Georgianna MartinAssistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of Southern Mississippi

Academic Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education & Student Affairs
University of Iowa, May 2012

Master of Arts in College Student Personnel
Bowling Green State University, May 2004

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Millsaps College, May 2001

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor
    College of Education & Psychology, Student Affairs/Higher Education
    The University of Southern Mississippi, May 2012 - present
  • Co-Director, Research Initiative on Social Justice in Education (RISE)
    College of Education & Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi, 2013 - present
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
    School of Education, Higher Education Program
    Loyola University Chicago, August 2011 - May 2012
  • Research Assistant
    Center for Research on Undergraduate Education
    The University of Iowa, August 2007 - July 2011
  • Resident Director
    Creighton University, June 2006 - June 2007
  • Assistant Director of Residence, Life & Fraternity Advisor
    Millsaps College, June 2004 - June 2006
  • Graduate Assistant for The BGeX University Values Initiative
    Bowling Green State University, May 2002 - May 2004

Grant Activity

2014-2015 (Proposal under review)
American Psychological Foundation
Investigating Implicit Bias in Faculty Evaluations of Graduate School Application

  • Proposed funding amount: $15,000 (proposed)
  • Project role: Co-Principle Investigator

2014-2015 (Unfunded Proposal)
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Exploring Pathways to Higher Education in the Mississippi Delta

  • Proposed funding amount: $10,000 (proposed)
  • Project role: Co-Principle Investigator

2013-2014 (Funded)
National Resource Center for First Year Experience and Students in Transition
Examining the Importance of Attachment and Engagement in Predicting GPA Across Stages of Transfer and Student Transition

  • Paul P. Fidler Research Grant funded amount: $5,000
  • Project role: Co-Principal Investigator

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • ACPA: College Student Educators International
  • NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Chi Omega National Fraternity

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Emerging Scholar Award, ACPA: College Student Educators International, March 2014
  • Burns B. Crookston Award for Doctoral Research, ACPA: College Student Educators International, April 2012
  • Graduate College Summer Dissertation Fellowship, University of Iowa, Summer 2011 ($3,000 research stipend)
  • Albert Hood Promising Scholar Award, University of Iowa, Spring 2011 ($1,000 research award)
  • Senior Obermann Graduate Fellow, Obermann Graduate Institute on Public Engagement in the Academy, University of Iowa, Summer 2010 - January 2011 ($1,000 award stipend)
  • Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional, ACPA: College Student Educators International, March 2010
  • Obermann Graduate Fellowship, Obermann Graduate Institute on Public Engagement in the Academy, University of Iowa, November 2009 ($500 award stipend)
  • Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Article of the Year Award for Perspectives: A Publication for Members of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, 2009
  • Millsaps College Division of Student Affairs Award for Outstanding Service, May 2006
  • Association of Fraternity Advisors Foundation Scholarship Recipient, October 2004
  • President’s Award for Distinguished Service, Bowling Green State University, May 2004
  • Student Life Award, Bowling Green State University, May 2004
  • Order of Omega Graduate Fellowship Recipient, December 2003 ($500 award stipend)
  • Tamparauges Award for Outstanding Faculty or Staff Contribution to the Greek Community, Bowling Green State University, April 2003

Personal Statement

“The transition from high school to college is a stressful time for students and their parents. Many students are unaware of how to navigate the college search and decision process. From financial aid to deciding whether or not to live on campus and from declaring a major to becoming involved in college, the transition to life after high school is complex and can be confusing.

“The earlier students and their parents/guardians begin preparing for this important milestone, the better. It is crucial for students and parents to recognize that simply obtaining a college degree is not enough to guarantee success after college. It matters what a student does while in college! Part of ensuring a successful transition to college is being mindful of the importance of becoming involved in all that the college experience offers both in and outside of the classroom.”


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