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Patricia Smith Pledges $1 Million to BGSU

Patricia Smith believes in the future of I-O psychology. Thats why in May she pledged a $1 million charitable trust to Bowling Green State University. Most of itto be called the Patricia and Olin Smith Faculty Development Fundwill go to support the I-O program at Bowling Green.

Smith and her late husband, Olin, decided long before he died in 1989 that they wanted to make a significant gift to BGSU, where they both joined the psychology faculty in 1966. She taught there until retiring in 1980.

The gift will also aid programs in the College of Musical Arts because of the Smiths shared love of music.

Smith is internationally known as the developer of the Job Descriptive Index, a measure of job satisfaction that is widely used throughout the world. She spent much of her career researching job satisfaction. Michael Zickar, director of the I-O program at Bowling Green, noted that Smiths many contributions to I-O psychology have made an indelible mark on the field.

Her work in employee retention, monotony and boredom in the workplace, and surveys on work attitudes is widely recognized and is often quoted by researchers.

She is a charter member of SIOP and in 1984 was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award. She is also a SIOP Fellow and has received numerous honors for her career work.

She played a key role in the development of I-O psychology at Bowling Green, along with Robert Guion and Joseph Cranny. Earlier this spring, the program was ranked third in the nation in U.S. News and World Reports Americas Best Graduate Schools.

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