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Michael E. Cotterell

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Senior Lecturer of Computer Science
Director of the Computer Science Undergraduate Assistant (CSUA) Program
Course Coordinator for Lower-Division Courses
Ph.D.: University of Georgia, 2017

Dr. Cotterell received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UGA in May 2011 and December 2017, respectively. 

In Fall 2012, after his first year in graduate school, he returned from a summer internship at the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to discover that he was asked to teach his first CS class at UGA as part of his graduate teaching assistantship -- he accepted the offer, and the first class he taught was Software Development (CSCI 1302). By 2015, he was a full-time instructor (part-time graduate student), and, in 2016, he received the department's Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. In 2017, just prior to the semester when he defended his doctoral dissertation, he was hired as a Lecturer. Since then, he has received the department's Teaching Excellence in Computer Science Award multiple times (Spring 2018, Spring 2020) and was promoted to Senior Lecturer (2021). He was also selected as a 2018–2019 UGA Faculty Online Learning Fellow, a 2018–2019 UGA Faculty Writing Fellow, and a 2019-2020 UGA Teaching Academy Fellow.

Dr. Cotterell is currently a Senior Lecturer in UGA's Department of Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science Undergraduate Assistant (CSUA) program. He also serves as Course Coordinator for lower-division CS courses, chairs the department's curriculum committee (2021), and is a member of the University Council.


Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Georgia, 2017

  • Michael E. Cotterell. "Supporting Open Science in Big Data Frameworks and Data Science Education" Doctoral Dissertation (Ph.D. in CS Degree), University of Georgia, 2017. Committee: John A. Miller (Major), Maria Hybinette, Yi Hong and Thiab Taha.
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Dr. Cotterell's research interests include functional data analysis, analytics, and computing education. His long-term research goal is to integrate open science, active open educational resources, and peer-based active learning in a way that facilitates effective, low-anxiety computing education at scale.

  1. July 2021 to June 2022 - $25,000. Shannon Quinn (PI), Michael E. Cotterell (Co-PI). "Interdisciplinary Data Science for All." FY22 Learning Technologies Grant (LTG), Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), University of Georgia.
  2. May 2019 to July 2020 - $10,800. Michael E. Cotterell (PI), Bradley J. Barnes (Co-PI). "Open & Active Course Materials for Software Development." Affordable Learning Georgia Textbook Transformation Grant, Round Fourteen (2019-2020), University System of Georgia.
  3. May 2019 to July 2019 - $5,000. Bradley J. Barnes (PI), Michael E. Cotterell (Co-PI). "Creation of interactive tutorials to replace current text in CSCI 1302 Software Development". Provost’s Affordable Course Materials Grant (2019), University of Georgia.

Articles Featuring Michael E. Cotterell
Friday, May 8, 2020 - 4:56pm

The Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019-2020 CS Department Awards.

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 3:53pm

A new elective course, CSCI 1300/1300L Introduction to Programming with Python, has recently been approved and will be offered starting in Fall 2020. It is an elective course available to majors and non-majors.

No prior programming experience is required…

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 3:21pm

The Computer Science Undergraduate Assistant (CSUA) Program has been approved as an Experiential Learning Requirement opportunity, effective Fall 2019.  Under Dr. Michael Cotterell, Program Director, the CSUA Program aims to leverage the success of…

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 9:14am

Congratulations to Dr. Michael E. Cotterell for being selected for participation in the 2019-2020 Teaching Academy Fellows Program—an early-career mentoring program at the University of Georgia.

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