“Martha is a dynamic educator with a warm heart,” said Clearwater Provost Stan Vittetoe. “We are sorry to lose her on the Clearwater Campus. I hope that she will return often!”
Dr. Campbell began her career in 1974 in Dallas as an adjunct faculty member. From 1977 to 1985, she was full-time faculty at DeKalb Community College (now Georgia Perimeter). In 1987, she joined then-St. Petersburg Junior College, teaching at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. In the fall of that year, she moved to the Tarpon Springs Campus, where she served as Program Director for 11 years.
In 2008, Dr. Campbell became SPC’s Dean of Communications at the Clearwater Campus, where she has supervised 65 full-time faculty, including five Academic Chairs, and approximately 125 adjunct faculty. She spent 29 of her 40 years in higher education serving St. Petersburg College.
Dr. Campbell earned a Master’s degree from Duke University and an Ed.D. from the University of South Florida.
Over the years, she has taught 15 different Communications courses and was a pioneer in teaching online courses. She also served as Faculty Governance Organization Senate president for three years.
With a particularly strong concern for developmental education, Dr. Campbell was active at the state level, and in 2012 was awarded the Chancellor’s Best Practice Award for My Bridge to Success, a developmental reform grant co-written with former SPC Math Dean Sharon Griggs. She also authored two textbooks for Pearson Publishing, both with a strong and important focus on writing paragraphs and essays.
SPC President Bill Law said Campbell was a “kind-hearted, spirited role model who has inspired many.”
“It is with bittersweet parting – with happiness for her, and a great loss for us – that we wish her all of the delights that retirement may offer,” Law said.
Campbell said she is looking forward to retirement, when she will spend quality time with her husband, daughters and grandchildren. She plans to travel, read as much and as late at night as she wants, play the organ and volunteer.