Matthew Martens is the Senior Vice Provost at the University of Missouri. In this role, he fulfills three main functions. First, he oversees policies and processes related to academic programs, including academic program review, new degree program proposals, and accreditation. 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 and Vice Chancellor for Finance. Third, 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:
- Coordinating the 5-year academic program review
- Serve on Academic Oversight Committee for the Office of eLearning
- Serve as point person in Office of the Provost for academic program proposals, including requests for new programs, program changes, and program activities
- Accreditation Liaison Officer to Higher Learning Commission
- Provost Office contact for College/Unit Accreditation activities
- 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 and Vice Chancellor for Finance
- 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
- Other duties as assigned
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.