Panels Organized Present and Past


Demystifying the Publishing Process
Samuel Hahn (University of Colorado Boulder), organizer and presider

1.  Submitting to a Journal, in First-PersonMitchel Pentzer (Emory University)
2.  Refereeing Articles and Manuscripts for Academic Journals and Book-PressesLorenzo F.  Garcia, Jr. (University of New Mexico)
3.  Best Practices from an Editor’s PerspectiveAntony Augoustakis (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


GSIC Panel

Now What?: Finding a Job with a Graduate Degree in Classics
Elizabeth Deacon (University of Colorado), organizer and presider

1. ‘Visiting’ Along to Tenure-TrackOsman Umurhan (University of New Mexico)
2. Finding a Primary and Secondary Teaching Position in LatinJennifer Kindick (Cherry Creek High School and Ricks Center for Gifted Children)
3. Parallel Lives: Alternative Careers in Classics, Humanities, and AcademiaWesley Wood (University of Colorado at Boulder)


GSIC Workshop
We’ve Got Issues: Understanding Graduate Student Needs on Campus and Beyond
Wesley J. Wood, University of Colorado, organizer and presider
Samuel Hahn, University of Colorado Boulder, presenter


GSIC Panel 

Assembling a Teaching Portfolio for the Job Market

Laura C. Takakjy (University of Texas at Austin), organizer and presider

1.  The Basics of Building an Effective Teaching PortfolioBartolo A. Natoli (Randolph-Macon College)

2.  Writing a Reflective Teaching Statement: Six Words to Guide YouSophie Mills (University of North Carolina at Asheville)

3.  Teaching Portfolios for Secondary School PositionsSherwin D. Little (American Classical League)

4.  Things to Know before You Go: Some Unexpected ChallengesJennifer S. Starkey (San Diego State University)


GSIC Workshop 

 Grad to Grad: Support for Current and Future Teaching Assistants  

Wesley J. Wood (University of Colorado Boulder), organizer and presider

Stephanie Krause (University of Colorado Boulder), presenter


GSIC Panel

Making the Most of Your Graduate Student Experience

Sarah C. Teets (University of Virginia), organizer and presider

1.  Unwritten Rules: The Art of Being a Graduate Student. Jackie Elliott (University of Colorado Boulder)

2.  Departmental Citizenship and Strategic Planning for the Graduate Student. Stephen Collins-Elliott (University of Tennessee)

3.  Starting and Managing a Dissertation Support Group. Deb Trusty (Florida State University)

4.  Dr. Sanegrad or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the PhD. Hunter Teets (Compass Youth and Family Services)

5.  Teaching Latin in the Broader Community. Tyler Lansford (University of Colorado Boulder)

GSIC Workshop

Reverse-engineering a Syllabus: Using Learning Objectives to Design Your Courses (GSIC Workshop).

Jennifer L. LaFleur (University of Virginia), organizer, presenter, and presider



  • An Introduction to Academic Publishing (GSIC panel). Krishni Burns, organizer
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Publishing an Article. Martha Malamud (University at Buffalo)
  • Graduate Student Publication: an Editor's Perspective. Laurel Fulkerson (The Florida State University)
  • The Challenges of Turning a (Pretty Good) Dissertation into a (Much Better) Book. Lawrence Kim (Trinity University)
  • An Enchiridion for the Publishing Labyrinth. Ellen Bauerle (University of Michigan)


At the 2012 meeting in Baton Rouge, we assembled a panel entitled, "In the Real World Now: Tools for Designing Your Own Courses," with the goal of providing thoughtful insight into the planning of courses that one is quite likely to be responsible for as a professional but less likely to have taught with complete independence in graduate school. The first half of the panel focuses on Classics in translation for both small and very large classes; the second half addresses some issues of Latin pedagogy--in particular, how best to move students from grammar to reading and how to incorporate the increasingly popular active Latin into the classroom.


For the 2011 meeting in Grand Rapids, we presented the panel, "Classics and the Humanities: Engaging with the Broader Academic World," which explored how Classics and classicists can and (perhaps) should try to engage with other departments, university administrations, their students, their colleagues in other universities, and beyond, in light of the current climate affecting our discipline and the academy at large.

  • Making the Transition: Reflections of a First Year Professor. Britta Ager (Kalamazoo College)
  • Classics at a Liberal Arts College. Beth A. Severy-Hoven (Macalester College)
  • Keeping Classics Safe. David W. Potter (University of Michigan)
  • Being Intentional about Language Teaching: Forging Connections with World Languages. John C. Gruber-Miller (Cornell College)



Our panel at the 2010 meeting in Oklahoma City was entitled, "Beyond Studying and Teaching: Becoming a Professional Classicist," and was assembled to provide students with information about aspects of an academic career that go beyond the familiar classroom experience.

  • Departmental Citizenship. John Miller (University of Virginia)
  • Marketing Your Degree in Classics: Expanding Your Students' Horizons. Thomas J. Sienkewicz (Monmouth College)
  • Second Language Acquisition and Classical Languages. Carin M. Green (University of Iowa)
  • Grant Protocols. Eleanor W. Leach (Indiana University)
  • The Scholarly Writer. Ellen A. Bauerle (University of Michigan)



For the 2009 meeting in Minneapolis, we assembled a panel on the topic, "Preparing to Publish," in order to help students who have often heard the phrase "publish or perish" but have no idea where to start. Our contributors, some from the scholar's and others from the editor's point of view, share their experiences and insights.

  • Publishing Journal Articles in Classics: An Editor’s Practical Perspective. S. Douglas Olson (University of Minnesota)
  • Publication and You: Thinking Strategically about Publishing. Samuel J. Huskey (University of Oklahoma)
  • Turning a Seminar Paper or CAMWS Talk into a Publishable Paper. Barbara Weiden Boyd (Bowdoin College)
  • Dissertation to Book: Entering a Conversation. Basil J. Dufallo (University of Michigan)
  • After your dissertation: Your five-year publication plan. Craig A. Gibson (University of Iowa)



The panel presented to the 2008 meeting in Tuscon was entitled, "Welcome to the Circus: Balancing the Workload and 'Real Life' Throughout Your Career," and addressed the challenges of furthering personal goals and relationships while pursuing a rigorous academic career.

  • Surviving and Thriving in the First Year Out of Graduate School. Robert Holshuh Simmons (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)
  • Learning to Handle (and Even Enjoy) the One-Year Job. Kristopher F. Fletcher (Louisiana State University)
  • Some Reflections on Earning Tenure. Antonios C. Augoustakis (Baylor University)
  • The Ins and Outs of Academic Relationships. Julia Nelson Hawkins (Ohio State University)
  • Midlife Reflections of a Working Mother. Julia D. Hejduk (Baylor University)



Our panel for the 2007 meeting in Cincinnati, entitled, "That Light at the End of the Tunnel Is Moving Toward You: A Graduate Guide to the ABD Life," was designed to help students navigate the often overwhelming dissertation process skilfully and proactively.

  • Building Up Steam: Preparing for the Dissertation Years. Mark A. Thorne (University of Iowa)
  • The Right Track: How to Reduce the Stress of Selecting a Dissertation Topic. Tom Hawkins (Ohio State University)
  • The Right Crew: Choosing a Dissertation Advisor and Forming a Committee. Jenny S. Clay (University of Virginia)
  • Full Speed Ahead: The Dissertation as the Engine for Your Job Search. Carin M. Green (University of Iowa)
  • Keeping the Tender Full: Flexible Approaches to Funding and Finding Post-Doctoral Positions. Hans-Friedrich Mueller (Union College)



For the 2006 meeting in Gainesville, we have organized a panel called "Don't Forget Your Towel: Preparing for Success in the Interview Process." Because applying for jobs can be a frustrating and intimidating prospect, knowing what to expect and how to present oneself become important preparatory tools for entering the job market. These topics and other related issues, such as applying for and accepting a one-year position, will be discussed in this panel. The presenters and topics that they will address are as follows:

  • Victoria Pagán (University of Florida): discussing various approaches of marketing oneself on CVs and applications.
  • Monica S. Cyrino (University of New Mexico): speaking on the type of interview and potential questions an applicant may encounter during an interview for a large research institution
  • John Gruber-Miller (Cornell College): addressing the same issue as Prof. Cyrino but from the perspective of a smaller, teaching-oriented position.
  • Paul Iversen (Case Western Reserve University): discussing one-year positions and how to maximize one's potential for career advancement.
  • Pauline Nugent (Southwest Missouri State University): providing an overall approach to the entire application process and discussing general topics such as coping with the stress of the job search, tips for time management, and often overlooked items.


For the 2005 meeting in Madison, we have organized a panel entitled "The Job Search: A Blueprint for Success in an Academic Career."As one nears the end of a career as a graduate student, it is time to look ahead to the task of applying for academic positions. The process can seem overwhelming, especially when the average job advertisement in Classics will receive over 100 applications. What can be done to make one's application stand out? Our four panelists will address some issues that deserve attention during the preparation of the application package.


At the 2004 meeting in St. Louis, the panel we organized was called "Preparing to Publish," which provided several different perspectives on the process of writing to publish: that of an associate professor at a small university, a veteran teacher at a public middle school, a senior professor at a research institution, and the editor of The Classical Journal. The presenters and titles were as follows: