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About Susan Martin

After serving as an elementary classroom teacher in California and Oregon, and an English Language Teacher Trainer and E.S.L. Teacher with the Peace Corps in the Philippines, Dr. Susan Martin earned her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her dissertation was entitled "Fostering Students’ Participation in Writing Activity in Three Urban Classrooms". She taught for one year at Western Washington University in Bellingham before coming to Boise State University in 2003 as a faculty member of the Department of Literacy, Language and Culture in the College of Education. In addition to teaching and mentoring students, Dr. Martin writes and presents widely on a variety of topics including elementary writing and reading instruction, music, assessment, becoming a teacher, and school/University partnerships.


Present Professor, Boise State University Department of Literacy, Language, and Culture


Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • 2009 - Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Journal of Teacher Education’s Article of the Year for "Opportunities Lost and Found: The Student Teaching Experience"
  • 2004 - Finalist, International Reading Association’s Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award


  • ED-LTCY 340: Idaho Comprehensive Literacy
  • ED-LTCY 345: Writing Processes, Instruction, and Assessment
  • ED-LTCY 440: Content Literacy
  • ED-LTCY 540: Foundations of Literacy Instruction
  • ED-LTCY 545: Writing Processes, Instruction, and Assessment in K-8 Classrooms
  • ED-LTCY 549: Idaho Comprehensive Literacy
  • ED-LTCY 559: Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • ED-LTCY 597: Comprehensive Literacy Workshop
  • ED-CIFS 460: Professional Year
  • ED-CIFS 553: Professional Workshop for Mentor Teachers
  • ED-CIFS 653: Qualitative Research Methods
  • ED-CIFS 660: Cognition and Learning

Contact Information


Articles (14)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (5)

Presentations (6)