Russell McMahon

Russell E. McMahon

Assoc Professor

Teachers College


CECH - School of Information Technology - 0002

Professional Summary

Russell McMahon has been teaching IT related subject matter since 1980 and has been a faculty member in the School of Information Technology at the University of Cincinnati since 1999. He is the assistant director for the undergraduate BSIT program. Prior coming to UC he has taught at several area high schools and spent more than 8 years in the IT world. He is very active in the IT-related user group community having served on the boards of multiple groups. Since 2018, he has served as the host chair for the local Cincinnati SQL Server annual conference. In 2014, he spent 6 months working at three universities in three different countries (Rwanda, Kenya, and South Africa) in Africa doing IT curriculum development and giving talks on creative problem solving. In the past 2 years, he has given workshops on improvisation for scientist and technologist to enhance their communication and teamwork skills. He spoke at the 2018 eLearning Africa conference held in Kigali and he was a keynote speaker at the 2019 Congreso Internacional de Ingeneria de Systems (CIIS) in Lima, Peru. In February-2019 served as a Fulbright Specialist at Miras University in Shymkent, Kazakhstan where he worked with the computing faculty to help with their technical English and teaching as well as he taught improvisation techniques to students and faculty. He is also the faculty advisor for the UC Improv student group. He serves as the national treasurer/secretary for the ACM SIG in IT Education.  He is a Fulbright scholar and in 2022 will travel to Uzbekistan to teach at a local university.

Positions and Work Experience

- Associate Professor, Information Technology, University of Cincinnati, 341B TC


Book Chapter

(2018 ) A Brief History of Computing at the University of Cincinnati From the Temple of Zeus to the Hyperloop .University of Cincinnati Press


Invited Presentations

Russ McMahon (9/3/2012 12:00:00 AM. ) Database Security .Cincinnati ISACA Chapter Meeting, Cincinnati. Level:Local

Russell McMahon (09-05-2019. ) Improvisation for All .University of Lima, Lima, Peru. Conference. . Level:International

Russell McMahon (03-23-2020. ) Applied Improvisation and the Creative Problem-Solving Process .virtual, Macau, China. Workshop. . Level:International

Russell McMahon (06-23-2020. ) An examination of IT-related meetups on .virtual, Cincinnati, Ohio. Professional Meeting. . Level:Local

Russell McMahon (08-09-2019. ) Teaching Improvisation at Miras University, Kazahkstan .Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York. Conference. . Level:National

Russell McMahon (09-26-2018. ) Improv for Team Development .Kigali Conference Center, Kilgali, Rwanda. Conference. . Level:International

Courses Taught

-IT-2060C DATABASE MGT I Level:Undergraduate

Faculty Development Activities

09-2013 -04-2014 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Workshop on doing research in teaching, UC UC Type:Workshop

Other Information

50 Years of Computing at UC Recognition and Exhibit, June 4, 2008; organized a conference to 2-day conference recognizing UC’s first 50 years of computing on November 10-11, 2008.  I was the organizer of this conference and chair of the planning committee.,