Denise McCoskey, associate professor of classics at Miami University, has won the American Philological Association 2009 Award for Excellence in Teaching at the College Level.
“I find it nearly impossible to write about Denise without resorting to a list of superlatives, but she really is extraordinary,” one nominator wrote.
McCoskey joined Miami’s faculty in 1995. She received her bachelor’s degree in classics and archaeology from Cornell University in 1990 and her doctorate in classical studies from Duke University in 1995. She teaches a range of courses, including Classical Mythology, Women in Antiquity, Greek and Roman Tragedy and Lyric Poetry. She also has initiated several specialized courses and is affiliated with the Jewish studies and black world studies programs.
McCoskey’s classes foster student involvement in learning and a diverse curriculum and disrupt student expectations. Her teaching style utilizes participation and discussion.
An observer remarked, “Her classes are noisy, wonderfully noisy, with lively discussion and much excited argument. ”
McCoskey is the second member of Miami’s classics department to receive this award in the last five years. Judith de Luce, professor of classics, won it in 2005.
The APA, founded in 1869, is the principal learned society in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures and civilizations.