Pinger and McKenzie Retire Spring of 2010

The department says a fond farewell to two of our distinguised faculty members, Drs. Jim McKenzie and Robert Pinger. We wish them all the best in their future pursuits.

Dr. Jim McKenzie earned his BS and MEd from Bowling Green State University, his PhD from The Ohio State University, and a MPH from the University of Michigan. He is concluding his 21st year as a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Health Science. For the first seven years, Jim also served as the department chairperson. Prior to working at BSU, he also served on the faculties and held administrative positions at Mankato State University and at Bowling Green State University. Before that he taught health education in a junior high school.

While teaching junior high, and for several years at BGSU, he served as an assistant baseball coach. At BSU he has taught courses in health promotion program planning, community health, and patient education. He has also taught for the Honors College and, this semester, is leading a Building Better Communities immersive learning course. He has also served as a consultant for several different organizations and is currently working with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency program. In 2005, he was recognized as the Outstanding Faculty of the Year at Ball State University. Jim has authored or co-authored 50 articles and book chapters and has been the recipient of over $3 million in external grants and contracts. He has co-authored four textbooks and serves as a reviewer on seven health-related journals.

During his professional career, Jim has provided service to a number of organizations. Currently, he is a member of the Tobacco Free Coalition of Delaware County, co-chair of the program approval committee for undergraduate community health education programs, and is the coordinator of the board that creates the Certified Health Education Specialists exam. On campus he has served on a number of committees and has been an advocate for the smokefree campus and the employee health promotion program Working Well.

Later this year, Jim and his wife Bonnie, a former contract faculty member in BSU's English and Elementary Education departments, will relocate to Elizabethtown, PA, to be near to their daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.

Dr. Robert R. Pinger arrived at Ball State in August 1977 from his position as a research scientist in the Brazilian Amazon. At that time, the Public Health Entomology Lab and his office were located in the basement of the old science building, now known as the Burkhardt Building. It was dark and foreboding, and one had to stoop under wires and duct work to get into the office. Only the most daring or desperate students would visit uninvited. "I was the only scientist remaining in the entire building." The lab was eventually moved to the Cooper Science Building in 1984.

"One of the things I have enjoyed most about Ball State has been the variety of my teaching assignments over the years. I have taught more than a dozen undergraduate and graduate level courses. I have also taught in Korea for a semester, taken students on the Far East Asia Study Program, and served as Director of the London Centre program.

"Throughout my career at Ball State, I have enjoyed strong support from my departmental colleagues, and those at the college and university levels. I especially appreciate the support of those in the Sponsored Programs Office and in Contracts and Grants."

During his 33 years at Ball State, Bob has co-authored two textbooks and authored or co-authored 23 peer-reviewed, scientific articles. He has been awarded more than $1 million in research funding including grants from the Indiana State Department of Health, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He has directed or supported the research of many graduate and undergraduate students, encouraging them to apply for research grants of their own. In 1987 Bob received Ball State's Outstanding Researcher Award. In his retirement Bob plans to volunteer, travel and visit grandchildren.