SCF Honors Pioneering Professor Pam Stewart
(Bradenton, Fla., September 12, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will honor pioneering professor Pam Stewart at a plaque dedication reception at 1 p.m., Sept. 20, at SCF Bradenton in the lobby of building 10, Art and Design.
Stewart recently retired as professor of art, design, humanities after teaching at SCF for 55 years. She remembers when the college, established in 1957, conducted its first classes with 502 students in 1958 in a downtown Bradenton former high school while the new Manatee Junior College took shape on the present site of the Bradenton campus.
She taught art appreciation as a substitute teacher when she first came to then-Manatee Junior College in 1958 after serving as a teacher and coordinator of art programs for Manatee County's elementary schools.
The new opportunity allowed Stewart to focus on teaching college students the subject that she loves most: art history. She thrived as a college-level instructor, and later as a full-time faculty member, in what was then a male-dominated field, as she expanded the program to include additional courses that her male colleagues were not credentialed to teach.
Over half a century, Stewart taught art to generations of SCF students. Her former students include current SCF faculty members and local designers, artists and photographers. Giving the welcome at the plaque dedication will be a former student, Drew Webster, professor and department chair of art, design, humanities, who credits Stewart with inspiring his interest in a higher education career.
"Professor Stewart's longevity and her ties to the earliest days of our college will stand as a unique record," said SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld. "Pam's historical connection to our college and community cannot be replicated, but she has sown seeds through teaching that will inspire generations to come."
Stewart graduated from the University of Iowa with her bachelor's degree. She earned a certificate in commercial photography from New York City's School of Modern Photography, a master's degree from the University of South Florida, and an Ed.S. from Florida Atlantic University.
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