Dr. Shane P. Martin serves as the board chair for Teach For America's Los Angeles region.

Dr. Shane Martin

Job Title
Dean, School of Education
Loyola Marymount University

Dr. Shane P. Martin, an educational anthropologist by training and expert in the areas of intercultural education, cultural diversity, and Catholic schools, was appointed the second dean of the LMU School of Education in February 2005. Dean Martin is visible in the education community as former chair of Green Dot Public Schools Board of Directors, and a member of Loyola High School of Los Angeles Board of Regents and Teach For America Los Angeles Board. He is a speaker in a variety of arenas—civic, business, and education—and keynotes conferences in the United States and internationally. Professional activities include serving as President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Education Council and regular invitations to review articles and manuscripts. In addition to honors in “Who’s Who in the World and in America,” Shane received the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) Michael J. Guerra Leadership Award in 2005 and the Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ, Award in 2009. He is a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Board of Examiners and of the California Committee on Accreditation, Board of Institutional Reviewers. Most recently, he was appointed as a state commissioner to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Martin earned his Ph.D. in International and Intercultural Education at the University of Southern California, a Master of Theology degree at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (JSTB) with a specialization in Hispanic Ministry, and his Master of Divinity degree also from JSTB. An LMU alumnus, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1980 and holds his California State Clear Secondary Teaching Credential. Before returning to LMU as a faculty member, Martin’s classroom teaching experience included six years in middle and secondary school settings and work in 17 Latin American countries.

Dr. Martin’s published books are: Justice, Care, and Diversity: Addressing the Needs of All Students in Catholic Secondary Schools, with E.F. Litton, Equity, Advocacy and Diversity: New Directions for Catholic Schools, with E.F. Litton, and Cultural Diversity in Catholic Schools: Challenges and Opportunities for Catholic Educators. He has contributed to many peer-reviewed publications on the topics of cultural diversity in Catholic schools, technology and learning, social justice in education, and multicultural education. He also has presented numerous scholarly papers, including those at the National Catholic Education Association, the American Anthropological Association, and the American Educational Research Association.

Dr. Martin believes the key to school success is the network of relationships and partnerships that support the whole child.