Sunoikisis Course Planning and Faculty Development Seminar

Greek Dates: June 11-14, 2016
Common Day: June 15, 2016
Latin Dates: June 16-19, 2016

Application Deadline: February 15, 2016


Every June the Sunoikisis faculty gather at the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) in Washington, D.C.* to develop the upcoming fall semester courses. They hold two 4-day planning seminars, one for the Greek course and another for the Latin course, in order to develop the course syllabi. The 2016 courses will emphasize team-teaching. Whenever possible, two or more faculty will collaborate to design each week’s common session topic, reading assignments, and writing prompt. Throughout the planning seminars, faculty will be working with their common session partners to finalize their sections of the course syllabi.

The faculty also invite an expert in the subject area to participate in the seminars and to inform the reading of primary source materials. The consultants for 2016 are Ivana and Andrej Petrovic, Durham University and Victoria Pagán, University of Florida.

Participating faculty members can nominate up to two students for an internship at the CHS; one or two interns will be selected to assist in running each of the Sunoikisis course-planning and faculty-development seminars. See below for details.

*The CHS will provide housing and board. Participants or their sponsoring institutions will be responsible for the costs of travel to and from the CHS. All participants will receive a stipend of $500.

Summer Seminars 2016

Greek: Hellenistic Literature

Dates: June 11-14, 2016 
Consultants: Andrej and Ivana Petrovic

Participants should plan to arrive on Friday, June 10. The Greek seminar begins the morning of Saturday, June 11 and ends at noon on Tuesday, June 14, after an intensive syllabus-building workshop that morning. Tuesday afternoon will be free. Participants are strongly encouraged to stay for the common day on Wednesday, June 15. Departures will be Thursday, June 16.

Common day for all participants

Dates: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

During the common day, participants in both the Latin and Greek seminars will meet to discuss course assessment methodologies and pedagogical topics of interest to the group.

Latin: Roman Empire 70-180 C.E.

Dates: June 16-19, 2016
Consultant: Victoria Pagán 

Participants should plan to arrive on Tuesday, June 14 in time for the common day on June 15. The Latin  seminar begins the morning of Thursday, June 16 and ends at noon on Sunday, June 19, after an intensive syllabus-building workshop that morning. Sunday afternoon will be free and departures will be Monday, June 20.

Call for Internship Nominations

Participating faculty members can nominate up to two students for an internship at the CHS; the CHS will then select two interns to assist in running each of the Sunoikisis course-planning and faculty-development seminars.

The interns will receive a stipend of $1500 and will reside on the CHS campus from June 6-26. As described above, some responsibilities will necessarily extend into the weeks preceding the seminars. Interns will be responsible for their travel to and from Washington, DC.

The interns’ responsibilities will include:

  • Helping to assemble materials for the seminars, which may include scanning and uploading documents, creating and editing content on the websites, communicating with faculty participants and ensuring online access to resources; conducting research and preparing to contribute to conversations concerning the design of the courses
  • Assisting with logistical arrangements that pertain to accommodations and meals for the participants, taking notes and providing general assistance during the seminar sessions and participating in the seminar, break cleanup and dinners
  • Processing videos and podcasts from the seminar sessions, helping with the preparation of teaching and research materials associated with the courses

If you wish to nominate students for this internship, please do so on your application. For more information about the Sunoikisis internship, see the webpage.


The application deadline is February 15, 2016.

Please fill out the online application form here.

Participation in each seminar will be limited to twelve faculty members. The seminar will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the following priorities:

  1. Those who will be offering the course for undergraduates at their institutions in the fall of 2016 will receive priority.
  2. Second priority will go to new faculty members, i.e., those who are emerging from graduate programs to take up their first teaching posts.
  3. Those who have never attended a seminar sponsored by Sunoikisis will receive third priority.

The CHS will stream and record the course development seminars. In addition to completing the application form, applicants should also complete the media release form.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more details.