Ken Martin

Ken MartinAssistant Professor of Literacy Education (Retired)

315 Shibles Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine  04469-5766

Bio: Ken Martin was an assistant professor of literacy with the School of Learning and Teaching at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development. After 20 years in banking and retail management with an emphasis on professional employee development, Dr. Martin moved to a second career in education. For 10 years, he taught English and drama at a 250-student high school in Washington County, Maine—one of the most rural and economically-disadvantaged areas in the United States. Dr. Martin was then a technology integration coach for three years, working with teachers and administrators in 35 K-12 schools throughout Washington County. He earned his doctorate in literacy education and joined the University of Maine faculty in 2011. He specializes in secondary literacy education methods in English language arts and across the curriculum, digital literacy including online discussion, and academic writing. He is a former director of the University of Maine Writing Project and a frequent presenter at National Writing Project (NWP) events. He is author of Changing Times: Adapting the Invitational Summer Institute to an Online Environment, a research monograph detailing his three-year study of the effects of moving a 35-year NWP model for professional development from a face-to-face setting to an asynchronous, online format.

Ph.D. in Literacy Education, 2011, University of Maine
M.Ed. in Literacy, 2003, University of Maine
B.A. in English, 1973, Harvard College

Courses taught at UMaine

  • EHD 421: Literacy Across the Curriculum
  • ERL 440: Teaching Reading in Secondary Schools
  • ERL 547: Seminar in Mentoring
  • ERL 552: Seminar in Teacher Research
  • ERL 590: 20th Century Theories in 21st Century Literacy

Sample publications