Dr. Stephanie Martinez is a Professor of Communication and Director of Presentational Speaking.

Stephanie Poole Martinez is a 1991 graduate of Kent State who went on to earn her Ph.D. in Speech Communication in 2003 at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She currently is a professor of communication at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. She has led study abroad trips to Angers, France and to Sevilla, Spain. In 2016, she received a Presidential Excellence Research Grant for her autoethnographic work on health communication and surviving esophageal cancer. She has recent chapters in a book of case studies on Sport Communication, and a chapter in a new book titled “Navigating Midlife.” In her free time, she enjoys the company of her partner, Chris, her daughter, Anya and her two rescue dogs.  

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  • 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

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