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Charmion B. Rush - Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC, US

Charmion B. Rush Charmion B. Rush

Associate Professor of Inclusive and Special Education | Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC, UNITED STATES

Charmion Rush's areas of research include culture relevant pedagogy, disproportionate representation, implicit bias and literacy practices.

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Biography

Dr. Charmion B. Rush is an Associate Professor of Inclusive and Special Education at Western Carolina University. Dr. Rush earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Special Education/Teacher Education and Development. An Ed. S. in Higher Education/Community College and University Leadership and M.A. in Special Education/Cross Categorical from Appalachian State University. She also received B.S. degrees in Special Education/Learning Disabilities and Therapeutic Recreation from Winston-Salem State University.

Dr. Rush's areas of research include culture relevant pedagogy, disproportionate representation, implicit bias, inclusion, and literacy practices.

Dr. Rush’s teaching focuses on preparing educators to teach diverse populations, with an emphasis on the ethnic and minority students enrolled in special education.

Industry Expertise (1)

Education/Learning

Areas of Expertise (8)

Teacher Development

Special Education

Inclusion

Disproportionate Representation

Culture Relevant Pedagogy

Implicit Bias

Literacy Practices

Teacher Education

Accomplishments (2)

Taft A. Botner Superior Teaching Award (professional)

2017 Western Carolina University

Teacher of Excellence (professional)

2004 Phi Delta Kappa

Education (4)

University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Ph.D., Special Education/Teacher Education and Development 2012

Appalachian State University: M.A., Special Education/Cross Categorical 2003

Winston-Salem State University: B.S., Special Education/Learning Disabilities 2000

Winston-Salem State University: B.S., Therapeutic Recreation 1996

Affiliations (7)

  • North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators : Standing Committee Member
  • North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children : Region Representative
  • Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children

Media Appearances (5)

‘Call Me MISTER’ holds orientation at WCU

Smoky Mountain News  online

2022-08-03

“Call Me MISTER is the beginning of our efforts in the College of Education and Allied Professions to support and involve minority men of color who will serve and lead in the field of education,” said Charmion Rush, WCU’s program director.

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‘Call Me MISTER’ holds orientation, begins second cohort at WCU

WCU Stories  online

2022-07-26

“Call Me MISTER is the beginning of our efforts in the College of Education and Allied Professions to support and involve minority men of color who will serve and lead in the field of education,” said Charmion Rush, WCU’s program director. “As the nation continues to face a critical shortage of educators and the longstanding commitment to ensure our teachers have the resources, knowledge and skills and the ability to meet the need of all our students. We need to provide a pipeline of educators that will reflect the diversity of our classrooms and provide positive outcomes for the whole of the community.”

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Western Carolina University Program to Increase Male Teachers of Color

The College Post  online

2021-04-20

“I think this program is wonderful because it eliminates some of those systemic barriers that we know keep people of color, especially men of color, from being as successful as they would like to be,” program director of “Call Me MISTER” at WCU Charmion Rush said.

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WCU launches scholar program to attract more men of color to teaching positions

13 News  online

2021-04-29

“We're looking for those students who might not have had the opportunity to have a chance,” said WCU Call Me MiSTER Program Director Charmion Rush, who is also assistant professor of Inclusive and Special Education in WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions.

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Two selected to participate in Women’s Leadership in Action Program

WCU Stories  online

2018-12-12

Two Western Carolina University women ― Donna Gallo, public communications specialist in marketing, and Charmion Rush, assistant professor in the School of Teaching and Learning ― have been selected to participate in WCU’s Women’s Leadership in Action Program.

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Event Appearances (5)

WHEE include: Evaluating the impact of an inclusive teacher education program

2017 Council for Exceptional Children Conference  Boston, Massachusetts

Facilitating inclusion with students with significant intellectual disabilities in rural schools

Lecture at the 36th Annual National ACRES Conference  Asheville, NC

Supporting (new) rural special educators to implement rigorous standards and inclusion

Lecture at the 36th Annual National ACRES Conference,  Asheville, NC

Pedagogical considerations in teaching implicit bias

Lecture at 2017 SoTL Commons Conference  Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA

General educators’ perceptions of African American males in the prereferral process

Session Leader at Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo  San Antonio, Texas

Articles (1)

Response to Intervention: Right on Track

Electronic Journal for Inclusive Education

2012 The purpose of response to intervention, or RTI, is founded on the premise that, with data-based decision making and evidence- based practices, children who otherwise may have been identified with a mild educational disability will receive early instructional intervention and thus have the opportunity to remain with their peers in general education settings.

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