Martin Named Provost at Franklin and Marshall College

Joel W. Martin

Joel W. Martin, vice provost for academic personnel and dean of the faculty, has been named provost and dean of the faculty at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., where he chaired the department of religious studies from 1996 to 2000.

Martin came to UMass Amherst in 2006 and served four years as dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts until he was appointed to his current post. He was named a Distinguished Professor in 2007.

“Joel has enjoyed a remarkable career as an educator, a scholar and a leader,” said Franklin and Marshall President Daniel R. Porterfield. “His experience, gained in a broad range of scholarly and administrative positions, has prepared him well for a central role in helping advance our efforts to strengthen F&M’s competitive position through continued development of academic resources and programs that allow faculty to grow in their complementary roles of educator and scholar and, consequently, create such distinctive and transformational learning experiences for our students.”

Martin is expected to assume his new post in mid-summer.

“Joel Martin has served with distinction as dean of our College of Humanities and Fine Arts and as vice provost and dean of the faculty,” said Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. “I deeply appreciate his contributions during the past eight years and I congratulate him on his appointment at Franklin and Marshall, which will benefit greatly from his skills and expertise.”

“Among his many contributions as vice provost, Joel has managed the large number of faculty searches that have resulted in significant growth of the tenure stream instructional faculty during his tenure, while increasing its gender balance and racial/ethnic diversity,” said Provost James V. Staros. “We will miss his wise counsel, but I know that he will provide great academic leadership to Franklin and Marshall, where he began his faculty career.”

Martin holds a Ph.D. in the history of religious studies from Duke University, a master’s of theological studies degree from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College.