Dr. Patrick Pauken (left) presents Faculty Distinguished Service Awards to Drs. Mark Earley (center) and Keith Bernhard.

Dr. Patrick Pauken (left) presents Faculty Distinguished Service Awards to Drs. Mark Earley (center) and Keith Bernhard.

Faculty Senate honors Bernhard's, Earley's distinguished service

Dr. Keith Bernhard’s 20-year record of service to the University and Dr. Mark Earley’s cross-campus contributions earned each of them a Faculty Distinguished Service Award. Bernhard, technology, and Earley, chair of educational foundations and inquiry, both received a $500 cash award and a reserved parking space for six months.

Bernhard has represented the College of Technology in the Faculty Senate since 1993, including a year as senate secretary in 1995-96. During his tenure, he has developed legislation pertaining to merit policy, the “academic bill of rights,” sustainability of higher education and evaluation of department chairs, as well as working on numerous task forces.

From 1993-96 and again from 1998 to the present, Bernhard has served on the senate’s Executive Committee and, since 2004, he has been the executive committee’s representative to the Ohio Faculty Council.

As a member of the statewide organization, he developed a proposal for the creation of policy panels to explore strategic issues/opportunities in Ohio higher education, drawing upon faculty resources. In 2006-07, he was also the council’s secretary, managing redevelopment of its Web site and developing a new logo, as well as arranging a presentation by the BGSU Faculty Senate Committee on Professional Affairs to share its successful methods with other Ohio institutions.

In addition, from 1999-2002 and now since 2005, Bernhard has served on the Faculty Senate Budget Committee, and he is the current chair of the College of Technology Council.

“As chair of the Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Affairs, I know from firsthand observation that Keith conveys the kind of dedication, and the leadership, that stimulates and enlivens the important work that we do,” wrote his nominator, Dr. David Border, an associate professor of electronics and computer technology. “Keith is a very insightful and sharp colleague.”

Mark Earley
Earley was, according to nominator Dr. Patricia Kubow, a most deserving candidate for the distinguished service award. Kubow, leadership and policy studies, described her colleague as “a person who gives most generously of himself through his time and expertise to contribute to the personal and professional development of students, colleagues, campus peers, the external community and the higher education profession as a whole.”

According to Kubow, Earley “makes service the most natural part of his work life.” He has served BGSU on the university level as well as through the College of Education and Human Development and the School of Leadership and Policy Studies.

He has advised more than 400 students and is often asked to entertain BGSU audiences as a guest speaker.

Earley has chaired the Evaluation Subcommittee for the Research Conference Planning Committee and served as a panel member for Faculty Learning Communities at the New Faculty Orientation. He has been a facilitator of the reflective-teaching learning community for BGSU faculty since 2004.

He created and facilitates the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Faculty Learning Community. He also chaired the Undergraduate Admissions Advisory Committee and the Faculty Senate Committee on Committees.

In addition to being EDFI chair, Earley served on the Master’s of Art in Cross-Cultural and International Education Steering Committee and the Master’s Implementation Committee.

He is involved in the community through the Program Committee for Partners in Education Board of Trustees in Toledo, the American Educational Research Association and the Midwest Educational Research Association.

November 5, 2007