Following a search, Edel Reilly, professor of
mathematics and assistant chair of the Department of Mathematics at Indiana
University of Pennsylvania, has been selected to serve as the director of IUP’s
Liberal Studies program.
“I look forward to working with Dr. Reilly as she takes on
this important role for the university,” IUP Provost and Vice President for
Academic Affairs Timothy Moerland said.
“She has extensive experience with curriculum development
and has been a leader in the IUP community, with a demonstrated commitment to
collaboration and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning.
“I feel very confident that she will continue to build upon
the strong platform created by outgoing director David Pistole, who has
been a tireless advocate for liberal studies at IUP,” he said.
Moerland, in making the announcement about Reilly’s
selection, also expressed his appreciation to the search committee.
The Liberal Studies program is designed to meet the goals of
the university and to provide a comprehensive curriculum that will provide all
IUP students the opportunity to meet the Expected Undergraduate Student
Learning Outcomes. Every IUP student must fulfill the requirements of the
Liberal Studies program.
Reilly joined the IUP community in 2007. She is the 2013
recipient of the University Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for Service and
received the 2008 Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award. She is a member
of Phi Kappa Phi.
Prior to her work at IUP, as a K-12 teacher she was named to
Who’s Who in America’s Teachers, was selected as Teacher of the Month while
working at Middleton High School (Wisconsin), and won the Graduate and
Undergraduate Education Scholarship from Galway County Council (Ireland).
“I believe that learning should be interdisciplinary;
scholars can always accomplish more together than we can alone,” Reilly said. “To
me one of the great things about IUP is how much the faculty interact to help
shape the university and its goals.”
In addition to her work in public school settings, she
served as a Next Step Program Teacher at IUP from 2001 to 2002 and was a teacher
in several education programs in Wisconsin and Ireland.
An active scholar in her field of mathematics education, she
is the author of two books: Writing to Learn Mathematics and A SMART Way to
Teach Math: A Guide for K-12 Mathematics Teachers on Using Interactive
She has written several book chapters on topics that include
improving girls’ interest in mathematics through writing; forging new
interdisciplinary connections with writing and math; math, science and arts
connections; using comics to teach diversity awareness in math classes; and
creative ways to engage talented math students.
She is the recipient of several IUP grants, a number that
are collaborative projects. They include: “Supermath: A Creative Way to Engage
Talented Math Students;” “Preparing
In-service Teachers to Differentiate the Math and Science Classroom:
Collaborative Partnership;” “Writing+math=opportunity: Forging new
interdisciplinary connections;” “Project CEMENT: Connecting English and Mathematics
Educators via New Technologies;” “Penetrating the Wall of Numbers: Research on
Using Writing to Teach Mathematics;” “The Write Stuff: New Research on Writing
as a Tool to Learn Mathematics;” and “Mathematics Apart: Examining the History
of Subject Isolation and Its Implications for Mathematics Education.”
She has been an invited presenter at many international,
national, and regional conferences.
While at IUP, she has been an active member of the
University Senate, serving as secretary, a member of the Rules Committee, on the Student
Affairs Committee, and as senate representative to the University Planning Council.
She is a member of the Teacher Education Coordinators Council and is cochair
of the Center for Teaching Excellence Advisory Board. She was cochair of a
Middle States reaccreditation steering committee and was on the Common Freshman
Reader Selection Committee.
She has been active in her college, serving on the College
Curriculum Committee, the New Science Building Committee, and the Women in
Science program. She has been active in her department and is a member of
several professional development organizations and is an active member of the
Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
She received her bachelor
of arts degree in mathematics and her Higher Diploma in Education (graduate
degree) from the National University of Ireland–Galway. She received a
master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from University of
Wisconsin–Madison and her doctoral degree from IUP.