Martinez Named Dean of College of
Javier A. Martinez
Martinez has served as Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts since
August 2012. He made significant contributions during that time, including
overseeing a college-wide program review, working closely with other colleges on
accreditation processes and generating support for faculty research
“I hope to bring to the CLA a renewed focus on the liberal arts as essential
to the development of the complete person,” Martinez said.
“In today’s political climate, the humanities are sometimes thought of as
superfluous or self-indulgent. To the contrary, the liberal arts communicate the
totality of the human experience in all its diversity and splendor and so are
fundamental aspects of higher education.”
Martinez joined the university in 2002 as Assistant to the President, a
position he held for nearly three years before joining the faculty of the English Department
in 2001. He
became the English Department Chair in June 2011.
“During his service as Interim Dean, Dr. Martinez has demonstrated an
exceptional commitment to our university, our region and to the liberal arts,”
said Dr. Alan Artibise, Provost. “I look forward to working with him and his
staff to help realize the potential of our institution as we move toward a new
era as the University of Texas System’s new Rio Grande Valley
Martinez’s areas of teaching and research interests include 19th and 20th
Century American literature, the modern Japanese novel and science fiction.
Martinez is the managing editor of Extrapolation
the first and oldest academic journal to focus on the field of science fiction
studies. He negotiated with Kent State University to bring Extrapolation
to UTB in 2002.
Martinez has also been an active researcher. Recent publications have
appeared in Science Fiction Film & Television, Dead Reckonings
and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
“The next few years will initiate tremendous change that will redefine higher
education in the RGV,” Martinez said. “I envision a
CLA that is flexible enough to adapt to the circumstances of these coming times
and agile enough to meet the needs of our current students and those we will
serve in the years to come.”
Before joining UTB, Martinez was an instructor in the Department of English
and served as chair of the honors program at South Texas College
. Prior to that,
he was an instructor in the Department of English and the Department of
Comparative Studies at The Ohio State
Martinez received his Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University. He has
a master’s in English from The University of Texas-Pan American and a bachelor’s
in English from The University of Texas at
“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve our university and grateful for the
support of the faculty,” Martinez said. “The opportunity to work with friends
and colleagues as, together, we contribute to the development of this region and
the well-being of our students is both professionally and personally
Martinez’s office is in Mary Rose Cardenas Hall
South, and he can be reached at 956-882-8252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.