Russ Mills has been a member of the CSUC faculty since 1982. He has taught with distinction in a diverse range of programs: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Latin American Studies, and Undergraduate Education (UNIV 101), including a year as the University Director of the Cultural Immersion Program in México. He was recognized with the University Outstanding Teacher Award in 2000-2001 and is a graduate of the national program Excellence in Civil Engineering Education at West Point.
Russ has accepted leadership in a range of contexts on campus, including five years as Department Chair, a member of the General Education Advisory Committee (for twelve years), the University General Education Coordinator (for four years), the Academic Senate (eight years), and chair of the Faculty and Student Policies Committee. He has served on numerous city and county committees, including the Bidwell Park Commission for twelve years. Russ is a past Fulbright Research Associate in Mérida, Yucatán, and was the recipient of the University Presidential Leadership Award in 2000-2001.
Although Russ has an extensive record of technical contracts and research in structural engineering, his current interests and activities address program development, programmatic assessment, and education in STEM disciplines. Russ is also a bicycling enthusiast and advises local governments on the design and construction of bicycling facilities and has been a director of the Chico Velo Cycling Club for twenty years.