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Charles Martinez Appointed Dean of the College of Education

July 10, 2018

Dear UT community,

I am excited to announce that Charles Martinez Jr. will serve as the next dean of the College of Education, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Until then, he will serve as dean-designate, making regular visits to the UT Austin campus.

Dean-designate Martinez, a distinguished scholar and researcher, comes to UT Austin from the University of Oregon, where he currently serves as a Philip H. Knight Professor in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership, and as director of the Center for Equity Promotion. He served as the University of Oregon’s vice president for institutional equity and diversity from 2005 to 2011 and led institutional efforts to develop and implement the first equity and inclusion plan for the university. Martinez also currently serves as a gubernatorial-appointed member and most recent chair of the Oregon State Board of Education.

Martinez, a clinical psychologist and prevention scientist by training, earned his undergraduate degree from Pitzer College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the California School of Professional Psychology. He is a prolific researcher, having secured more than $35 million in sponsored research as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI. His research focuses on identifying malleable factors within education and social systems that promote healthy adjustment for families and children, especially those from culturally diverse populations who frequently experience disparities in access and outcomes.

The College of Education is consistently ranked among the top 10 education programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In our large state with a rapidly growing and diverse population, Dean-designate Martinez’s scholarship, K-12 policy expertise, and success as a university administrator make him an excellent choice to lead the College of Education. He will also be an important partner for the Dell Medical School and an asset to the university community and the state of Texas.

I would like to thank Sherry Field, who has served as interim dean since January, for her outstanding leadership, and the search committee for their exhaustive national search to identify a very competitive pool of candidates.

I am confident we have selected a fantastic leader and colleague in Dean-designate Martinez. Please join me in welcoming him to the UT Austin community.


Maurie McInnis
Executive Vice President and Provost
The University of Texas at Austin