Faculty & Staff SpotlightMarilyn Reineck

Dr. Marilyn Reineck

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Marilyn Reineck began her duties as Concordia’s Vice President of Academic Affairs in June, 2015. Dr. Reineck, who had served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Concordia University Chicago, previously served at CSP as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (2009-11) and as the department chair of Communications Studies (1995-2009). A tenured faculty member in the communications department, she began teaching at CSP in 1980.

Dr. Reineck has coached forensics and directed children’s theater as well as other dramatic productions. She is a trained bereavement facilitator and is skilled in several conflict resolution programs.

Dr. Reineck served as the Vice Chair of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area. Dr. Reineck has published in Communication Education, Family Firm Institute publications, and other teaching publications. She has presented papers to the National Communication Association (NCA), Central States Communication Association, National Council on Family Relations, the NCA Communication Ethics Conference, the University of Hong Kong, and the Family Firm Institute. She received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Family Firm Institute in 1995 for “Home to Business and Business to Home: Role Carryover Between Spouses in Family Businesses.” She has book chapters published in Survivor Lessons and in Culturally Sensitive Models of Gender in Family Business. Additionally, she co-authored Allyn & Bacon’s VideoWorkshop: Public Speaking, Student Learning Guide and Instructor’s Teaching Guide I and II (2003, 2005) and co-produced Student Speeches III as well as its accompanying User’s guide (2006).

Her current research interests include online pedagogy, coping with loss, survival in the Holocaust, and supportive communication. She was a Thrivent Leadership Fellow for 2010-2011.


  • PhD, Communication Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Masters, Communication, University of Nebraska-Lincoln