Colorado State University
Dr. Toni Zimmerman is a Professor at Colorado State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She has directed the CSU Family Therapy Graduate Program for 24 years. This program is nationally recognized for its training emphasis on equality and inclusion at all societal levels from the most intimate relationships, including family, friends, communities, to our global responsibility to work for human rights and justice.
Dr. Zimmerman has received many awards during her academic career including University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Therapist and Supervisor of the year for the state of Colorado, Best Teacher Award, and the Distinguished Faculty Alumni Award. Toni and her collaborators have received numerous awards for their research and community initiatives including the Exceptional Innovative Instruction for Service Learning Faculty Award and the Community Engagement Award through her College. Toni has a national reputation for her research which focuses on equality in the context of work and family, training therapists to bring social justice into their work, therapeutic mentoring for at risk youth, and exploration of how the popular media portrays relationships. All of Toni’s work has an emphasis on exploration of power and privilege, social justice, and equality. Toni has a passion for international education and, in particular, for service as a critical component to global exchange and learning.
Toni served as faculty on two previous Semester at Sea voyages (Spring 2007 and Spring 2010), and taught courses on Gender, Human Sexuality, and Family and Relationships from a global comparative perspective. In 2011, Toni was the Academic Coordinator for a team of educators that led a group of high school students on the unique SAS Amazon River Enrichment Voyage. She served on the 2013 Semester at Sea Summer Voyage as the mental health therapist. In addition, Toni has served on the Semester at Sea Alumni Association Faculty/Staff Council for the past 5 years.
Toni’s most recent global engagement, Spring 2015, was in New Zealand. She received the Distinguished Visitor Award from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. As a visiting distinguished scholar, she presented her and her colleagues research on working with at risk youth and therapeutic mentoring in Auckland and Wellington. Most notably, she was personally invited by the Minister of Youth Development, the Honorable Nikki Kaye, to present in the Beehive Parliament Building’s Theatrette in Wellington, NZ.
Toni began her love of global service and learning as a young undergraduate student volunteering in Sudan, Africa. Two years later she embarked on a study abroad semester in France. She remembers the joys and challenges of those early cultural experiences. These serve as her foundation to understanding the importance of supporting and guiding the Semester at Sea students in successfully navigating their unique international voyage.
Toni feels extremely grateful to have experienced her previous Semester at Sea Voyages and other global engagements with her loving and adventurous family, her husband Craig and their two daughters Misha and Sage. They have traveled the world together with a shared passion for learning, cultural exchange, and service.