Seth Thomas Sutton is chair and professor in the Arts & Humanities Department at Montcalm Community College.
He lectures on cultural criticism, postcolonialism, critical race theory, Tribal sovereignty, Indigenous art & activism, visual arts, art history, anthropology, sociology, visual rhetoric, and more.
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Seth Thomas Sutton is a Métis artist, scholar, author, and activist. He holds a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from Kendall College of Art & Design and is currently professor and chair of the Arts & Humanities Department at Montcalm Community College, where he was nominated for Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2017 and 2018.
Seth is a council member on the Native American Advisory Council at Grand Valley State University as well as a member of several other Indigenous centered educational groups throughout the United States and Canada. He is a co-founding member of wiinwaa niizhaasing (We the 7th); an Indigenous led environmental, cultural and socially minded collective that was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2017, with their documentary series, wiinwaa niizhaasing (We the 7th) and in 2021 for their four-part documentary series, Shaping Narratives. Seth is a descendant and non-enrolled member of the North Shore Band of Waganakising Odawa // Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.
He is currently completing his new multi-media project, the Commodity of Culture and is the author of the Deconstruction of Chief Blackhawk: A Critical Analysis of Mascots & the Visual Rhetoric of the Indian (2021).
Seth Thomas Sutton's commercial work can be seen at: Anchor Hocking, Amazon, Home Depot, HGTV, Log Home Living, Active Interest Media Group, Necco Candy Company, CBM Motorcycles along with several other national and global publications as well as global Internet commerce sites.
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Central Michigan University
Bachelor's of Fine Arts
Bachelor's of Arts
Kendall College of Art & Design
Masters of Arts
Visual & Critical Studies
ARTS 122 - Drawing I
ARTS 140 - 2-Dimensional Design & Color
ARTS 215 - Art History: Primitive to High Renaissance
ARTS 216 - Art History: French Revolution to Contemporary
ARTS 265 - Introduction to Film
ARTS 270 - Arts Entrepreneurship
ARTS 275 - Portfolio
DART 101 - Introduction to Digital Arts
DART 110 - Photographic Foundations I
DART 120 - Commercial Design I
DART 130 - Digital Imaging
DART 210 - Photographic Foundations II
DART 220 - Commercial Design II
DART 250 - Studio Photography
DART 270 - Architectural Photography
DART 280 - Digital Arts as a Business
ANTH 266 - Indigenous Cultures of North America
SOCI 235 - Social Problems
English -Native speaker
Anishinaabemowin - Conversational fluency
Spanish - Limited conversational knowledge
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My role as a faculty member in the Arts & Humanities department consists of curriculum development and assessment, overseeing transfer articulation agreements, maintenance and implementation of course content, as well as hiring and mentoring adjunct faculty for the department. Although community outreach is not specifically in my job description, fostering and maintaining relationships within our educational and business communities is a must; it helps to make the Arts & Humanities program competitive and top of the line with the newest practices.
As a faculty member of the college, it means that I am the physical extension of the college’s mission. I am here to educate my community and represent the college in a good faith capacity. As faculty I have the opportunity to foster professional relationships with colleagues from different disciplines, as a way to grow and expand my knowledge base, so I can give my students a more well-rounded and authentic classroom experience.
I believe as a faculty member one of the many responsibilities are to my students. To make sure they are given every opportunity to better themselves and to be their advocate along their journey. I have the responsibility to my students and to my colleagues to make my classroom a safe and inclusive learning environment. I feel that this is paramount to the success of the college. This responsibility extends into all avenues such as campus rules, regulations, policies, and more.
We are an advisory committee that oversees, discusses and makes recommendations on course content. Including, but not limited to, new courses, revised courses as well as course prerequisites and program criteria for all academic disciplines.
This committee is responsible for enriching the academic experience for the MCC student by broadening their social awareness to contemporary issues and refocusing their cultural experiences. The committee oversees and coordinates all cultural events on campus.
The purpose of this committee is to examine current policies and procedures at Montcalm Community College. The goal is to evaluate current language used in MCC’s policies and procedures in the context of modern values regarding inclusivity and diversity. The intent is to review current policy and procedure language, shed light on problematic language, and offer equitable resolutions.
This committee is responsible for the acquisition, curation, and preservation of artifacts within MCC's permanent and temporary collections.
Advisor - ART Club
The ART Club provides a platform for creative expression. Artists develop collectively as well as individually while gaining the personal, cultural and global awareness needed to navigate our complex, contemporary society.
Students participate in on campus and community events, such as:
Advisor – Native American Student Association (NASA)
As an organized body of Indigenous and non-Indigenous student advocates and allies, the mission of the Native American Student Association (NASA) is to support the development of an inclusive culturally pluralistic campus environment, where Indigenous heritage is accepted and celebrated. The NASA strives to preserve, educate and explore local Indigenous culture while providing a strong, diverse atmosphere that encourages personal development and academic achievement, as well as raising awareness for political and social issues that affect Indigenous communities and communities at large.
Students participate in on campus and community events, such as:
Indigenous Heritage Celebration.
I, along with MCC’s NASA, collaborate with Grand Valley State University’s Native American Student Association, for the observed ‘Native American Heritage Month’ in November. Between the two schools, we are able to hold, on average, 20 + scheduled events. We have had a wide range of interactive and community involved events, such as:
Grand Valley State University - Native American Advisory Council - Council Member
This council oversee the creation and regulating of curriculum and policy put forth by the office of Multi-Cultural Affairs through GVSU in regards to Native American Student populations.
NAAC also oversee and advises GVSU’s Native American Student Association, NASA. We are responsible for the coordination and implementation of native derived community involved events.
Including but not limited too:
Annual All Walks of Life Traditional Pow Wow.
Norton Mounds clean up
Grand River cleanup projects
Local and Regional conservation projects
Events and activities through the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs.
C-THEM (Collaborative of Tribal and Higher Education in Michigan) – Board Member
This collaboration seeks to improve Indigenous student outcomes by combining the strengths and resources of Michigan’s two-year, and four-year colleges and Indigenous communities to build relationships, foster collaborations, share resources and create new infrastructures to better support Indigenous students at all phases of their academic journey. C-THEM is a sub-committee within CMTED (Confederation of Michigan Tribal Education Directors)
FNMIEAO (First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario) – Member
The First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario is a subject association for educators teaching First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies, and Native Languages in Ontario, Canada. We support and help all educators understand issues related to First Nation, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada and the Great Lakes Basin, as well as offer strategies for teaching this content to all learners.
Our purpose is to support and promote the provision of quality education on histories, worldviews, and knowledge systems that is rooted in the experiences and perspectives of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples.
To promote strong First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies and Language programs across Ontario and the Great Lakes basin
To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among those involved in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education
To provide leadership in and advocacy for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education and languages
To create and facilitate authentic learning opportunities and professional development
To liaise with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit educational organizations
To collaborate with community partners to create high quality, comprehensive resources
To support the process of reconciliation in classrooms and school communities
Michigan Archaeological Society
Member in good standing
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