Dean Martinez Biography

Terry Martinez has served as a student affairs administrator for over 25 years. She arrived at Johns Hopkins University in July of 2014 and serves as the Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Student Life. As such, she oversees most of the areas which constitute the out of classroom experience including Residential Life, Student Involvement, the Interfaith Center, Counseling Services, Health Services, and Campus Involvement, among others.

Her career has included working at private small, mid-sized, and large research institutions. Prior to arriving at Johns Hopkins, Terry served as the interim dean of students at Columbia University after serving as dean of community development and multicultural affairs/associate dean of students since 2009.

She has served as a leader in the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of a diverse array of student services and programs (including Student Leadership and Engagement, Multicultural Affairs, Residential Programs, Student Activities, Greek Life, Community Service, New Student Orientation, First Year Programs, Career Services, and Experiential Learning, among other areas) and is sought to create and implement strategic initiatives that promote co-curricular learning environments. She is a vigorous advocate for supporting the student experience.

In 2012, students named an award in her honor to recognize up and coming LGBT student leaders who make a difference on campus. She serves as a mentor for students and young professionals alike and believes in the power of honest dialogue and difficult conversations.

She is involved in her profession and serves on the NASPA Region II advisory board, and has recently taken on the role as membership coordinator for the region.

A native New Yorker, she holds a master’s degree in Applied Psychology from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the State University College at Buffalo.

She considers herself an urban explorer, a ferocious reader, and an extreme laugher. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram @DeanTMartinez.