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Judy Stuart wins new award named in memory of history professor Jim Smart

Judy Stuart, sizedFurman University Education professor Judy Stuart, Ph.D., has been awarded the inaugural James H. Smart Award by Furman’s Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection.

Presented annually to a Furman faculty or staff member, the Jim Smart Award is designed to promote encouragement of vocational exploration and reflection by Furman students, and to recognize those who exemplify this work in their teaching, advising, mentoring, service, public engagement, and other aspects of their roles at the university.

The award celebrates the memory of Jim Smart, a longtime Furman history professor (1967-1995) who died in 2013. Smart was known for his passion for teaching and learning, his dedication to student development, and the importance he placed on students’ exploration of values and purposeful living.

The award is made possible by a gift from Smart’s wife, Bonnie Smart, in memory of her husband and in honor of their two children, Rusty Smart and Susan D’Amato.

Dr. Stuart is an associate professor and the coordinator of special education programs for the education department at Furman. Stuart also coordinates programs and advises students seeking an education major without certification as preparation for non-teaching fields.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Louisiana Tech University and a master’s and Ph.D. in special education from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Stuart is involved in working with professionals in special education and other related service providers with particular interests in children with special needs and their families. She shares her passion through involvement in the community and in projects with Furman students.

For more information, contact the Furman News and Media Relations Office at (864) 294-3107.


Last updated August 5, 2022
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