Reema Zeineldin

Pronouns: she/her/hers/ella/هي


Reema Zeineldin is an immigrant Muslim and a descendant of the indigenous people of Palestine. She grew up among the Palestinian diaspora population in Kuwait where she finished her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She moved to the USA where she obtained her PhD degree, then joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico, and later transitioned into leadership in higher education. She currently serves as an Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Framingham State University, and she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and has three adult children. She identifies herself as an immigrant Muslim woman in STEM.

Professional Biography:

Dr. Reema Zeineldin is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Framingham State University (FSU), MA. In that capacity, she works closely with the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, College Deans, and Department Directors in the financial and operational academic administration and institutional effectiveness of FSU.

Prior to that, she served as an Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at Mercy College, NY, where she collaborated with faculty and staff to strengthen the College’s infrastructure for faculty development, student academic support, and programs’ accreditations. Prior to joining Mercy College, she served as the founding and closing Dean for the School of Applied Sciences at Mount Ida College, MA. Her past faculty appointments include Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences University, and University of New Mexico.


Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

M.S. Pathology, University of Kuwait, Kuwait

B.S. Biochemistry, University of Kuwait, Kuwait

Honors & Awards:

2017-2018 HERS Institute at Wellesley College – A leadership-training institute for women in higher education. Wellesley College, MA

2012 Teacher of the Year Recognition – American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) during the 2012 AACP Annual Meeting, Kissimmee, FL

2010 Advance Purdue Fellowship – University of Purdue First Annual Conference for Pre-Tenure Women. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

2007 Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award – American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2007, Los Angeles, CA