Jerry L. Martin

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Jerry L. Martin is chairman emeritus of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. He served as president of ACTA[1] from its founding in 1995 as the National Alumni Forum until 2003, when he was succeeded by Anne D. Neal. From 1988 to 1995, Martin held senior positions at the National Endowment for the Humanities, including acting chairman.[2] He has testified before Congress[3] and appeared on radio and television, including the BBC Radio 4 program, Something Understood.[4] He is currently the author and host of godanautobiography.com , contributor to The Good Men Project, and coordinator of the Theology Without Walls project at the American Academy of Religion.

From 1967 until 1982, Martin was a tenured professor and chairman of the philosophy department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he also served as the Director of the University's Center for the Study of Values and Social Policy. From 1977 to 1979, he served as president of the Colorado Conference of the American Association of University Professors. In 1982, Martin was selected as an Andrew W. Mellon Congressional Fellow and worked on education, regulatory issues, and international trade on the staff of then-Congressman Hank Brown of Colorado until 1987. Martin has also held adjunct faculty positions at Georgetown University, The Catholic University of America, and the American Enterprise Institute.

In addition to a dozen scholarly articles, Dr. Martin is author or co-author of major reports that have received national publicity. Praised[5] by historian David McCullough, Losing America’s Memory has been cited in hundreds of newspaper articles, including full-page reports in the New York Times and Washington Post and discussion by Sam Donaldson and George Will on the Sunday news program, “This Week.” Newspapers and television also gave nation-wide coverage to The Shakespeare Files: What English Majors Are Really Studying and E Pluribus Unum (discussed, among others, by David Broder in his nationally syndicated column).

His essay on the postmodern university appeared in The Imperiled Academy (Transaction)[6] and was reprinted in Academic Questions and the Partisan Review. He also contributed essays to Studies in the Philosophy of Mind (Canadian Philosophical Association), The Core and the Canon: A National Debate (University of North Texas),[7] Studies in the Quality of Life (University of Colorado), Innovative Models for University Research (North Holland), and Models of God and Other Ultimate Realities (Springer).[8]

Dr. Martin has spoken at the American Philosophical Association, the American Academy of Religion, the American Political Science Association, the Society for Legal and Political Philosophy, the American Classical Society, the American Mathematical Society, and at over twenty universities.

He has been Andrew W. Mellon Congressional Fellow,[9] Distinguished Annual Georgia Humanities Lecturer, and Bertram Morris Lecturer at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He served as state President of the American Association of University Professors and on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education in Virginia.

Martin earned a B.A. in political science at the University of California, Riverside, an M.A. in philosophy and political science at the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in philosophy at Northwestern University and a Doctor of Humane Letters from the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. In recent years, he has taught in the graduate programs at Georgetown University and the Catholic University of America.

Dr. Martin has no current religious affiliation but his upbringing was Protestant. He and his wife, Abigail, live in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia. Abigail Martin is a professor emerita of philosophy at Brooklyn College.[10][11]

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