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Sandra S. Seidel

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Office location and address
269 B Monroe Hall
248 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
B.S., William and Mary
M.E., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Wise students visit an academic dean to obtain accurate information and to seek advice. Visits may include a discussion about course selection, choices of majors and minors, study abroad, internship and undergraduate research opportunities, graduate and professional school interests. I encourage students to visit my office to seek information and ask for advice regarding anything on their minds that they wish to give voice to. I am interested in the extracurricular activities and avocations of students as well. I currently serve as the Director of Studies to the International Residential College (IRC) and have an office in Mary Munford where students may meet with me. My favorite time of year is when I get to greet incoming first years during Summer Orientation.

I teach BIOL 1210: Human Biology and Disease, an health literacy course designed for non-science majors which discusses practical applications related to human anatomy & physiology, wellness and disease. The College Advising Seminar, COLA 1500: What Makes Us Tick, discusses cardiovascular physiology and topics related to academic advising while COLA1500: Mindfulness: Awareness and Habit introduces students to mindfulness practices in class and encourages participation in many activities around Grounds.

I enjoy walking, sitting and reading with my cat Duke, and listening and dancing to live music in many Charlottesville venues. Mindfulness practices are incorporated into my teaching and advising as I continue grow in my own yoga and meditation practices. My office abounds with plants and books and positive energy; please do not hesitate to visit so that we may get to know one another during your years at UVa.

BIOL 1210: Human Biology and Disease
Credits: 3
Introduces how the human body works using basic biological principles. Uses disease as a lens to develop healthcare literacy and to understand fundamental healthcare decisions. This course provides tools to help make informed choices as voters and consumers.
COLA 1500: College Advising Seminars
Credits: 1
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see
EGMT 1540: Ethical Engagement
Credits: 2
In this class students will learn to reflect upon and evaluate human conduct and character, consider the ethical components of individual and collective behaviors, and engage in the articulation of ethical questions and moral deliberation.
INST 1550: Interdisciplinary Studies-Student Initiated Courses
Credits: 1–3
With sponsorship and supervision by a faculty member and approval of the Dean's Office, acting for the Committee on Educational Programs and the Curriculum, students may initiate a course in which they provide the instruction. The grade is determined by the faculty member. These courses count as "outside the College." Students in the College may offer no more than 3.0 credits for the B.A. or B.S. Consult the INST course web page at (copy and paste Web address into browser) for specific descriptions.
INST 2500: Interdisciplinary Studies International Residential College
Credits: 1–3
Individual faculty and advanced graduate students may teach these courses with the approval of the Dean's Office, which acts for the Committee on Education Policy and the Curriculum. A maximum of 3.0 credits count toward the B.A. or B.S. in the College. INST courses count as non-College credits.
ZFOR 3501: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad