Timothy M. Ottusch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Practice
Family Studies and Human Development
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-5571

I knew I wanted to teach college classes and support undergraduate student learning when I was an undergraduate myself. I was fortunate to have experiences with working with first year seminar courses and being a TA for a psych stats class, both are areas where students are often struggling. I loved seeing the growth in the students throughout the semester. Coupled with my drive to help support students achieve their educational goals, I decided to go to graduate school to continue to support students' goals and our society's need for a more educated population through teaching, research, and service. I am passionate about teaching, the science of teaching and learning, and researching topics related to college planning and the transition to college. 

Areas of Expertise

College planning and the transition to college

Youth adulthood

The science of teaching and learning

Research Focus

My current research has investigated how parents developed expectations for their child to go to college, how they supported them to college, and how decisions were made as to where they would go. This research has helped illuminate how we can best support families during this process, as well as highlighted inequalities we see, mainly by socio-economic status, in how children are supported to college. I have also been working with a team looking at assets and wealth, particularly chilldren that live in households with miminal savings, and the role that wealth and assests influence children's development. My most recent projects have centered around addressing food and housing insecurity on college campuses and projects related to the science of teaching and learning.

Subjects Taught

Research Methods

Child Development


Issues of Aging

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Institutes and Centers

The University of Arizona