Heather Martinez, Ph.D.

Marti KopaczDr. Heather Martinez currently serves as the Senior Director of the Office of Community Engagement, the Office of Academic Enrichment and The Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners, all three of which are part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement at Texas Tech University. Through her position she is responsible for implementing and overseeing programs and partnerships which serve the community, engage faculty, promote learning and encourage conversations about the value of higher education. Prior to her current position, Dr. Martinez held executive positions in the fields of education branding and advocacy, economic development and medical staffing and outsourcing.

Dr. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Wayland Baptist University, and obtained her Ph. D. in Higher Education Administration at Texas Tech University. Her research interest focuses on the impact of culture and social identity on the college choice process and experience among minority female students in higher education.

Dr. Martinez is a proud alumna of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc., a member and former officer of the Hispanic Association of Women, a member of the Texas Tech Latino Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association, a member of the Texas Tech University Gender Equity Council, a member of the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Center of Lubbock and a member of the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts Advisory Council among other service positions. In 2013 Dr. Martinez was chosen as the Hispanic Association of Women’s Hispanic of the Year in Education.

In addition to her duties in the role of director, Dr. Martinez is an instructor, motivational speaker and presenter. She has taught courses in Women’s Studies and Integrated Studies and has served as the keynote speaker for various organizations including several independent school districts, Upward Bound programs, the Women’s Leadership Forum, the Latina Leadership Initiative and the statewide Texas A & M University MEDALS conference.

Dr. Martinez has also presented professional papers at numerous seminars and conferences including the Engaged Scholarship Consortium National Conference, the Family and Community Engagement Seminar Statewide Conference and the Collaborative Educational Programs for the Americas National Conference.