Title: Program Director of Exercise and Sports Science Program
Prior Schooling: PhD from Virginia Tech, MS and BS from Appalachian State University
Bio: Dr. Reiss considers herself an educator and an entrepreneur. She has 15 years of experience in higher education as a professor, scholar, leader and administrator. Dr. Reiss has worked in course and curriculum development for both online and on-campus programs. She is an academic at heart with an entrepreneurial spirit, especially around the use of technology in the classroom to enhance the learning process for everyone.
What made you decide to come to UWS?
I am very interested in what has traditionally been considered “alternative medicine” from both a clinical and preventative perspective. Because of the health and prevention focus of the institution, and the academic programs and degrees offered here, this was an easy decision for me given this aligns with my approach to health and medicine as well.
What excites you the most about the school’s future?
Although the institution has a long history in chiropractic medicine, I am excited to see the university expanding on what is clearly its core into other health-related degrees and programs. There is so much potential in the possibility of new programs that serve to build on the core, it is a very exciting time to be a part of the university.
What is your new role going to be and what made you decide that this role was right for you?
My new role as the program director for the exercise and sports science program is an exciting opportunity to expand my administrative background and experience. I served as the program director for a similar undergraduate program and now have the opportunity to expand on this and work at the master’s level here at UWS.
What is your top priority for your first year in your new position?
My top priority is to shore up the current curriculum and wrap my head around a new system.
What was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite topic in school was psychology. Although the human body (physiology) is interesting, the mind is fascinating and with all of the new information in neuroscience, it is the new frontier.