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C. Gary Reiness

Professor of Biology

Lewis and Clark College

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Gary Reiness is Professor of Biology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, where he teaches cell biology, neurobiology, and immunology, and conducts research on development of the vertebrate nervous system. He also serves as Dean of the Mathematical and Natural Sciences. He was previously associated with Pomona College. He formerly served as Chair of the Biology Departments of Lewis & Clark and Pomona Colleges, and was Associate Dean of Faculty at Pomona.

Reiness has been involved for many years in efforts to build and maintain strong undergraduate science programs. He has been active in the Council on Undergraduate Research, where he served as a Biology Councilor for 5 years, and since 1991 in Project Kaleidoscope. In PKAL he has served on the Leadership Committees, organized workshops on reform of undergraduate biology education, been a Village Elder for the Faculty for the 21st Century, and mentored participants in Leadership Institutes. He is also a frequent consultant to undergraduate biology departments and science programs around the country.

As Dean of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Lewis & Clark, Reiness overseas the College's Environmental Studies (ENVS) program. Lewis & Clark's location in the Pacific Northwest attracts many students with a love of nature. The ENVS program, now 5 years old, seeks to build on this interest to provide students with the intellectual tools that will enable them to contribute to the solution of environmental problems. The ENVS program has attracted both a strong interest from students-it is one of the College's most popular majors--and support from granting agencies. Reiness himself is an avid environmentalist, backpacker, and whitewater rafter.

Reiness's research has been supported by NSF, NIH, and several private agencies. His curricular reform initiatives have been supported by NSF, and he has served as principal investigator on institutional grants to Lewis & Clark from NSF's Academic Research Infrastructure program, the W. M. Keck Foundation, and the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.

How to Talk To Your Department Chair
Talking with your department chair (and dean) is necessary for many reasons: to obtain resources needed for your teaching and research, to determine whether you're making satisfactory progress toward promotion, and to negotiate the various aspects of faculty life.
Roles and responsibilities of senior administrators in nurturing strong ERE programs
Presented are three short, role-playing case studies that could be used in a curriculum planning retreat to understand the barriers and opportunities that faculty and administrators must face in developing interdisciplinary programs. These were prepared for the PKAL assembly in Portland, Oregon last year by James Howard of Humboldt State University, Marlene Moore of the University of Portland, and C. Gary Reiness of Lewis and Clark College. Although the specific theme is environmental science/studies programs, the issues raised in these case studies are generic to efforts to build and sustain all kinds of programs that cut across disciplines.
The "real" definition of the ideal leader
Gary Reiness argues with some of the implications about leadership suggested by the Characteristics of the Ideal Leader in his reflective essay.
Negotiating budgets and faculty lines in difficult times
Green College faces challenges with obtaining resources for its science departments. Based on an external review of the college, administrators and faculty must decide on how to handle the "bad review" of the environmental science program.
Characteristics of the Ideal Department, v.2
The "Ideal Department" as characterized by participants from "Building Vital Departments" at the second Leadership Institute at Baca from June 5-10, 2005.
A Vision from Lewis and Clark College: Adapting to the Landscape of Ideas
In this vision statement, Lewis & Clark College aims to become "a national leader among primarily undergraduate institutions in the education of students and the development of teacher-scholars by creating a community that adapts quickly to changes in the landscape of ideas."