Cynthia Martin graduated from James Madison University in 1993 with a degree in English and Professional Writing. She earned her MA in English from Virginia Tech where she focused her studies on Victorian Poetry and the works of Thomas Hardy. She has completed coursework for a PhD in Literature at West Virginia University. She has been teaching writing at JMU since 2002, where she has focused her scholarship on first year composition, teaching pedagogy, and technology/new media studies. She is currently the Director of Composition.