Alumna, Master Teacher to give fall commencement addresses

An accomplished alumna and the 2007 Master Teacher will speak at commencement exercises Friday and Saturday (Dec. 19 and 20) in Anderson Arena. Nearly 1,200 students, including 200 graduate students, will receive degrees.

Dr. Susan Stewart, a sociologist at Iowa State University, will address graduates from the Graduate College and colleges of Business Administration, Health and Human Services, Musical Arts, Technology and BGSU Firelands at a 7 p.m. ceremony Friday.

Dr. Kenneth Snead, chair of the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems, will address the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development at the 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday.

Stewart obtained both her master’s and doctoral degrees from BGSU, in 1996 and 2000, respectively. She received a Non-Service Research Fellowship from the sociology department and the Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence. She also won a graduate student paper award from the Southern Demographic Association.

Stewart’s area of expertise is family demography–the statistical study of families and households in terms of their formation, dissolution and change over time. Her research uses large national datasets to examine structural diversity, parent-child relationships, fertility, parental involvement, and child and adult well-being in nontraditional family forms.

With funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Joint Center for Poverty Research and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she is investigating race and gender differences in nonresident parental involvement (child support and visitation) and its relationship to children’s well-being; the relationship between food insecurity, family stress and childhood obesity; eating patterns and obesity among children in nontraditional families, and new stepfamily forms and patterns such as stepchild adoption.

She recently completed her first book, Brave New Stepfamilies: Diverse Paths toward Stepfamily Living. Her current research includes examining how changes in state child custody laws to favor co-parenting and how increases in shared physical custody affect children.

Snead's teaching interests lie primarily in the area of cost/managerial accounting. In addition to being named Master Teacher, considered the most prestigious award for faculty, he has been selected three times by the MBA Student Association as the college’s Outstanding Graduate Faculty and by Beta Alpha Psi as the Outstanding Accounting Teacher. Twice he has received the BGSU College of Business Administration Faculty Excellence Award from Undergraduate Student Government.

Snead earned his Ph.D. and a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of South Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio State University. Additionally, he has an extensive background in cost/financial analysis in the manufacturing sector and has done consulting in this area.  

Soon after joining the BGSU faculty in 1988, Snead received national recognition from the American Accounting Association when his doctoral dissertation was selected as the best in the nation produced in the management accounting area. His research interests include the behavioral aspects of both managerial accounting and information system implementation.

The fall graduating class includes more than 70 students who will receive associate degrees. The roughly 200 graduate students include 35 Ph.D. candidates, 160 master’s degree candidates and three candidates for the doctor of education degree.

Among the nearly 920 students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 184 are expected to graduate with honors. Thirty-eight students are expected to graduate summa cum laude for maintaining a grade point average between 3.9 and 4.0, including eight slated for Presidential Honors for perfect 4.0 averages. Forty-three degree candidates are expected to graduate magna cum laude, for maintaining grade averages in the 3.76-3.9 range, and 103 candidates are eligible for cum laude recognition, for averages in the 3.5-3.75 range. In addition, eight students receiving associate degrees will graduate with distinction and one, with highest distinction.

The graduating students represent 66 Ohio counties, 24 states and 25 nations.

December 15, 2008