Timothy Moerland, Indiana University of Pennsylvania provost, has named Randy Martin as the dean of IUP's School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Randy Martin appointed dean of IUP School of Graduate Studies and ResearchMartin will begin this role March 9, 2015.

“Dr. Martin has almost 30 years of experience at IUP, both in the classroom as a member of the Department of Criminology and in administrative roles at both the departmental and college levels,” Moerland said. “He also is well respected for his scholarly work and his success and knowledge of funded research. He is a great fit for this new role.”

In making the announcement, Moerland thanked Timothy Mack, who will leave the position of dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research to direct the newly established IUP Office of Extended Studies, effective March 9.

“Dr. Mack has been a strong leader, and we look forward to his work in this new office,” Moerland said.

Martin's appointment follows discussion with university leadership, including deans, department chairs, graduate program coordinators, and other faculty members.

“Normally, we would launch a national search for this vacancy,” Moerland said. “After consulting with key leaders in the university community, and knowing the importance of continuing the momentum needed to secure our graduate enrollment and advance program development, I believe that this appointment is the right thing for both the School of Graduate Studies and Research and the university.”

Martin joined the IUP faculty in 1986. He is currently the interim associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services. He has served as chair of the Department of Criminology in addition to his role as a member of the department faculty and as a graduate research associate at IUP. Martin also has coordinated both the PhD and master's programs for the department. He has been a part of many university projects and committees, including the Graduate Curriculum Committee (now the University-wide Graduate Committee) and the Institutional Review Board.

“I am truly honored to be assuming this new role,” Martin said. “IUP has a long history of quality graduate education. We are privileged to have an abundance of topnotch faculty-scholars to guide our students. I look forward to working with all of my colleagues not only to maintain our rich and proud tradition, but also to help ensure that graduate education at IUP remains viable and vibrant well into the future.”

Martin was selected for membership in IUP's Phi Kappa Phi honor society and is a recipient of the Graduate Dean's Award for Outstanding Commitment to Sponsored Programs. He is a founding associate of the Integral Institute, has a certificate in online facilitation from Fielding University, where he has served as an adjunct faculty member, received an award for theory development at the first Biannual Integral Theory Conference, and was an invited visiting international scholar at Kyonggi University in South Korea.

Martin has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses and directed many master's theses and doctoral dissertations. He has more than 30 scholarly publications, including books and book chapters, to his credit and serves as a member of many reviewing and editorial boards for his discipline.

He has been successful in securing a number of grants for research in his field, including grants funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and IUP, and has been an invited presenter for professional conferences and events nationally and internationally.

Martin graduated from West Liberty State College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and received both his master's and PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before coming to IUP, he worked at both West Liberty State College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.