According to a recent Stanford University report, 18 Bowling Green State University researchers across numerous disciplines rank among the top 2% of scientists worldwide as the most sought-after experts in their fields.
The report identifies the top 100,000 scientists based on several metrics, including number of papers authored, total citations and impact of published research, among other indicators.
Rankings were based on career-long and single-year data for 2021, with scientists classified into 22 fields and 174 sub-fields. The report, which is updated periodically, aims to standardize citation metrics.
The 18 BGSU researchers on the list — many of whom carry the university’s title of Distinguished Research Professor — hail from business, sociology, psychology, media and communications and the sciences.
“We have outstanding scholars at BGSU, and this report further validates their research excellence and reputations as respected leaders in their fields,” said Janet Hartley, associate dean in the Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business.
Ellen Schendel, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, emphasized the importance of academic research on the broader public good.
“Research is a core component of a university’s value to society because the new knowledge generated has real-world effects, as you can see from the impact of these scholars’ work on industry, relationships, civil rights and health,” she said. “We are fortunate to have such remarkable scholars here at BGSU, working with students and making a difference in our communities.”
Scott Highhouse, distinguished research professor and Ohio eminent scholar in the Department of Psychology, is among the top-ranked BGSU researchers. His research aims to help employers better identify and utilize talent. With a career that spans nearly four decades, Highhouse said he’s humbled to be ranked alongside such prominent scholars.
“The visibility of my work and, more broadly, the work of our industrial and organizational psychology program at BGSU matters most to me,” Highhouse said. “The fact that my research is being read and cited and is elevating the reputation of our program is incredibly rewarding.”
The BGSU list:
Dwayne D. Gremler, Distinguished Research Professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor, marketing
Gremler’s research focuses on marketing with an emphasis on service marketing management, the topic of which he’s published in numerous top-tier journals. Gremler also co-authored one of the leading service textbooks in the field titled “Services Marketing: Integrating Customer Focus Across the Firm.”
Hokey Min, Distinguished Research Professor, operations and supply chain management
Min is widely recognized for his expertise in global logistics, supply chain technology and healthcare supply chain management. Min, who joined the Schmidthorst College of Business in 2006 and is the James R. Good Chair in Global Supply Chain Strategy, pioneered research dealing with infectious disease controls from the logistics angle, and his work proved valuable when applied to the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sherry E. Sullivan, Distinguished Research Professor, business management
Sullivan, who received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University in 1983, is an expert in organizational behavior, career theory, career patterns in a boundaryless workplace, mentoring of expatriate managers and motivation of nonstandard employees. She’s been a faculty member at BGSU since 1993 and holds the Owens-Illinois Professorship.
Pavel Anzenbacher Jr., chemistry professor
Anzenbacher’s research focuses on the synthesis of novel pigments, chromophores, photoluminescent and electroluminescent materials. He also investigates the optical properties of materials capable of changes in color and luminescence for various real-life applications.
Verner P. Bingman, Distinguished Research Professor, psychology
Bingman teaches courses in cognitive neuroscience and ornithology, which is the study of birds. His research focuses on animal navigation and how the brain controls navigational behavior. He studies homing pigeons, migratory birds and whip spiders.
Susan L. Brown, Distinguished Research Professor, sociology
A world-renowned demographer, Brown’s research examines the implications of the rapid transformation of American family life, focusing on union dynamics and their consequences for well-being at various stages of life. Brown was named vice-president elect of the Population Association of America in 2023 and will assume the role of vice president in 2024. Brown also serves as director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research and co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research.
Alfred DeMaris, sociology professor emeritus
DeMaris is a research affiliate for the Center for Family and Demographic Research, studying family demography and fertility, social relationships and well-being, deviance, crime and violence in social context. His current research examines the contextual influences of partner violence and understanding the effects of parental violence, economic distress and community context on the social, educational and health development of children.
Peggy Giordano, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, sociology
Giordano, who has worked at BGSU since 1974, was the 2022 co-recipient of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, an international prize in the field of criminology considered to be the equivalent of a Nobel Prize. Her work has won consistent praise for using both qualitative and quantitative methods to obtain more complete profiles of criminal behavior, an approach that appeals not only to criminologists but to sociologists and those within other disciplines.
Scott Highhouse, Distinguished Research Professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar, psychology
Highhouse, who joined the Department of Psychology in 1996, has earned a prominent reputation as a global leader in advancing scientific practices in industrial and organizational psychology. He has played a pivotal role in helping the psychology doctoral program achieve consistent ranking as one of the top programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
Annette Mahoney, Distinguished Research Professor, psychology
Mahoney, a clinical psychologist, specializes in theory and empirical research on relational spirituality or specific religious/spiritual (R/S) cognitions and behaviors about close interpersonal relationships that can help or harm individual and relational health. She has written extensive integrative reviews on the intersection of religious/spiritual processes and close interpersonal relationships across the lifespan.
Wendy D. Manning, Distinguished Research Professor, sociology
As a family demographer, Manning examines how family members define and understand their obligations to each other in an era of increasingly diverse and complex family relationships. Manning led the research for the American Sociological Association’s amicus brief filed to the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex parent families. She is the founder of the Center for Family and Demographic Research and co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research
Kenneth I. Pargament, psychology professor emeritus
Pargament’s nationally and internationally known research addresses religious beliefs and health. His current research addresses how older adults who struggle with their religious beliefs and hold negative perceptions about their relationships with God and life meaning have an increased risk of death.
Laura Stafford, professor in the School of Media and Communication
Stafford, former School of Media and Communication director, focuses on interpersonal communication, specifically relational maintenance and long-distance relationships. She is the past chair of the Interpersonal Divisions of the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association.
Stephen Demuth, associate sociology professor
Demuth’s research examines how race and ethnicity affect the likelihood of becoming involved in the criminal justice system and how it shapes treatment within the system. He teaches courses on crime and punishment and quantitative research methods.
Peter Gorsevski, associate professor in the School of Earth, Environment and Society
Gorsevski’s research interests include geographic information system analysis methods, spatial statistics and data mining as well as GIS multicriteria decision analysis and spatial decision support systems. He also studies remote sensing and photogrammetry, airborne sensor development, landslide hazard modeling and terrain and watershed analysis.
Joshua Grubbs, associate psychology professor
Grubbs’ research focuses on the scientific study of addiction, personality and morality. He received more than $1 million in grants to complete a three-year-long research project to better understand how problem gambling on sports can be better understood and possibly predicted.
Kei Nomaguchi, sociology professor
Nomaguchi’s research explores what it means to be a parent in contemporary U.S. society and how social and life contexts influence individual parents’ ability to do the best job of raising their children.
Farida Selim, associate professor in the Center for Photochemical Sciences
Selim’s research covers a wide range of topics in semiconductors and dielectrics including synthesis, thin film technology, optoelectronics, transport properties and defect studies. She is an expert on positron annihilation and luminescence spectroscopies.