Michael Rushton

Indiana University Director of Strategic Planning and
Associate Vice President for University Academic Affairs

(812) 855-2947
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Bryan Hall 210

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. University of British Columbia, 1990
  • M.A., University of Western Ontario, 1981
  • B.A., University of British Columbia, 1980


Michael Rushton is a professor and the former director of Arts Administration Programs in SPEA. He now serves as associate vice president for University Academic Affairs and director of strategic planning for Indiana University.

As associate vice president, Dr. Rushton’s responsibilities include planning, policy and program development, external relations, government relations, and intercampus coordination of academic and faculty affairs. As director of strategic planning, he oversees the implementation and key metrics for the Indiana University Bicentennial Strategic Plan.

As a professor, Dr. Rushton’s expertise and teaching is in the economics, management, and public policy of the arts. His publications include articles on such topics as public funding for the arts, the role of nonprofit organizations, taxation, copyright, freedom of expression, and the arts and local development. He is the editor of Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development (2013) and the author of Strategic Pricing for the Arts (2014). Before joining Indiana University in 2006, he held faculty positions in Canada, the U.S., and Australia, and served as a senior policy advisor to the government of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.


  • Visiting Lecturer at University of Chicago, and Freiberg University (Germany)
  • Senior Policy Analyst for the Government of Saskatchewan
  • Co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Economics
  • SPEA Excellence in Teaching Award (2009), Indiana University

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