Faculty Profile

Cotten Seiler

Associate Professor of American Studies (2008)

Contact Information

on leave of absence 2014-15

seilerc@dickinson.edu

Bio

U.S. cultural and intellectual history, critical race theory, cultural studies.

Education

  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1990
  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2002

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.