Dr. Martin is responsible for monitoring new funding opportunities for Extension program areas; serves as liaison for developing university relations; works with the assistant directors to ensure interdisciplinary implementation of issue-focused programming; provides administrative leadership for the development, implementation and monitoring of OSU Extension cost-recovery efforts; fosters technology-enhanced programming; and coordinates organizational reports to stakeholders. As the department chair, Dr. Martin also serves as a liaison with International Programs and the university community, as well as having responsibility for faculty appointments, leaves, the promotion and tenure process, and the activities of all regular faculty members.
Dr. Martin came to OSU Extension in 2005. Prior to that, he was a director of West Virginia University’s Community, Economic, and Workforce Development program unit where he was responsible for program development, delivery, and evaluation in community resources and economic development. He previously served as associate dean in the Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences and director of the Extension Program Center for Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Community Development. He also held appointments as adjunct professor of sociology in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and adjunct professor of resource management in the Davis College. Dr. Martin previously served as interim director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD) at The Pennsylvania State University, where he was a senior research associate in Penn State’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. He also directed the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health at Penn State for six years and served as a rural economic development specialist for three years. Dr. Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Eastern Mennonite College; his master’s and doctoral degrees in rural sociology are from Penn State.