Dr. Jared Russell, Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Director of Student Development in the College of Education, has been named as a 2016 Presidential Administrative Fellow. The goal of the program is to provide senior administrative experience to faculty and provide them the opportunity to appreciate and understand higher education administration.
Russell was born in Rochester, New York and moved to Atlanta at the age of 11. He received a track and field scholarship to Morehouse College where he studied health and physical education.
“I loved being able to encourage young children to be physically active and engage in team and individual sports, so after completing my undergraduate degree I went to the University of Georgia for my Master’s and doctoral degrees,” he said. “This is where I was able to combine the joy of conducting research with my focus on encouraging appropriate physical activity and wellness habits in young adults.”
Russell was recruited to Auburn in 2002 as an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology in the area of physical education teacher education (PETE). His research focus is the doctoral education experience and how academic units can appropriately support the socialization and professional development of students. He also has a complementary research focus examining effective strategies for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented student populations. The Future Scholars Summer Research Bridge Program, which Russell directs, has had great recruiting success in this area. The College is well on its way toward fulfilling Russell’s goal of graduating ten minority doctoral students in ten years.
“The Fellowship this semester will allow me to work with many administrative and faculty units that help Auburn meet its land-grant mission and strategic goals. Long-term, I want to eventually obtain an executive leadership position at an institution like Auburn University.”
Family comes first
Balancing the roles of faculty member and administrator is tough for anyone, but for Russell it is “all about family.”
“For me, always, family comes first,” he said. “My wife Melody is a faculty member in Curriculum and Teaching, focusing on STEM education with a research focus on preparing nontraditional students for the professoriate. We have a ten-year-old son who has his own busy schedule of activities, so that also makes our lives fun and exciting. There is always something to do or work on whether as a family man, faculty member, or administrator. I try my best to leave time for unexpected drop-ins by students and opportunities to just hang out with friends and family. My goal is to have a balanced and fulfilling life with my family, friends, and professional colleagues. I’ve had a fantastic and fulfilling career at Auburn and I’ve been supported by a number of people in my development as a faculty member and administrator. I look forward to what the future brings.”
Congratulations Jared, on your Fellowship appointment!