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UT Arlington College of Education professor earns national honor

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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A University of Texas at Arlington education professor has been recognized as the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Professor of Middle Level Education from the National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education.

Leisa Martin, assistant professor in the College of Education and Health Professions, is one of only two faculty members in the United States to receive the recognition.

Leisa Martin

Leisa Martin

“I am grateful to be honored by my peers,” Martin said. “Such acknowledgement gives even more meaning to the work that I am able to do with students and colleagues at UT Arlington.”

Martin is passionate about citizenship education, human rights, social studies and linking research through technology. She has worked tirelessly to train teacher education students about the Pledge of Allegiance, the preservation of American history, and service-learning across disciplines to promote social justice.

Jeanne Gerlach, dean of the College of Education and Health, Professions, praised Martin for distinguishing herself in the area of middle level education.

“Dr. Martin’s work exemplifies the creativity and imaginative curriculum and instruction developing across our college,” said Gerlach, who is also the University’s associate vice president for K-16 Initiatives, said. “Her advocacy and passion leave a lasting mark on the well-trained teachers who will ultimately shape and mold young minds.”

To be chosen as the outstanding professor of middle level education, a candidate should advocate for young adolescents through leadership opportunities at the local, state, and national levels as well as in the university classroom, NaPOMLE Past-President Elizabeth Dore said in a statement.

This is the second consecutive year that faculty from UT Arlington’s College of Education and Health Professions have been honored by the association.

In 2011, the organization named Kimberly K. Ruebel, former UT Arlington associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, as its Outstanding Professor of Middle Level Education, and the College of Education and Health Professions was named an Outstanding Middle Level Education program.

About the College of Education and Health Professions

The College of Education and Health Professions is fully accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and in 2006 became the first College of Education within the UT System to receive accreditation through the prestigious National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The college currently offers bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees through its three academic units: the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Kinesiology. Visit to learn more.

About UT Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 33,200 students and 2,200 faculty members in the heart of North Texas. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington as of the nation’s top 10 universities for diversity. UT Arlington also is a national leader in innovative online programs, with about 9,600 student enrolled in at least one online course in fall 2012.


The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.