Dr. Nicole Yvette Strange-Martin

Dr. Nicole Yvette Strange-Martin is the Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Education at Claflin University.


Dr. Nicole Yvette Strange-Martin is the Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Education at Claflin University.  She is also the former Chair of the Department of Reading and Literacy Studies and an Associate Professor of Reading and Literacy Studies at Barry University.   Dr. Strange-Martin began her undergraduate studies at Spelman College (Atlanta, GA).  She earned an Ed.D. from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), an M.S. in Middle Grades Education  and a B.A. in English from Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA).  She came to Claflin University with more than twenty years of experience in educational settings in higher education.  For more than eleven years, Dr. Strange-Martin taught undergraduate, graduate and doctoral reading and literacy courses at Chicago State University (CSU) in Chicago, Illinois and served on doctoral dissertation committees as a tenured Associate Professor of Reading.  From 2008-2011, she was the Graduate Reading Coordinator at CSU and also worked in the capacity of the Director of the Graduate Reading Clinic.   She was responsible for preparing accreditation report for the Graduate Reading Program – The National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) and served as the NCATE Standard 4 Diversity:  Data Manager for the College of Education at CSU.  She was awarded a Faculty Excellence Award in Research (2007) and Teaching (2006) from CSU.    From 2001- 2007, she was the Chapter Advisor, Rho Chapter of Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the Honor Society for the International Reading Association and also was a member of the Alpha Upsilon Alpha Steering Committee (nationally).   While at Chicago State University, Dr. Strange-Martin also served on Graduate Council, University Personnel Committee (retention/promotion/tenure), Electronic Portfolio Taskforce (retention, promotion, tenure & post-tenure – Livetext) along with a myriad of other internal and external service accomplishments.   

Research Interests

Her research interests include bidialectal students, culturally responsive literacy practices, generational family literacies, literacy traditions of minority students and effective reading strategies for bi-dialectal students.  She also has strong interest in hybrid and online classroom formats for graduate students.  


In addition to university research and service in Chicago, Dr. Strange-Martin was an independent literacy consultant with The Pleasont Group Reading Specialists, Inc. from 2001-2006 for The Chicago Public Schools.  She was elected to the Chicago Area Reading Association (CARA) Executive Board as well as other literacy boards and projects focused on closing achievement gaps in literacy.
While earning her doctorate from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), she worked as an Instructor and a Writing Center Coach in the English Language & Culture Department at Delaware Technical and Community College in Wilmington, DE and taught middle and high school English in the Christina School District in Newark, DE.   She also worked closely with teachers in the Philadelphia School System as a Reading Supervisor, Team-Teacher and Student Mentor.  

Activities and Honors

Dr. Strange-Martin was awarded the Best Paper in Session at The Clute Institute Academic Conference in Key West, Florida for her research presentation title, Empowering bidialectal students in a bidialectal classroom (March 2013). She has also been recognized with Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching and Research from Chicago State University.  She is a peer-reviewer for Literacy Research Association (LRA), Illinois Schools Journal and The Learner (Book Review – Language and Literacy).  Dr. Strange-Martin also worked with Louisiana’s Department of Education, Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) Grants, Baton Rouge, LA.  She participated in the People to People Ambassador's Program; Language and Literacy Education Delegation in China (Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai).  In addition, Dr. Strange-Martin was awarded the NEA Foundation Grant in Learning and Leadership to present at the Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England.   She is the Newsletter Editor for Concerned Educators of Black Students (CEBS): A special interest group of the International Literacy Association (ILA).

Recent Publications

She is author of a new book, Essentials of Reading: Strategies and practice for high school and college readers. She has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia.  London and Barcelona are her two favorite cities.

Recent Presentations

Dr. Strange-Martin has presented at peer-reviewed international and national conferences in Hawaii, China, Greece and England as well as state and local presentations, workshops and seminars.  In addition, she has an extensive list of peer-reviewed publications.   Dr. Strange-Martin also holds membership with Literacy Research Association (LRA), International Literacy Association (ILA), Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Upsilon Alpha along with other specialized professional associations.  Dr. Strange-Martin also has been awarded grant for faculty professional development and research.

Dr. Nicole Yvette Strange-Martin
Dr. Nicole Yvette Strange-Martin
Dean of the School of Education / Professor of Education
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