Honors & Awards

Academic Awards


2022. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant. Eastern Kentucky U.

2021. Critical Thinking Teaching Award. Eastern Kentucky U.

2021. Young Alumni Award. Eastern Kentucky U.

2020. Distinguished Instructor Award. Eastern Kentucky U.

2020. Quality Enhancement Program Leadership Grant. Eastern Kentucky U.

2019. Honorary Induction. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

2019-20. Delta Gold Award. Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First-Year Success.

2015. Dissertation Year Fellowship. U of Kentucky.

2015. Robert L. Doty English Graduate Support Fund Award, U of Kentucky.

2014. Patricia and William Stacy Fellowship in Graduate English Education. U of Kentucky.

2013. Chairs’ Memorial Scholarship. Conference on College Composition and Communication.

2013. Nominee. Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year. Eastern Kentucky U

2012. Travel Grant. Northeast Modern Language Association.

2012. Program of the Year. Student Veterans of America.

2012. Veterans Trust Fund Grant. Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.

2012. Travel Grant. Northeast Modern Language Association.

2012. Chapter Fellowship. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

2012. Research and Training Grant. The ArtReach Foundation.

2011. National Literacy Grant Recipient. Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

2011. Recognized. Kentucky State Assembly.

2011. Madonna Marsden Writing Award. Eastern Kentucky U.

2011. Graduate Writing Award. Eastern Kentucky U.

2011. Technology Grant. Eastern Kentucky U.

2010. Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Fellowship. Eastern Kentucky U.


Military Awards


2006. Honorable Discharge. United States Army.    

2005. Purple Heart Award. United States Army.

2005. Army Commendation Medal. United States Army.

2004. Good Conduct Medal. United States Army.

2003. Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. United States Army.

2003. Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. United States Army.

2003-2005. Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Campaign Stars). United States Army.

2005. Army Certificate of Achievement (2 Awards). United States Army.

2002-2006. Overseas Service Ribbon (3 Awards). United States Army.


Travis L. MartinPhD, is founding director of the Kentucky Center for Veterans Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He has established several nationally recognized programs to support returning veterans in higher education and the non-profit sector. A scholar of American literature, psychoanalytic trauma theory, and social theory, Dr. Martin presents frequently at conferences and universities. He has published dozens of research articles and creative short works on veterans’ issues. A former sergeant in the U.S. Army, he served during two deployments in the Iraq War (2003-04 & 2005). His book War and Homecoming: Veteran Identity and the Post-9/11 Generation is slated for publication with the University Press of Kentucky in 2022. He resides in Richmond, KY.