Dr. Stephanie Martinez is an Associate Professor of Communication and director of presentational speaking.

Dr. Martinez is an ethnographer and communication scholar whose interests are in the areas of organizational communication, health communication, feminism, leadership, service learning, and public speaking. She founded the Brother Dunstan Bowles Persuasive Speaking Contest that will be in its tenth year in 2016. She has led 2 study abroad trips in the last couple years to Angers, France and to Sevilla, Spain. This summer, after being awarded a Presidential Excellence Summer Grant, she will be doing work on people's perceptions of the media from the 2014 Ebola crisis in Texas.

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor (Tenured 2013), 2009-Present
  • Assistant Professor, 2003-2008

Year Started


Languages Spoken

  • Some Spanish
  • Some French


  • Ph.D. in Speech Communication at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, 2003
  • M.A. in Communication Studies at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, 1998
  • B.S. in Advertising at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1991