New faculty president takes helm at Saint Martin's
August 8, 2005
Lacey, Wash. – Summer is the time when many
professors relax or catch up on research projects, but Saint Martin’s
University’s new faculty president, Eileen Reilich, Ph.D., will have
little time for rest. She will take a lead role as the university
transitions into the new year under the leadership of a new university
president, Douglas M. Astolfi.
During her year as faculty president, Reilich will
lead the university’s faculty senate and serve as a representative for
all Saint Martin’s faculty members. One of her first duties has been to
help orient Astolfi to Saint Martin’s.
“I want the faculty and senate to be involved with
the new president,” she said.
Reilich, 49, has spent the last eight years as an
associate professor in the university’s education division. A former
middle school and high school teacher, she now mentors the next
generation of teachers in the areas of science, math, curriculum and
administration. She has spent much of her career showing new teachers
innovative ways to reach and inspire students.
Reilich, a 1980 graduate of the University of Idaho,
earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in education from Washington
A firm believer that faculty members can benefit
from continuing education, Reilich said she wants to establish a
scholarship fund to pay for advanced training.
“The scholarship of teaching and learning is about
helping the faculty be better at their primary job – and that’s
teaching,” she said.
Reilich said the faculty will play a crucial role as
Saint Martin’s transitions into its new identity as a university and
will need to keep its strongest emphasis on student learning rather than
“How we define ourselves – and how that definition
plays out in the classroom and in our interactions with everyone on
campus – is very important,” Reilich said.
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