Timothy R. Bussey, Ph.D. (they/them) joined Kenyon College community as the assistant director for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in July 2018.

Prior to coming to Kenyon, Timothy served as the lecturer for the Rainbow Center at the University of Connecticut, and while completing their doctorate, they also held a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

In their role at Kenyon, Timothy is responsible for implementing programming, fostering educational initiatives, and providing support for the college’s LGBTQ+ students. As a part of this role, they are the chair of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee and the coordinator of the Student LGBTQ+ Diversity Fund. They also supervise the programming of both Unity House and the Crozier Center for Women, while simultaneously serving as the advisor for a number of student groups.

In addition to this, they are an active member of the Advisory Board for the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Kenyon, and in the fall 2019 term, they served as a visiting assistant professor of women’s and gender studies, where they taught the first iteration of WGS 121: "Intro to Queer Studies." Since summer 2019, Timothy has also served as a facilitator for the NCAA’s Division III LGBTQ OneTeam Training Program. As one of less than 60 people across the country who is certified to deliver this program, they often travel to other Division III institutions to train coaches and administrators about LGBTQ+ inclusion and equity in college athletics.

As a scholar of LGBTQ+ politics and policy, Timothy regularly presents at regional, national, and international LGBTQ+ conferences. In fall 2020, they presented at the Equitas Health Institute’s Transforming Care Conference, where they were also recognized with the Community Advocate Award. In 2020, they also presented on LGBTQ+ healthcare policy at the World Professional Association of Transgender Health’s (WPATH’s) 26th Annual Scientific Symposium, which is the world’s largest conference on transgender health. Working in conjunction with state-wide partners across Ohio, they also regularly provide community-based trainings for a variety of audiences across the state and beyond.

Passionate about community involvement, Timothy also serves as the vice president of the board of directors for the Newark Ohio Pride Coalition, which is a LGBTQ+ non-profit based in Newark, Ohio. In summer 2020, they also founded the Ace and Aro Alliance of Central Ohio, which is the state’s first standalone organization focused on supporting the asexual and aromantic community. They are also active in social justice, community-based programming across Central Ohio and beyond.

In their spare time, Timothy publishes short articles about LGBTQ+ educational, healthcare and policy issues, and their latest work has been published by The Conversation, The Gay & Lesbian Review, The Associated Press and BUST Magazine among others.


2018 — Doctor of Philosophy from Univ Connecticut

2014 — Master of Arts from Univ Connecticut

2012 — Bachelor of Arts from Columbus State University

Courses Recently Taught

This course is designed to help students develop a critical framework for thinking and writing about intersectional issues related to sexuality, sex, gender identity and gender expression. The course will take a broad view of examining queer and transgender issues from sociopolitical, legal, psychological, biological, cultural, ethical, philosophical and historical frameworks. We will look at the fields of queer theory and LGBTQ+ studies out of which some of the most innovative and challenging developments in modern cultural studies are arising. Additionally, we will examine the ways in which society interacts with queer and transgender identities in a number of spheres, including politics, healthcare, the arts, the sciences and more. This counts towards the introductory and diversity and globalization requirements for the major. This course paired with any other .50 unit WGS course counts toward the social science diversification requirement. No prerequisite.