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Suzanne Marie Martin, Ph.D.


Exceptional Student Education

Office: ED 122T

Phone: 407-823-4260


Professional Summary

Dr. Suzanne Martin has served for 17 years as a Professor and Assistant Dean of Education at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Martin holds a Ph. D. in Special Education Administration and has over 35 years of teaching experience at the K-12 school and higher education levels. She worked as an educational specialist at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for four years including two years of Acting Branch Chief of the Leadership Personnel Branch of the Department of Personnel Preparation. Dr. Martin served as international President of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and as President of the Teacher Education Division of CEC. She was awarded the Teacher of Excellence Award, Teacher Education Division and Pearson Publishing and Development, April 2009. She was named one of the top 25 teacher educators in the state of Florida in 2012. She currently directs a federally funded program ($3.2 million in funding) titled the National Urban Special Education Leadership Initiative (NUSELI), which has a 100% graduation rate.


Ph.D. in Special Education Administration
Minor: General Education, Curriculum and Instruction
University of Florida, Gainesville

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership
  • Behavior Management
  • Collaboration and Partnership Building

Research Interests

  • Leadership
  • Social Justice
  • Early Childhood/Pre-K Unique Abilities

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Lead presenter in Sofia, Bulgaria, “Educating very young children with disabilities: An International Call to Action” including all children in a changing world one week roundtable, Division of International Special Education and Services.
  • Elected board member of Very Special Arts Florida, 2016
  • Women of History Award, 2015, UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty
  • Invited as one of six people to United Nations, New York, New York to meet with Ramu Damodaran, Deputy Director for Partnership and Public Engagement, 2015
  • Full Academic Year Sabbatical to work with the World Academy for the Future of Women, an international women and girls’ education project of Global Interactions, 2013-2014

Recent Publications

Martin, S., Bai, H., Diaz, A., & Steinke, K. (2017) Meeting the professional development needs of school principals to effectively serve all students. Proceedings: American Council on Rural Special Education; March 2017, www.acres-sped.org.

Martin, S., Jahani, S. & Slanda, D. (2016) Transforming young women through the World Academy for the Future of Women. Transforming women’s lives. Santana, M. & Jahani, S. (Eds.) ISBN 978-1-5323-0118-6 .

Martin, S., Gourwitz, J., & Hall, K. (2016) Mentoring urban school leaders. A model. Journal of School Leadership, 26(2), 314-333..

Martin, S., Jahani, S. & Rosenblatt, K. (2016) Educating young women to be global leaders. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 27(3), 1494-1511 DOI: 10.1007/s11266-016-9702-7..

Martin, S., Little, J., Miller, K. & Gourwitz, J. (2014) Preparing Urban Special Education Leaders: What Works, Journal of Special Education Leadership. 27(1), 26-35..

Current Funded Projects

Martin, S. (July 2015-2020) National Urban Special Education Leadership Initiative: Preparing Special Education Administrators. U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, $1,200,000,000.

Professional Organizations

  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Teacher Education Division
  • Division of International Special Education and Services
  • Phi Delta Kappan
  • Association of Curriculum and Supervision
  • American Association of University Women
  • World Academy for the Future of Women


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