After receiving her Master’s in Computer Science in 1979, Barbara Russell worked in industry for five years as a Programmer-Analyst. She and her husband Dr. Jack Russell moved to Tarleton State University in Texas in 1984 to begin her 33-year teaching career.  She and Jack moved to NSU in 1999, beginning their 16-year career at NSU, retiring in 2015.

While at NSU, she served as faculty sponsor of the Association of Information Technology Professionals and helped the many students achieve national recognition at annual National Student Conferences. AITP awarded her the national Advisor of the Year award in 2002.She published several papers in national journals, presented topics several times at state and national conferences and was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award at NSU in 2002.