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About Ruthmae Sears

Dr. Ruthmae Sears research focuses on curriculum issues with a lens of equity, the development of reasoning and proof skills, clinical experiences in secondary mathematics, and the integration of technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics.


Present Associate Professor, University of South Florida



2017 - 2021 Collaborative Research: Attaining Excellence in Secondary Mathematics Clinical Experiences with a Lens on Equity
Colleague(s): Marilyn Strutchens, Howard Gobstein
2019 Making Real World Mathematics Connections in Middle and Upper High School Mathematics Curriculum at Tampa Preparatory School
Tampa Preparatory School
Role: Lead Consultant
Colleague(s): Sanghoon Park, Mile Krajcevski
2014 - 2019 Robert Noyce USF Scholarship Program for Science Majors
University of South Florida
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Allan Feldman, Gerry Miesels, Larry Plank, Luanna Prevost
2017 Using Manipulatives and Calculators to Facilitate Students’ Engagement in Middle Grades Mathematics
South Florida Anchin Center- Bank of America
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Kenneth Butler, Lakesia Dupree, Nadine Johnson, Bridgette Bowles
2016 Using Improvement Science to Transform STEM curriculum at Carrollwood Day School
Carrollwood Day School
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Kenneth Butler
2014 - 2016 NASA STEM Education Constellation - Network of Evidence-Based STEM Educator Professional Development
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Eugenia Vomvoridi-Ivanovic
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Committee Member, Accelerated Systemic Change Network- Planning Committee for Transforming Institutions Conference
2018 - Present Steering Committee Member, Association of Public Land-Grant University- Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC)
2018 - Present Reviewer, National Science Foundation
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Honors and Awards

  • April 11, 2018 - USF chapter of the National Council of Negro Women – Catherine Johnson STEM Award
  • February 18, 2017 - Vex Robotics Competition – Volunteer of the Year Award for 2016-2017
  • October 22, 2016 - Florida Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (FAMTE)- Mathematics Teacher Educator of the Year Award 2016
  • March 18, 2015 - University of South Florida's Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women -Black Girls Rock Honoree


  • Curriculum History and Research in Mathematics Education
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Topics in Teaching Geometry
  • Teaching Senior High School Mathematics
  • Teaching Mathematics for Middle Grades


2008 - 2012 PhD, University of Missouri
2004 - 2006 MA, Indiana University
1999 - 2002 BEd, The College of the Bahamas
1997 - 2001 AA, The College of the Bahamas

Contact Information

Office: EDU 302J
Phone: (813) 974-2172


Articles (13)

Book Chapters (8)

Editorials (1)

Dissertation (1)

News Articles (6)