August 2, 2017
The John V. Roach Honors College is pleased to announce that Marie Martinez has accepted the position of Director of Honors Academic Advising. As Director, Martinez will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations and long-term strategic planning for Honors Academic Advising, as well as serving as an advising liaison. Dr. Rob Garnett, Associate Dean of the Honors College, states that the Director of Advising “will be a key conduit between Honors students and faculty: helping faculty members to be more aware of the diverse interests and experiences of honors students from various departments, while also helping students understand the philosophy and structure of the Honors College curriculum.” In addition, Martinez will continue to work directly with Honors students as she maintains an academic advising caseload.
Before coming to TCU, Martinez was an active member of the Honors Program at Midwestern State University, where she earned a B.A. and M.A. in English. Martinez originally worked with the John V. Roach Honors College as a graduate assistant in 2014, and her love of TCU and Honors students led her to join the Honors staff as a full-time Academic Advisor in 2015 and to eventually take on the role of Director of Advising in 2017. Martinez brings a wealth of knowledge from a variety of experiences in higher education to the Director position, including her experiences as an Honors student and Honors College staff member. Additionally, Martinez taught literature and composition courses at Midwestern and TCU. Martinez is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in English Studies at TCU, and she is working on her dissertation, “Victorian Outbreak Narratives: The Influence of Cholera on the Nineteenth- Century Literary Imagination,” under the direction of Dr. Linda Hughes.
The Director of Honors Academic Advising is a new position in the Honors College. The Honors College has grown exponentially, with the advising team doubling from two advisors in 2015 to four advisors in 2017. The increase in staff resulted in the need for a Director to assume administrative responsibilities. As Director of Advising, Martinez looks forward to working with Honors faculty, staff, and students to ensure that “TCU Honors students have a meaningful experience that motivates them to make a difference in the classroom, in the TCU community, and in the world.”