Dr. Maggie Reitz has been serving as
interim chairperson for the Health Science
Department since this past summer. She
is also the chairperson of the Occupational
Therapy and Occupational Science Department,
and has been enjoying that position for
the past 15 years. Dr. Reitz is not teaching
any courses this semester, but she has
taught research courses in the past.
She misses teaching, and hopes to get
back to it soon!
As a result of her father being in
the Air Force, Dr. Reitz and her family
moved around frequently when she was
growing up. She was born in Michigan
and not long after, her family moved
to England. Her family eventually moved
back to the States and settled in Massachusetts.
When she was in the third grade, Dr.
Reitz’s family moved to Maryland.
She grew up in Prince George’s
County, and now calls Columbia, MD home.
Dr. Reitz received both her Occupational
Therapy Bachelor’s and Master’s
degrees from Towson University. She also
has a PhD in Health Education from the
University of Maryland College Park.
Prior to working at Towson University,
Dr. Reitz worked for 10 years in Occupation
Therapy and Senior Occupational Therapy
at Greater Southeast Community Hospital
in Washington, D.C. In her position,
she worked in acute care with adults
who had physical disabilities.
Dr. Reitz has many areas of interest
in health science, including the role
occupational therapy plays in health
promotion. She explored this interest
when she, along with the help of a Graduate
student, worked in a Baltimore jail in
the women’s pre ‐ trial detention
section. They worked to ease the transition
of inmates into jail, and to decrease
violence on the unit. More specifically,
they studied how the inmates’ occupations
could be used to ease the transition
Outside of health science, Dr. Reitz
enjoys many hobbies, including visiting
wineries and traveling. She enjoys visiting
her family who reside in England, and
has even been to China and Hong Kong!
She has been invited multiple times by
the Chinese government to consult and
lecture on the developments of occupational
Dr. Reitz encourages Towson University
students to take advantage of the activities
that are available on campus, including
theater and athletic events. Maintaining
a balance between academics and student
life is very important. Dr. Reitz believes
that maintaining that balance will decrease
stress, and allow for healthier Health