Diane Conlin recognized as the best professor of archeology | Colorado Arts and Science Magazine
Ancient Roman Art, Architecture and Archeology Specialist Wins 2021 Archaeological Institute of America Teaching Excellence Award
Diane Conlin, Associate Professor of Classical Studies Emeritus at the University of Colorado Boulder, has joined a “small group of elite educators” recognized as outstanding professors in the field of archeology.
Conlin won the 2021 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) announced this week. She is one of 10 academics whose work has been recognized by the institute this year.
Conlin, who joined CU Boulder Faculty in 1998, has taught both classics and art and art history and specializes in the art, architecture and archeology of ancient Rome .
She has been regularly recognized for her teaching; she was named the CU President’s Teaching Fellow and won the Gold Award for “Best Teaching” and the Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Teaching Excellence.
Dimitri Nakassis, professor and president of classics, noted that Conlin joins a small group of “elite educators” who have won the AIA teaching award.
He added, “It is a wonderful national and international recognition of what all of us here at CU have known for a long time: Professor Conlin is a great educator. ”
In a recent departmental newsletter, some of Conlin’s alumni echoed this view:
“It is really not enough to say that Diane Conlin is a peerless teacher,” observed Amelia Chouinard, who obtained her BA in Classics this year. “During my four years at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she has been a mentor, counselor, friend and inspiration to me and to so many others.”
Travis Rupp, who received his MA in Classics from CU Boulder in 2010 and is now a lecturer in the department, said he was deeply indebted to Conlin. Inspired by Conlin’s work on the Ara Pacis, a Roman altar dedicated to Pax, the goddess of peace, he applied to CU Boulder in 2008 in hopes of studying with her.
“She is an incredible mentor and has contributed to the academic success that I have experienced over the past decade. She has inspired her students to become better writers, scholars and teachers, ”said Rupp, adding that Conlin“ inspired my lifelong dedication to the fields of archeology and art history ”.
Elspeth Dusinberre, a university professor with distinction in classics, said the award recognizes Conlin as “the nation’s outstanding college-level professor of archeology.”
“Diane is electrifying in the classroom, whether it’s teaching hundreds of students at the lower level or just a few in advanced graduate seminars,” Dusinberre said, adding that “the Conlin’s engaged and involved approach to helping students learn ”includes active learning projects such as designing a Roman house, building a mosaic and visiting local sculptors’ workshops, and including his students in the organization and participation at international conferences.
Conlin led the charge in 2000-01 to create a new curriculum in classical archeology, including a new undergraduate major and a new masters, Dusinberre said. Conlin also worked with Education Abroad to introduce a new archaeological field school in Rome, where she and teams of students excavated the monumental Villa of Maxentius over many summers.
Conlin has worked closely with the CU Art Museum to teach several seminars using their collection of ancient coins – “work that has resulted in not only an extraordinarily valuable gift of ancient Roman coins to the museum … but also more recently to a remarkable new exhibit at the museum showcases the ways in which ancient coins can be used to understand ancient art more broadly, ”said Dusinberre.
She is an amazing mentor and has contributed to the academic success that I have experienced over the past decade.
Dusinberre also praised Conlin for working closely with major donors to make these projects happen, including the current loan of “extraordinary Greek coins” which will be on display alongside the “now remarkable collection of Roman coins” from the ‘university.
Dusinberre added, “In the midst of it all, she mentored students and supervised theses, served for years as a representative of the Classics Honor Council and, which is very important to me, was a wonderful colleague, mentor, friend and source of inspiration for colleagues. . “
“I am so excited about that recognition, ”said Dusinberre, adding,“ Boy, does she deserve it.
Conlin herself said she was “thrilled and rather overwhelmed” by the latest award:
“The greatest gifts of my career have been the opportunities to share my passion for all things ancient Rome with generations of young academics while learning alongside them both in the classroom and in the field.”
She added, “I want to sincerely thank all of my amazing students over the past decades here at CU Boulder, as well as my super talented and supportive colleagues in the Classics Department and the Art and History Department. art. ”
The winners will be officially recognized at the AIA Awards Ceremony, which will take place during the Virtual Annual Meeting in January.