She will replace Barbara Seidman who has served in that position for three years and who will return to full-time teaching in the Department of English. McGillin will begin her duties on July 1. The vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty is responsible for overseeing curriculum, faculty development, the library, advising, continuing education, athletics and the Portland Campus.
"Dr. McGillin is an experienced, thoughtful, creative intellectual who is devoted to academic quality and the education of undergraduate students," said Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie in making the announcement. "She has worked at institutions that are much like Linfield and understands private, liberal arts colleges."
Since 2005, McGillin has been a tenured professor and associate provost at Texas Woman’s University, a coeducational university with four campuses, offering degrees in liberal arts and professional fields. She has management oversight for three health sciences campuses and is responsible for development and coordination of all faculty development initiatives and institutional global issues. She has broad experience in higher education, having taught as well as worked in administrative positions with faculty, curriculum, advising and enrollment management.
McGillin looks forward to returning to a smaller liberal arts institution.
"I truly believe that you can make a difference in the lives of students and in their intellectual learning experiences at smaller institutions," she said. "That is where most of the exciting, cutting edge things are happening in higher education today."
McGillin said Linfield's faculty are focused and committed to teaching, but they are also dedicated to being scholars in their disciplines.
"Linfield's commitment to globalism, reflection, experiential learning and what it means to be educated in the 21st Century are all consistent with my own priorities for contemporary higher education," she added.
McGillin earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology at Penn State University; she completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Michigan State University. She has taught and administered programs at Michigan State, University of Connecticut, Clark University and Wheaton College (Massachusetts), where she was dean of studies and assistant provost from 1991-2005.