Faculty Profile

Martin Blair

Martin Blair

Executive Director

Email: martin.blair@umontana.edu
Office: Corbin 251

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Associate Professor, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education at the University of Montana.

Faculty/ Co-Chair, Human and Family Development Minor Program, College of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Montana.


Human and Family Development (HFD) 494 and 498

Personal Summary

Dr. Martin Blair began his career as a special education teacher. Following that experience, he spent the next two decades at Utah’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), the Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD), as director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program, Chair of Utah’s Interagency Outreach Training Initiative, the policy director of the National Center on Disability and Access to Education, the Associate Director of the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education, and the CPD’s Assistant Director for Policy and Development. In these various roles he has built trusting, collaborative relationships with colleagues from a variety of disciplines in university, community, state and national circles. In 2013, Dr. Blair assumed leadership of the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, Montana’s UCEDD. Dr. Blair has presented over 50 papers to national and international audiences and authored dozens of professional articles. He has generated nearly $25 million in grant and contract funds to support his efforts. He currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the Association of University Centers on Disability. Dr. Blair’s work is focused on improving the quality of services and supports for individuals with disabilities and their families by working closely with trainees, Center staff, university faculty and administration, state and federal legislators and administration officials, and those who are the primary beneficiaries of the services and supports that he and his colleagues provide.


Ph.D. (2008).  Education, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

M.S. (1997).  Secondary Education, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

B.S. (1991).  Special Education, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

2012.  National Leadership Institute, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.

2001 Disability Leadership and Policy Fellow, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Sillver Spring, MD/ Washington, DC

Field of Study

Education, Special Education, Distance Delivery (electronically-mediated instruction), Personnel Preparation, Professional Development, Disability, Technology, Policy, Post-secondary Transition, Adult Learners.


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Home Department

Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities

Department of Teaching and Learning (College of Education)

Area of Expertise

Special Education; Early Childhood Education/ Early Intervention; Disability Policy and Regulation; Professional Development; Disability Related Issues

HFD Affiliations

College of of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning
Co-Chair, Human and Family Development

Teaching Experience

Associate Professor. Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, University of Montana.

Faculty/Co-Chair. Human and Family Development Minor Program, College of Humanities and Sciences, University of Montana.

Professional Experience

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International Experience

Research Partner with Dr. Sumi Kato, Aomori Chuo Gakuin University, Japan. 2017 to present. Topic: Speech/language acquisition and use by indivduals diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

Advisor to Guyana Ministry of Education, Georgetown, Guyana. 2018. Topic: Policy related to transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school settings.

Advisor to SENSE International East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. 2017 to present. Topic: Interagency collaboration and policy development to enhance inclusive early childhood services.

Consultant to Korean Institute for Special Education (KISE), Seoul, South Korea. 2006. Topic: Assistive technology in education settings.


Association of University Centers on Disabilities, www.aucd.org