After nearly 35 years of service in the College of Fine Arts, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Rachel Martin will be retiring Feb. 8.
Martin has been the face and the heart of Student Affairs in our college since she was appointed assistant dean in 2003. An alumna of UT (as is her daughter), she received a B.F.A. in Studio Art with honors and has worked tirelessly as an advocate for creating opportunities for students at all levels in our college, regardless of background.
As both a visual artist and a dancer, Martin understands what it means to be a practicing artist and has brought that perspective to her role in working with students.
For many years, she has defined the success of undergraduate education in the college as she has overseen and managed everything from admissions practices to student advising to curriculum legislation to career outcomes. The foundation she laid in these areas has allowed us to think more holistically and ambitiously about how we approach the undergraduate experience in our college.
“Rachel has been a compassionate leader in our college, and she has been extraordinarily dedicated to the college as an institution and as a place where students from all areas of the arts meet and learn from one another,” says Dean Doug Dempster.
Martin has indicated that in lieu of a retirement party, she wants to use the money the college would have spent on a celebratory gathering to go toward scholarship funds to benefit students majoring in Studio Art, Art History or Visual Arts Studies. In lieu of personal gifts, she also invites her colleagues and friends to give to student scholarships in these same areas. To contribute in Rachel’s honor, you may give online here, or by contacting Natalie Schuessler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-475-7026.