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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.