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Martinez Named Dean of College of Liberal Arts  
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 11, 2013 – Dr. Javier A. Martinez has been named Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Brownsville.
Dr. Javier Martinez
Dr. 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 projects.
“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 institution.”
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 University
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 Austin.
“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 enriching.
Martinez’s office is in Mary Rose Cardenas Hall South, and he can be reached at 956-882-8252 or
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