Huron, Ohio – Bowling Green State University Firelands College honored one of its best at the 43nd annual Recognition Program held Friday, April 27, in the Cedar Point Center.  Tracy McGinley of Berlin Heights, a lecturer in the criminal justice program, was honored as the 2012 Distinguished Teacher.

“Tracy embodies hard work and dedication and gives her students the tools and knowledge to do the same,” said one nominator.  “Tracy is an amazing teacher,” a second nominator simply stated.

McGinley has been teaching at BGSU since 2001 and has been at the Firelands campus since 2002.  She has also taught at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, and The University of Toledo.

Her professional experience includes terms as the assistant director of Identity Theft Partnerships in Prevention, East Lansing, an asset protection investigator at Hudson’s, Okemos, Mich., a day reporting case manager with Volunteers of America, Toledo, and a records assistant with The University of Akron Police Department.

McGinley earned a master’s degree in political science from The University of Toledo and a bachelor’s degree in political science/criminal justice and an associate degree in criminal justice from the University of Akron.

McGinley regular provides presentations and speeches for local businesses and organizations regarding various issues related to criminal justice.  She has also provided presentations for the Domestic Violence Awareness Conference of Erie County, the Michigan Fraternal Congress, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Society of Criminology, and the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association.

She also co-authored “Identity Theft: A Reference Handbook”, and contributed to the book “The Move to Community Policing.”

Recipients of the Distinguished Teacher Award are nominated by students and selected by a committee of their peers. 

Criteria for the award includes scholarly knowledge of the subject matter, careful organization and preparation for courses, an ability to generate enthusiasm for the field and for learning, demonstrated ability to stimulate the intellect of students so as to foster skills in critical thinking and independent analysis, ability to communicate the subject matter in a clear, effective manner, utilization of a diversity of teaching methods/techniques, and sensitivity and responsiveness to students, both in and out of the class context.

In addition, the candidate must have teaching experience at BGSU Firelands for at least two years prior to the year of the nomination and candidates must not have received the award within the past five years.

For additional information or photos, contact Dean Schnurr, director of marketing and community relations, at 419.372.0613 or via e-mail at

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