Matthew Martens is the Senior Vice Provost at the University of Missouri. In this role, he fulfills four main functions. First, he manages all faculty affairs, including faculty recruitment, hiring, salary and workload adjustment, and the faculty promotion and tenure process. Second, he supervises several units within the Office of the Provost, including the Vice Provost for International Programs, the Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian, and the Director of the MU Press. He is also the office liaison to the Vice Chancellor for Operations, Vice Chancellor for Research, Vice Chancellor for IDE, and Vice Chancellor for Finance. Third, he works with Faculty Council to support faculty governance. Fourth, he provides direct support to the Provost in managing her workload, including supporting review and evaluation of deans and other Provost direct reports, representing the Provost at meetings or events when unavailable, and triaging meeting requests and other time demands.
Specific duties that Dr. Martens fulfills include:
- Serve as the point person in the Office of the Provost for all faculty recruitment and hiring
- Serve as the point person regarding human resources, salary increases, and extra compensation
- Manage the faculty promotion and tenure process
- Supervisor for Vice Provost for International Programs, Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian, and the Director of the MU Press
- Provost liaison to Vice Chancellor for Operations,Vice Chancellor for Research, Vice Chancellor for IDE, and Vice Chancellor for Finance
- Provost liaison to the Faculty Council and NTT Faculty Committee
- Support review of senior administrators, including Deans and Vice Provosts
- Represent Provost at meetings, functions, etc. when unavailable
- Triage requests for meetings/engagements with the Provost
- Accreditation Liaison Officer to Higher Learning Commission (will co-lead accreditation activities with Associate Provost for Academic Programs)
Prior administrative appointments include serving as an Associate Division Director, Division Director, and Associate Dean within the College of Education at MU. He received a BA from Boston College in 1995, a MA from the University of North Carolina in 1997, and a Ph.D from the University of Missouri in 2002. His primary research interest is in the area of health psychology, particularly addictive behaviors. He has been either a principal or co-investigator on multiple federally and foundation-funded studies examining the efficacy of brief motivational interventions at reducing at-risk alcohol use and harmful gambling behaviors.