Professor of Classics
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- Classics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
Biography:Dr. Seelinger began teaching at Westminster in 1979 as a part-time instructor of Classics, while he was finishing his doctorate in Classics and Classical Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1981). Prior to settling in Missouri he received an MA in Classics from Brown University (1976) and a BA in Latin from Dickinson College (1973). As a junior in college he studied in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies and began what was to be the first of many trips to the Mediterranean. In short term 1987, he led a group of Westminster students to Italy and Greece, and the next year Dr. Seelinger and his wife (also a Classicist) spent the first of three sabbatical leaves in Greece. In 1988-1989, he and his wife lived in Athens; in 1995 -1996, Dr. Seelinger, his wife, and their then one-year old son lived in the small village of Ancient Corinth; and in 2005-2006, Dr. Seelinger and his family lived in Athens and traveled both within Greece and beyond-including a trip to Dubai and London. During his sabbatical leaves Dr. Seelinger was affiliated with the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. In 1989, he participated in archaeological excavations at Ancient Corinth and since 1991 has been involved with various archaeological activities and projects associated with Isthmia, which in antiquity was the site of a sanctuary of Poseidon and home of panhellenic games, like those of ancient Olympia.
Dr. Seelinger notes that he values tremendously the environment at Westminster where the level of interaction and engagement among all members of the community is extremely high and positively intense. In the setting of the college individuals have the opportunity to actively exchange ideas and to apply their talents and abilities in a diverse number of academic and social settings. During his years of teaching at Westminster he has taught Greek and Latin language courses, Mythology, Greek and Roman Civilization courses, field archaeology, Greek and Latin literature in translation, Greek drama in translation, and a team taught course on the transition of the traditional pagan world to the Greco-Roman-Christian world. As a teacher he has always striven to build upon the natural curiosity that everyone ultimately has for the world around us. Although antiquity may initially seem distant and even alien, Dr. Seelinger deeply believes that when students have the opportunity to explore the ancient world, they soon discover it to be profoundly and perpetually fascinating, intriguing, and even illuminating.
In June 1998, Dr. Seelinger began what was to become seven years of service in the Office of Academic Affairs. Initially holding an interim position in 1998-1999, he served as Dean of Faculty and Vice President of the College from 1999-2005. During half of the years he served in the Dean's office, Dr. Seelinger also had the opportunity to teach Latin language courses. During his sabbatical leave in 2005-2006, Dr. Seelinger worked on a number of projects and continued his study of Modern Greek.
From fall 2006 until spring 2012, he returned to full-time classroom teaching. In 2007, 2009, and 2011, Dr. Seelinger collaborated with Dr. Mike Amspoker on the Belize in Biology travel course, and in 2010 he collaborated with Dr. Sam Goodfellow on a travel course to Greece. Some of his most current projects include a study of the window glass and miscellaneous finds at the Roman bath at Isthmia, a philological study of Henry David Thoreau's involvement with the Classics ("Stolen Fire: Aeschylean Imagery and Thoreau's Identification of the Graius homo of Lucretius with Prometheus"), and studies focused on assessment and the scholarship of learning. He also served as the Campus Dean of the Westminster campus at Mesa, Arizona.