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Valerie G. Martin, D.M.A.

Department: Dean of Arts and Sciences

Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor of Music

  • Education
  • DMA, The University of Alabama
  • MM, The University of Alabama
  • BME, Murray State University
Valerie Martin

I grew up in a family that valued music and music is part of who I am. I began taking piano lessons when I was 5 and in sixth grade became involved in band, which I loved from the start. When I went to college, I pursued music education and psychology.

My career path shifted course during my junior year, when one of my professors suggested I apply for an International Rotary Scholarship. I landed the scholarship and spent a year studying music at the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria. The experience changed the course of my life by furthering my interest in conducting, which led me to graduate school and eventually to Susquehanna as director of bands.

I distinctly remember my first visit to campus: it felt like home. I loved teaching and loved working with SU students. When I was approached about moving into administration, first as a department head, then as interim dean and eventually as dean and associate provost, I knew I'd miss the direct contact with students. But I've been invigorated by the challenges and opportunities afforded by these institutional roles.

It's been 21 years since I came to Susquehanna and I'm still in touch with some of the first students I encountered. They're in different parts of the world and, like me, some are pursuing things different than what they intended. It is always so good to hear from them! Interestingly, I find I am still a conductor of sorts, focused on helping others achieve their goals. It is a privilege to have this opportunity at Susquehanna!


2010     Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education
              Harvard University  (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

1994      Doctor of Musical Arts, Wind Conducting
               The University of Alabama  (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

1988      Master of Music, Wind Conducting
               The University of Alabama  (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

1986      Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Mozarteum Conservatory)
               (Salzburg, Austria) - International Rotary Scholar
               Advanced Study in Conducting and Clarinet

1985      Bachelor of Music Education, Summa cum laude
               Murray State University  (Murray, Kentucky)


2012-present   Associate Provost and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
        Responsibilities include:

  • Member of the Senior Leadership Team (President's team)
  • Leadership for the School - 18 Departments and 10 Program Areas;
  • Institutional Leadership for Strategic Initiatives;
  • Director, Susquehanna University Artist Series, Claritas Distinguished Lectureship in Science, Stella Freeman Weis Visiting Artist

2004-2012      Dean, School of Arts, Humanities and Communications
                          (Interim Dean, July 2004-April 2005)
        Responsibilities included:

  • Leadership for the School - 9 Departments and 6 Program Areas
  • Institutional Leadership for Strategic Initiatives, including Assessment, University Theme, Major University Events
  • Director, Susquehanna University Artist Series;  Stella Freeman Weis Visiting Artist

2001-2004     Head, Department of Music
                         Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania)

1994-2004     Director of Bands
                         Associate Professor of Music, 2001
                        Assistant Professor of Music, 1994
                         Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania)                              
                                    Coordinator:    Wind, Percussion, and Band Program (including all budgets and instrument inventories)
                                    Conductor:       Symphonic Band (1994-2004)
                                                                Pit Orchestra (1994-1997)
                                    Director:           Stadium Band (1994-2001)
                                                               Saxophone Ensemble (1994-1998)
                                                               Clarinet Choir (1995-2001)
                                    Studio:             Clarinet Majors (1994-2001)
                                                              Saxophone Majors, Clarinet Non-Majors, and   
                                                              Saxophone Non-Majors (1994-1998)
                                                              Private Conducting Lessons (Spring Semesters)
                                    Classroom:     Instrumental Conducting (1996- present)
                                                             Instrumental Techniques for Music Ed. (1994-1997)
                                                             Woodwind Methods (1994-2000)

1988-1992     Director of Bands and Orchestra
                         Centenary College of Louisiana (Shreveport, Louisiana)                              
                                    Coordinator:   Wind, Percussion, and String Program
                                    Conductor:      Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Pep Band
                                    Applied Studio: Clarinet and Saxophone Majors & Non-majors
                                    Classroom:       Woodwind Methods
                                                                Instrumental Techniques
                                                                Survey of Music Literature   

1989-1992     Conductor and Music Director, Marjorie Lyons Playhouse,
                        Centenary College of Louisiana


2015    AAC&U Conference - Washington, D.C.
            "Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative"

2014    Gallup StrengthsQuest: Great Leaders Program (ongoing development program)

2010     Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, Funded by an Academic Leadership Scholarship from the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

2008    AAC&U Conference - Washington, D.C.
"Intentional Learning, Unscripted Challenges - Knowledge and Imagination for an Interdependent World"
Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference, New York City

2007    Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference, New York City
Academic Impressions Workshop, Boston
"Using Faculty Evaluation Data for Decision-Making"
American Council on Education (ACE) Workshop, Chicago
"Managing Conflict, A Workshop for Division and Department Chairs and Deans"

2006    Panelist, "Liberal Education: The Dean's Leadership Role" an American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD) Session on Articulating the Value and Managing the Culture of Liberal Education at the annual American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Conference, Washington, D.C. 
Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference, New York City
Assessment Workshop - Moravian College

2005    Associated New American Colleges (ANAC) Summer Institute, Springfield (MO)
Team Leader and Session Facilitator: "Integrating Career, Organizational and Personal Dimensions of Professional Development"
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Conference, Baltimore, "Development for Deans" (Major Donor and Gift Development, Role of the Dean in Capital Campaigns, Corporate/Foundation Development)
American Association of College and Universities (AAC&U) National Conference, San Francisco
Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference, New York City
Assessment Workshop - Susquehanna University

2004    American Council on Education (ACE) Workshop: Washington, D.C.
"Chairing the Academic Department: A Workshop for Division and Department
Chairs and Deans"
Faculty and Teaching Workshop on Peer Evaluation - Susquehanna University

2003    National Association of Schools of Music National Conferences, as Department

2002    Head, in preparation for the 10-Year Accreditation Renewal Review in

2001    2004-2005 of the Susquehanna University Department of Music



  • Panelist, AAC&U Conference Session (2006)
  • Team Leader and Session Facilitator, ANAC Conference (2005)
  • President of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association (2005)
  • Member Laureate of Sigma Alpha Iota (2004)
  • Inducted into Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmaster Fraternity (2002)
  • Founding Committee Member, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts/Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, central Pennsylvania (2001); Grant Review Panel
  • Co-Editor for the transcription of Hary Janos Suite for Universal Editions (1999)
  • Recipient of the President's Fund for Excellence (1999)
  • Faculty Mentor of the Year, Omicron Delta Kappa (1998)
  • First Performance Invitation to Pennsylvania Music Educators Association state conference, Susquehanna University Symphonic Band (1998)
  • First Performance Invitation to Louisiana Music Educators Association state conference, Centenary College Wind Ensemble (1990)

Guest Conducting and Adjudications

2005                Adjudicator, Pennsylvania Bandmasters Assoc. Concert Band Festival
2004                Conductor/Clinician, Langley High School Concert Band Camp, McLean, Virginia
                           Conductor, PMEA District 8 Band Festival (PMEA State Festival), Canton High School - Canton, Pennsylvania
                            Adjudicator, Pennsylvania Bandmasters Assoc. Concert Band Festival, (2 Festivals)
2003                Adjudicator, PMEA Regional Instrumental Adjudication Festival, (Concert Band and Orchestra)
                          Adjudicator, PMEA Regional Instrumental Adjudication Festival, (High School, Junior High Concert Band)
                          Adjudicator, Sherburne Pageant of Bands, Sherburne, New York
2002               Conductor, Region III Band Festival (PMEA State Festival), Indian Valley High School - Lewistown, Pennsylvania
                         Conductor, District 7 Band Festival (PMEA State Festival), Shippensburg High School - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
                         Adjudicator, Sherburne Pageant of Bands
2001                Conductor, District 11 Band Festival (PMEA State Festival), Pennridge High School - Perkasie, Pennsylvania
                          Conductor, Oswego County (NY) Band Festival
                          Conductor, Lycoming County (PA) Band Festival
                        Adjudicator, PMEA Regional Instrumental Adjudication Festival, (Concert Band and Orchestra)
2000               Conductor, District 10 Band Festival (PMEA State Festival), Parkland High School - Allentown, Pennsylvania
                           Guest Conductor, Pocono Mountain High School Band Festival
1999                Conductor, District 8 Band Festival (PMEA State Festival), Middleburg High School - Middleburg, Pennsylvania
                           Guest Conductor, New England Music Camp, Sydney, Maine, Top Ensemble: Symphonic Band
                          Guest Conductor, Penn Central Wind Band (adult wind ensemble)
                           Guest Conductor, Selinsgrove Area High School Band
                           Guest Conductor, Milton Area High School Band
                           Adjudicator, PMEA Regional Instrumental Adjudication Festival, (Concert Band and Orchestra)
1998                Conductor, Adams County (PA) Band Festival
                          Conductor, Dauphin County (PA) Instrumental Festival
                          Adjudicator, PMEA Regional Instrumental Adjudication Festival, (Concert Band and Orchestra)
1997                Conductor, Lancaster/Lebanon County (PA) Band Festival
                          Conductor, Dauphin County (PA) Band Festival
1995-2004    Conductor and Administrator, Susquehanna University Honors Band Festival.  This festival has grown to involve over 150 students annually (@400 applicants annually), drawing generally from eight states and over 65 different high schools.
1994-1997      Conductor, Crimson Music Camp (The University of Alabama)
1992                Conductor, Louisiana District VIII Honor Band

Activities and Recognitions

2005                President, Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association
                            Host, 58th Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival
2004                Inductee, Member Laureate, Sigma Alpha Iota. 
                            This is bestowed on an initiated member of the Fraternity who has achieved international distinction in the music profession, granted after a two-year review process. 
                            WVIA Public Television Production, Susquehanna University Symphonic Band
                           Vice President, Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association
2002                Presiding Chair, PMEA State Conference Session: "Starting the beginning band student"
                           Inductee, Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmaster Fraternity, "Nu" Chapter of Pennsylvania.  This organization honors outstanding band directors whose dedication and devotion to their profession was paramount.  A prospective member must be nominated and undergo a year of investigation by the membership committee before an invitation is extended.

1999                Co-Editor, Zoltan Kodaly's Hary Janos Suite for Universal Editions
                           Honor, Recipient for the President's Fund for Excellence, Susquehanna University
1998                Conference Performance, Susquehanna University Symphonic Band
                                      Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference
                           Honor, Voted Faculty Mentor of the Year at Susquehanna University by Omicron Delta Kappa
1990                Conference Performance, Centenary Wind Ensemble,
                           Louisiana Music Educators Association State Conference



  • Senior Leadership Team (President's team)
  • University Council (President's Faculty Advisory group)
  • Administrative Leadership (President's Administrative Staff)
  • Academic Staff (direct reports to the Provost)
  • Deans' Group (Provost + Deans)
  • Academic Leadership (Deans, Department Heads and Program Directors)
  • Academic Advising Committee
  • University Theme Committee
  • Ad hoc committees: grants

Annual On-Campus Recruiting Activities:

  • Fall Open House
  • Susquehanna Success Day (Accepted Student Open House)
  • Choosing the Right College Day
  • Guidance Counselor Day
  • Summer Visit Days (mini-Open Houses)
  • Action Days - Liberal Arts Action, Writing Action, Arts Action (opening session and panel presentations), 2004-2013

Previous Committee Service (University-Wide):

  • Chair, Search Committee for the Vice President of Enrollment
  • Chair, Search Committee for the Provost & Dean of the Faculty
  • Search Committee, Director of Human Resources
  • Search Committee, Director of Alumni Relations
  • Search Committee, Director of Career Services
  • Search Committee, Director of Counseling Service
  • Provost's Taskforce on Assessment
  • Taskforce for Student Success and Engagement
  • Chair, Admissions Committee
  • Institutional Ethics Committee
  • Committee on Teaching and Learning
  • Senior Scholars Day Committee (advancing undergraduate research and scholarship)
  • Sexual Assault Student Support Advocate
  • Academic Computing Committee
  • New Faculty Orientation Panel   
  • Academic Standing Committee
  • Judicial Review Committee Panels (1996 and 2003)
  • Peer Teaching Review Committee

Committee Service (Music Department):

  • Chair, Search Committees (9 different searches)
  • Member, Search Committees (5 different searches)
  • Music Education Committee (Including Head of NASM Response, 1995)
  • Faculty Load Committee
  • Chair, Independent Study Committee
  • Chair, Applied Music & Ensemble Committee
  • Music Department Audition Days (average of 5 per year)
  • Numerous meetings with individual prospective students and their families


  • Faculty Champion - Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship program
  • Voting Faculty Member - Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Voting Faculty Member - Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
  • Faculty Adviser - Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women
  • New Faculty Mentor
  • Faculty Representative for the International Studies Program - Visited the International European Studies program in Vienna, Austria as a potential site for S.U. student study
  • Capital Campaign: Susquehanna 2000: The Next Challenge - Team Leader

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