As a professor in the department of Extension, Kenneth Martin specializes in rural vitality and leadership. Through this role, he mentors students in the Rural Sociology 4500 course, as well as junior faculty members.
Martin also leads efforts in rural health community development programs and works with multidisciplinary efforts to address the opioid epidemic. With rural communities being a strong focus of his, he serves on the farm and rural stress task force, as well as PI and co-PI on several prevention education grants and farm stress grants.
Another part of his role includes serving on the Ohio Rural Health Association Board of Directors where he co-chairs the Legislative Committee.
Martin focuses on energy outreach as well. He organized the Extension Energy Outreach Program to respond to shale energy development and he worked with the Nation Petroleum Council's Coordinating Subcommittee focusing on pipeline development and the impact on rural communities.