W. Gary Martin

Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor for Critical Needs in Education

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Office: 5008 Haley Center

Units: Department of Curriculum and Teaching

Campus Mail: 5040 Haley Center

Email: martiwg@auburn.edu

Phone: (334) 844-6878

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Academic Area

Mathematics Education

Short Bio

W. Gary Martin is Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Auburn University.

His research interests extend across a range of issues in mathematics education, particularly related to mathematics teacher preparation, mathematics teacher leadership, and mathematics standards and pathways. He serves as co-director of the MTE-Partnership, a national coalition of universities working to improve the preparation of secondary mathematics teachers. He has been a writer on multiple standards documents from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), including Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, and Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All, as well as the Standards for the Preparation of Teachers of Mathematics produced by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE). He was named AMTE’s Mathematics Education Teacher of the Year for 2021 and serves on AMTE’s leadership team for the NSF-funded “Get the Facts Out” project promoting careers in mathematics and science teaching.

He also serves on Alabama initiatives such as the Strategic Taskforce to Amplify Mathematics Pathways (STAMP), which is working to improve pathways from K-12 to post-secondary and the workforce for all of Alabama’s students as a part of the Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences’ Mathematics Pathways initiative; he was also a member of the writing group for the 2019 Alabama Course of Study: Mathematics. Over the years, he has written and presented on a wide range of issues in mathematics education. He is the lead editor, co-editor, or author of 10 books, author or co-author of 16 journal articles and 25 book chapters, and presenter of more than 150 sessions at national and international conferences. He has been principal investigator on projects totaling over $10 million in funding and serves as a researcher, advisor, or consultant on multiple funded projects.

He is married to Marilyn E. Strutchens, endowed and distinguished professor of mathematics education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and currently the Interim Department Head.


Ed.D. in Mathematics Education, 1986, The University of Georgia

B.S. in Mathematics and Psychology, 1977, Eastern Mennonite College

Professional Experience

2002 - Present

Professor, Auburn University

2000 - 2002

Associate Professor , Auburn University

1998 - 1993

Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii

1996 - 2000

Director of Research, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

1993 - 1996

Associate Professor, University of Hawaii

1984 - 1988

Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University

1981 - 1984

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Georgia

1978 - 1981

Mathematics Teacher, Chesapeake (VA) Public Schools