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James Martinez
Biographical Information

Dr. Martinez's 20+ years of instructional and leadership experiences include roles in public, private, parochial and boarding school environments. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After working for six years for Rockwell International as a systems engineer on the Space Shuttle Main Engines, Dr. Martinez changed careers and became a classroom teacher for seventeen years. He was fortunate to teach at all levels during these years, from kindergarten to 12th grade.  Between 2007-2012, he served as a school administrator in both elementary and secondary schools in the Southern California area. Over the past 8 years, he has served as member (currently chair) on school accreditation visiting committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). With regard to higher education, Dr. Martinez has substantive experience in developing quantitative and qualitative research design methods for data collection and devising/implementing interventions for early career teachers/administrators to increase student success in STEM. He is the National Co-Leader of the Secondary Teacher Retention in Diverse Educational Settings (STRIDES) Research Action Cluster, leading a collaborative team of teacher education, mathematics faculty and school district partners to increase retention of math teachers across the United States. Dr. Martinez completed his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1988, his master's degree in Educational Leadership from California State University, Channel Islands in 2009 and his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from California Lutheran University in 2015.