Timothy M. Ottusch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Practice and Program Chair, Human Development and Family Science
Tim Ottusch

McClelland Park Room 315K
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078

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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 scholarship of teaching and learning, and researching topics related to college student food and housing insecurity, college planning and transitions to college, and issues around wealth inequality.

Areas of Expertise

The scholarship of teaching and learning

Food and housing insecurity among college students

College planning and the transition to college

Youth adulthood

Research Focus

My current research largely focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Current and past projects have focused on the use of social annotation programs , as well as approaches to more effectively using the flipped class model, live online sessions, office hours, and course readings. I also work on a project related to understanding what colleges and universities are doing to address food and housing insecurity, which has only been emphasized more in light of the Pandemic. In the past I have worked on research related to college planning, young adulthood, and wealth inequality.

Subjects Taught

Research Methods

Child Development


Young Adulthood

Issues of Aging

Teaching in Family Studies and Human Development (Graduate)

Spring 2024