Malissa Martin, EdD, ATC/L
Vice Provost for Post-Professional Programs & Athletic Training Concentration Track Director (Health Sciences PhD)

Dr. Martin is a member of the most prestigious group of athletic trainers in this country, the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. The NATA Hall of Fame is reserved for those few individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the profession and are recognized as distinguished leaders in the field. Her footprint in education for her exceptional contributions earned her this highest honor.

Dr. Martin also holds the illustrious recognitions of NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, Sayers Bud Miller Distinguished Athletic Training Educator, Rocky Mountain University Hartgrave’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Greater Lakes Athletic Training Education Award, the Southeast Athletic Trainer’s Educator and Administrator Award, and is a recipient of the NATA Professional Development Award. Dr. Martin is a 2-time recipient of the RMU Presidential Award the highest award the University bestows.

Dr. Martin hails from a rural German community in Southern Ill. She served as the head women’s athletic trainer at the University of South Carolina where she developed and directed the first accredited athletic training education program in the Palmetto State. She held similar administrative roles at Middle Tennessee State University and Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Oh.

Known in the athletic training profession as a renowned educator and for her work with professional development Martin is an author of over 100 articles, books, home study programs and grants. She has taken the platform for over 120 national and regional presentations/workshops. Dr. Martin serves on the editorial board for the Athletic Training Education Journal and the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training. Her research interests include various topics in education and female health issues.

During Dr. Martin’s tenure at Rocky Mountain University she has led the charge in developing and administering a “Teaching Effectiveness Program”, an inaugural “faculty development program”, a program assessment process, a certificate in “learning and design in healthcare education” and has guided/mentored over 80 current students and alumni in completing a terminal degree and becoming stewards of their discipline, scholars, and leaders in the profession and academic community.

Dr. Martin enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking, cycling, and fishing. She is an off-campus employee and resides in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.