Susan Stevens— 2011 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

Award Citation: 

The Archaeological Institute of America recognizes Susan T. Stevens of Randolph College as the 2011 recipient of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Stevens holds a bachelor’s in history from the University of South Carolina and a master’s and doctorate in classics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She was appointed to the faculty at Randolph College in 1993, was promoted to full professor in 2005, and now serves as department chair in classics and as the Catherine E. and William E. Thoresen Chair of Humanities.

Stevens has shown herself to be a brilliant teacher: creative in her design and implementation of new course offerings, gifted in her ability to make ancient material culture come alive for her students, and utterly devoted to her undergraduates, whom she has mentored with unfailing generosity and care. Her course Three Ancient Cities: Athens, Rome, and Alexandria presents a multifaceted lens through which issues of landscape, housing, neighborhoods, water systems, urbanization, ports, commerce, cosmopolitanism, and changes with the coming of late antiquity, Christianity, and Islam are examined.

Year after year she has brought students to her excavations at Carthage, opening for them rich opportunities for fieldwork and for the study and publication of excavated materials.  Back at home, Stevens makes use of artifacts from Randolph College’s collection of antiquities in her class Archaeology of Daily Life. Here, students get further firsthand experience in the study, analysis, publication, and display of objects including coins, lamps, pottery, sculpture, and decorative arts.

The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to recognize Susan T. Stevens, a “hero” to her students, with this award.

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