|SARASOTA, Fla. (June 15, 2021) – USF College of Education Associate Professor Stephen Rushton has been a named winner of The Margaret Burlington Tritle Undergraduate Teaching Faculty Award, an annual recognition presented to a College of Education faculty member who demonstrates outstanding teaching.“I’m genuinely humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Rushton. “I know that Margaret Burlington Tritle was an excellent teacher and it’s humbling to receive this recognition.”Rushton has focused his scholarship on communication skills, interpersonal relationships and, most recently, the neuroscience of the learning process. He joined the faculty at the Sarasota-Manatee campus in 1998 as an assistant professor.Rushton supervises student teachers and teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in creativity, classroom management, the writing process, science and qualitative research. He frequently receives positive feedback from students and has received the campus’ Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award three times (2001, 2007 and 2014), and the Outstanding Professor Award, presented by the graduating class, twice (2003 and 2019).Also awarded was Sophia Han, an associate professor of early childhood education and the program coordinator for USF’s Early Childhood Education undergraduate program.The Margaret Burlington Tritle Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award was created in 2017 through a gift to the College of Education by USF alumnus Lawrence Tritle to honor his late wife’s teaching legacy. Margaret Burlington Tritle was a USF alumna who graduated in 1966.|
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