Ruthmae Sears

University of South Florida

Dr. Ruthmae Sears has an Associate of Arts in Mathematics and Statistics, and a Bachelors of Education in Secondary Mathematics from the College of the Bahamas. Additionally she obtained a Master’s degree from Indiana University in Mathematics Education, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Missouri- Columbia. While in The Bahamas, Dr. Sears taught mathematics at C.R. Walker Senior High School. She also served as a member of the Bahamas National Science Council, an Advisor for the National Teacher Cadet Program,  and a Board Member for the Pace Foundation.


Dr. Sears was a recipient of the Bahamas Government Teachers Grant, Organization of American States Fellowship Award, Lyford Cay Foundation Graduate Scholarship Award, Kappa Delta Pi Hollis Caswell Doctoral Award, Center for The Study of Mathematics Curriculum (CSMC) Fellowship Award, the University of Missouri Mathematics Education Scholarship Award, and The University of Michigan Geometry Reasoning and Instructional Practice (GRIP) Scholarship Award. 


Dr. Sears was initially appointed an Assistant professor  at the University of South Florida in 2012.   Recently, in 2018, she received tenure and promotion to the rank of an Associate Professor at the university. Her research focuses  on curriculum issues, reasoning and proof and technology.  Moreover,  she coordinates developmental mathematics courses and the master’s degree program in mathematics education. Dr. Sears is the principal investigator for the NSF-IUSE funded  collaborative grant entitled "Attaining Excellence in Secondary Mathematics Clinical Experiences with a Lens on Equity". Dr. Sears is also a co-principal investigator for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. Additionally, she is the Tampa Bay representative for the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership, Florida Department of Education – State Course Numbering System  (SCNS) Discipline Coordinator in the field of Mathematics Education, a member of The University of South Florida STEER Transformation Implementation Leadership Team (TILT), and the board member from Public Institution  for the  Florida Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators .


Dr. Sears was the 2016 Florida Association of Mathematics Teacher Educator (FAMTE) - Mathematics Teacher Educator of the Year.  She is also the 2018 USF  Chapter of National Council of Negro Women – Katherine Johnson Mathematics Award Recipient.    She was also the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid Missouri Heroes award, and the VEX robotics volunteer of the year recipient. She currently volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay.


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Flying with Sankofa: Moving forward by learning from the past part of Accelerating Systemic Change Network:DEI in STEMM Blog Series
It is important to celebrate the heroes in our society who spoke up, and who took action to change systems and improve the lives of many. For instance, our nation celebrates heroes like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ...

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Blueprint for Accelerating Change in Social Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in STEM Curricula part of Transforming Institutions Conference 2023:Program:Workshops
Our group is developing a book and eventually a grant to support and give examples of curricular ideas that use Social and Racial Justice issues for STEM curricula. The book will aim to provide change agents, ...

Enacting Rightful Presence to Promote Students' Belonging part of Accelerating Systemic Change Network:DEI in STEMM Blog Series
As we educators pursue equitable and just practices in STEM education, we acknowledge our students' diverse experiences and challenges, and we recognize the importance of their sense of belonging in our ...

The Enlightenment Series: Catalyzing Change via Courageous Conversations to Address Racism and Anti-Blackness and Promote Inclusive Excellence at the University of South Florida part of Accelerating Systemic Change Network:Events:Meetings and Conferences:Transforming Institutions Conference 2021:Program:Presentations:Session II
This presentation will describe a university-wide initiative (Enlightenment Series) to systemically address racism and anti-Blackness to promote inclusive excellence across three geographically dispersed campuses. ...