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Dr. Jobi Martinez to Serve as President's Postdoctoral Fellow

(The following announcement is from the office of UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz.)

The University of Houston Downtown (UHD) announces its inaugural President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. This fellowship program is designed to provide advanced training for recently minted Ph.D. recipients in fields that are strategically relevant to UHD.

The University is proud to welcome Dr. Jobi Martinez to serve as the University’s first Postdoctoral Fellow. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Media and Communication at Texas Tech University (TTU) where she examined how diversity and inclusion are communicated in higher education.

After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Martinez engaged in consulting colleges and universities on strategic communication, diversity and inclusion programming, campus climates, and antiracism initiatives. In 2018, Dr. Martinez was named University of Maryland’s (UMD) Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion and currently serves as an affiliate faculty member at UMD where she assists the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education with research on contemporary and critical diversity issues in higher education.

“Dr. Martinez’s background in effective media and marketing will help support a number of critical units at UHD to better communicate their activities across and beyond the campus,” said UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz.

In her role as President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Martinez also will assist several initiatives including Title IX, supporting communication projects and social media for the University College, and promoting of the work of the Center for Critical Race Studies. Dr. Martinez will also advance her research on strategic communication, social media, and diversity and inclusion in higher education.

“I am honored to be selected for this unique opportunity. This opportunity will allow me to strengthen my portfolio and gain the knowledge and practical skills necessary for our increasingly diverse and complex field” said Dr. Martinez.

For more information on UHD’s President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, please contact Dr. Jerry Johnson, Assistant Vice President for Research & Sponsored Programs – johnsonj@uhd.edu / 713-221-2720.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.