- Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Houston Graduate School of Theology (2004)
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), University of Florida (1991)
- M.A. in Reproductive Physiology, University of Florida (1986)
- B. S. Biology, North Carolina Central University (1980)
- B.S. in Chemistry, North Carolina Central University (1982)
Dr. Michael Jerome Cotton has taught at Bennett College for a combined period of 21 years. He served Bennett as a member of the Biology department from 1992-1998, and rejoined the faculty in 2004. Among the courses taught by Dr. Cotton are Principles of Biology I & II, Botany, Biological Sciences, Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy and Human Physiology, Histology, Comparative Anatomy and Developmental Biology. Dr. Cotton currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Associate Professor of Biology as well as the Advisor for the Minority Association of Pre-professional Students. Dr. Cotton graduated from North Carolina Central University with B.S. degrees in Biology and Chemistry in 1980 and 1982 respectively. In addition, he holds the Master of Arts Degree in Reproductive Physiology and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
Dr. Cotton serves the community as a local veterinarian and mentor to high school and college students planning to enter veterinary school. As of 2010, 12 of his students had entered veterinary school and 11 are practicing veterinarians. He has also earned the Master of Divinity degree from the Houston Graduate School of Theology. In 2008, Dr. Cotton received the Alumnae Teaching Award, Faculty Teaching Award and the Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award and in 2013, was selected to become a member of the Honors Program Advisory Council. In addition, Dr. Cotton has served the College as Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences and was appointed to faculty interview committees for the Provost, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Department of Chemistry and Department of Psychology and the Office of the Registrar.
Dr. Cotton is the owner and proprietor of Ambassador Veterinary Mobile Service. In addition, Dr. Cotton also serves as Pastor of Body of Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in High Point, NC.
- “Canine Conceptus Appearance and the De Novo Protein Synthesis in Relation to the Time of Implantation.” Theriogenology, 41: 1679-1692, 1994.