Patricia Reinhard, Lecturer in English and Co-Director of the First-Year Writing Program, will retire at the end of spring semester after ten years on the English faculty. During her time at UWG, Professor Reinhard has excelled in both teaching and administration. In addition, she has been one of the most respected and admired members of the Department for her wisdom, kindness, toughness, dignity, and good humor.
Joining the FYW program as an instructor in 1997, Professor Reinhard taught English 1101 and 1102. When the Department was able to appoint lecturers in 2002, she was one of the first instructors to be promoted to the newly created rank. The following year Professor Reinhard, along with Brandy James, assumed responsibility for directing the First-Year Writing Program. In this capacity, she has interviewed and made hiring recommendations for many FYW faculty positions, set up mentoring and assessment procedures for that faculty cohort, developed and presented regular faculty development workshops for all FYW faculty, and handled student concerns for the thousands of FYW students who have taken classes in that program in the past five years.
In 2004 professors James and Reinhard added supervision of the University Writing Center to their duties, leading the move from a student tutoring staff to the current staff of fully credentialed faculty tutors and scheduling expanded hours of service, including, for the first time, UWC hours during the summer term.
Professor Reinhard has been instrumental in establishing the shared-text project for English 1101 and 1102, including organizing appearances on campus by the many fine shared-text authors she and Professor James have been able to attract. Nationally prominent writers such as Steve Almond, Wally Lamb, Dana Johnson, Pulitzer-Prize winner Margaret Edson, Jamie Weisman, UWG alum Terry Kay, Ron Rash, and faculty writers Chad Davidson, Greg Fraser, and Alison Umminger have all worked with students in small workshop settings and presented well-attended readings for hundreds of FYW students and the University community.
In 2004-05 Professor Reinhard represented UWG in the prestigious Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program.
The XIDS 2100 course in Photography and the Short Story developed by Professor Reinhard has been filled to capacity since its first offering. An accomplished photographer herself, she has
brought to that course a genuine interdisciplinary understanding of how language and visual images work, both separately and together.
The faculty of the Department will honor Professor Reinhard by hosting an exhibition of her photographs in the University Writing Center. An opening reception for the exhibit took place on Wednesday, March 26, in the UWC.
Retirement plans for Professor Reinhard include both writing and photography projects, travel, and spending time with her grandsons, who live outside Washington, DC. While we all rejoice in her opportunity to pursue these long-delayed projects and to enjoy the amazing Cooper and Garrett Reinhard, we remain crestfallen about how our Department and the important First-Year Writing Program will feel without this truly essential faculty member. To lose Patricia Reinhard is to lose something beyond value. Wishing her well as she moves into the next phase of her life, we will nonetheless always miss her and be sadly aware of her absence.