Martin Sivula


JWU Faculty Since 1985

Martin Sivula Ph.D.

Contact Info


After 13 years in education, athletics and technology, Martin Sivula came to Johnson & Wales University (then College) in 1985 as the first director of academic computing. Shortly thereafter, he pursued a Ph.D. in Research in Higher Education.

Since then, Sivula has been primarily a doctoral and graduate professor of research, statistics and information technology.

As a technology and e-learning advocate, Sivula tries to infuse technology applications into his courses consistent with current business and industry standards. He has high expectations for all students and tries to challenge them, while allowing them room to grow.


  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut
  • B.S., M.Ed., Fitchburg State College

Work does things...hard things take time, impossible things take a little longer. Percy Cerutty


  • DATA 5500: Time Series Analysis
  • ITEC 6514: Decision Support Systems
  • MGMT 7070: Business Analytics and Intelligence

Honors And Awards

  • Outstanding Leadership Award, Fitchburg State College, 1972
  • Academic Leadership Award, Johnson & Wales University, May 14, 1993
  • Leadership Award Doctoral Program Accreditation (1998)
  • Outstanding Teacher Johnson & Wales University, School of Education, Doctoral Program (2007)

Q&A with Martin

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

How Did You Get Started?

I got started in college teaching and research by being recruited by one of my college undergraduate coaches to translate physiological formulas and gas analyzer formulas into computer programming languages and connected apparatus, such as a treadmill. I learned how to do research empirically firsthand from experts that already knew how to do it.

What Is Your Favorite Teaching Moment?

My favorite teaching moment is what I call the Eureka moment when you get student feedback that you know made the connection and "they get it".