Dr. Russ Toomey
Faculty Fellow, LGBTQ Affairs
Russ Toomey was born in Belpre, Ohio. He received his B.S. in Child and Family Studies from Ohio University, a M.A. in Family Studies from Kent State University, and his Ph.D. in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. Russ’s research examines the processes by which youth with marginalized identities thrive and are resilient despite the barriers and challenges they encounter in society (for example, discrimination). His focus is on youth who identify or express non-privileged sexual orientation, gender identities and expressions, and ethnicities, and the intersections among these identities. His research identifies ways to support identity formation, school and family resources, and coping mechanisms that contribute to health, well-being, and educational outcomes. At the UA, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on human sexuality, adolescent development, and advanced graduate-level applied statistics. The favorite part of his job, however, is mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. In his free time (he’s a big proponent in work/life balance), he loves hanging out with his two kids and mini dachshund, hiking, and listening to or making music.
Twitter handle is @RussToomey
Russ's hours in the LGBTQ+ Resource Center for Fall 2018, starting on September 12, will be from 11am-1pm every Wednesday
A little more about the Faculty Fellows Program
Initiated in 1984, the Faculty Fellows Program take academics beyond the grade books and help Eventss experience education outside of the classroom. This is where the richness of higher education comes together, in a very casual and comfortable environment that removes the boundaries of classrooms and desks, office hours and lecture halls. Students connect with professors, instructors, librarians and researchers on a personal level that might be overlooked in a large university setting. Think "small liberal arts college feel" in a large, public, research one university. It's the best of both worlds.
Faculty Fellow are dedicated to sharing meaningful interactions with students in a non-classroom setting. In addition to friendly mentorship, fellows help provide students with a smooth transition to the UA, an ever-deepening love of learning and, ultimately, a path toward graduation. Many of our Fellows are recognized for their contributions to teaching and student life at the UA at both local and national levels. Thirty Fellows in almost 30 venues around campus bring their own individual flair to their interactions with students, interactions that aren't limited by academic discipline.