Jose Martinez, Ph.D.

“My philosophy of teaching is rooted in the pragmatism of John Dewey. I believe that not only should the learner be able to answer the question, ‘how can I apply this new knowledge to my life?’ — but learner also should be ready to act upon situations with their new knowledge”


Assistant professor of education

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Ball State University – Muncie, Indiana
  • M.A., Chapman University – Orange, California      
  • B.A., Clemson University – Clemson, South Carolina

Year joined Franklin



I have focused my research in two areas of education: college readiness and the impact of school shootings on the teaching profession.

My research experience has focused on examining how alternative approaches to the traditional curriculum impact perceptions of college readiness. I specifically look at how alumni of schools who practice project-based learning and integrate technology perceive that their high school experience readied them for college.

Additionally, with the current proliferation of gun violence in schools. I have begun to examine how this phenomenon impacts apathy towards entering the teaching profession. 

What should students know about becoming a teacher at Franklin College?

Franklin College has a long history of preparing future educators for a constantly evolving environment for both students and teachers. As a professor, I make it a priority to keep up with those changes by visiting schools, talking to current teachers and administrators, and keeping up with legislative changes — it is important to me that my students are ready for any situation that they will encounter.

Selected Professional Accomplishments


Assistant Editor of the Proceedings of the 2014 Conference of the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA). Elena Polush, Lead Editor. Bethlehem: USA, 2014.

Martinez, J.I., Cantrell, J., & Beilke, J. (2016). “Resistance to Indiana’s neoliberal education policies: How Glenda Ritz won” Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, 26, 104-114.

Martinez, J.I. & Ford, K.  Secondary magnet schools: Do they matter in college readiness? (manuscript in progress)

Conference Presentations

“Exploring Pre-Service Teachers’ Perceptions of School Shootings: A Case Study of Education Students at a Small, Private Liberal Arts College,” Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference. Las Vegas, NV. February 25-26, 2019. 

“Secondary Magnet School Curriculums: Do They Really Matter in Relation to College Readiness?,” Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference. Las Vegas, NV. February 26-27, 2018. 

“Evidence in Support of Insider/Outsider Researcher Status and Acquaintance Interviewing in a K-12 Context,” Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference. Las Vegas, NV. January 30-31, 2017.

“Balancing Expertise: Responsive Approach to Conservation Curriculum Development in a Secondary Agricultural Education Setting,” North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Conference. Honolulu, HI. June 21-24, 2016. 

“Case Studies of New Tech Network and College Readiness: Alumni’s Perceptions,” Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference. Las Vegas, NV. February 1-2, 2016. 

What Students Say

“Dr. Martinez’s classes were different than any class I had taken before. As a future educator, I appreciate the classroom dynamic that encourages questions and comments to further discussion and understanding. I had him as a professor for four different classes, and there was never a moment in any of those classes that I didn’t enjoy.” – Matt Thomas ’19

In My Spare Time…

In my spare time I like to go to live music events! I spend more money that I’d like to admit on concerts — I also like to go to music festivals to discover new bands and see some of my favorites; I’ve been to: Bonnaroo, Electric Forrest, Bunbury, and Austin City Limits.