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Gary E. Martin, Ed.D.

Gary E. Martin, Ed.D. — Professor

"Thoughts hold feelings, which turn to actions and experiences. Caring, respectful, and loving thoughts bring caring, respectful, and loving people into your life."

Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. – Texas A&M University
  • M.A. – The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • B.A. – The University of Texas at Austin
  • A.A. – San Antonio College

Department: Educational Leadership

Career Highlights:
Lead author on "School Leader Internship," with the fourth edition forthcoming in July 2016. Served as Executive Director of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration from 2006-2010.

In which online degree program(s) do you teach?
M.Ed. in Administration.

Which classes do you teach online?
EDLD 5398 Internship.

Why did you start teaching?
I desired a career in educational administration.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?
Thoughts hold feelings, which turn to actions and experiences. Caring, respectful and loving thoughts bring caring, respectful and loving people into your life.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?
View all teachers as professionals. View all students as perfect in who they are now and on a journey toward being remarkable adults.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?
Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?
Acting from character instead of reputation, being oneself and never playing a role, admitting and learning from mistakes, developing trusting relationships with others, and seeing the humor in everything.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in educational administration face today?
Trying to maintain a centuries-old rating, ranking and weeding out system, especially with the new generation of students that demand reason. Change is the biggest challenge.

Tell us something your students may not know about you.
I switched from an MBA program to educational administration after working in a private residential psychiatric center for emotionally disturbed adolescents. I decided to help those in need instead of maximizing profits for the wealthy.

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