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Education - Winter-Spring 2013

The Education Division has been busy on a number of fronts. Its committees and committee chairs continue their much-valued work, providing excellent service to APA.

The Website.  The discussion about a web-based information page for classics, mentioned in my February 2012 report, has become part of a much larger discussion involving the move towards a transformation of the entire APA website. As a member of the Information Technology Subcommittee of the Board, along with the APA President, Executive Director, Information Architect, and the Program and Outreach Vice Presidents, I have been involved in helping to frame how the website can meet newer needs. As the new website develops, it will be easier to provide classicists and others with information relevant to the mandate of the Education Division. State Certification Requirements for Teachers of Latin and Careers for Classicists in Today’s World are getting frequent hits on the current website. I hope APA members and others will continue to become familiar with the information available on the Education page of the APA website.     

PublicationsGuide to Graduate Programs in the Classics: The Guide to Graduate Programs in the Classics is a project of the APA’s Committee on Education. During the past year the APA has decided to make this resource primarily an electronic publication so that it can be updated more frequently. As a temporary measure, a list of departments offering graduate programs is available.

In addition to the State Certification and Careers publications mentioned above, the Education page contains the Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation (2010), written by a joint task force of APA and ACL. We hope that current or future teachers of any level of Latin will continue to find this useful and that those involved directly or indirectly with Latin teacher-training will benefit from it as well.  

Teaching Awards.  Recognizing excellent teaching continues to be an important part of Education Division’s activities. The 2012 APA Award for Teaching Excellence at the Collegiate Level was received by John Gruber-Miller of Cornell College, Cornell, Iowa. The 2012 APA Awards for Excellence in Pre-Collegiate Teaching went to Nora MacDonald of Roosevelt High School, Seattle, Washington and Lee T. Pearcy of The Episcopal Academy, of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania (formerly of Merion). The fact that one of the Pre-Collegiate winners happened to be from Seattle, the location of the APA Annual Meeting, produced some excellent local coverage in the Seattle media. The winners were recognized at the Plenary Session of the APA Annual Meeting. Complete citations recognizing them can be read at:

https://classicalstudies.org/john-gruber-miller-citation

https://classicalstudies.org/nora-macdonald-precollegiate-award-citation

https://classicalstudies.org/lee-t-pearcy-precollegiate-award-citation

The Teaching Excellence Awards Committee for the Collegiate Award consisted of: Gregory S. Aldrete (chair), Peter Anderson, and Nita Krevans. The JCCAE (Joint Committee on Classics in American Education) Subcommittee on the Pre-Collegiate Teaching Award consisted of: Ronnie Ancona,Robert Cape, Eric Dugdale, Peter Howard.

Committee on Ancient History (from material submitted by the chair, Georgia Tsouvala).  The APA Committee on Ancient History (William Bubelis, Denise Demetriou, Emily Mackil, Saundra Schwartz, and Georgia Tsouvala) continues to work toward making ancient history and historians visible within the APA, as well as creating links with other organizations.  In the last three years, the Committee has approached and worked with the Association of Ancient Historians (AAH), American Historical Association (AHA), World History Association (WHA), and Economic History Association (EHA) with different levels of success.  The CoAH will persist in its efforts in opening discussions with the AHA, as well as in further strengthening its relationship with the AAH. 

The Committee continues to organize and support successful panels at the APA/AIA annual meetings.  The 2013 panel on “Teaching History and Classics with Inscriptions” was well attended and a good discussion ensued.  It focused on the ways inscriptions and epigraphy can be incorporated into the classroom and into one’s projects and research.  The panelists (John Bodel, Glen Bugh, Joseph Day, Tom Elliott, and Robert Pitt) will publish expanded versions of their papers in a forthcoming volume, titled Epigraphy and History (Publications of the Association of Ancient Historians 2014).  As a result, this panel’s papers will not be published on the APA website, but the abstracts and relative web links will be made available there.  Advanced interest in this panel was such that discussion regarding the incorporation of technology (such as podcasts, webinars, etc.) ensued at the CoAH’s meeting and it was determined to approach the APA and the Program Committee regarding these matters.

Furthermore, the CoAH supported a joint APA/AIA panel, “Reacting to Athens, 403 BC: Historical Simulation,” successfully organized by Saundra Schwartz (University of Hawaii at Manoa) and Paula K. Lazarus (St. John’s University).  This workshop focused on a nationally recognized, award winning pedagogical method “Reacting to the Past” (RTTP), featuring elaborate simulation games set in pivotal historical moments.  This year’s workshop focused on Athens, 403 BCE.

The CoAH is planning to propose a panel on “History in Classics and Classics in History,” which will deal with curricular and professional matters, for the 2014 meetings, as well as a panel on comparative history for the 2015 APA/AIA meetings.  As always, we encourage every member of the APA, AAH, and AIA to consider suggesting a topic or a panel that deals with professional and pedagogical matters as they relate to Ancient History to the CoAH.

Minority Scholarship Committee (from material submitted by Mira Seo, chair).  This year the committee moved to digital applications and received six applications and gave two awards, a full fellowship ($4000) to Brianna Reyes (UMass) for the Saint Anselm College Archaeological Excavation Project, and the remaining $2100 to Mariah Lapiroff (Whitman College) to support study at the Goethe Institut in Berlin.

Raffle – In addition to tickets sold before the Annual Meeting, 92 were sold on site. These additional funds were collected due to the dedication and generosity of the committee (Sanjaya Thakur, Victoria Pagán, James Ker, Emily Greenwood, Ricardo Apostol, Larry Kim [incoming member], and Mira Seo) all of whom gave up conference time to sell tickets on Friday and Saturday. There were 15 very generous press donors this year, so there were enough prizes for 9 winners.  

The Committee discussed at its meeting in Seattle various strategies for adding prestige, visibility, and impact to the Scholarships, as well as for growing and broadening the applicant pool. Interest was expressed in exploring more development options for funding purposes (such as approaching foundations).

Education Committee.  The 2013 Education Committee panel was organized by Nigel Nicholson, Education Committee member. The panel was well attended. Speakers and topics were: Nicholson, ”Literary Theory Survey Classes for Classics Undergraduates,” Christopher van den Berg, “Using Team-Teaching to Make Theory Central to the Undergraduate Curriculum,” Leslie Kurke, “A Dedicated Theory Class for Graduate Students,” and Matthew Roller, “Teaching ‘Theory’ in Topical Graduate Seminars.” Abstracts and other materials from the talks are available on the Education page of the APA website. An expanded version of the panel is currently under submission for publication at a classics journal. Eric Dugdale will be the organizer for the proposed 2014 Committee panel on the topic of “Study Abroad.” The papers from the 2012 Committee panel, “Teaching about Classics Pedagogy in the 21st Century,” organized by Ronnie Ancona and Eric Dugdale, were published in the Paedagogus section of Classical World 106. 1 (2012): 103-29. Contributors were: Ronnie Ancona, Michael Goyette, William Batstone, Anna McCullough, Laurie Haight Keenan, Andrew Reinhard, and Eric Dugdale.

The Committee confirmed its commitment to utilizing funds from the Capital Campaign for new awards for pedagogical development and Latin teacher training leading to certification, subject to APA Board approval, and developed guidelines for application for the awards. The Committee strongly supports inclusion of statistics from graduate programs on such matters as number of students accepted, number of students funded, graduation rates, placement of graduates in academic and non-academic jobs etc. in future versions of the Guide to Graduate Programs in the Classics. The Committee continues to discuss ways to encourage more secondary school teachers to join the APA. It is also hoped that more of them may be attracted to attend the Annual Meeting, especially when it takes place in their geographical area. The availability of CEU’s (continuing education units) for attendance, begun at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, needs greater publicity. The Committee continues to be interested, in general, in efforts that focus on the articulation between pre-collegiate and collegiate level instruction in classics. The Committee was approached about its possible involvement in an online archive of videos showing examples of Latin teaching that could be used for Latin teacher training and development of Latin teachers.

JCCAE (Joint Committee on Classics in American Education).  The JCCAE met in conjunction with the Education Committee at the APA Annual Meeting in Seattle. This Committee, which has equal representation from APA and the American Classical League, provides a very valuable link between the two major organizations of classicists in terms of issues affecting education.

Service.  I would like to thank the following individuals rotating off committees and committee chair positions for their valuable service to the Education Division: Committee on Ancient History, Emily Mackil, and Georgia Tsouvala (chair); Education Committee, Stanley Burstein; Minority Scholarship Committee, Mira Seo (chair); Coffin Traveling Fellowship Committee, Greta Ham (chair); Committee on the Awards for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics, Elizabeth Vandiver (chair).

I look forward to working with the following new committee members and chairs: Committee on Ancient History, Margaret Erwin Butler, Andrew Gallia, William Bubelis (chair); Education Committee, Sally Morris; Minority Scholarship Committee, Gregson Davis, Lawrence Kim, Sanjaya Thakur (chair); Coffin Traveling Fellowship Committee, David Murphy, Bronwen Wickkiser (chair); Committee on the Awards for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics, Nita Krevans, Gregory Aldrete (chair).

Respectfully submitted,

Ronnie Ancona, Vice President for Education

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