Russ Mills has taught writing at all levels since joining the Vermont Tech faculty in 1981. He has also taught a variety of courses in the humanities and social sciences, plus computer programming and physics. Besides his teaching responsibilities, Russ has chaired his department and served for many years on the faculty evaluation committee.
Although Russ’s Ph.D. is in English literature, his scholarship focuses mainly on the history, philosophy, and sociology of technology. After coming to Vermont Tech, he earned a master’s degree in Science and Technology Studies. Russ has written articles and presented papers about the cultural meaning of technological products such as bicycles, computers, and high-end audio components. He is co-author of Energy, Economics, and the Environment, published by Prentice-Hall.
Russ has been active in the faculty union since he started at Vermont Tech. He has been part of the union leadership at the college, statewide, and New England levels, serving as president, treasurer, and grievance chair, among other responsibilities.
Outside the college, Russ plays a variety of musical instruments. He has called square and contra dances, and his various bands have frequently included Vermont Tech students.