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Martinelli-Fernandez Named to Editorial Board

April 15, 2021

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Western Illlinois University College of Arts and Sciences Dean Susan Martinelli-Fernandez has been selected as a member of the editorial board for the professional journal, "Teaching Ethics," the official journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum. The 22-year-old journal, which is published twice a year, is currently housed at Clemson University and edited by Stephen Satris and Edyta Kuzian.

"We appreciate Dean Martinelli-Fernandez's scholarly, administrative and academic career. She will be an asset to the editorial board," noted Elaine E. Englehardt, president, Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum and professor of ethics and philosophy at Utah Valley University. "I deeply admire Dean Martinelli-Fernandez and her work. She will offer advice that will keep the journal flourishing and producing high quality work."

Martinelli-Fernandez came to Western in 1993 as a faculty member in WIU's Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. She moved from philosophy professor to associate CAS dean in 2005, and was named interim CAS dean in 2009 and, after a national search, CAS Dean in 2010.

Martinelli-Fernandez served as the interim associate director of Western's Centennial Honors College (2004-05), co-designing Western's First Year Experience (FYE) initiative pilot program in the Honors College. FYE, a program designed to assist students transitioning from high school to college, became a part of Western's general education curriculum in May 2005.

In Spring 2005, Martinelli-Fernandez received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching and was inducted into Western's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society; having served as its president. She is an honorary faculty member of Western's Golden Key International Honour Society and has served as adviser and co-adviser. Martinelli-Fernandez also served as co-director of Western's Program for the Study of Ethics and an executive board member of the International Society of Ethics Across the Curriculum. She helped complete a 3 + 3 agreement with John Marshall Law School to WIU, working with the chairs of WIU's history, political science and English departments. She earned her doctorate and master's degrees from the University of Chicago and her bachelor's degree from Mundelein College.

"Dean Sue Martinelli-Fernandez's appointment to the editorial board of the 'Teaching Ethics' journal demonstrates her knowledge and commitment to her field, and is indicative of the talented faculty we have at WIU," said Provost and Academic Vice President Martin Abraham.

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