Marty earned her Doctorate of Education in College Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds a Master’s Degree from New York University in Studio and Environmental Arts and a BFA from the University of Memphis. A designer, art director, educator, and writer, Marty Spence is passionate about helping others. In her 16 years as a teacher and researcher, she has assisted students to understand dissertation schedules and avoid stumbling blocks, and has guided and supported them through proposal hearings and defenses. Marty currently teaches at Columbia University. Her research on creativity and process among contemporary artists used qualitative methods and individual interviews to investigate motivation and self-validation. She has presented her work at national conferences, published research articles in professional journals, and continues to publish and research in women’s studies, the arts, and education. Her study of languages and her extensive travels have contributed to her desire and ability to encourage students from other countries. She has taught English as a second language as well as digital arts on both the East and West coasts in community colleges and universities. She uses non-judgmental listening skills to help clients work through problems. By breaking their process down into steps and tapping into their inner strengths, clients are able to analyze their research process and complete their theses and dissertations.
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