Martinez Named 2012 Hardin Professor

Dr. John Martinez, professor of economics and Director of Business and Government Research, was named Hardin Professor for 2012 during the MSU commencement ceremony held May 12. Hardin Professor is the highest honor bestowed upon a faculty member at the university each year. 
The Hardin Foundation for Wichita County established the annual award in 1962 for a member of the MSU faculty whose teaching and research of the preceding 12 months has brought distinction to the faculty member and the institution. The award carries with it a stipend of $3,500. 
Martinez earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas, and master's degree and doctorate in economics from the University of Oklahoma. Martinez was hired as professor of economics in 1997. 
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Martinez has authored a number of research reports and publications, and made presentations at conferences held throughout the United States. 
Martinez served as chair of the Bureau of Government Research in 2005-2006 and 2010-2011 and as chair of the Mamie Raborn Center for Economic Research in 2005-2006 and 2009-2010. Martinez participated in the University Mentoring Program, and has taught in the honors program. He has also served on many university committees and task forces including Tenure and Promotion Committee, Graduate Advisory Council, and the Globalization of Curriculum task force. In 2006, Martinez was honored by MSU for teaching excellence and service to the university. 
Local media consult with Martinez as an expert on economic news, and he is a frequent editorial comment contributor and speaker at community events. 
Martinez has served on the strategic planning committee and the board of directors for United Regional Health Care System. He is a member of the Academy of Economics and Finance, and the Southwestern Economic Association.