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de Luce wins national teaching award

01/18/2005

Judith de Luce, professor and chair of classics at Miami University, has been awarded the 2004 American Philological Association Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award, designed to honor and foster excellence in the teaching of the classics, was presented at the association's annual meeting in Boston this month.

Factors considered in the selection process include excellence in the teaching of classics at the undergraduate level and the design and implementation of new courses and programs.

“Her curiosity and enthusiasm radiates through all that she does and captivates her students causing many of them to fall in love with classics,” wrote one student in a letter of nomination.

A colleague noted de Luce’s “persistence of superlatives,” perfect scores on her evaluations and evidence of an ‘intimate commerce between her teaching and her research interests.”

Also highlighted was de Luce’s combined interest in technology and pedagogy. “She has watched her students earn doctorates and take up academic positions,” and “has witnessed her innovative applications of the Internet to projects such as V-Roma and Zenobia, once so unique, become de rigueur.”

Cited as belonging to the vanguard of feminists who changed the course of the discipline during the 1970s, de Luce was credited by the association with “changing the way we all teach classics.”

The APA, founded in 1869, is the principal learned society in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures and civilizations.

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