BA in Communication (with a Theater Concentration), The University of West Florida
MEd in Reading Education, Columbus State University
EdS in English Education, Columbus State University
EdD in English Education, Auburn University
Now Professor Emeritus, Dr. Rickey Cotton served at Southeastern University for more than 30 years as a teacher, administrator, and mentor. He occupied a position as one of Southeastern’s core faculty. His primary joy was teaching, though he also served administratively as a department head, as the chair of the General Education Task Force, and as the chair of the Regional Accreditation Steering Committee.
Dr. Cotton said that Southeastern’s students were indeed a joy to teach, and his record in the classroom shows that the respect between him and his students was mutual. During his time here, he twice received the Faculty Member of the Year award, in 1990 and 2007. More importantly, former students returned to visit or contacted him on a regular basis.
Along with his classroom teaching, Dr. Cotton often preached or did workshops at local churches. In addition to preaching biblically focused messages, he often taught on such topics as practicing intimacy with God, appreciating our Christian heritage, and engaging the great Christian poets.
With fellow English professor Paul Corrigan, Dr. Cotton wrote College in the Spirit: Christian Higher Education as a Calling.This short book presents vision and practice for “authentic and faithful learning” and is still used in Southeastern’s Christ, Culture and the University course. He also has published articles in such journals and books as English Journal, Literature and Belief, The Christian Reconstruction Journal, The ALAN Review, Dialectic: A Publication of the Florida Conference of AAUP, Contemporary Issues in Young Adult Literature andMasterplots II: Juvenile and Young Adult Fiction.
Dr. Cotton taught the following courses: Contemporary Literature, Creative Writing, Advanced Expository Writing, and Integrating Faith in the Language and Communication Arts. His scholarly interests included spirituality, teaching and learning, faith integration in higher education, literature and creative writing and composition.