Who's Who at GSU? Dr. Eric Martin
Phoenix Newspaper, Governors State University, University Park, IL
For anyone interested in pursuing a career in college or business administration, Dr. Martin recommends obtaining a degree in prelaw or taking classes that will improve your communication and writing skills. “It is true for all leadership careers that one must hear what others are trying to say, listen, and communicate effectively with them.” He also recommends teaching before going directly into an administration role. The advantage is that it “enables you to know students better and understand the multiple directions that students are pulled while trying to balance family, a job, and school.”
Dr. Eric Martin, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, began his career at GSU in 1999 as director of Writing Across the Curriculum, an initiative to incorporate writing into all courses. Prior to that, Dr. Martin served as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Findlay in Ohio. As Dr. Martin stated, “You don’t just take an English course and become a master writer”; it is a skill that needs constant practice. In 2001 he was asked to oversee the accreditation process and work with the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s program review committee. Eventually, this led to his current role as dean where his major duties include advocating for faculty, staff, and students and getting them the resources they need to be successful.. He tries to always keep in mind the mission of GSU, and how the College of Arts and Sciences can contribute to that mission, while always putting the students first.
Though Dr. Martin hopes to return to teaching soon, he will be busy over the next six months preparing for a visit by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in Fall 2009. The HLC is a regional accreditor that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. It accredits universities every ten years. The HLC will send consultant-evaluators to analyze GSU’s quality of education, fiscal management, campus facilities, and that we are meeting the overall federal requirements.
Dr. Martin’s advice to all those attending GSU is “Don’t suffer in silence.” If you encounter setbacks or obstacles in your college career talk to a counselor, professor, or administrator and they will help you find the support you need to be successful. “”Seeing this group [of students] succeed is so rewarding. There are a lot of places to work but this is why we choose to work here.”