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									Faculty Activity Report (FAR) 2009: Dr. John W. Sinn, Professor and Chair

The Faculty Activity Report (FAR) serves as the base document for assessing faculty professional
activities annually, for meritorious review and consideration. The FAR, cumulatively becomes the resume,
vita or PVF for faculty, demonstrating their accomplishments over time, generally used in promotion in
rank. But significantly, the FAR also provides key information to the planning process in terms of
accomplishments programmatically, departmentally and so on. Note that the three main areas for FAR
reporting are teaching, service and research, each explained further below, categorically.

Teaching. Actual teaching load and courses delivered do not need to be listed since these are shown at
the "TSD Faculty Loads" tab below for each of two separate academic years to capture all of 2009. Brief
statements are made, and appropriate documentation linked or provided, however, regarding innovations,
efficiencies, advising, and perhaps others, just below the load information.
2008-09 TSD Faculty Loads                                                          2009-10 TSD Faculty Loads

    Teaching Innovations.
1. Continued development and improvement to the Lean Six Sigma Quality Transformation Toolkit
(LSSQTT) system as a teaching and learning base for projects. Added new systems for DMAIC, or what is
commonly termed Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (each can be reviewed by clicking the
appropriate box directly below this information). Currently working to add a new dimension to the DMAIC
Excel applications: Statistical Methodologies for Applied Research (it is anticipated that this will lead to the
proposal of a new graduate course).
Define      Measure       Analyze Improve Control Data Collect PPAP
2. Conducted multiple projects with student teams, during the year, using the revised and continuously
improved LSSQTT DMAIC systems and methods--connected to various organizations. One example is
shown as a start point, by prompting the words in this section, begun in 2008 and continued through 2009.
Prompt the boxes right below this section to see the 2009 developments.
QS 616 Objectives 1-5, Summer 2009                     QS 460 and 527 Objective 2, Summer 2009
3. Developed foundational information to use in facilitating and communicating regarding new courses and
curriculum related to Green Energy Engineering Technology. This information was used with various
constituencies internal and external to the department.
4. Developed a companion course to go with TECH 4950. TECH 3950, titled, Applied Research Methods,
was designed to be a substitute for TECH 3890, and it would be a prerequisite for TECH 4950. It was
agreed to hold on proposing the course in fall, 2009, and propose this in fall 2010.
5. Developing a new course which may be proposed as part of RESET and other initiatives to move toward
energy and sustainability, as well as a new professional experience appropriate to general education. The
course is titled "Community of the Future".

    Teaching Efficiencies.
1. Developed Quality Systems Education Collaboration (QSEC) proposal,. shared with various
persons/offices in higher education for the state of Ohio. The QSEC proposal was developed jointly with
Workforce Development and Department of Development Offices, with input from the Chancellor's office.
The proposal was also included as an initiative to be pursued in the departmental and collegial compacts
transmitted during spring 2009.
2. Gained approval for the Quality Systems (QS) Major as an online undergraduate degree for BS
completion, starting with a Associate degree.
3. Gained approval for the MIT Quality Systems Specialization (QSS) as an online specialization for the
MIT degree. This included minor changes in selected QS courses (QS 626 and QS 627, click on tabs
below the current information).
 QS 6260 Modification QS 6260 Course Syllabus           QS 6270 Modification      QS 6270 Course Syllabus
4. Assisted in gaining final approval for the change from Master of Industrial Technology to Master of
Technology Management degree. Continuing to pursue this as an entire offering online.
5. Worked with Dr. Martin to continue to develop QS 3700 within the context of "Audit Systems" and to
meet the needs of the OBOR Business Aviation initiative. Dr. Martin taught this course summer, 2009,
6. Worked with Program Leaders and other faculty to encourage and facilitate new curriculum in the areas
of Aviation Engineering Technology, Avionics Engineering Technology, and Mechatronics Engineering
Technology. The Aviation Engineering Technology concept has been proposed to UPC and the others
remain as ideas for discussion.

1. Worked with program leaders/faculty from BGSU and leaders/faculty from two year institutions to
continue developing/put in place articulation agreements. This has resulted in programs beginning to be
finalized at Owens, Terre and Columbus State. Washtenaw (MI), Lorain CCC and Sinclair State CC are
next to be pursued.
2. Continued development of a "2+2 advising and articulation" system for working with two year technical
and community colleges; a "Student Advocate" advising system for tying together co-op relationships and
group advising; and, a new system for "Solving Problems At The Lowest Level", focused on enhanced
communications for all. These are thought to be teaching advising enhancements when put in place for
faculty (also mentioned under service).
   2+2 Advising And Articulation            Student Advocate          Solving Problems At Lowest Level

     Other Teaching Activities.
1. Jingqing (Jenny) Xia, Dissertation. Factors Influencing Chinese Suppliers’ Quality Performance: A
Supplier Selection Model for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) to Ensure their Chinese Suppliers
Ability to Provide Quality Products. Chaired.
2. Nicole Radziwill, Dissertation. Topology, Evolution and Network-based Continuous Improvement of the
Quality Management Journal. Chaired.
3. Ted Lippert, Project. The Creation and Implementation of an Effective Manual Data Collection System
for a Continuous Improvement Environment at the Toledo Machining Plant. Chaired.
4. Jessica Price, Project. The Design and Development of the Engineering Technology 100 Course for the
Engineering Technology Program at Bowling Green State University. Chaired.
5. Participating directly in advising/teaching approximately 10 doctoral students, 6 masters students and 8
undergraduate students.
6. Developing systems departmentally, intentionally, to empower, mature and grow program leaders in
ways which will also strengthen and define the department within a collegial context.

Service. Statements should report internal and external service commitments such as student
organizations, student advising functions, student certifications, and general committees; External service
commitments such as advisory committees, professional organization committees, training and consulting,
and student recruitment functions; Service innovations, efficiencies, and new project developments
underway to add programmatic value; and perhaps other commitments and activities.

      Internal Service Commitments (indicate level--program, department, college, university, etc.).
1. Chair, Technology Systems Department. General responsibilities for faculty merit, promotion and overall
welfare; lab facilities; curriculae; budget; student recruitment and retention; program assessment,
compacting processes; among others. This has been addressed within an environment of change and
improvement, and with full acknowledgement that program leaders must be increasingly empowered and
facilitated to succeed, in order to have a strong and vital department for the future.
2. Chairing the newly developed Engineering Technology Advisory Committee. A link is provided to see the
progress to date.
3. Part of the team, as a Engineering Technology faculty member, working to achieve TAC ABET
accreditation. My role has been to support and facilitate as needed in various areas, but including in the
identification of outcomes for the program based on a three round delphi process, each shown below. The
original plan for TAC-ABET accreditation can be accessed by clicking here.
     Round 1 Delphi                         Round 2 Delphi                            Round 3 Delphi
4. With Dr.Andrews, prepared a proposal to UCC for a departmental name change from Department of
Technology Systems to Department of Engineering Technologies. This proposal remains in process.
5. Participated in the Dean's COT Advanced Leadership Team (ALT) as chair of DTS.
6. College of Technology College Council, spring, 2009.

    External Service Commitments (indicate role/function).
1. Owens Community College, Quality Systems Advisory Committee. Member.
2. American Society for Quality, Toledo Section. Trustee/Senior Member.
3. American Society for Quality, BGSU Student Chapter, Advisor.
4. National Association for Industrial Technology/Association of Technology, Management and Engineering
Journal of Industrial Technology, Reviewer.

    Service Innovations/Efficiencies/Developments.
1. Participated directly in student recruitment functions as needed, and as appropriate, both as a faculty
member in a program, and as chair of the department: Definace High School Engineering Night;
President's Day; Preview Day's; student/parent tours; following up on numerous students in various
programs; and developing systems to better cover/address all of these with minimal time used, but for
maximum effectiveness on the part of faculty.
2. Developing a draft system for "solving problems at the lowest levels" in the department, and
programmatically, for faculty, students and others. This system, if enacted based on feedback and input
from various offices/functions, will place language in syllabi which seeks to have students go to faculty first,
then program leader, then department chair, then dean, to resolve issues/concerns (also mentioned under
3. Developing/enhancing new and existing systems for building 2+2 articulation and transfer programs with
two year technical and community colleges. Systems are being prototyped during 2008-09 academic year
and will be built on in the future with program leaders and others, leading to increasingly electronic
methods to assess and communicate with colleagues at other institutions (also mentioned under
4. Developing/enhancing existing and new systems for student recruitment, particularly focused around
working with programs and Student Program Services Offices and functions to do more with less.
Particular effort has been to use information provided to follow through electronically. Example shown is
focused on the new QS major online.
5. Developed/developing a new/modified advising system, titled, "Advisor Advocate", relying upon existing
relationships inherent in co-op, student organizations, and in the Student Program Services Office (SPSO),
but also intentionally designed to mature group advising processes, and other systems for enhanced
communications among faculty and staff around accreditation and other standards evolved/originating at
the program level (also mentioned under teaching/advising).

6. Led in continuous development of the compact strategic planning process, with program leaders and
others, attempting to strengthen the position of DTS, collegially and across campus. Much accomplished in
2009 can be pivotal for the future, and the plan can be key for further developments in 2010 and beyond.
7. Developing/enhancing a broad-based documentation and data gathering system for use in conjunction
with program leaders and faculty. Titled the "Program Assessment, Management and Planning" system, or
PAMP, this embodies many existing data and documentation tools which have been in place/under
development for several years, including recruitment systems, strategic planning, course scheduling, load
documents, advisory committee information, outcomes assessment, and more, all placed in a
comprehensive Excel spreadsheet organization for ease of use in managing the affairs of, and
strengthening the programs and the department. This also provides a FAR system intentionally positioned
alongside the data collection for illustrating metrics and related documentation in the compacting process.
8. Led the development of a possible new collegial unit at BGSU. The unit being discussed is Science,
Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Sustainability (STEMS). STEMS involved meeting with chairs
of multiple hard science/related departments in fall, 2009, to help move this forward.
9. With Tom Andrews, developed a proposal for a new Lean Sigma Institute at BGSU. This remains in
play, and may result in a new departmental infrastructure in 2010 and beyond.
10. Developed draft advisory committee guidelines to be considered for use with programmatic advisory
committees and others.

     Other Service Commitments/Activities.
1. See memberships above, based on external service functions.
2. Treasurer, Turning Point United Methodist Church. BG OH.

Research. Statements should report research and scholarly commitments and activities such as peer
reviewed publications, non-reviewed publications, journal and/or book reviews; Major funded projects,
grants sought, and grants secured; Student-based applied research; and perhaps others.

     Scholarly Publications/Presentations. (indicate whether peer reviewed or not, published or presented,
and only show those which are actually completed).
1. (Peer reviewed publication). Fall, 2009. (with Mattis, T.). Extra Credit: How One Accreditation Agency
Can Address Higher Education's Quality Crisis. Quality Progress (online at Volume 42, Number
9, pages 28-34.
2. (Not peer-reviewed or published). Fall, 2009. Presented to the Ohio Engineering Technology Council.
This was a two day event in November which involved use of most materials shown at the author's website
to help explain the QS 3+1 and other opportunitities evolving as related to the Quality Systems Education
Consortium (QSEC).

     Funded Projects/Grants.
1. none in this merit year.

     Student-based Applied Research.
1. none in this merit year.

     Other Research Commitments/Activities.
1. Helped facilitate, for the first time, a total of 10 students being enrolled in TECH 4950, as opposed to
taking co-op. The prototypical work being done by these first students will lead to foundations for
improvement for the future.
2. Student-based Applied Research Through the Technology Systems Department at BGSU. This was
used, on a start-up basis, as a marketing approach to help communicate the idea to one or more
organizations (eventually intended to be turned into a brochure, and other marketing tools/systems).
3. With Dr. Martin, proposed an Aviation Studies Education Collaboration to OBOR. This was informally
progressing with the assistance of Mr. Tom Fellrath at OBOR, prior to his departure.
4. Lead, along with Dr. Waggoner, the development of the Research, Experimentation, Analysis, and
Prototyping Systems (REAPS) Lab as part of the reorganization of lab 124 space and as part of the
emerging Engineering Technology Major/Program Implementation.

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