Title: Associate Professor Emeritus
Company: Ohio State University
Location: Noblesville, Indiana, United States
Joy Harriman Reilly, Associate Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in adult education.
Dr. Reilly started working as an intern The Times newspaper London from 1961 to 1962 and a year later, she began working as an assistant in radio-television production with J. Walter Thompson Advertising in London and Frankfurt. She remained with the company from 1962 to 1967, during which time she was sent to Germany to learn more about producing commercials in 30 or 60 seconds. Upon immigrating to America in 1969, Dr. Reilly began working as a copy editor and journalist for The Newark (Ohio) Advocate. She did so from 1970 to 1983 but switched to part-time work in 1973 as this is when she began her education at Ohio State University.
While at matriculating at Ohio State University Dr. Rielly had a great desire to find a career path that she could be creative, just as she had done while working in television and radio. After graduating with a BFA in 1977, an MA in 1979, and a PhD in 1984, Dr. Reilly was asked to teach at the school. She took the job and decided to implement her interests like comedy improvisation into her teaching. Not only did Dr. Reilly enjoy the work, but her students also did. She taught theater to undergraduate students and made it her mission to inspire her students to follow their passions and explore various avenues within their chosen fields. Upon her retirement, Ohio State University organized a surprise retirement party with Dr. Reilly’s family, colleagues, students, and former students to celebrate her legacy.
In addition to teaching at Ohio State University, Dr. Reilly taught creative writing in prisons and found this to be a rewarding experience as she was able to help others as well as gain a newfound appreciation for her own freedom. She has also been involved with the Association for Theater in Higher Education, presented papers with the International Foundation for Theatre Research, was a founding artistic director for Grandparents Living Theatre in Columbus in 1984, and has been a theatre critic for the Station WOSU Radio Station in Columbus since 1979.
Dr. Reilly holds a membership with American Theatre Association, the American Society for Theatre Research, the International Federation for Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Ohio Theatre Alliance. Her original plays include, but are not limited to, “A Grandparent’s Scrapbook,” “Golden Age is All the Rage,” “I Was Young, Now I’m Wonderful!,” and “A Picket Fence, Two Kids and a Dog Named Spot.” She has been widely recognized for her success and has been featured in the sixth edition of Who’s Who in American Education, the 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest, the 54th edition of Who’s Who in America, and multiple editions of Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in the World.
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