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Professor James A. Sellers, Ph.D.

Professor James A. Sellers
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
If you are shaky on basic math facts, algebra will be harder for you than it needs to be. Spend every day reviewing flashcards of math facts, and you will be surprised at how much better at math you are!
Dr. James A. Sellers is Professor of Mathematics and Director of Undergraduate Mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University. He earned his B.S. in Mathematics from The University of Texas at San Antonio and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Penn State. In the past few years, Professor Sellers has received the Teresa Cohen Mathematics Service Award from the Penn State Department of Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America Allegheny Mountain Section Mentoring Award. More than 60 of Professor Sellers's research articles on partitions and related topics have been published in a wide variety of peer-reviewed journals. In 2008, he was a visiting scholar at the Isaac Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge. Professor Sellers has enjoyed many interactions at the high school and middle school levels. He has served as an instructor of middle-school students in the TexPREP program in San Antonio, Texas. He has also worked with Saxon Publishers on revisions to a number of its high-school textbooks. As a home educator and father of five, he has spoken to various home education organizations about mathematics curricula and teaching issues.

"Professor Sellers is easily one of the best professors in The Great Courses series. He is a great teacher and presenter. His enthusiasm for teaching mathematics is infectious and the student cannot help but engage and immerse himself in the lessons."


"Professor Sellers does an excellent job in presenting the topics necessary in order to succeed in higher mathematics.  Dr. Sellers' sincere enthusiasm and pleasing personality make this a most enjoyable course."


"Professor Sellers is simply born to teach mathematics. He clearly loves the material and wants you to love it too, but his presentation sets him apart."

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3 Courses

  1. Algebra I

    Algebra I

    James A. Sellers, Ph.D.
    Starting at $319.95 Starting at $319.95 $374.95 $319.95$374.95
    Algebra I is an entirely new course designed to meet the concerns of both students and their parents. These 36 accessible lectures make the concepts of first-year algebra-including variables, order of operations, and functions-easy to grasp. For anyone wanting to learn algebra from the beginning, or for anyone needing a thorough review, Professor James A. Sellers will prove to be an inspirational and ideal tutor....
  2. Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics

    Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics

    James A. Sellers, Ph.D.
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    Whether you're a high-school student preparing for the challenges of higher math classes, an adult who needs a refresher in math to prepare for a new career, or someone who just wants to keep his or her mind active and sharp, there's no denying that a solid grasp of arithmetic and prealgebra is essential in today's world. In Professor James A. Sellers' engaging course, Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics, you...
  3. Algebra II

    Algebra II

    James A. Sellers, Ph.D.
    Starting at $319.95 Starting at $319.95 $374.95 $319.95$374.95
    Make sense of Algebra II in the company of master educator and award-winning Professor James A. Sellers. Algebra II gives you all the tools you need to thrive in a core skill of mathematics. In 36 engaging half-hour lectures, Professor Sellers walks you through hundreds of problems, showing every step in their solution and highlighting the most common missteps made by students. Designed for learners of all ages,...