Dr. Jay Martin
  • Position: Director and Curator
  • Department: Museum of Cultural and Natural History & Museum Studies Program
  • Campus Address: 103 Rowe Hall
  • Phone: (989)774-7165
  • Email: marti6jc@cmich.edu
  • Vitae: Curric​ulum Vitae

Dr. Jay Martin is the Director of the Museum of Cultural and Natural History and Director of the Museums Studies Program.  

Dr. Martin joined Central Michigan University in 2010 with 28 years experience in Public History, including more than a decade of experience in museum administration.  

Dr. Martin holds a Bachelors degree in Public History from Western Michigan University, a Masters in American Studies and a Ph.D. in History from Bowling Green State University.   In early 2007 he left the National Park Service to become Executive Director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and an Instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University where he taught American History and Public History courses.   His recent efforts include the restoration of the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse in Madisonville, Louisiana.   Dr. Martin specializes in developing unique collaborative ventures for sustainable management and interpretation.   He is a maritime historian and a former Great Lakes mariner.