Q&A With Professor Sean Milligan

Dylan Bole
Digital Editor

1.     What brought you to RC?

I’ve always been connected to the college growing up in the area, going to Rochester Church of Christ.The liberal arts emphasis and the combination of the intellectual and Christian atmosphere at Rochester College helped form me and where I’m at in life.

2.     Where did you grow up?

I grew up right off of South Boulevard and the first ten years of my life I lived between Crooks and Livernois. Then we moved between Livernois and Rochester Road. I’ve always been fairly local.

3.     Where do you live now?

I live in Rochester south of Oakland University in a condo. I like the access to the urban but also rural space found in Rochester.

4.     What’s your most prized possession?

I guess my dog, I possess him, I bought and paid for him. He is a Havanese, a little toy breed. He can be a pain but those times when he’s sweet and jumping up to want to play make it worth it.  

5.     What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are cooking, going to new restaurants and watching movies. I have a huge DVD collection. If I could just stay in, cook a steak and watch a movie that’s a good night for me.

6.     What was your most embarrassing moment?

I was in a chorus in high school and had a solo. When I performed my solo for the first time, I started singing the lyrics for the wrong verse, so my chorus director started singing the right lyrics and I just stopped singing.

7.     What do you like most about your job?

I like being able to engage with the subject matter, that’s why I got into teaching. I like the job the most when students share their ideas about the subject matter.

8.     How many years have you worked at RC?

I’ve been an adjunct professor, primarily teaching CEL classes for five years. This is my first semester as a member of the faculty. I’m part time, with the title assistant professor.

9.     How does it feel to be a teacher at a college where your sister is a student?

She’s made it very clear not to make eye contact with her if we cross in the halls or if I walk by her not to acknowledge her. Also, making sure that were not in the same place at the same time.  

10.  Where did you go to college?

I went to Rochester College for my undergrad degree and graduated in 2008. I got my master’s degree at Oakland University and I currently am working on my Ph. D. at Wayne State University.

11.  What’s the biggest obstacle you have overcome?

There have been big and little things throughout my life that have presented challenges to me. Thankfully, I’ve got a great family, great wife, great dog and a newborn son. I’ve worked hard for everything I’ve gotten, nothing was ever handed to me.

12.  Who’s influenced you the most?

I would say the person that has had the most positive influence on my life is my wife, Allison.