Summary of Activities
AY 2005 - 2006
RANK: Assistant Professor
III. Professional Activity
I. TEACHING (Professional Activity | Service)
A. New departmental courses taught:
1. CL 310: Seminar in Latin Poetry Ovid's Metamorphoses (Fall 2005). This course developed from my sabbatical research project of last AY.
2. CG 210: Intermediate Greek (Spring 2006).
New approaches to existing courses:
1. CC 222: Greek Tragedy (Fall 2005). I restructured the semester project formerly the production of an "original" Greek tragedy in English, a task perhaps too onerous for a single semester by dividing the students into four small groups and asking each group simply to write one tragedy; the groups shared their plays with each other through rehearsed readings at the end of the semester. The project was conducted in large part online through the use of a wiki (see below, "Use of computers or multimedia"). Apart from the semester project, I also required the students to perform in class a short scene from Seamus Heaney's Burial at Thebes, and to hold panel discussions on select aspects of tragedy as a genre. We also spent time making and performing in tragic masks, a project expanded from the previous incarnation of this course.
2. CC 365: Topics in Classical Studies — Ancient Biography (Spring 2006). I retained the semester project, to write the biography of a twentieth century figure in the manner of an ancient biographer, but added new peer review exercises. I also reviewed the reading list and deleted a substantial number of extraneous readings; to judge from students' reactions on the long-form evaluations, the reading list is still a work in progress.
3. CC 100: English Vocabulary in Greek and Latin (Spring 2006). I completed a comprehensive retrofitting of the ÆON Workbook, a web site of exercises and assignments (see below, "Use of computers or multimedia").
A. Use of computers or multimedia in teaching:
1. I created web sites for most of my courses, typically consisting of an on-line syllabus, a timetable of readings and events, links to other web-based resources, and guidelines for assignments and other class projects. My web sites this year were more automated than in previous years — for example, I programmed many of the initial pages to display automatically the agenda for upcoming classes.
2. My students in CC 222: Greek Tragedy used a wiki, an online workspace which allowed them to collaborate more easily, and which allowed me to critique their work more regularly (and more publicly). [http://academics.skidmore.edu/wikis/Greek_Tragedy/index.php/Main_Page]
3. I once again used my online textbook/workbook ÆON (Ancient Etymology ONline)[http://www.skidmore.edu/classics/courses/aeon/] for CC 100: English Vocabulary from Greek and Latin (Spring 2006). This year I completely retrofitted each page of the Workbook to make the exercises easier for students to fill out. Correct and incorrect answers were displayed more clearly; I gave students the option of simply checking answers or formally submitting them to me via email (in past years, I would get an email whenever students wanted to check their answers, thus taxing the email servers as well as my inbox). Finally, I enabled students to keep better track of their scores by cc'ing them on the point totals ÆON sent to me. The end result has been a more user-friendly experience for the students, one in keeping with the goals of this online course: maximum learning, minimum credit experience (the latter dictated by departmental staffing issues).
B. Curricular work-in-progress:
1. HF 201: Junior Great Books Training and HF 202: Junior Great Books Practicum, slated for Fall 2006 and Spring 2007, respectively.
2. Scribner seminar tentatively entitled "Myth-conceptions," Fall 2007. The course will focus on modern attempts to create mythical systems, which resonate with the social functions of ancient Greco-Roman myth.
1. CC 390: Thesis (Spring 2006). I directed the senior thesis of Naomi Gutierrez, entitled From Mediterranean to Mississippi: Inversion and Substitution in the Odyssey and O Brother, Where Art Thou?
2. I contributed seven guest lectures on Greco-Roman literature to our gateway course, CC 200 — The Classical World (Spring 2006).
3. I guest-lectured on Greek tragedy in Kendra Eshlemann's HI 202 Greek History class (April 8, 2006).
4. I participated in a discussion of Burial at Thebes at the Theater Department orientation (September 2, 2005).
5. I lectured on Greek tragedy for the cast and crew of Burial at Thebes (September 26, 2005).
II. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY (Teaching | Service)
A grave hand injury curtailed my professional activity
this academic year, especially in the fall semester.
1. "The Tragic Page: The Heroides and the Theater of the Epistle." Under revision.
2. "Homeric Hospitality in Callimachus' Hecale." In preparation.
3. Theater and Metatheater: Transforming Tragedy in Ovid. Book project nearing completion for Ohio State University Press.
B. Professional meetings attended:
1. Symposium on the Symposium. Skidmore College, April 9, 2006.
2. Parilia: An Undergraduate Conference in Classics. A conference devoted to undergraduate research and professional development. Union College, April 21, 2006.
C. Workshops attended:
1. Burial at Thebes Planning Session for the FYE. September 2, 2005.
2. Senior Thesis Workshop. May 9, 2006.
3. First Year Experience Workshops for Scribner Seminars. May 22 - 25, 2006.
III. SERVICE (Teaching | Professional Activity)
A. Administrative responsibilities in department:
1. I attended every department meeting and participated actively in departmental matters (Fall 2005 - Spring 2006).
B. Committee responsibilities:
1. Faculty Executive Committee (Fall 2005 - Spring 2006)
C. Advising responsibilities:
1. Advisor of one sophomore Classics major (Spring 2006).
D. Other community activities:
1. I led a discussion of Burial at Thebes during with First-year students during Orientation (September 5, 2005).
2. I co-hosted a Minicollege session on Burial at Thebes with Carolyn Anderson. (October 8, 2005).
3. I attended a Mellon Grant Panel on the Classics Major (March 28, 2006).
4. I participated in the Homerathon (April 14, 2006).
5. I attended every Faculty meeting (both the regular monthly meetings and the two "Faculty-only" discussion fora (Fall 2005 - Spring 2006).
6. I participated in Commencement Exercises (May 20, 2006).
7. I proposed a course on ancient mask-making for Skidmore's Community Education Evening Art Class series; the course was accepted, but unfortunately cancelled due to low enrollment.
Assistant Professor of Classics
June 7, 2006