HESA Ph.D. student Molly Hall-Martin poses outdoors.

September 8, 2021

Molly Hall-Martin, a doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program in the UI College of Education's Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQ).

The appointment was made by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. NACIQI is comprised of educational experts from around the country, with one third being appointed by the U.S. House, one third by the U.S. Senate, and one third by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Department of Education's portion includes a student member, and Hall-Martin is the only student member on the committee.

This committee provides recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Education regarding accrediting agencies that monitor the academic quality of postsecondary institutions and educational programs for federal purposes. Hall-Martin will serve in this role until 2025.

“My time in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program here at Iowa has more than prepared me to serve our country and our students in this role,” Hall-Martin says, “and I’m honored to be able to represent the program on a national level in this way.”

Hall-Martin (Kul Wicasa Oyate/Lower Brule Lakota) formerly served as the Director of Student Preparation and Success for the South Dakota Board of Regents, as a staff member at Lower Brule Community College, and as an intern at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO).

Her research focuses on the implementation and impact of higher education policy, especially as it pertains to Indigenous students. She also studies the policies and politics surrounding Confucius Institutes, higher education governance, governing boards, and state agencies.

Hall-Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma.

After graduation, she hopes to work for a higher education policy organization or a state system of higher education.

Read two related stories about Hall-Martin's research and scholarship, one as part of the Dare To Discover Campaign and another in the UI College of Education's Annual Report.