Manning honored as Distinguished Research Professor


BOWLING GREEN, O.-Bowling Green State University sociology professor Dr. Wendy Manning was recognized at the April 10 Faculty Recognition Reception for being named a Distinguished Research Professor.

The award recognizes professors who have established outstanding national and international recognition through research and publication or creative/artistic achievement in their disciplines. The BGSU Board of Trustees will vote on the designation at its May 3 meeting.

Manning joined BGSU in 1995 as an assistant professor in the sociology department. Tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2000, she was quickly promoted to full professor in 2004.

During her BGSU academic career, Manning has published over 60 articles in leading journals in both her discipline and her specialties, her work cited over 1,900 times. She has co-authored a book, and 16 book chapters. Manning has also co-authored nearly 30 articles and four book chapters with students, helping to jump start the careers of several new scholars.

She is highly praised for her ability to secure extramural grants. During the past 17 years at BGSU, Manning has earned over $15 million in grants - two of them funding two major research centers on the BGSU campus.

The first, The Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR), was established through a grant in 2002 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The second, The National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR), the only center of its kind in the nation, was funded in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"Manning has been a leading figure in both family sociology and demography at the national and international levels," wrote Dr. Gary Lee, chair of the sociology department. "Her research receives so much extramural funding because it is important, of the highest quality, and on the cutting edge in her field."

Manning is regarded by her colleagues as one of the leading authorities in the country on the consequences of cohabitation for adults and children. Dr. Sara McLanahan, the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, calls her "the top family demographer in her generation."

(Posted April 11, 2013 )