Dr. Brian Martensen, Academic Affairs

Dr. Matt Cecil Dr. Brian Martensen serves as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Martensen reports directly to President Edward Inch, serves on the President’s Cabinet, participates with the Vice Presidents in overall management of the University, and acts on behalf of the President. Dr. Martensen oversees the work of Academic Affairs, including six academic colleges, library and learning, graduate education and research, global education and online education.


Most recently, Dr. Martensen served as Associate Provost & Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at MSU Mankato. Prior to that, Dr. Martensen served as Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs.  From 2015 to 2019, Dr. Martensen served as Dean of CSET, subsequent to two years of capable leadership as Interim Dean (2013 – 2015).  Prior, he served as Interim Associate Dean, February to June 2013.  Dr. Martensen has demonstrated a commitment to building trust and open dialogue, cultivating internal and external relationships, supporting the development and promotion of faculty, and enhancing student success and program quality. 

Dr. Martensen is a 2018 alumnus of Harvard Institute for Higher Education, Management and Leadership in Education Program, and was a participant in the Minnesota State System Executive Leadership Development Program where he has advanced his knowledge in the critical issues facing higher education today, and preparation to lead academic and faculty affairs at the university level.  Brian also has been active in Education Advisory Board (EAB) summits, workshops, and other events to gain academic leadership insights on innovative approaches, best practices, benchmarking, and networking nationwide.  

Dr. Martensen’s academic vision and leadership are underpinned by his faculty achievements.  Joining the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Minnesota State Mankato in 2006, he was promoted to full Professor and served as Department Chair for three years.   He has led and served on multiple department, college, and university committees, and contributed significantly to strategic planning.  Prior to joining Minnesota State Mankato, Dr. Martensen held faculty appointments at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and The University of Texas at Austin, as an Assistant Professor and post-doctoral fellow, respectively. 

Dr. Martensen has received honors and awards for his outstanding teaching and excellence in advising.  He has been the principal or co-principle investigator on several grants, including the $1M National Science Foundation proposal funding the RISEbio program.  His field of study is topological dynamics, an area of mathematics dealing with the analysis of long-term qualitative behaviors and classification of mathematical models and systems and he is published in a variety of journals including Nonlinearity and Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems.  


Dr. Martensen earned his PhD and MS in Mathematics from Montana State University-Bozeman and his BS in Mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin.

(More information available on the Academic Affairs website.)