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Equity is at the heart of Ruthmae Sears’s research and passion for continuing education. Her desire to help young women succeed brings a new level of pride to the USF associate professor of mathematics education and associate director of the USF Coalition for Science Literacy. She just returned from The Bahamas, where she grew up, to celebrate a significant milestone for a program she’s been supporting for 16 years.
From the time she began her studies at USF, Mathematics Education major Alicia Miller has taken on opportunities such as working as a resident assistant for the Education Living Learning Community and becoming a part-time tutor through USF’s Tutor-A-Bull program. Now, with graduation just around the corner, she reflects on her teacher preparation program and the experiences that have led her to where she is today.
February 3, 2022Student Life
College of Education Associate Professor Ruthmae Sears, PhD, was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Sears is the first Black faculty member at USF to receive this recognition, which is one of the world’s most prestigious honors for academic research.
January 26, 2022Faculty and Staff
City of St. Petersburg approves USF and community researchers’ recommendations on how to address systemic racism
St. Petersburg City Council members are moving forward with a plan created by an interdisciplinary team of researchers coordinated by the University of South Florida on how to identify and address structural racism in the community.
Helios Residency students receive guaranteed teaching positions with Hillsborough County Public Schools
A partnership between the USF College of Education and Hillsborough County Public Schools has created guaranteed job offers for program graduates to serve as middle school teachers in the school district.
A cross-departmental team from USF is one of four groups chosen nationwide to participate in a new National Science Foundation (NSF) pilot program called All-ABOARD, which stands for “Alliance-Building Offshore to Achieve Resilience and Diversity.” Members of the team that prepared the application from the College of Education include Ruthmae Sears, PhD, and Dana Thompson Dorsey, PhD.
May 7, 2021Research
City of St. Petersburg selects USF researchers to identify, make recommendations to address systemic racism
An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of South Florida will assist the city of St. Petersburg in identifying structural racism and make recommendations on how to address the multi-faceted issue.
March 23, 2021Research
Associate Professor Ruthmae Sears was selected to join the second cohort of the Aspire Alliance’s Institutional Change Network (IChange) IAspire Leadership Academy.
July 22, 2020Faculty and Staff
Professor Ruthmae Sears received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative research project that will take a look at the clinical experiences provided to student teachers in mathematics education programs.
The Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program, a program in the USF College of Education that aims to produce, support, and enhance the retention of middle grades STEM educators, was featured on WEDU's Quest program this month.
Master of Arts in Teaching students put their mathematics education skills to the test in the "Lunch Bunch," a tutoring program offered by USF MAT students at Sulfur Springs Elementary School.
May 25, 2017Academics