Dr. Pete Seel is professor emeritus of new communication technologies and digital media production at Colorado State University where he taught in the Department of Journalism and Media Communication until retiring in 2019. Recent teaching areas include global communication technologies, documentary photography and film, and communication aspects of human-computer interaction. He earned his Ph.D. in Telecommunication from Indiana University and has published three books and numerous research articles and book chapters about communication technology. The second edition of his book Digital Universe: The Global Telecommunication Revolution will be published by Wiley-Blackwell in October.
Dr. Seel has more than four decades of professional experience as a photojournalist and video producer. He was a combat photojournalist in Vietnam and was a television producer-director for ten years in California prior to returning to graduate school at Indiana for his Ph.D.
Professor Seel sailed as faculty with Semester at Sea on spring voyages in 2006 and again in 2017. Positive experiences leading Semester at Sea field classes and field experiences led to his subsequent creation of study abroad programs in Europe and New Zealand/Australia for Colorado State students. He has traveled around the world four times, twice independently and twice with Semester at Sea, and is happy to share his travel knowledge with students and colleagues. He is active in digital photography and video production and recently produced an exhibition in Colorado of photographs taken on the 2017 voyage by his Semester at Sea students.
For recreation, he enjoys hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowshoeing with his partner Kay Collins in the mountains of Colorado during all four seasons. Doing landscape photography during these trips is a special passion. He is also working on a photo documentation project of the Old Town area in his hometown of Fort Collins and has a major book project underway.