Jay Martinson

Chair of Communications and Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Communication
Ph.D., 1993, University of Illinois
M.S., 1990, University of Illinois
B.A., 1986, Olivet Nazarene University

Leading the development of Olivet’s communication education since 1993, Dr. Martinson demonstrates servant leadership in everything he does.  One of his greatest joys is teaching communication, leadership and graduate courses.  He is also the Associate Dean for the School of Graduate and Continuing Education, directing all instructor training.  Because of his outstanding public speaking abilities, he is often on stage at dinners, presentations, and celebrations on campus.  He has an open-door policy and welcomes opportunities to talk with and advise students


He teaches a variety of communication courses, including public speaking, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, intercultural communication and leadership. He has also developed and taught leadership courses for Olivet's MBA, EMBA and Ed.D. programs. In 2002, he received the Richard M. Jones Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has served as the faculty advisor for Olivet's student council since 1995.

Dr. Martinson and his wife, Jeanette, have two sons, two daughters, four grandsons and one granddaughter. His hobbies include spending time with his family, photography and running.