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Inspiring Educators with Dr. Martin Blair

Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle and Tabatha Butlerinterview Dr. Martin Blair Vice President of Research and Economic Development for Idaho State University. Dr. Blair started his career as a special education teacher and he shares how his career grew from there, although he would love to someday return to the classroom.

On Inspiring Educators College of Education’s Dean Jean McGiveny-Burelle and director of Development Tabatha Butler interviews supporters of the College of Education about their careers, philanthropy, and the future educators they inspire. This month’s guest is Dr. Martin Blair, Vice President of Research and Economic Development. Dr. Blairs shares the life changing impact that educators had on his life and how first generation college students, like himself, change generations. Dr. Blair also shares how being a teacher prepared him for the many roles he has had since being a special education teacher.

Jean McGivney-Burelle joined Idaho State University in June of 2020 as Professor and Dean of the College of Education. Jean has more than two decades of experience in higher education. Her scholarly work is focused on the teaching and learning of mathematics and she has served as PI or Co-PI on STEM education grants totaling more than $2 million. Jean is a Mathematical Association of America Project NExT Fellow, a National Network for Educational Renewal Fellow, and a participant in the 2016-17 HERS Leadership Institute. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Hartford, an M.S. in Mathematics from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut.