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Lemus-Martinez, Samantha Marina, PhD

Assistant Professor and Director of Teaching and Learning

Office: AHC2 - 463

Phone: 305-348-4389


Dr. Samantha M. Lemus-Martinez joined Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine 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 the college, 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 the university, 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., Curriculum & Instruction (Curriculum Evaluation and Research), Barry University
  • Ed.S., Reading, Barry University
  • M.S., Counseling (Martial, Couple, Family Counseling/Therapy), Barry University
  • B.A., Criminal Justice (Minors: English & Sociology), St. Thomas University