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Dr. Stephen Rushton

Title: Associate Professor
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Phone: 941-359-4345
Email: srushton@usf.edu
Office: B214

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Dr. Stephen Rushton is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus, where he supervises student teachers and teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in creativity, classroom management, the writing process, science and qualitative research. He taught in both Canada and the US for 14 years including Junior and Senior Kindergarten, 3rd and 4th grades, Special Education and Health & Physical Education.

He has been the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award three times (2001, 2007, and 2014), and also the winner of the Outstanding Professor Award (2003) presented by the graduating class. Professor Rushton has participated, trained and supervised numerous workshops both nationally and internationally (most recently in Malaysia, the Philippines and India). He specializes in communication skills, interpersonal relationships and more recently the neurosciences of learning process.


PhD, University of Tennessee

MSc, University of Tennessee

BEd, Queen’s University

BSc, Trent University


Rushton, S., Jenni Menon-Mariano, J. & Wallace, T. (2012). Program selection among pre-service teachers according to their Myers-Briggs Type Inventory profiles on different Colleges of Education. Creative Education, 3,1 16-23.

Rushton, S. & Juola-Rushton, A. (2011). Linking brain principles to high-quality early childhood education. Exchange. November, 8-11

Larkin, E., Kaplan, M., & Rushton, S. (2010). Designing brain healthy environments for intergenerational programs. Journal of Intergenerational Relations.8,2. 161-176

Juola-Rushton, A., & Rushton, S. (2010). Linking 1st-grade economics unit to children’s literature: A brain-based approach. Children our Concern: FAYEC, Fl, 3,1.

Rushton, S., Juola-Rushton, A., & Larkin, E. (2009). Neuroscience, play, and early childhood education: Implications, connections and assessment. Early Childhood Education Journal, 37,5. 351-361.

Carr, J., Fauske, J., & Rushton, S. (2008). Teaching and leading from the inside out: A model for reflection, exploration and action. Oakview, CA: Corwin Press.

Rushton, S. (2008). Classroom learning environment, brain research and the No Child Left Behind initiative: Six years later. Early Childhood Education Journal, 36,1. 87-92

Rushton, S., & Jackson, M., & Richard, M. (2007). Teacher’s Myers-Briggs personality profiles Identifying effective teacher personality traits. Teaching and Teacher Education. 4,66, 433-441.