Cathy R. Martin, Ph.D.


Dr. Martin worked as a statistician with Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research Division of Warner-Lambert shortly after completing her doctorate in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan. She provided the statistical analyses for the safety and efficacy of new drugs targeting alzheimer’s disease ( tacrine) and asthma( albuterol) in clinical and post-marketing phases. These reports from numerous  clinical trials  conducted by the company were then submitted to the Federal Drug Administration for approval of the new compounds.

Prior to Parke- Davis she lectured as a mathematics instructor at Eastern Michigan University. Heeding the call of academia, she joined Fisk University as a member of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. Three years later she was appointed as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Provost where she served the institution for  several years. She returned to the Mathematics and Computer Science department where she presently holds the position of Chair.  Under her leadership the department has established the Mathematics Laboratory which serves the entire university with assistance up to and including calculus. The department has created a new mathematics placement policy for incoming students which would alleviate the problems and cost inherent in the previous procedure. Additionally, the department has instituted an Applied Math track for students who are interested in an alternative focus. The department has seen significant activity in research from both mathematics and computer science faculty.


Current Research Interests:
Applied Mathematics, Biostatistics for Undergraduates, Health Disparities, Factors for Success in Mathematics


Dr. Martin has participated in the Sites-M/ Race-To-The-Top projects as Assessment Coordinator for the past 5 years. Both projects seek to improve mathematics performance in students while providing development for teachers. Students are administered Math Challenges which reflect the Core Standards for their grade levels. Teachers participate in activities through Weekend Workshops and Summer Math Institutes to increase their competencies, confidence, and creativity. Dr. Martin facilitates the Professional Learning Community meetings each month with Fisk faculty and partnering schools in Nashville. Her monthly reports are submitted to the Educational Testing Service (ETS), along with others from principals and directors of the project, as a measure of the effectiveness of these efforts required for future funding from the State Board of Education.

Cathy R. Martin, Ph.D.
Chair, Department  of Mathematics and Computer Science
Associate Professor of Mathematics

BA in Mathematics, Tuskegee University
MS in Mathematics, University of Michigan
Ph.D. in Biostatistics, University of Michigan    

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1000 17th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208