation.