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Malissa Martin

EdD, AT-Ret

Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs & Provost

Dr. Malissa Martin holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Athletic Training from Indiana State University. She earned a Master of Science in Health Education and Doctor of Education, with an emphasis in Curriculum Instruction and Alcohol Drug Studies, from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Martin has 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, Ohio.

Her footprint in education for her exceptional contributions to her profession earned her the highest honor as 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. 

Dr. Martin also holds the illustrious recognitions of NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, Sayers Bud Miller Distinguished Athletic Training Educator, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions’ 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 two-time recipient of the RMU Presidential Award.

Known in the athletic training profession as a renowned educator and for her work with professional development, Dr. Martin authored over 100 articles, books, home study programs, and grants. She has taken the platform for over 120 national and regional presentations and 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 her tenure at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Dr. Martin 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 and 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.