Martha S. Lue Stewart, Ph.D.


Exceptional Student Education

Office: ED 315S

Phone: 407-823-2036


Professional Summary

Dr. Martha S Lue Stewart is a full professor in the School of Teacher Education in the Exceptional Education program area. The first African American female promoted to the rank of professor at UCF, she also serves as the Program Coordinator of the Supporting High Needs Populations certificate. Earlier in her post-graduate career, she served as a postdoctoral Fellow through the McKnight Jr. Faculty Fellowship, at AACTE, where she studied the underrepresentation of teachers of color in our nation’s schools. At UCF, she was the Founding Director of the Teacher Education for America’s Minorities (TEAM) Project, a Ford Foundation initiative that seeks to address the recruitment, retention, and induction of persons of color into teacher education. Dr. Lue Stewart served as a facilitator for the highly successful Urban Teacher Residency Program (UTRP), a residential program that placed faculty in Title 1 schools to offer coursework and professional development within a designated school. In addition to teaching courses in Exceptional Student Education and the Supporting High Needs Populations certificate, she is a Lead Researcher on a state-funded grant designed to address preventative strategies in decreasing situational environmental circumstances that impede the growth and development of young African American males. In the Spring, 2018, Dr. Lue Stewart will serve as a Professor in Residence at one of the college’s partner urban middle schools.


Ph.D. in Special Education
University of Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Supporting high needs populations
  • Emphasis on domestic diversity, with heightened interests in culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse learners and exceptional learners, children, and families
  • Efficacy of support systems on retention of post-secondary education students of color; and developing partnerships and support systems with urban schools & communities in an effort to retain qualified teachers in under-served areas

Research Interests

  • Addressing the achievement gap through culturally responsive practices in teaching and learning
  • Reflections on poverty and its impact on both teaching and learning
  • Examining the academic culture and outcomes of highly efficacious teachers, specifically those in “high needs” settings

Recent Honors and Awards

  • UCF Woman of Distinction Awardee, Center for Success of Women Faculty
  • UCF Woman of the Month, Women’s History Month, UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty
  • Top 22 Education Professors in Florida
  • G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator of the Year, National Association on Multicultural Education
  • Editorial board, Division for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners, Council for Exceptional Children

Recent Publications

Lue Stewart, M. S., & Craig, J. C. (Spring, 2016). A model for enhancing teacher efficacy and student achievement with underserved youth in urban settings. PHILLIS Journal.

Lue Stewart, M. S. (Spring, 2016). Educating a more inclusive and diverse community of learners: The nexus of programs, partnerships, & higher education. PHILLIS Journal.

Lue Stewart, M. S. (2016, March). Reimagining teacher efficacy, Every Child, Every Day: Celebrating our collective successes. DTEC Post-Institute on Teaching for Social Justice: Our Legacy, Our Future, Our Children. University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, March 18-20, 2016.

Lue Stewart, M. S., Butler, K., & Heard, N. (2017). Situational Environmental Circumstances (SEC) Mentoring Model: From “At Risk” to “Of Promise” for Elementary-Aged African American Males. 19th Annual UCF Literacy Symposium, April 7, 2017, University of Central Florida.

Current Funded Projects

Situational Environmental Circumstances (SEC) Mentoring. High-risk delinquent and dependent child Educational Research Project. Situational Environmental Circumstances Mentoring Program. Agency:Department of Juvenile Justice/State of Florida/FSU. Butler, K. (P.I.), Heard, N.(Coordinator), Lue Stewart, M. S. (Researcher)
Addressing the tentacles of poverty through empowered collaborative and engaged school, civic, community, and university partnerships. Program Initiative Funding. Lue Stewart, M. S., & Griner, A. (2017).

Professional Organizations

  • Coalition of Urban Serving Universities
  • National Education Association
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • National Association on Multicultural Education
  • Delta Research & Education Foundation
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • National Advisory Board, Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC)
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