Susan Martin was named provost and senior vice chancellor in May 2009 after serving in the position on an interim basis since July 2008. She previously served as senior vice provost.
Before becoming vice provost, Martin was associate dean of UT’s College of Arts and Sciences from 2000 until 2004, and she spent nine years before that as a department head. She joined the faculty of the Department of Classics in 1981.
Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Martin received bachelor’s degrees in comparative literature (French and German, 1973) and classical philology (1976) from the University of California, Berkeley. She has a master’s and doctoral degree in classical studies from the University of Michigan (1981). She spent her junior year abroad at the Université de Bordeaux (1971–72) and was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (1980–81) and a Liberal Arts Fellow in Law and Classics at Harvard Law School (1988–89).
Martin’s research focuses on Roman law of the classical period (50 BC–AD 250) with emphasis on its relationship to the society and economy of Rome. Her publications have focused on contract law and in particular, the organization of such essential functions as construction and transportation. She teaches Latin at all levels as well as courses in Roman law, and women in antiquity.
She has served as chair of the Advisory Council to the Classical School Committee of the American Academy in Rome and as president of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association. She received the Jacqueline Elliott Award for Service in Higher Education from the TFLTA in 2003. She is also the past president of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.