Dr. Tamara Faux
Dr. Tamara Faux

The O. Jay and Patricia Tomson Endowed Professorship in Social Work

The O. Jay and Patricia Tomson Professorship was established in 1984 through the generosity of O. Jay and Patricia Tomson and elevated to a distinguished chair in 2012

Dr. Tamara Faux joined the social work faculty at Wartburg College in 2004, having previously taught at Luther College, Augsburg College, and Mankato State University.

Faux's scholarly focus is on children, youth, and families as well as service-learning. She has presented papers on service-learning and techniques for teaching research at national conferences and serves as a faculty mentor for student research. She has been instrumental in the recent development of a respite foster care program in Iowa.

Faux has played an integral role in building sustainability initiatives at Wartburg and served as the campus sustainability officer from 2008 to 2010.

As a social work practitioner, Faux has worked with Wisconsin and Minnesota child protection agencies as well as serving as Commission on Women coordinator for the University of Minnesota-Morris. She holds an M.S.S.W. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned a B.A. degree from Luther College.

O. Jay and Patricia Tomson have supported many Wartburg initiatives. He is a former member of the Board of Regents, chairs the board of First Citizens National Bank of Mason City, and is past president of the Iowa Independent Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers of America. Patricia Tomson is a retired family therapist, former executive director of Parents United in Mason City, and former member of Wartburg's National Social Work Advisory Board. Their daughter, Sara Tomson-Hooper '89, is a Wartburg social work graduate and was recognized with a 2010 Alumni Citation