New College of Florida Professor David Rohrbacher Receives Excellence in Collegiate Teaching Award from American Philological Association

(February 27, 2009) – The American Philological Association (APA) has presented New College of Florida Associate Professor of Classics David Rohrbacher with its Award for Excellence in Collegiate Teaching. Founded in 1869 by professors, friends, and patrons of linguistic science, the APA is the principal learned society in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures and civilizations.  The Award for Excellence in Collegiate Teaching is among the APA’s most distinguished honors. 
Rohrbacher joined the New College faculty as an assistant professor in 2000 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Classics in 2006. He received his B.A. degree from Tufts University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington. Rohrbacher is the author of The Historians of Late Antiquity (Routledge 2002) and numerous scholarly articles on Roman imperial historiography. He teaches courses and tutorials in all aspects of Greco-Roman antiquity.
In order to be considered for an APA teaching award, candidates must be nominated by their peers and exhibit qualifications that place them at the top of their field. The APA used the following factors in selecting Rohrbacher: excellence in the teaching of Classics at the undergraduate or graduate level; subject matter that is “classical” in the widest sense, i.e.,
Greek and Latin language, literature, culture, mythology, history, etymology; and the design and successful implementation of new courses and programs. Winners of the award must be members of the APA and have a minimum of three years of teaching experience prior to nomination.
In presenting Rohrbacher this award, the APA said, “One is struck by the number of student evaluations that rave about his courses. They praise his breadth of knowledge, humor, accessibility and his eagerness to go the extra mile. It is a great pleasure to honor David Rohrbacher with APA’s 2008 Award for Excellence in Teaching at the College Level award and join with his students in declaring ‘Amamus Rohrbacher’.”
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