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Otto, Eric (PhD)

Director, General Education
Undergraduate Studies
Office: RH 0228
Phone: 239-590-7250

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PhD, University of Florida, 2006
MA, University of Florida, 2002
BA, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2000

Research and Teaching Interests

Environmental humanities, literary ecocriticism, science fiction studies, comic book studies, K-12 censorship

Courses Offered

Introduction to the Humanities, Environmental Humanities, Integrated Core Senior Seminar


  • “Science Fiction and the Revenge of Nature: Environmentalism (1990s-2010s).” The Cambridge History of Science Fiction. Eds. Gerry Canavan and Eric Carl Link. Cambridge UP, 2019. 580-595.
  • “Evidence of the ‘Slippery Slope’ to Censorship: The Story from Florida and Collier County.” Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy 3.3-4 (2017): 20-30.
  • “Environmentalism.” SF 101: A Guide to Teaching and Studying Science Fiction. Eds. Ritch Calvin, Doug Davis, Karen Hellekson, and Craig Jacobsen. Science Fiction Research Association, 2014.
  • “‘The Rain Feels New’: Ecotopian Strategies in the Short Fiction of Paolo Bacigalupi.” Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction. Eds. Gerry Canavan and Kim Stanley Robinson. Hanover: Wesleyan UP, 2014. 179-191. 
  • “Ecofeminist Theories of Liberation in the Science Fiction of Sally Miller Gearhart, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Joan Slonczewski.” Feminist Ecocriticism. Ed. Douglas Vakoch. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2012. 13-38.
  • “Harnessing Time Travel Narratives for Environmental Sustainability Education,” with Andrew Wilkinson. Learning for Sustainability in Times of Accelerating Change. Eds. Peter Blaze Corcoran and Arjen Wals. Wageningen, The Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2012. 91-104.
  • Green Speculations: Science Fiction and Transformative Environmentalism. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2012.

Conference Presentations

  • “Environmental Science Fiction” and “Technology and Culture in YA Science Fiction,” Escape Velocity 2019: From Imagination to Reality. Washington DC. May 2019.
  • “Monsters and Mayhem: How Scenario-Based Learning and Gamification Engage Communication & Global Community/Ethics in the Classroom,” with Roberto Garcia, Miles Mancini, Joana Edme (student), Alicia Frank (student), Sulinez Santos (student), Jacob Fratti (student), Mark Terwilliger (student), and Ashley Papp (student). Florida Communication Association’s 88th Annual Convention. Orlando, Florida. October 2018.
  • “Robots and AI in Middle-Grade Science Fiction,” The 39th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Orlando, Florida. March 2018.
  • “Playing Apocalypse: A Role-Immersion Strategy for Student Engagement,” with Roberto Garcia, Andrea Jarquin (student), Miles Mancini, Nicole Valledor (student), Sam Walch, and Andrew Wilkinson. Fantastic Epics: The 38th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Orlando, Florida. March 2017.
  • “Making the Most of a Mandate: General Education Program Revision at FGCU.” Association for General and Liberal Studies 56th Annual Conference. Inclusion and Integration in General and Liberal Education: Reimagining Campus Communities. Salt Lake City, Utah. September-October 2016.
  • “Creating and Developing a Collective-Impact Model Program that works for your institution and your community,” with Jessica Rhea and Brandon Hollingshead. Florida Campus Compact 2015 Annual Conference. Forward Together:  Strengthening Florida’s Higher Education Engagement Network. Boca Raton, Florida. November 2015.
  • “Jeff Lemire’s Trillium and the Generative Function of the Third.” Science Fiction Research Association Annual Conference. Stony Brook, New York. June 2015.
  • “Changing the Classroom Narrative: How Scenario-Based Learning Creates Winners in the Classroom,” with Roberto Garcia, Victoria Hill, Miles Mancini, Sam Walch, and Andrew Wilkinson. International Listening Association’s 35th Annual Convention. Minneapolis, Minnesota. March 2014.
  • “Change from Above: Transforming Curricular Change from Top‐Down to Collectively Owned,” with Carolynne Gischel, Kris De Welde, and A. James Wohlpart. AAC&U, General Education and Assessment: Disruptions, Innovations, and Opportunities. Portland, Oregon. February-March 2014.
  • “Living the Mission: Approaches for Campus-Community Partnerships Across the Curriculum,” with Brandon P. Hollingshead, Sarah W. Davis, Brandon W. Kliewer, and Jessica Rhea. Third Annual Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 2013.
  • “Acting Apocalypse: Scenario-Based Learning for Critical Thinking in the Science Fiction Classroom,” with Meghan Astley (student) and Miles Mancini. The 2013 Eaton Science Fiction Conference. Riverside, California. April 2013.
  • “Frank Herbert’s Dune and the Part-of-Nature Problematic.” Science Fiction Research Association Annual Conference. Detroit, Michigan. June 2012.

Dr. Otto is a faculty associate in FGCU’s Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education.