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Dr. Sarah B. Bush is a professor of K-12 STEM Education and the program coordinator of the mathematics education PhD track at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in mathematics education from the University of Louisville. Dr. Bush is actively involved in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, serving as an elected member of the Board of Directors (2019-2022) and has served as chair or member of nine committees and task forces, including the 2017 NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition Program Chair. Most recently, Dr. Bush served as the lead writer of NCTM's Catalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations, published in 2020. Dr. Bush seamlessly integrates her practical experience as a middle school mathematics teacher in public schools with her innovative STE(A)M scholarship to serve as an instructional leader in the field of mathematics education and STE(A)M education. She joined UCF in 2017.

Areas of Expertise

  • Mathematics Education
  • Transdisciplinary STE(A)M Education
  • Teacher Professional Development


Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education
University of Louisville


Since 2010, Dr. Bush’s productivity includes 6.2+ million dollars in externally funded projects from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and through Mathematics Science Partnership Funding; nine peer-reviewed published books; 85 peer-reviewed publications published or in-press; and 120+ peer-reviewed and invited international, national, regional, and state presentations. Her scholarship and research focuses on deepening student and teacher understanding of mathematics through transdisciplinary STE(A)M problem-based inquiry and mathematics, science, and STE(A)M education professional development effectiveness.

Research Interests

  • Deepening student and teacher understanding of mathematics through transdisciplinary STE(A)M problem-based inquiry
  • Mathematics, science, and STE(A)M teacher professional development effectiveness
  • The implementation of NCTM’s Catalyzing Change Framework in states, districts, and schools

Current Funded Projects

Collaborative Research: Transforming Undergraduate Mathematics Teacher Preparation Programs using the Professional Development: Research, Implementation, and Evaluation Framework

  • Principal Investigator: Sarah Bush, Ph.D.
  • Co-Principal Investigators: Janet Andreasen, Ph.D. and Farshid Safi, Ph.D.
  • Sponsor: National Science Foundation
  • Award Period: 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2024
  • Total Award: $968,578 UCF ($2,975,413 total)

Empowering STEM Teachers with Earned Doctorates: A Noyce Program for Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Teachers

  • Principal Investigator: Sarah Bush, Ph.D.
  • Co-Principal Investigators: Juli Dixon, Ph.D., Lisa Brooks, Ed.D., Malcolm Butler, Ph.D., and Brian Moore, Ph.D.
  • Sponsor: National Science Foundation
  • Award Period: 4/1/2021 to 3/31/2026
  • Total Award: $1,459,394


  • School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA)Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics (2021)
  • UCF Excellence in Research Award, CCIE Level Awardee (2021)
  • UCF Women’s History Month Honoree (2020)
  • Article (13 Rules that Expire!) featured in The Best of Teaching Children Mathematics, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and Mathematics Teacher on Questions, Discourse, and Evidence. Issue 1. Reprint from original article which appeared in Teaching Children Mathematics in 2014. (2019)
  • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Early Career Award (2018)


  • MAE 7805: Policies, Practices, and Structures in K-8 Mathematics Education
  • MAE 6918: Directed Research
  • MAE 7980: Dissertation Mathematics Education
  • MAE 7795: Seminar in Research in Mathematics Education
  • IDS 7500: Research Seminar in Education
  • IDS 6937: Teaching Mathematics and Science Using Reform-Based Practices
  • IDS 6939: Reforming Curriculum in Mathematics and Science Education


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