Cheryll Reitmeier

Honored by:Ruth MacDonald
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Professor Emeritus Cheryll Reitmeier (PhD 1988, ISU Food Science) was a member of the faculty of Food Science and Human Nutrition from 1982 to 2013. During her 31-year career at ISU, she received the Helen LeBaron Hilton Teaching Award, the Career Teaching Award and the International Achievement Award from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the Regents Faculty Excellence Award. She was a Miller Faculty Fellow, a Wakonse Fellow, a CELT Faculty Mentor and a member of Project LE/ARN for many years, demonstrating her passion for excellence in teaching and learning. Dr. Reitmeier also served as the NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center Education Mission Specialist and provided learning programs about food and space travel to students throughout Iowa.

Throughout her career, Dr. Reitmeier challenged her students to achieve their potential and continually sought ways to improve her teaching skills. Dr. Reitmeier was a productive researcher in food safety and quality and supervised numerous graduate students. Her laboratory was always busy with undergraduates who were fortunate to learn research skills under her advisement.

Dr. Reitmeier supervised study abroad programs to Costa Rica for several years and enthusiastically encouraged international collaborations. Dr. Reitmeier served her profession as an active member of the Institute of Food Technologists, most notably as a long-standing member of the academic approval committee. At ISU, Dr. Reitmeier provided a wide range of service to the department, college and institution. She was the chair of the MacKay Hall Food Laboratory Renovation Committee that oversaw a major facelift of the teaching laboratories in 2003. She served as Associate Department Chair for FSHN for 6 years, leading changes in curriculum, creation of new majors and enhancing faculty teaching skills.

Dr. Reitmeier impacted the lives of thousands of ISU students and her contributions improved the quality of ISU-FSHN.

Submitted 9/8/2015