As a literary scholar, I aim to cultivate my students’ ability to closely analyze primary sources, especially texts, in order to construct an understanding of the classical antiquity. I have a deep respect for the way that particular works by particular authors offer us utterly distinctive insights. I view close reading as a indispensable tool for knowing the ancient world as well as a means of building community in the classroom through analyzing remarkable works of literature that prompt us to consider questions of value and meaning.
While my appreciation of close reading is somewhat traditionalist, I embrace contemporary, evidenced-based approaches to pedagogy. In the RECOMMENDATIONS section, you will find some of the books on pedagogy that have most influenced my approach to teaching.
I use new media to make the classical past accessible to students and to help them creatively express their understanding to world. My students in Greek History at Wooster created their own podcasts for their final projects. You can listen to them here.
You can find my teaching portfolio here.