Tim Ottusch, Ph.D. - Outstanding Faculty Award 2020

Dr. Timothy Ottusch began his career in the Norton School in 2017, when he was hired as an Assistant Professor of Practice in Family Studies and Human Development. Dr. Ottusch came to us from Oregon State University where he earned his Doctorate degree. He teaches courses such as Issues in Aging, Adolescence, Infant and Child Development, and Introduction to Research Methods. His experience teaching online and hybrid courses and his willingness to share that expertise was particularly helpful to his colleagues this past spring and now in the fall semester.

Dr. Ottusch mentors undergraduate students and acts as the research advisor for several Honors students. He has served on numerous committees at the school, college, and university level including the FSHD Scholarship Committee, the Norton School Online Teaching Task Force, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty Council, and was recently elected to the Faculty Senate. Tim also works on research concerning college students who don’t have reliable access to food, and keeps granola bars and snacks in his office in case he encounters students who are hungry. He engages in his own scholarship about teaching and learning, and has presented at national teaching-focused conferences on some of his innovative teaching methods.

One of Dr. Ottusch’s nominators wrote, “I enjoy my friendship with Tim, and find him to be an inclusive, funny, engaging colleague, which goes a long way in continuing the Norton School tradition of feeling like a family… He creates an atmosphere of welcoming and geniality among colleagues. He is an excellent representative of all the Norton School stands for—strengthening communities and families—because he researches this, teaches it, and most importantly, lives it.”

Tim wants to thank his colleagues and the students of the Norton School for their engagement and love of learning that makes it such a pleasure to work at. Finally, he wants to thank his wife Stephanie and son Teddy for the support, love, and patience for all the nerdy teaching things he talks about.

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