Two faculty members promoted at Fairfield University


Image: Christine SiegelChristine Siegel, Ph.D., of Newtown, Conn., has been named associate vice president for academic affairs at Fairfield University. Dr. Siegel had been associate professor of school psychology and associate dean of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) at Fairfield. Evelyn Bilias Lolis, Ph.D., of Stamford, Conn., now serves as interim associate dean of GSEAP.

Dr. Siegel will continue and expand the work she began in the past two years as faculty consultant for assessment of student learning, with responsibility for the University-wide academic assessment improvement to the Fairfield's academic programs. She began her position in late January.

"Dr. Siegel has the ability to conceptualize educational problems and has a thorough knowledge of assessment and educational measurement," said the Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., senior vice president for academic affairs. "She is skilled as a consultant able to collaborate effectively with faculty while providing vision and leadership."

Dr. Siegel brings nearly five years of administrative experience as associate dean to her new post. At GSEAP, she directed school-wide assessment and accreditation efforts, and managed community outreach and partnership programs with Bridgeport Public Schools and St. Martin de Porres Academy in New Haven, among other duties.

Image: E LolisDr. Siegel holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology and statistics from the State University of New York at Albany. She joined Fairfield University in 2005.

Prior to her new interim appointment, Dr. Bilias Lolis was assistant professor of school psychology and special education at Fairfield. She will now serve as the University Certification Officer and liaison to the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE). Her responsibilities include endorsing GSEAP candidates for state certification, overseeing curriculum and program development initiatives and community partnerships, among other duties.

"These responsibilities provide an exciting blend of consultation, assessment and community engagement practices," she said. "I feel honored for the opportunity to serve GSEAP, its students and faculty in this capacity."

Before coming to Fairfield in 2010, Dr. Bilias Lolis worked in adolescent mental health for more than 10 years and has served as the district department chair of psychology for the Stamford Public Schools. She earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut.

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Media Contact: Meredith Guinness, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, mguinness@fairfield.edu

Posted on February 26, 2013

Vol. 45, No. 201