The Rewards of Teaching

Martha Saunders | Student Centered EducationMartha D. Saunders has dedicated her life to teaching, the spirit of learning. As a revered educational professional, academic role model, and savvy businesswoman holding a number of high profile and impressive roles in the university academic world, Martha D. Saunders has built a lifetime of professional experiences in education. Holding several successful titles at top-ranking colleges and universities around the country, such as university president, provost, and professor of communications, Martha D. Saunders has always prided herself on never forgetting the mission of her professional career, to be a student-centered educator. It is only through remembering the core values of teaching that one can recognize the true rewards of teaching. Below she offers what she believes to be the most compelling rewards for teaching.



Lifetime Learning

Martha D. Saunders chose her professional career in education, thanks to a deep-rooted love of learning. What began as an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in French, soon blossomed into a Masters Degree in Journalism, and culminated with a Ph.D. in Communication Theory & Research. Once completed, Martha was able to achieve many roles in teaching and administration throughout the years, not only continuously learning through the various hats she would wear, but also in the atmosphere of developing minds. Working in education brings a reward on a personal level that truly provides the teacher a lifetime of learning on so many levels, like no other career.

Changing Lives, Making a Difference

While not every teacher inspires or challenges, the classroom is the place where dreams and perspectives are built, developed. Martha D. Saunders began her journey in Education to help the learning process, make a seemingly impossible logic or lesson become successful, show students that they can learn, achieve, and realize their dreams. Teaching is something Martha D. Suanders will always be passionate about, as she has never taken the responsibility of her challenging roles for granted.


The Importance of Women Leadership Roles

Martha D. SaundersLike most of us growing up, Martha D. Saunders looked to various people as leaders, and whether or not it’s intentional, many of those leaders are men.  People often associate leaders and role models with those that are in power, whom until recently were most commonly men.  Unfortunately, many of the women in the media are actresses or singers, who although are not necessarily bad people, but many are not realistic or good role models for our female youth.  It is important, especially for young girls, to have strong, educated female role models that hold leadership roles.  Both women and girls need to see confidence, ambition, and drive in women they admire.

Martha Saunders is the definition of a well rounded role model; between an extremely active professional life in education as a teacher as well as a University President she also finds time for  her many hobbies including salt-water fishing and gardening.  Martha D. Saunders has also achieved success in the higher education school system as Professor of Communication, Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Director of University Honors program, Dean for College of Arts and Sciences, Interim Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chancellor, University President, and Provost serving in these capacities at the University of Southern Mississippi, University of West Florida, Columbus State University, and University of Wisconsin. On top of the enormous success as an education professional, Martha D. Saunders has also served on various educational boards.

Martha D. Saunders is a prime example of a Woman in a Leadership Role.  She has breathed success into everything she does; winning many awards along the way.  The list of achievements includes the Top 50 Business Women in Mississippi, National Stevie Award for Women in Business, the National Silver Anvil Award, and the Women of Excellence Award, Diabetes Foundation of MS. It is clear that Martha D. Saunders’ passion for education and business make her a great role model for women and young girls.