The students and faculty of the Political Science Department are sad to announce that Professor Susan J. Martin has retired as of February 1, 2013.
Martin joined IUP in 2002 and served as a devoted teacher and colleague.
Her professional interests included American state and national politics, Congress, organizational management, and leadership style.
Her courses focused on the legislative and policy processes. She also recently developed a popular course that explored the tension between individual liberty and the authority of government to legislate morality.
In addition to teaching in the traditional classroom, Martin developed online versions of the five courses she taught most regularly.
A desire to empower students infused everything Martin did. This included empowering students to take an active role in government and to obtain civil service positions. Over the years, she recruited an impressive array of politicians and government leaders to come to speak to her students. When she wasn’t bringing speakers to campus, she was taking students to observe the workings of government for themselves. Each semester, Martin took a group of students to Harrisburg for discussions with key legislators and officials.
Before coming to IUP, Martin had an impressive career in a variety of management positions within various Pennsylvania state agencies, including the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Public Welfare.
She brought these real-world experiences to her teaching, and her extensive professional contacts were a tremendous asset to students in her role as the department’s internship coordinator for the past two years.
She also served as graduate studies coordinator for the department from 2008 to 2010.