by Sean Kottke

Sean Kottke Electronic Portfolio

Biographical Information

Welcome to The Robert B. Miller College!

Sean and notable acquaintance

Sean and notable acquaintance

Welcome to my online portfolio! I currently serve as Dean of the Elizabeth H. Binda School of Education, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Moodle and LiveText administrator for The Robert B. Miller College, where I also teach courses in young adult literature, content area literacy, and seminars for incoming students and graduating seniors. I hold a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Film/Video Studies, an M.Ed. from the University of St. Thomas in Educational Administration, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology from Michigan State University. My dissertation research investigated and compared the literacy practices and reading interests of a group of sixth-grade boys and girls, as expressed through a reading program structured around students' choices. My current areas of interest include transmediation, boys' literacy practices, adolescent literacy, young adult literature, scaffolding content area instruction with popular culture texts, and educating gifted/talented students. I have previously studied altruism and prosocial orientations among gifted youth, developmental bibliotherapy for gifted readers, and the social/emotional impacts of same-sex schooling. From 1995 to 2002, I co-taught in a Humanities Block program designed to provide talented ninth and tenth graders with a project-based, interdisciplinary approach to Language Arts and Social Studies at Tomball High School in Texas. While at Tomball High School, I also taught Analysis of Visual Media, Spanish and Art History, and served as my campus' Gifted/Talented Specialist. In 1998 and 2000, I was involved with the Folger Shakespeare Library's Education Division and biannual Teaching Shakespeare Institute, which has resulted in publications emphasizing an approach to teaching Shakespeare that combines performance, primary document research, and video and web-based technologies. I can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at (269) 660-8021, extension 2703.