Eligibility and Application Procedures

NEH Summer Seminar, July 13-31, 2020 for K-12 Teachers

Roman streetApplicants should consult the eligibility criteria provided on the NEH site. Since one of the core activities of the seminar will be daily translation of Petronius’ Satyricon, there is the additional requirement of an intermediate level proficiency in Latin. In general, this equates to the completion of second year college level Latin in order to be eligible for this seminar. If you have any questions about this requirement, or if you have gained proficiency in Latin in some other way, please contact me.

For this reason the seminar will naturally appeal to many people who studied classics and who primarily teach Latin. However, it is my hope that this seminar will also draw applicants who teach a range of classes in many different fields, including English, foreign languages, religion, art, history and social studies. Teachers at the primary school level are also encouraged to apply. The topic of Roman daily life has broad appeal for students and can be incorporated into many different kinds of course material.

The most important part of the application is your four page (double spaced) "Application Essay." This essay, as the NEH guidelines put it, should “include any relevant personal and academic information. It should address reasons for applying; the applicant's interest, both academic and personal, in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip the applicant to do the work of the seminar or institute and to make a contribution to a learning community; a statement of what the applicant wants to accomplish by participating; and the relation of the project to the applicant's professional responsibilities.” I would ask that in thinking about this essay you also address the question "Why this particular seminar?" In other words, it is important that the question you answer is not why you would benefit from the program in general, but why you would benefit from, and what you would bring to, the Roman daily life seminar. You may want to answer this question in terms of your own teaching or in terms of your general intellectual development, but the more specific your answer, the better your application.

To fill out an application follow this link to a google form that asks you for various current information. It also provides a place where you can upload both your application essay as well as your cv/resume.

Applications must be completed and submitted through the google form no later than March 1, 2020Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Friday, March 27, 2020, and they will have until Friday, April 3, 2020 to accept or decline the offer.

If you prefer to send your application in paper form through the regular mail please send it to:

Professor Matthew Panciera
Classics Department
Gustavus Adolphus College
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, Minnesota, 56082