Education and Community Leadership
601 University Drive
Academic Services Building South (ASBS) 322
San Marcos, TX 78666
Melissa A. Martinez, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Education and Community Leadership Program at Texas State University. She is a native of the Rio Grande Valley, and a former bilingual elementary school teacher and school counselor. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and earned her B.A. (1998) and M.Ed. (2002) at The University of Texas at Brownsville. Her research focuses on three areas: 1) equity and access issues along the P-16 educational pipeline for students of color, primarily college access and readiness issues for Latina/os and Latina/o parent engagement, 2) the preparation of educational leaders, and 3) the experiences of faculty of color in academia. Through her research and teaching, Dr. Martinez is committed to preparing future educational leaders who are thoughtful, critical, and reflective in their practice and adhere to the tenets of social justice.
In August of 2013, Dr. Martinez was awarded a three-year $90,000 grant as a part of the Greater Texas Foundation’s Faculty Fellows Program to support her work related to student postsecondary success. She is one of four assistant professors in the state of Texas to be awarded the grant.
ED 7331: Foundations of School Improvement
ED 7352: Beginning Qualitative Design
EDCL 6358: Integrative Seminar
EDCL 6352: School as the Center of Inquiry
EDCL 5347: Understanding Environments
Martinez, M. A. (in press). My Relationship with academia as a Latina scholar. In W. S. Newcomb (Ed.). Continuing to Disrupt the Status Quo? Young and New Women Professors of Educational Leadership. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
Welton, A. D., Williams, M., Caldwell, P. H., & Martinez, M. A. (in press). Deconstructing the language of academia: Pre-tenure faculty of color who are first-generation college graduates. In T. Marsh and N. Croom (Eds.). Envisioning a Critical Race Praxis for Leadership: Critical Race Counter-stories Across the P-20 Pipeline.Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
Martinez, M. A., & Rodriguez, C. (in press). Roadblocks and pathways to college preparation for Latina/o students. In L. Ponjuan, L. Chavez, & V. B. Sáenz (Eds.). Latino higher education policies and practices: Improving college access, degree attainment, and career aspirations. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.
Martinez, M. A. (in press). (Re)considering the role familismo plays in Latina/o high school students’ college choices. The High School Journal.
Chang, A., Welton, A. D., Martinez, M. A., & Cortez, L. J. (in press). Becoming academicians: A critical ethnographic analysis of the figured worlds of underrepresented female faculty. Negro Educational Review.
Martinez, M.A., & Welton, A. D. (in press). Examining college opportunity structures for students of Color at high “minority,” high poverty secondary schools in Texas. Journal of School Leadership.
Welton, A. D., & Martinez, M. A. (2013). Coloring the college pathway: A more culturally responsive approach to college readiness and access for students of color in secondary schools. Urban Review. doi: 10.1007/s11256-013-0252-7
Cortez, L. J., Martinez, M. A., & Sáenz, V. B. (2013). Por los ojos de madres: Latina mothers’ understandings of college readiness. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. doi: 10.1080/09518398.2013.805851
Martinez, M.A., Cortez, L. J., & Sáenz, V.B. (2013). Latino parents’ perceptions of the role of schools in college readiness. Journal of Latinos and Education, 12(2), 108-120. doi: 10.1080/15348431.2012.745402
Martinez, M. A
. (2013). Helping Latina/o students navigate the college choice process: Considerations for secondary school counselors. Journal of School Counseling, 11
(1). Retrieved from http://jsc.montana.edu/articles/v11n1.pdf
Martinez, M.A. (2012). Wealth, stereotypes, and issues of prestige: The college choice experience of Mexican American students within a community context. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 11(1), 67-81. doi: 10.1177/1538192711428992
Sáenz, V. B., Rodriguez, A. A., Martinez, M. A., & Romo, E. (2011). The college pathways of foreign-born and native-born Latina/o college students at four-year institutions. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 5(1), 31-40.
Yamamura, E. K., Martinez, M.A., & Saenz, V.B. (2010). Moving beyond high school expectations: Examining stakeholders’ responsibility for increasing Latina/ostudents’ college readiness. The High School Journal, 93(3), 126-148.