About the Dean

Dr. Shane P. Martin, Dean & Professor

Shane P. Martin, Ph.D.

Dean & Professor, School of Education
Dean, Graduate Studies

Dr. Shane P. Martin, an educational anthropologist by training and expert in the areas of intercultural education, cultural diversity, and the spectrum of public, charter and Catholic schools, was appointed dean of the LMU School of Education in 2005 and dean of Graduate Studies in 2012.

Dean Martin serves as a state commissioner to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and was selected as a 2015 fellow of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship. Dean Martin is visible in the education community as a member of the Green Dot Public Schools National Board of Directors and chair of the Teach For America Los Angeles Board, and is a former member of the Loyola High School of Los Angeles Board of Directors. He is a founding member of Deans for Impact and serves on their Executive Committee, and is also a member of the education advisory board of Edthena.

He is a speaker in a variety of arenas — civic, business, and education — and keynotes conferences in the United States and internationally. He has presented numerous scholarly papers, including those at the National Catholic Educational Association, the American Anthropological Association, and the American Educational Research Association. Professional activities include serving as a past president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Education Deans Conference, a past chair of the Association of Graduate Schools in Catholic Colleges and Universities, a past chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Catholic Education, and regular invitations to review articles and manuscripts.

In addition to honors in "Who's Who in the World, in America, and in Education," Martin has been recognized with the INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Diversity Leadership Award, and received the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) Michael J. Guerra Leadership Award in 2005 and Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ, Award in 2009, and the Loyola High School Alumni Association’s Cahalan Award in 2008.

Dean Martin's published books are: Justice, Care, and Diversity: Addressing the Needs of All Students in Catholic Secondary Schools (NCEA, 2009), with E.F. Litton, Equity, Advocacy and Diversity: New Directions for Catholic Schools (NCEA, 2004), with E.F. Litton, and Cultural Diversity in Catholic Schools: Challenges and Opportunities for Catholic Educators (NCEA, 1996). He has contributed to many peer-reviewed publications on the topics of cultural diversity in Catholic schools, technology and learning, social justice in education, and multicultural education.

Dean Martin earned his Ph.D. in International and Intercultural Education at the University of Southern California, a Master of Theology degree at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (JSTB) with a specialization in Hispanic Ministry, and his Master of Divinity degree also from JSTB. A Loyola Marymount University alumnus, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1980 and holds his California State Clear Secondary Teaching Credential. Before returning to LMU as a faculty member, Martin's classroom teaching experience included six years in middle and secondary school settings and work in 17 Latin American countries.

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