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)
Areas of Expertise (8)
Culture Relevant Pedagogy
Taft A. Botner Superior Teaching Award (professional)
2017 Western Carolina University
Teacher of Excellence (professional)
2004 Phi Delta Kappa
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
- 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
“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.
‘Call Me MISTER’ holds orientation, begins second cohort at WCU
WCU Stories online
“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.”
Western Carolina University Program to Increase Male Teachers of Color
The College Post online
“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.
WCU launches scholar program to attract more men of color to teaching positions
13 News online
“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.
Two selected to participate in Women’s Leadership in Action Program
WCU Stories online
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.
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
Response to Intervention: Right on TrackElectronic 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.