Dr. S.R. Martin, Jr

Author Bio

(novels, memoirs short stories)
Born in Texas in 1935, S. R. Martin, Jr. grew up partly in the western states of Wyoming and Montana, but mainly on California's Monterey Peninsula. He attended public schools throughout his formal education. He earned his B.A. in English Literature at the University of California at Berkeley in 1957, his M.A. in English Literature at San Francisco State University in 1961 and his Ph.D. in American Studies at Washington State University in Pullman, WA in 1974. .Dr. Martin retired from The Evergreen State College (TESC) in Olympia, Washington in 1997 after a distinguished career as founder, teacher, scholar, and administrator for 27 years.

Martin's teaching interests have consistently included American literature and history, African American literature and history, creative and expository writing, Black theatre and drama, the history and role of jazz in culture, interdisciplinary cultural studies, and American intellectual history. He was also a leader outside of the classroom, both on and off campus. At TESC: he served as an Academic Dean, Chair of the Faculty [also served in this position at Empire State College while in NYC], Chair Strategic Planning Subcommittee on the College's Values and Aspirations, Chair Nationwide Presidential Search, Faculty Representative to Board of Trustees, Faculty Hiring Task Force. Off campus: Board of Directors, Thurston County Urban League; Member, Washington Commission for the Humanities; Grants Consultant in Literature and African American Studies, National Endowment for the Humanities; Accreditor, Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools; Member, The National Faculty of the Humanities, Arts and Sciences; Northwest Regional Director of the National Faculty of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.

Dr. Martin has published essays, reviews and stories in publications such as The Seattle Review, The Journal of Western African American Culture, and Obsidian II. He is the author of three books: Natural Born Proud, Utah State U. Press, 2010; On The Move: A Black Family's Western Saga, Texas A & M U. Press, 2009; and Seaside Stories, Blue Nile Press, 2011. Dr. Martin was awarded the Nelson W. Ault Memorial Fellowship at Washington State University, a National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowship in American History, at Columbia University.