Chelsea MartinezDirector of Instructional Excellenceshe/her/hers

As the director of instructional excellence, I lead efforts to support teaching and learning across the School of Human Ecology. I’m a former community college instructor with over 11 years of experience in teaching, curriculum development, and assessment of student learning, and I bring to my work a collaborative spirit and deep appreciation for the science of teaching and learning. I began teaching as a graduate student at UW–Madison while earning my MS and PhD in educational psychology (learning sciences). I continued my career as a faculty member at a small community college, where I taught courses in psychology and education and served in several leadership roles, including as president of the faculty collective bargaining unit. I have served as a volunteer peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission since 2017.

My own journey in higher education began as an undergraduate student in what is now the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis. My undergraduate education in human ecology instilled a lasting drive to understand the complex relationships between people and their environment that continues to influence my work as I support the School of Human Ecology’s thriving teaching and learning community.

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  • PhD, Educational Psychology (Learning Sciences), University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • MS, Educational Psychology (Learning Sciences), University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • BS, Human Development, University of California, Davis


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