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De Luce named Effective Educator


Judith de Luce (classics), the Miami University Alumni Association's 2006-2007 Effective Educator
Judith de Luce, professor and chair of classics at Miami University, has been named Miami's 2006-2007 Alumni Association Effective Educator.

Many of her nominators spoke to the excellence of her teaching, the concern she shows and the impact she has made on the lives of so many students during her 32 years at Miami.

She will be honored during the Alumni Association's annual awards dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the Shriver Center and at the Effective Educator reception at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Murstein Alumni Center, where all 31 nominees will be recognized.

The title of Effective Educator is given annually to one faculty or staff member who stands out based on the number and quality of nominations submitted by alumni who graduated five years previously. De Luce says this award is distinctly different from any other she has received.

"One reason that it means so much to me is precisely because it means that five years afterwards, students have thought of me and what we did in class. It's very exciting to think that you would have an influence on people."

Teaching is "a funny profession in that sense," she says, explaining, "It's not like making something and seeing the finished product because, actually, you will never see the finished product. You'll get glimpses, maybe, of the future, but unless you hear from your students, I don't think you'll ever actually know what kind of influence you had."

One of de Luce's nominators is Jonathan Calig '02, who recalls Classics 121 as his first course at Miami.

"Professor de Luce set the tone for the rest of my education there. The rigorous reading schedule and assignments let me know what would be expected of me in college, while her lectures went beneath the surface of myth to show what these tales really said about ancient society. But more than anything, this was where I first felt like I was at a university with all the knowledge of mankind at my fingertips."

De Luce has a bachelor's degree in Latin from Colby College and a master's in Latin and a doctorate in classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A few of her many research interests include aging in the ancient world, Latin literature of the Late Republic and early Empire (Cicero, Ovid), women's studies and technology in the classroom.


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