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Lemus-Martinez, Samantha Marina, PhD

Title: Assistant Professor - Director of Pre-Clerkship Faculty Development

Office: AHC2-471

Phone: 305-348-4389


Department(s): Office of Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health

Dr. Samantha M. Lemus-Martinez joined FIU HWCOM in the spring of 2018 as the Assistant Director of Faculty Development. She currently serves as the Director of Pre-Clerkship Faculty Development in the Office of Medical Education and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. At HWCOM, Dr. Lemus-Martinez is involved in providing support and development to faculty, in addition to supporting strand leaders and course directors in the creation of their faculty development sessions. As a faculty developer, Dr. Lemus-Martinez conducts observations of teaching, identifies, coordinates, and delivers faculty development offerings, as well as, consults on instructional and assessment design. Additionally, she collaborates with the Director of Clinical Faculty Development to assist clerkship faculty in their didactic curricula. Dr. Lemus-Martinez is also the Director of the Student Observation of Teaching Project, Teaching Skills Elective, and Course Co-Director for Core Concepts in Medicine (Osler Friday).

Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Lemus-Martinez was a Guardian ad Litem for the State of Florida, advocating for the needs of children in the foster care system. Her time as a GAL influenced her desire to enter the field of education and began working for Miami-Dade County Public Schools in 2009 as an educator, grade level and department chair, and faculty developer. During her time at MDCPS, Dr. Lemus-Martinez also worked for the Office of Professional Development in the role of Curriculum Support Specialist where she mentored new and veteran teachers in the areas of curriculum, instructional delivery, classroom management, and mentoring between new and veteran teachers.

Education and Training

Ph.D., Barry University, Miami Shores, FL

Ed.S., Barry University, Miami Shores, FL

M.S., Barry University, Miami Shores, FL

B.A., St. Thomas University, Miami, FL


  • Lemus, S. M. (2017). The Perceptions of 8th Grade Students on their Student-Teacher Relationships and its Impact on their Attitude towards School: A Mixed Methods Analysis. Study presented at the annual Teaching Academic Survival and Success (TASS) conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Lemus, S.M. (2015). The Weight Loss Journey of Bariatric Patients in Committed Relationships: A Narrative Inquiry. Paper presented at the annual conference of The Qualitative Report, Davie, FL.
  • Lemus, S.M., Nieves., J., & Sanchez, M. (2013). Positive Reinforcement and its Effects on Student Learning. Teaching practice and research presentation at the University of Florida, Miami-Dade County Learning Showcase, Miami, FL.