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Lucy Bush

Chair of Atlanta Teacher Education and Educational Leadership
Associate Professor of Education

Lucy Bush


A.B. – University of Georgia, 1998 – Spanish
B.S.Ed – University of Georgia, 1998 – Social Science Education
M.Ed. – University of Georgia, 2000 – Foreign Language Education
M.Ed. – Georgia Southern University, 2009 – Instructional Technology
Ed.S. – University of Georgia, 2002 – Teaching Additional Languages
Ed.D. – Georgia Southern University, 2007 – Curriculum Studies, emphasis in Multicultural Education


Dr. Bush joined the faculty of Mercer University in 2010 as an assistant professor of education in the Tift College of Education, after having previously served as an adjunct instructor.  Prior to joining the faculty at Mercer, Dr. Bush taught at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels at public school systems in northeast Georgia.  Her work has been published in refereed journals, including the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing and Research in Mathematics Education.  She has also received external funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and EDUCAUSE, among others. 


Dr. Bush currently teaches graduate courses in elementary social studies methods, elementary planning and organizing, and curricular and instructional technology.  Dr. Bush also supervises both undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in a variety of clinical experiences. 


Dr. Bush’s early lines of research focused on dropout prevention of English Learners and collaborative power relations in schools.  More recently, her research has focused on spirituality in education as well as the roles that augmented and virtual reality play not only in educational arenas, but in daily life. 


Carr, S. B., Johnson, N., & Bush, L. J. (2016). Distributed cognition:  Teachers’ perceptions and implications for learning outcomes and instructional technology.  In V. X. Wang (Ed.), Handbook of research on learning outcomes in the digital age (pp. 152-179).  Hershey, PA:  Information Science Reference.
Beverley, E. D., Lacefield, W. O., & Bush, L. J. (2015).  Perspectives on early development of number sense within a rural Amish community.  Research in Mathematics Education, 17, 239-241.
Bush, L. J., & Hall, J. S. (2014).  edTPA Training Module [Computer software]. Los Angeles, CA:  Pragmatic Solutions.
Bush, L. J. (2012).  Voces nuevas en el Nuevo Sur: Latino/a immigrant youth in Georgia.  Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 28(3), 40-56.
Hall, J. S., & Bush, L. J. (2012).  Algebra Class_Solving Quadratic Equations [Computer software]. Los Angeles, CA: Pragmatic Solutions.


Dr. Bush supports local schools by translating documents and conference for Spanish-speaking families.  Additionally, she serves as president of the Mercer University chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, as well as the Tift College of Education liaison to the Swilley Library, and as a Tift representative to the Mercer University Distance Learning Committee.  Dr. Bush also serves as a reviewer for the National Council for the Social Studies as well as the International Journal of Multicultural Education.  Lastly, she supports her community through various faith-based outreach projects.