Nationally acclaimed author and lecturer Joe Martin made his sixth consecutive annual appearance at the IUP Punxsutawney campus on February 17, 2015. His message of student achievement is relevant to both students and educators alike.
Martin rose from the economically challenged streets of Miami to become the youngest professor ever hired in the state of Florida. He has since written seven books focusing on student motivation and new teacher retention, and has visited more than 600 colleges and universities.
One of his best-selling books, Tricks of the Grade, is distributed as a common reader to all students studying at the Punxsutawney campus. The text also is used in several Punxsutawney-based courses.
The distribution and study of the text enhances the importance of Martin’s annual visit. His lecture complements the text material, and his demonstrated embrace of the IUP Punxsutawneycampus mission is both felt and appreciated by his standing-room-only student audience.