Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

2016 Undergraduate Teaching winner Ann Olga Koloski Ostrow

The AIA Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award Committee invites nominations for the 2016 award. This prize may be awarded to up to one individual every year and includes a certificate of award. Individuals worthy of this award must have demonstrated excellence in the teaching of archaeology; developed innovative teaching methods or interdisciplinary curricula; a minimum of five years of teaching experience prior to being nominated, currently be engaged in teaching; and they must be members of the AIA in good standing.

Nominations should be made by letter and accompanied by a dossier of supporting materials. They should be made by individuals familiar with the candidate's teaching, such as administrators, departmental chairpersons or colleagues, former students, or faculty in other departments or institutions. Dossiers should include:

1) The nominating letter indicating how the candidate meets the criteria of the award
2) A current curriculum vitae of the nominee;
3) Four letters of recommendation, including at least one each from a student, a colleague, and academic superior;
4) A brief description of all relevant courses taught during the past five years, including some representative syllabi and course materials.

Due Date for Nomination
Completed nominations should be received by Institute Headquarters at the below address no later than September 1, 2016. Electronic submission is preferred.

Send materials to:

Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
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FAX: (617) 353-6550
E-mail: awards@aia.bu.edu


2016 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award: Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow

Professor Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow (fondly known to her students as Professor AOK-O) has done archaeological fieldwork at Herculaneum, Pompeii, Tel Heshbon in Jordan and Carthage, and survey work in Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, and Turkey.  Her scholarship focuses on ancient daily life, especially in Pompeii and Herculaneum, urban infrastructure, plumbing and hydraulics, baths and bathing practices, and toilets and sanitation.  She won the first Outreach Award ever given by the American Philological Association, now the Society of Classical Studies (2004) for “Ancient Greek Studies in the Schools,” a program in which she taught school teachers from K-12 (teachers of all subjects) since 1999.  Currently, she is Professor, Chair, and Co-Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.  She holds an M.A. degree (1972) in Latin and Greek language and literature from the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. (1986) from the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan.  She has had great success with her teaching at Brandeis (1988, winner of the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching; 1997, winner of the Louis Perlmutter Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Research; 1997-98, winner of a national teaching award from the American Philological Association, currently the Society of Classical Studies; 2006, winner of the Jeanette and Joseph Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring; and winner of the Most Creative Professor Award from the senior class of 2011 at Brandeis).  Her passion for archaeology and classical topics of all sorts has no bounds.    


Past Winners of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award


2015 Nancy T. de Grummond
2014 Steven L. Tuck
2013 Elise A. Friedland
2012 Mary Hollinshead
2011 Susan Stevens
2010 Michael Galaty
2009 Andrea M. Berlin
2008 Jodi Magness
2007 Joan Breton Connelly
2006 Albert Leonard, Jr.
2005 Eric Cline
2004 Michael Cosmopoulos
2003 David W. McCreery
2002 P. Nick Kardulias
2001 Kevin Glowacki
1999 Patrick M. Thomas
1998 Susan E. Alcock
1997 Curtis N. Runnels
1996 Frederick A. Cooper


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