Mario C. Martinez

Dean
School of Education

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Education

Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

MBA, University of Texas at Arlington

Bachelor's of Science, Electrical Electrical Engineering and minor in Economics, New Mexico State University

Contact

North University Hall
Dean's Suite
P: (909)748.8815
E: Mario_Martinez@redlands.edu

Background

Mario C. Martinez is the Robert A. and Mildred Peronia Naslund Endowed Dean of the School of Education at the University of Redlands. As a first-generation college student and now dean, Martinez’s range of personal and academic experiences translate into a commitment to work with students, faculty, and the school’s many partners to address the defining issues of our time. Martinez joins the School of Education after sixteen years as a faculty member and consultant and six years in central and departmental administration in both private and public institutions. He has worked on national initiatives with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation for Higher Education, and the Ford Foundation. Martinez also has worked with state- and institutional-level leaders across the country on a range of strategic and innovation projects. His academic writing focuses on state-level policy and performance and higher education strategy. His latest book, The Science of Higher Education: State Higher Education Policy and the Laws of Scale, examines growth curves and mathematical patterns of various higher education phenomena. Martinez has spoken on a range of topics throughout the country over the course of his career, received foundation grants, served on national advisory boards, and was identified early in his career by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education as an emerging professional who would impact education. He received his Ph.D. in policy and leadership studies from Arizona State University, an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and minor in economics from New Mexico State University. Martinez grew up in a mountain community in Northern New Mexico and currently resides in Redlands with his spouse Sara. They enjoy reading, attempting ballroom dances, and debating issues at the dinner table when any of their four children are in town.

Areas of Expertise & Academic Interests

State Higher Education Policy, Strategy, Higher Education Governance and Finance, and Competency Modeling

Research & Professional Highlights

Martinez joins the University of Redlands as dean in the School of Education after successfully serving as department chair in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, Vice Chancellor of Strategy and Innovation for the National University System, and sixteen years as a faculty member, including at New Mexico State University and The University of Nevada Las Vegas. His six books include a coming book by Stylus entitled The Science of Higher Education, and he has published thirty eight articles, policy reports, books chapters, and newspaper columns.

Publications

Books Academic/Professional Books

Martinez, M. (2020/2021, Forthcoming). A Science of Higher Education: State Higher Education Policy and the Laws of Scale. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishers.

Martinez, M., Smith, B. & Humphreys, K. (June 2013). Creating a Service Culture in Higher Education Administration. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Richardson, R. and Martinez, M. (2009). Policy and performance in American Higher Education: An examination of cases across state systems. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Martinez, M. and Wolverton, M. (2009). Innovative Strategy Making in Higher Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Martinez, M. (2004). Postsecondary participation and state policy: Meeting the future demand. Sterling, VA:Stylus Publishing.

Martinez, M.C. (2004). Teachers working together for school success. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Refereed Works

Martinez, M. C. & Martinez, M.M. (2019). Adjunct perspectives on job factors and job attitudes in non-traditional institutions. Journal of the Professoriate, 10(1), 1-21.

Smith, B. & Martinez, M. (2015). Examining Higher Education Department Eliminations Through the Lens of Organizational Change. Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture, 5(4), 73-87.

Warren, H., Lester, D., Martinez, M. (2015). Predisposition factors of career and technical education transfer students: A hermeneutic phenomenology study. The Community College Enterprise, 21(2), 11-30.

Woolf, N., & Martinez, M. (2013). Competencies for Financial Aid Officers: A Competency Model for Professional Development. The Journal of Student Financial Aid, 43(2), 86-100.

Lester, D., & Martinez, M. (2012). Faculty engagement differences among Holland’s academic environments. International Journal of University Teaching and Faculty Development, 3(3), 209-224.

Richardson, R. and Martinez, M. (2009). Policy and performance in American Higher Education: An examination of cases across state systems. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press (refereed and cross-listed under books).

Martinez, M. and Wolverton, M. (2009). Incorporating industry analysis into strategy making. Planning for Higher Education, 38(1).

Arellano, E. and Martinez, M. (2009). Competencies and Higher Education Policy Analysis: An examination of preparation and practice. Innovative Higher Education, 34(2). Springer Press.

Martinez, M. and Maldonado, C. and Lester, D. (2009). Measuring the effects of interpersonal training for the workforce. Online Journal of Workforce Education and Development, 3(4).

Martinez, M. (2008). Competencies and Higher Education Policy Analysts. Educational Policy, 22(5). Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA. Ann Arbor, MI.

Martinez, M.C. & Nilson, M. (2006). Assessing the Connection Between Higher Education Policy and Performance. Educational Policy. 20(2). Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Arellano, E. C. & Martinez, M.C. (2005). Facilitating Higher Education Collaboration Between the US and Mexico. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, v(4). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers.

Martinez, M.C. & Richardson, R.C. (2003). A view of the market through studies of policy and governance. American Behavioral Scientist, 46(7). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Martinez, M.C. (2002). Applying a New Framework for State Higher Education Systems. Journal of Higher Education, 73(3). Columbus, OH.

Martinez, M.C., Farias, J., Arellano, E. (2002). State higher education report cards: What’s in a grade? The Review of Higher Education. 26(1). Boston, MA.

Brown, L., Martinez, M.C., Daniel, D. (2002). Community college leadership preparation: Changing needs, current perceptions, and recommendations. Community College Review, 30(1). Raleigh, NC.

Martinez, M. C. and Bracco, K.R. (Spring 2000). South Dakota’s catalyst for collaborative planning. Planning for Higher Education. Ann Arbor, MI.

Martinez, M. C. (1999). The States and Higher Education Legislative Views on the Governance of Public Colleges\and Universities: Enhancing the public interest. The Review of Higher Education, 22(3), pp. 247-263. Boston, MA.

Martinez, M. C. (Spring 1999). Using Performance Measurement in Human Resources Management. Review of Public Personnel Management, xix(2), pp. 71-76. Columbia, SC.

Commissioned Policy Reports

Martinez, M. (2013). Community College Governance in Nevada: An Evidence Based Approach for Discussion. Commissioned by The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas Nevada. Report is an organizational analysis of the Nevada Higher Education System and the Community College System, assessing the effectiveness of the current organizational structure.

Martinez, M. (2013). A Conceptual Foundation for Understanding Innovation in American Community Colleges. Commissioned by: The League for Innovation in the Community College.

Martinez, M. (2012). Equity in Community Colleges. American Association of Community Colleges. Commissioned by: The 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.

Reeves-Bracco, K. and Martinez, M. (2005). A Case Study of Utah Higher Education. The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. San Jose, CA. (This monograph was a commissioned project by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education).

Martinez, M. (2005). High and Rising: How much higher will college enrollments go? In Keeping America’s Promise. A joint publication of Education Commission of the States and League for Innovation in the Community Colleges. Denver, Colorado: Education Commission of the States.

Martinez, M. (2004). Meeting the Challenge of Population Growth and the Future Demand for Postsecondary Education: Considerations for State Higher Education Policy. A policy brief publication of Education Commission of the States. Denver, Colorado: Education Commission of the States.

Martinez, M. (November 2001). Report card supplementary analysis. The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. San Jose, CA. Report #01-03. (This monograph was a commissioned project by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education to analyze and research relationships among and between performance categories outlined in its national report card, Measuring Up 2000).

Martinez, M. C. (2001). Reprint. Applying a New Framework for State Higher Education Systems. Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance. University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX. No. 01-12. (The Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance requested that this paper be reprinted by the IHELG as a monograph).

Martinez, M. (1999). South Dakota: Developing policy-driven change in higher education. The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. San Jose, CA. (This research monograph was a commissioned project by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education to conduct a study on the South Dakota higher education system for national distribution).

Book Chapters

Kadlec, A. & Martinez, M. (2015). Putting it all together: Strengthening pathways between comprehensive universities and community colleges. Schneider, M. & Deane, K.C. (Editors). The University Next Door. Teachers College Press, NY, NY.

Martinez, M. & Smith, B. (June 2013). Systems, Ecosystems, and Change in State Public Higher Education. Lane, J.E. & Johnstone, B.D. (Editors). Harnessing Systemness. SUNY Press.

Martinez, M. (2006). Public priorities and accountability. In Shulock, N. B. (Ed.). Practitioners on making accountability work for the public. New Directions for Higher Education, no. 135. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA.

Martinez, M. (2001). Assessing the need for consultants. In Ivory, G. (Ed.) Computers for school administration: A primer. Lanham, MA: Scarecrow.

Martinez, M. (2001). Spreadsheets and prison cells. In Ivory, G. (Ed.) Computers for school administration: A primer. Lanham, MA: Scarecrow.

Martinez, M. & Nodine, T. (1997). California: Financing higher education amid policy drift. In Callan and Finney (Eds.) Public and Private Financing of Higher Education. Phoenix, AZ: ACE/Oryx Press.

Martinez, M. & Nodine, T. (1997). Michigan: Fiscal stability and constitutional autonomy. In Callan and Finney (Eds.) Public and Private Financing of Higher Education. Phoenix, AZ: ACE/Oryx Press.

Sanchez-Penley, Y., Martinez, M. & Nodine, T. (1997). Florida: Protecting access and anticipating growth. In Callan and Finney (Eds.) Public and Private Financing of Higher Education. Phoenix, AZ: ACE/Oryx Press.

Newspaper Columns

Martinez, M. Setting a Course for Higher Ed. Las Vegas Sun News, January 27, 2012. Synopsis: Column argues that Nevada’s debate on financing higher education is misguided without first defining state policy priorities.

Martinez, M. South Dakota lights a path. Las Vegas Sun News, March 1, 2009. Synopsis: Column uses South Dakota and other states as an example to advocate for changes in Nevada’s system of higher education.

Martinez, M. Obama, Palin viruses duel for public’s attention. Las Vegas Sun News. September 14, 2008. Synopsis: Column uses the concept of psychological curiosity to explain the “viral-like” interest in political candidates.

Professional Affiliations, Societies, & Memberships

American Conference of Academic Deans

Association for the Study of Higher Education

Affiliated Faculty, The University of Minnesota Jandris Center for the Study of Innovation in Higher Education, 2013-15.

Awards

2013 Innovation Opportunity Award, University of Nevada Las Vegas, $25,000

2005-2007 Ford Foundation Grant, $140,000

2003-2005 Ford Foundation $285,000

2000-2001 National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education National Associates Program Fellow (one of 11 nationally identified young scholars/practitioners in the field of higher education)